|In the beginning, before opening Grasshoppers and before
our 3 beautiful boys, my husband, Rodney and I, loved
exploring little towns with unique gift and antique shops. It
wasn't long before I had to open a fun shop of my own. So with
my dreams, vision and husband's support, Grasshoppers opened
in September 1997.
We found an old building to rent in downtown LeClaire,
Iowa, along the mighty Mississippi River. The shop was only
700 square feet and my focus was gardening, unique gifts and
antiques for inside and outside the home. I also turned trash
into treasures with fun furniture at flea markets and sales.
Its amazing what a little paint can do! We knew that LeClaire
was eventually going to become a tourist destination even if
few others realized it at the time. We could see the
About 4 years later, it was time to expand. Just across the
street from my original shop was the historic McCaffrey house.
Captain John McCaffrey was a river pilot in the late 1800's!
This home also had potential to be a beautiful shop. The
man/woman hours are too many to count, but we opened the new
shop in February 2002.
I have a great amount of support to make
efficiently. My mom helps me balance motherhood and
self-employment. She puts in many hours at the shop and does a
great job! Also, Brady, our Golden Retriever, was always by
her side until late 2011. :( However, I am a huge animal
lover, so we have already added to the "zoo"...we adopted 3
cats (Caesar, Max and Frankie) who were born under our barn.
I would imagine another dog or two to love and be loved in
Thanks to all my faith and support, this silly little dream
became much more than I could imagine. So "Dream Big" because
God sees it bigger. We have been blessed again and again. What
began as my vision gives me an opportunity everyday to share
my faith and dreams with others.
Please visit us soon. I promise you will not be