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 […]

7 “Worth It” Hiking Trails in Columbia, MO

Winter hike at the Pinnacles park near Columbia, MO.

Golden sunlight streams through a thick, forested canopy. Leaves rustle in a sweeping chorus as a soft breeze stirs your hair. Shadows dance on the ground before you, and birds flit in and out of nearby branches.  A backpack hangs from your shoulders as your feet tread over miles of grass and rock. You reach […]

The Art of Storytelling: How to Spin A Good Yarn

The Liar's Club meets at Crane's Country Store.

Humans are storytelling creatures. We’ve been swapping stories since we could speak. Some of our stories are sacred. Some explain the world around us. Others are just plain fun. Everyone is hungry for a good story, and you can find stories everywhere, from our favorite Netflix series to casual conversations. We crave epic story arcs […]

Step Back in Time: History of Old-Fashioned General Stores

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For many families, going to the general store was an exciting, all-day outing. Not only could adults find all kinds of items, from sugar to long underwear, but kids could look forward to the chance of coming home with some penny candy.