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1302 First Street West, Independence, IA 50644
Phone: (319) 332-0273


It's virtually a straight line from any number of nearby cities to get to Distinctions. We are about 26 miles east of Waterloo via Highway 20 and about 40 miles north of Cedar Rapids taking Interstate 380 and connecting at Highway IA-150.
Temporary Hours (Due to Covid-19):
Wednesday-Saturday: 9-5pm
(Sunday's: 11-3pm until Christmas)

New Year's Day, Easter, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and 4 days prior to Christmas Open House.

Spend A Day In Independence!

When you're finished with your shopping extravaganza, stay awhile! Downtown Independence has several cozy, quality restaurants and coffee shops ready to refuel you for the trip home. Or how about kindling your shopper's fire before your excursion into Little Red Schoolhouse – with so much quality merchandise to peruse, you just may need that little bite to eat to get you through our sister store!


  • Sanity Room 117 First Street East
  • S&K Collectibles 221 First Street East
  • Quilter’s Quarters 231 First Street East
  • Laree’s 306 First Street East
  • Fabulous Fridays 109 First Street East
  • Primitive Peddler 206 2nd Street SE

Around Town

  • Little Red Schoolhouse 1302 First Street West (Our 'sister' store! Just next door to Distinctions!)


  • Bill’s Pizza & Smokehouse 201 First Street West
  • Okoboji Grill 1749 Golf Course Blvd.
  • Chuong Garden 105 First Street East
  • Del Rio Mexican Restaurant 323 First Street East
  • Pizza Ranch 1900 First Street West
  • First Street Deli 412 First Street East