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The Pumpkin Patch opened in 1978 as a small children’s clothing shop at The Livery in Boone, Iowa.  Our adjacent companion shop, A Different Drummer, offered toys and gifts.  In the Fall of 1985, we combined these under The Pumpkin Patch name and relocated to the old Eschbach Building on Main Street in Ames, Iowa.  With more space, a full collection of children’s books were added.  As a family-owned business, we have been able to steer our own course and have always “marched to a different drummer."
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Remembering Karen Tuttle

On January 9th, Heaven gained a kind and generous soul. Karen was not only a very special friend to our family for decades, but a beloved member of the Pumpkin Patch family for many years. Her infectious smile and gentle nature knew no strangers. She left a void that cannot be filled, but her positive impact will always be felt. We are all better for the lessons she left with us…kindness can warm hearts and a good giggle can light a room. We love you, Tut. Godspeed.