Date: Jul 22, 2019

This Store's Old-Fashioned Shoe Department has People Flocking to Shipshewana From All Over

By Lora Gates

Yoder Department Store in Shipshewana, Indiana, still does business the good old-fashioned way.


When Ora M. Yoder purchased a general merchandise store in 1945, he never could have dreamed that it would become one of the most iconic stops in Shipshewana.


Now managed by Ora's grandson Andre, Yoder's Department Store combines excellent products and top-notch service to make it a must-visit on your trip to Indiana's Amish Country.


Yoder Department Store in Shipshewana, IN



Remember when you used to get your feet measured all of the time at shoe stores?


Yoder Department Store still offers service that is reminiscent of years past. You still get a “sit & fit” experience with their shoe experts. This service gets you the best fit every time and has been the foundation for which their business has continued to be proud of for nearly 75 years.


They also offer many good brands and hard-to-find shoes.




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You might also know Yoder Department Store for their fabric. You can find the perfect material for just about any project!


The staff have a combined 100+ years of fabric experience, and they will be happy to assist you in their vast selection. You can even see a sampling of some amazing projects they have completed on display right inside the store and down the shopping center entry.


Fabric selection in Yoder Department store in Shipshewana, IN


“This tenure is what really sets us apart”, said Andre. “And you can enjoy our annual 4-day Shipshewana Quilt Festival or any of many events and classes that we are constantly adding and offering throughout the year.”


Fabric bolts and quilt examples inside Yoder's Department Store in Shipshewana, IN



They have also become well-known for their diversified departments including apparel. Here they offer everything from overalls to ladies’ fashions, Amish hats and other hats like this fun wool plaid Stormy Kromer.


Men's hats inside Yoder's Department store in Shipshewana, IN


You can enjoy some special extended hours during the summer season or visit them anytime year-round in Shipshewana, IN on your next visit. You can check hours and stay updated on their events on their Facebook Page.



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