Saturday, February 16, 2013
The Totem Post opened in June of 1952. This is our 60th year and we wish to thank all of our customers who have loved our shop over the years. In the beginning, my parents, Bill and Marielle Jockey, carried Native American Indian jewelry because my Mom had grown up with an interest in it and she thought there was very little of it in the Midwest. They also added crafts that they brought back from South America while they were still a dance team on the SS Uruguay. (The first few years they would have the shop in the warm months and dance on the ship in the winter.) My parents bought the shop from Bud Austin, who was a leathersmith. He taught my Dad some of the patterns and showed him how to tool the leather. Also, Mom and Dad brought back some unique patterns for wallets, etc. from South America. So in the early days, we were a leather shop, too. Now we have grown and the shop had expanded in many ways. The building is larger, we carry crafts from around the world, as well as Native America crafts and items, spiritually oriented books, stones and gifts. We have expanded to have a website and ebay store and can reach people in every country. Not a day goes by without a customer saying that they love our shop. Well, we love being there and sharing our love of our items and Brown County with you. I always hope that a visit to The Totem Post brings joy and inspiration to all who walk through our door.