File, Hone & Oil: How to Sharpen An Axe

Chop, chop, chop!  “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”  Sure, you’ve heard some version of this quote often attributed to Abraham Lincoln. (There’s no evidence that Lincoln said this. It’s likely an old logging adage.) In its most literal interpretation, the quote […]

How to Smoke Bologna With Grillheads Dry Rub

Fried bologna sandwich with cheese, lettuce and potato chips.

Summer is here! That means firing up the grill for family BBQs, tailgating and lake days. Revisit fond childhood memories by sharing smoked bologna with your friends and family.  Whether you plan to serve fried bologna sandwiches or easy bologna appetizers, you may wonder how to smoke bologna to perfection. We’ve got the answer. Our […]

Be Our Neighbor! Lease Crane’s Museum & Shoppes Property

The interior of Marlene's Restaurant property for lease.

New beginnings are in store for Crane’s Museum & Shoppes. Crane’s Country Store is looking for a new neighbor—and it could be you! The building that housed Marlene’s Restaurant and Crane’s Museum is currently available for lease.  All good stories come to an end. For more than 20 years, Marlene’s Restaurant served homestyle food that […]

Winter Skin Care: Tips for Healing Chapped Hands

Four tins of Duke Cannon Bloody Knuckles Hand Repair Balm in a stack.

Winter means it’s time to bundle up and take extra care of your skin. Lower temperatures and icy wind chills can cause exposed hands to crack and chap. Avoid bloody knuckles and patchy skin this winter.  Whether you work outside or never remember your gloves, get the remedy for healing dry, cracked hands. Read our […]

10 Essential Items to Bring to a Mizzou Tailgate Party

Image of a tailgate barbecue. A football fan cooks on a grill while people talk around him before the football game.

The sun is out. The smell of grilling food wafts through the air. People laugh and talk. Everyone is in gold and black. You know it’s an excellent day for University of Missouri football. College football season is finally here. It’s time to pull out the stops for an awesome tailgate setup while you cheer […]

Stellar Sammies: 5 Tips to Make Better Sandwiches

Deconstructed sandwich layers frozen in air before they reach the plate.

Dress it up. Dress it down. The sandwich is a staple that calls back to childhood. From memories of your third-grade lunch box to your family’s dinner table, a sandwich can be kept simple or loaded with layers for a sophisticated twist. At Crane’s Country Store, we tend to keep our sandwiches classic—one meat, one […]

Refresh Your Denim: How to Clean Jeans With & Without Washing

Person holds several denim jeans in various washes.

Blue jeans are an everyday wardrobe staple and an icon of American culture. Who doesn’t own a pair of jeans? These classic denim pants are found in most people’s closets.  In the late 1800s, Jacob Davis and Levi Strauss started producing durable brown riveted trousers (or “waist overalls”) for miners and other working-class laborers. Soon […]

Leather, Suede & Everything In-Between: How to Waterproof Your Work Boots

Brown leather waterproof boots trekking through a snowy, winter field.

Your boots were made for walking. Let them take you where you need to go—across dewy fields, flowing streams, muddy paths, parking lot puddles or snow—while keeping your tootsies nice and dry. Why settle for soggy toes? Give your boots a not-so-secret superpower with a water-resistant shield. Follow these tips on how to waterproof your […]

Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Everyone on Your List

A woman holds several wrapped holiday gifts in her arms.

Are you making your list and checking it twice? Like Santa, you have a big holiday to-do list. From decking the halls to planning Christmas dinner, the holidays can feel overwhelming—especially when you can’t find the right gift.  Crane’s Country Store is here to help. We are fortunate to have some generous pointy-eared friends! Santa’s […]

Unpretentious Wine: A Chat with Garrett Portra from Carlson Vineyards Winery

Carlson Vineyards Riesling bottles lay in a circle around a glass of wine.

Take a trip to Palisade, Colorado, and you’ll find yourself in gorgeous wine country. More than 25 local wineries call Palisade home.  One of those wineries is Carlson Vineyards—winner of Governor’s Cup double golds, the international World Cup Riesling Award and Winery of the Year at the 2021 Colorado Manufacturing Awards.  Carlson Vineyards is owned […]

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