on Thursday, November 19, 2015
This week’s episode allows us to showcase an awesome locally-owned business in downtown Waterloo. It also provided an opportunity to do some mental holiday shopping as we toured the store and heard about the unique items available at Plaid Peacock.
Plaid Peacock is an art and handmade shop that showcases and sells pieces from more than 100 Iowa artists. The shop is owned by the mother-daughter team of Heidi and Jessica who have been looking for a way to showcase Iowa art and talent. The shop is located in the renovated Kistner Building, which was built in 1912. Plaid Peacock opened just four years ago and has quickly become a “go to” for those looking for a unique, one-of-a-kind gift...even if that gift is for themselves.
It is fun to check out the different hand-crafted items, from jewelry made from upcycled bicycle parts to glassware and toys. Every item available for purchase is a work of art. For those looking for a "Waterloo" gift, Plaid Peacock has a number of options, including soy candles made by Waterloo Candle Co. Each candle scent is named after an historic Waterloo neighborhood like Rath, Highland or Church Row.
If you've not visited, a great day to check out Plaid Peacock would be Small Business Saturday, the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Waterloo businesses are planning the 3rd annual Fudge Walk. Not only can you do some holiday shopping, each of the participating businesses will have samples of a different flavor of fudge! The Fudge Walk runs from 10am to 3pm on November 28.
While you're going to find great gifts for yourself or others at Plaid Peacock, the best part about the store is the personality. Heidi and Jessica have created a great shop and their love for what they're doing and for the art that is available in Plaid Peacock is evident. The destination they've created is inspirational, fun, friendly, ever-changing and warm. Stop in and visit. Shop. Take a class. You'll be glad you did.
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- Aaron Buzza, Waterloo Convention & Visitors Bureau