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Hello. My name is Rick Geyerman..

In 1852, my great-great Grandfather, Peter Geyerman, opened his first General Store in Shakopee, on the fertile banks of the Minnesota River.

The first General Store in Shakopee

Take a closer look inside
the General Store 

This is a big file, and may take a minute to load. A great photo, though. These two photos are of the Hastings, Nebraska store.

Men and wagons carried his goods to the settlers on the Prairie. By the clanking of the pots and tin-ware as their wagons jolted down the hardpacked and rutted roads, they came to be known as drummers.

Read about early Shakopee from an 1856 newspaper article
Map of Shakopee in 1869


For nearly 150 years, Geyermans Mercantile Company has been serving the men and women of the Dakotas and western Minnesota. We still do business the way my Grampa taught me, and his grampa taught him before that... to treat our customers with respect. And to treat them like neighbors, because in most cases they are.

DakotaMainStreet is our newest store, and now our customers can live beyond the HeartLand.

Our Pipestone, Minnesota store is located on Pipestone's Historic MainStreet

 


Read Great Grampa's letters back to Germany

May 1854 | November 1855 | March 1862 | October 1905 | October 1907 | Janary 1909|


More old photos


November 2000

Julie Geyerman was named "Retailer of the Year" by the NorthStar Fashion Exhibitors (all of the fashion reps who work out of the Minneapolis market). Julie is the buyer, and the brains behind our present organization.

Now, you know why I married the woman.


April 22, 1999

Julie Geyerman is named Mitchell's Business Woman of the Year!


In 1996, Geyerman's Clothing Company was named Retailer of the Year, by the South Dakota Retail Association - the nation's oldest, and fifth largest state retail association.


In 1990, Geyerman's Clothing Company was named Retailer of the Year, by Specialty Stores, USA, at their annual convention in New York City.


Geyerman's received an  H.P.C. Mainstreet Design Award for the remodel of our historic Mitchell, SD Headquarters

 


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Mitchell, SD 57301

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Phone 605.996.7478

Shopkeeper to the Heartland since 1852

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