Ward's store features South Dakota made products

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Patti Ward has expanded her line of merchandise at Ward’s Store to include several ”Made in South Dakota” products. Ward’s includes a coffee shop, restaurant and bakery. Ward recently acquired more space when the new owner of Prairie Town Gifts, a store that had been leasing space at Ward’s, relocated to have more room.


Ward said when she was thinking about what to do with her extra space she decided since South Dakota has so many unique products, she would feature items made in our state.

Items include honey and beeswax products by Lake Thompson Honey of Oldham. Three long-time educators have created Grassland Gourmet and Gifts of Onida. They make dried mixes for dips, cocoa, soup and more.


Customers can find coffee from Rapid City, popcorn balls made in Kimball, and popcorn and sunflower seeds made in Willow Lake.


For your four-legged friends, you might find dog treats made in Mellette and orange hunting vests for dogs made in the Lake Preston/Arlington area. For the coyote hunter, Tom Ward of Rapid City has his line of Yote Varmint Calls for sale.


Many items are made right here in De Smet. Local artist Robyn Flickenger’s painted feathers and pheasant feather crafts are popular. Dale and Eileen Goreham create woodcarvings. Irene Petersen of De Smet makes fashionable scarves to match any outfit. “Those have been selling very well,” Ward said.


There is black and white clay pottery with horsehair and feather imprints available from Dove Creek Designs. Dove Creek Designs is part of the Black Hills Special Services Cooperative. Pottery is created in an integrated work setting involving people of all abilities.


Brad Hodne, a Madison area artist, creates large woodcarvings with a chainsaw. Hodne has several carvings of people and wildlife on dispay at Ward’s and will do commissioned work for customers.

Area artist Jim Schmidt featured in Ward's Store


South Dakota authors Dr. David Ward, and Dr. Richard Holm, who wrote a book with photographer Judith Peterson, have books for sale at the store. Several more area artists have commissioned paintings, prints and other crafts. Ward said she would like to get in South Dakota made lotions and jewelry.


Donna Palmlund

Staff Writer

De Smet News

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