When Amber (Alley) Rodgers began thinking of sending her two small children, Alley, four and Lenox, three to the large Waukee School District, she knew it was too big and time to come home. In April 2017, along with her husband Devin, they packed up their family and returned to her hometown, here in Corydon. Upon her arrival “back home”, she had big plans in store for helping Corydon’s local shopping market grow.
Rodgers isn’t new to the retail world as she has been a LulaRoe consultant for three years now. While she didn’t have a storefront then, she sold items online through Facebook and set up at vendor shows. With that experience she decided she was ready to grow and bring a fun local shopping experience to Corydon.
Over a year ago Rodgers met up with Malisha Hagan and began discussing options for bringing a new storefront to town. With the renovations the Hagan family has been working on with Hotel Rea and adjoining building space, she was excited for this fun new relationship and the possibilities it may bring.
Upon her arrival to town Rodgers was approached about becoming more involved in the community. Rodgers and her husband have been fixing up a home to sell, she knew she wanted to be involved in helping with the town’s growth.
Rodgers joined others within the community to discuss small business opportunities. Realizing there would be a support system of others with the same thoughts and ideas helped her take the step forward to pursue her own dream.
“When I seen there are others out there that think the same way I do I knew we could support one another,” said Rodgers. “It’s so great to see people are looking forward into the future of our community. When people leave town to shop, money leaves with them. If people are leaving for shopping items then there is a need for this within our town.”
Once deciding to move forward with the plans for a storefront business, Rodgers came up with the name Prairie Clover Market. She wanted something to connect the store name to the area and after some reading she found the Prairie Clover is native to Wayne County.
Rodgers herself will be offering women’s dresses, vests, ponchos, tops, leggings, jeans, sweaters, shoes, purses, wallets and jewelry. She also will offer her remaining inventory from LulaRoe at discounted prices. Her inventory will include stylish items for all ages with sizes up to 3x being offered.
Joining Rodgers in the store will be local vendors and artisans offering their own unique items, some which will be exclusive to Prairie Clover Market.
Rodgers met with Cole Goben and plans were made to add his unique leather wallets and purses to the store. Abounding Grace jewelry made by Brooke Richman will be offered with some exclusive items. String Strung by Aimee Perkins adds in home gifts for purchase. Also joining in the store is Sharabella’s Things and Such by Shara Head, which includes bath bombs, lotions and lip balms.
Alicia Appel of Sweet Appelique will also be joining offering vinyl t-shirt designs and baby onesie gifts, which will include Wayne Falcon apparel. There will be an exclusive Wayne Falcon design monthly offered with 10 percent of all sales being donated to the Falcon Booster Club.
The grand opening will be held during the Small Business weekend being held on Saturday, Nov. 24. The store will be open from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. with raffles taking place throughout the day along with free gifts for every $100 spent. Until this date, Rodgers has set up in the lobby of the Hotel Rea on numerous dates, for shoppers to get a jump-start on shopping.
Rodgers stated while her ultimate goal was to help make Corydon a thriving shopping community again; she also wanted to bring customer service back into the retail experience.
“I like talking to people and helping them and I miss the face-to-face interactions where I can get to know people,” said Rodgers.
“I want to help make shopping within our community a destination experience where people can come enjoy a day of shopping then enjoy a historical experience staying at the Hotel Rea,” Rodgers added. “A place where gals can get their hair or nails done, shop for gifts and clothing, enjoy a nice meal and want to make return trips which benefits our community.”
“I truly feel small towns are having a renaissance and with new jobs and homes available we will see a growth here and I am so happy to be a part of it,” said Rodgers. “This is a great community and we have neat things happening here. We all need to shop local as often as possible so our community can succeed.”
Prairie Clover Market will be open in Hotel Rea lobby until the end of 2018. After this time, a permanent location will be established just off the town square. Hours beginning Monday, Nov. 26 will be Mondays and Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday evenings 4-8 p.m., closed on Fridays and open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays through Christmas.