Our Story

In the heart of downtown Ames lies a children's speciality store unlike any other. There are very few toy stores left like this in The United States and customer service is our speciality along with a very friendly return policy. We carry a wide variety of toys, books, and clothing and do special orders for our customers. Gift wrapping is always complimentary and we are happy to help assist you in finding the perfect item. We are a family business consisting of three generations. Emily Munson, the owner, opened the store in 1978 with the desire to share wonderful, quality made toys with the residents of Iowa. Today, Emily still owns and operates the toy store with the help of her  daughter, Susan Owen, and granddaughter, Sarah Mesenbrink. Together, they attend gift markets and toy fairs to bring in the best toys to The Pumpkin Patch. We hope you enjoy yourselves and can take a trip down memory lane to your childhood when entering our store. 

Meet The Owners

Emily and Alan Munson proudly own The Pumpkin Patch. Dr. Alan Munson is a retired physician from McFarland Clinic and Emily Munson is a retired Speech Pathologist. They find much joy and happiness in running such a special store so near and dear to their hearts. In their free time, Alan can be found gardening and caring for the rare plants located in his greenhouse. Emily enjoys traveling to Arizona, New York, and Massachusetts. They sure stay busy! If you're lucky, you may get to meet them! Check the back office when you're in! 

Meet The Employees 

Susan Owen is a former educator that taught Kindergarten as well as at The University of Kansas. Susan knows the book room better than anyone else and can provide the perfect suggestions. Susan stays busy as she divides her time between managing the store and teaching at The University of Iowa Medical School. She is the best organizer out there! Susan also runs all of the Etiquette courses as well as birthday parties that we offer at The Pumpkin Patch. Ask her for more information when you're in, they have both been a huge success!

Sarah Mesenbrink, a third generation "Pumpkin Patcher" brings youth and a beautiful smile to our store. She recently graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Early Childhood Education with a special education endorsement. Sarah has a love for children and it shows each day she works in the store. Sarah can provide you with great toy suggestions and the perfect books for every age. 

Karen Tuttle, like Emily, is a former Speech Pathologist whose expertise with books, toys, and clothing is matched only by her smile. Karen can give you excellent suggestions, as she has bought many of our items for her own grandchildren! Karen has one of the kindest hearts and you will quickly learn this as you visit with her. 

Becky Senti, our longest-serving clerk, has a Masters in Education and worked for several years in the Ames school districts' Talented and Gifted Program. Through her years of experience in the store, she is able to provide valuable information about all of the toys. Becky is quite the traveler as well. Ask her about her most recent trips when you're in! 

Karen Hallberg, a residence of Ames, has spent countless hours volunteering within the community. Karen can help assist you with finding the perfect gift for anyone. Karen is also known to have one of the cutest dogs, Daisy! She will be more than happy to share some photos (and funny stories)! 

Jill Lowman,  a veteran employee at The Pumpkin Patch, was a kindergarten teacher for several years here in Ames. In her free time, Jill enjoys cooking and crafting. Jill loves to read as well and is very knowledgable when it comes to children's books. Jill is a delight and is great at giving suggestions for the perfect gifts!

Eva Anderson, recently came to The Pumpkin Patch towards the end of 2019. She also recently graduated from Gilbert High School and plans on attending Luther College in the fall of 2020. Her favorite part about working at the shop is greeting every guest with a happy smile and managing the social media pages. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, rollerblading, and listening to music. Come in while she's working to hear her exciting Disney playlist playing throughout the store!

302 Main Street

Ames, IA 50010


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