Seda’s Gift Shoppe- Two Doors North of Route 66

By Laura Huffman

Seda’s Gift Shoppe, an unique emporium offering fun and useful gifts for all occasions, is located on the historic and charming Square in downtown Waynesville, Missouri. The current location is housed in what was formerly the Rexall Drug Store. Pam Seda, owner of the gift shop, fondly recalls walking to the drug store after school to get a vanilla Coke and a grilled cheese sandwich. Little did she know back then that she would be the proud owner of the building that today houses her successful shop.

Seda's Gift Shoppe, Waynesville MO

Seda’s Gift Shoppe in Waynesville, Missouri. Photo courtesy of Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

The premise of Seda’s gift shop was formed over fifteen years ago. While working retail and at the local cable company she pondered the idea of owning a business. Perhaps inspired by her grandfather, Pam and her husband Steve, decided to re-open his former business, Hill’s Antiques and Swap Shop. The determined coupled rolled up their sleeves and set about bringing the dormant store back to life. After a thorough cleaning and re-roofing the building, they realized that the location wasn’t ideal. The Seda’s decided to wait.

Seda's Gift Shoppe, Waynesville MO

Seda’s Gift Shoppe in Waynesville, Missouri. Photo by Laura Huffman for Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

In September, 2002 the couple signed a lease on the building that had been the home of local landmark Parrish Floral for many years. This building was snuggled up to Route 66‘s curb and was just across the street from another local icon, Victory Pub. The Seda’s purchased $300 of inventory to sell at their new enterprise.

Eighteen months after opening their doors the Rexall Building (built in 1941 for Dr. C.A. Talbot) around the corner became available. Seda did not hesitate and purchased the building. The gift shop moved into the lower level and Seda’s Gift Shoppe has been a hit with browsers, shoppers, locals, and tourists ever since.

Seda's Gift Shoppe in Waynesville, MO

Seda’s Gift Shoppe in Waynesville, Missouri. Photo courtesy of Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

Seda’s strong roots to Pulaski County, five generations on both sides, makes community pride the cornerstone of her business. She also enthusiastically shares her love of Waynesville with Route 66 travelers from around the globe who stop in to find the perfect souvenir. Seda’s Gift Shoppe is just two doors north of the classic highway, directly next to Nona’s Kitchen in the famed Rigsby House.

Seda's Gift Shoppe in Waynesville, MO

Seda’s Gift Shoppe in Waynesville, Missouri. Photo courtesy of Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

To learn more about Seda’s Gift Shoppe at 107 North Benton in Waynesville follow their Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/Sedas-Gift-Shoppe-137481656267844

Download a free Waynesville Walking Tour brochure here.

To learn more about things to see and do in Pulaski County, Missouri visit www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com!

pulaski-county-color-taglinetrans

Ten Perfect Christmas Gifts for Route 66 Fans

Elbow Bridge Daytime

Compiled by Laura Huffman for Pulaski County Tourism Bureau

Do you have a Route 66 fan on your Christmas list? No matter where they are across the globe you can give them the gift of the Mother Road this year! Stop by the Visitors Center (137 St. Robert Blvd., Saint Robert) between 8-5 p.m., Monday through Friday or shop anytime at our online store!

Rigsby Station Ornament Rigsby’s Station was a beloved landmark on Route 66 in Waynesville for many years. Keep its memory alive each year by hanging this ornament on your tree! STOCKING STUFFER $6.50

A Tour on Route 66 in Pulaski County DVD– Travel the 33 miles of the Mother Road in Pulaski County, Missouri, for a detailed look at the construction of Hooker Cut and scenic Devils Elbow. More than 260 vintage images of roadside architecture and attractions. (Big Piney Productions 2007) $10

A Kid Growing Up On Route 66– Bill Wheeler had the distinct pleasure of growing up with Route 66 in his front yard. As a young person he got to experience the heyday and the final demise of Route 66. He witnessed the beginning of Interstate 44, an event that made a lasting memory for him. Growing up in Waynesville, Missouri and in the shadow of Fort Leonard Wood was an adventure to say the least. Bill left Waynesville after high school to attend college and serve in the military but the memories of Route 66 were fondly etched in his personal history. A Kid Growing Up On Route 66 is a firsthand account of Bill’s experiences. (Bill Wheeler 2015) $11.25

Route 66 Wooden Ornament– Decorating the Christmas tree is a beloved tradition around the world! Bring your love of the road to your evergreen with this laser cut Route 66 wooden ornament. MADE IN THE USA $5

Route 66 Thimble– Have a digitabulists in your life? This is the perfect gift! STOCKING STUFFER $3

Route 66 Coffee Mug– One does not start their day with a common coffee cup- only a Route 66 coffee mug will do for the roadie! $5

Route 66 Panhead T Shirt- Put your knees in the breeze on America’s Main Street while sporting this vintage styled shirt. M-XL (2X & 3X available) $14.50

Route 66 Cotton Hat– The legend lives on in this vintage styled ball cap. $12

Route 66 Est. 1926 T Shirt– Get your kicks on Route 66 in this vintage styled shirt. S-XL (2X & 3X available) $12.50

Route 66 License Plate Holder– Enjoy the ride and show off your Route 66 pride with this license plate holder. $10

H.E. Warren Store: Richland, Missouri

Image

H.E. Warren Store: Richland, Missouri

The Family Business for 144 Years: H.E. Warren Store in #PulaskiCountyUSA is destination in itself. Continually operating since 1869 the family business has served generations of Pulaskians and travelers. To learn more about the history of this store please read the 2011 article in the Old Settler’s Gazette which can be found here: http://www.oldstagecoachstop.org/webgeezer/Gazette11/Gazette%20pages%2058%20Warren%20Store.pdf

Image kindly shared by Old Stagecoach Stop