Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Today, a small business near the village of Cashton doesn’t really look like a business at all. In fact, it resembles a small town.

Kathy Kuderer lives a few miles outside the village of Cashton, where she’s created her own personal village. Down a Country Road is a collection of gift shops situated on the Kuderer farm, which are managed by Kathy and her husband.

The idea for the business stemmed from Kuderer’s relationship with the Amish community of Monroe County.

“In the fall of 1993, several Amish families encouraged me to start this little business. We had the Amish come here and build the very first gift shop, and I started playing store, selling their things here on our farm.”

One gift shop quickly grew to half a dozen once word started to spread about Down a Country Road.

“We started out with just the Amish products, and then I started having a lot of locals coming in and wanting to sell their products. At first I was like nope, sorry, this is just for the Amish, and then after a bit I was like wait a minute, there are so many talented craftsmen in this community that we really need to try to represent all of them, because there really wasn’t much for gift shops in the area.”

For 29 years, Kuderer has been selling arts, crafts, clothing, food, and other handmade items from the comfort of her own home. Even though it’s tucked away in the Monroe County countryside, down a country road is still able to attract thousands of visitors.

“We estimate that we have about 20,000 people that come between May and October of every year.”

The shops will be open six days a week through the end of October, so there’s still plenty of time to see the Kuderers before their 2022 season comes to an end.

“We invite people from all over to come enjoy a piece of the country, check out all the little gift shops, each one is unique and has something special for everyone.”

While Kuderer says she’s starting to consider retirement after nearly 30 years in business, Down a Country Road won’t be going away any time soon.

“Not right now, I’m not ready, I’m not ready to do that, I’m having a great time with it.”

While Down a Country Road’s season officially ends in October, the gift shops do open on Fridays and Saturdays until Christmas, weather permitting.

Coming up this Sunday, you can catch all our stories highlighting what makes Monroe County unique. Our 30-minute special featuring the people, the places, and the stories showing off this part of our state will air right after first news at nine. All week long you can also check out each story on wiproud.com.