A handmade haven: New shop in Morrison offers handmade farmhouse decor, gifts

Mindy Greany (left) and her partner Aaron Lane (right) recently opened up their own shop "The Rusty Nail" in Morrison. (Michaela Kendall/The Grundy Register photo)

MORRISON - Walking into Mindy Greany’s new shop, “The Rusty Nail” in Morrison, is like walking into a Pinterest board filled with every sort of handmade, seasonal decor and gift item you could imagine.


Greany, a resident of Grundy Center, says she’s always had a creative side and loved building things, but she never imagined she’d own her own shop.


“It started a few years ago when I started making these handmade, wooden signs,” she said. “I would just sell them locally and through Facebook, and they were pretty popular. I never, ever thought I’d own my own shop, but this building came up for sale for the right price, so we jumped in.”


Greany and her partner Aaron Lane purchased the former “Shack” restaurant building right along Highway 175 in Morrison back in November of last year, and got to work fixing it up.


“We gutted the whole place, and did everything in here ourselves,” Greany said. “We wanted to open at the beginning of spring, but our first official day in business was June 6th.”


Since then, Greany says she’s had a steady stream of customers visit her shop - many of them from Grundy Center and Reinbeck, and many of them from out of town.


“It’s definitely been a learning experience owning my own business, but it’s been a lot of fun, too,” she said. “I really like getting to meet new people and talk to them. They come from all over and I get a lot of people I don’t know in here.”


Greany says her hope is that she can bring something different to shoppers in the area.


“We really focus not only on the farmhouse, rustic decor and gifts, but the fact that everything here is handmade,” she said.


Greany’s partner, Aaron Lane, specializes in the handmade wood products sold at the shop.


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