Sheldon, Iowa — A long-time Sheldon business will be closing it’s doors on Saturday, April 2nd. Amy Strouth, the owner of Prairie Queen Restaurant and Bakery says she has decided to close the downtown Sheldon establishment, which she has owned since September, 2004.
The Prairie Queen Bakery was opened at the corner of 10th Street and 3rd Avenue, otherwise known as “the best-smelling corner in town”, in 1992, by Ken and Carol Stellinga. At that time, the business was located in a small building on the northeast corner of that intersection that had formerly housed Rudolph’s Shoes. That building was damaged in the 2003 fire that destroyed the Pizza Ranch and Iowa Theatre, which were located next door, and shared a common wall with the bakery. The bakery re-opened in the original building after a few weeks of clean-up. Some time after the fire, a Sheldon developer bought the theatre property, and arranged with Strouth, who had by this time purchased the bakery, to move the business into a new building that he planned to develop on that site.
Strouth says that she appreciates all the customers the business has served over the years, and wants to assure her customers that it will be business as usual during Prairie Queen’s final days of operation.