(65 miles to Tassel Ridge Winery)
This tiny town, an old coal mining town of just 191 Iowans, was in need of a local gathering spot for its residents. Morgan Cline, a retired advertising executive, grew up on a farm south of Exline and was a member of the last graduating class of Exline High School. When Cline saw a need for a community space in Exline, the idea for the Old Country Store was born. The Exline Old Country Store & Antique Exchange has 4,000 square feet and is home to antiques, groceries, snacks, books, crafts, and more. You can fill up with Sinclair gasoline, or rest by the pot-belly stove in the “Sit & Spit Corner.” (Sorry, no spitting allowed!) And in warm weather, you’ll find wood rocking chairs are kept on the porch just waiting for weary travelers and Exline folks to sit and chat. Stop by for breakfast, lunch or dinner-everything’s delicious. Be sure to join the Coffee Club for just $3.99 and get your own mug. The rest of your fill-ups are just 25 cents a cup. The Exline Old Country Store & Antique Exchange is a new business with an old philosophy: every small town needs a place for the community to gather. Whether you’re looking for lunch or a mean game of checkers, you’ll find it at the Country Store.
102 West Main St.
Exline, IA 52555-8034
Mon-Sat: 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.