Gateway to the Prairie
Historic Downtown Canby Businesses
The Gift opened its doors after much deliberation by owners Scott and Ashley Conner in Ivanhoe in 2010, After six successful years of business, it was decided to move the business to Ashley “Nosbush” Conner’s hometown of Canby.
In October 2016, the couple enrolled their son in school and made the community their new home. The Gift officially opened its doors at 209 St. Olaf Ave. The business has flourished in Canby, where it has local corresponding businesses, creating a destination for people to shop locally.
The Gift currently employs two full-time employees and two part-time employees. Canby is a wonderful, tight knit community that offers many activities which in turn brings customers and residents to town. The Gift started out offering homer décor and gift items. It has since expanded into boutique clothing ranging in sizes from small to 3XL.
Also carried at The Gift are select local artisan items such as clothing, jewelry, and furniture. The recent push to shop local has been a great asset to the success of the business, along with social media having a huge contribution as well. The Gift has an online presence in the form of a Facebook page, Instagram, and even a website, where all the clothing items are listed and shipped throughout the entire U.S.
Canby Drug & Gift
Mark & Kari Whittier, originally from the Fargo, ND area, have owned Canby Drug & Gifts for 28 years... a quintessential "mom & pop" shop where Mark, a registered pharmacist, is in charge of the pharmacy. Kari, a retired elementary school teacher, works with the gift department.
Canby Drug & Gifts, "a store full of treasures", boasts full lines of cards, candy, gifts, home decor, accent furniture, wall art, and creative floral arrangements by Christine. Friendly staff will help you find just the right gift or provide creative ideas for decorating your home.
A registered pharmacist is available at all times to fill prescriptions and consult with you about your heal needs.
Canby Drug is open weekdays 8:30 - 5:30, Thursdays until 6:30, and Saturdays 9:00 - 3:00.
P.K. Egans Restaurant
Rescuing spicy traditions of the past, P.K. Egan's Restaurant Company has created a restaurant to spark both enthusiasm of time past and also your taste buds. Surrounded with living remnants of our past, we have sought to create a theatre of dreams, from the beautiful leaded glass peacock window, hazy etched glass, to the frivolous pictures of the great costume work of P.K.'s past.
For, just as P.K. once created and dreamed of creating the finest collections in clothing, so now has he used the same pride in concocting the finest pizzas, sandwiches, and Italian pasta.
He only asks that you enjoy this experience, for as Frederick Allen once said, "You only live once, but if you work it right, once is enough."
Having survived the famous New Year's Eve fire of December 31, 1984, we rebuilt our restaurant in the same location. We serve the community with conference rooms, noon buffets, a variety of great food, and romantic old world surroundings.
Our specialty is pizza and our famous coat button fries (sliced potatoes, breaded and deep fried).
We've been in business on main street in Canby for over 30 years.
Canby Print Shop
Canby Print Shop has been a part of the Canby business community for many years. Previously located in the rear of a building on first street west, the business moved to its current location on St Olaf Avenue in the mid-1980s. It has been owned and operated by the Birk family since that time.
Our building dates back to the early 1900s, when it was home to Eaton's General Store. The original Eaton's signage is still preserved on the side of the building along the city walkway. The building later housed other businesses, including Anthony's and four Seasons clothing stores.
Canby Print Shop is a full-service provider of all types of printed materials. From business supplies such as invoices, forms, business cards, and checks, to personal items such as wedding and graduations invitations, we can do it all. We also provide fast and convenient copying and graphic design services.
Moberg Meat Center, Inc.
Moberg Meat Center, Inc. is located at 125 St. Olaf Avenue North in Canby. In the 1880’s, John Lund operated his land agency in the same building, selling many thousands of acres. Meat markets have occupied this same building since 1929, when the Grondahl family opened Grondahl’s Market. From 1974 to 2008 Gordy’s Locker Service was owned by Gordy & Barb Gentz. In November, 2008 Chuck & Bonnie Moberg purchased Gordy’s Locker Service.
Serving the farmers’ needs is very important to Moberg’s. Beef & pork processing has always been the mainstay of the business. November deer season provides local hunters with great products.
At different times through the years, retail meat & groceries were available via the main street entrance. A goal when Mobergs purchased the Meat Center was to have a retail storefront and it opened in May, 2011. Currently offered are Schroeder Milk products, Amish Wedding, Old Dutch, Sara Lee baked products, Bongards cheese & farm fresh eggs.
Homemade products are most popular and that is because recipes used are those of Grondahl’s ring bologna, summer sausage, ham loaf & pork sausage; Porter Locker’s polish sausage & Gordy’s Locker wieners, slim jims & smokies. In addition to traditional favorites, Mobergs have been adding several new products to the line of great homemade items.
Four full time and several part time employees fulfill processing & retail service roles. Owner Chuck Moberg has 39 years experience in the meat business. His interest began in high school FFA when he was part of championship meat judging teams. He attended Pipestone Votech for the retail meatcutting course. He worked at Gordy’s Locker in the 70’s & 80’s. He then moved on to retail sales & corporate sales. His career was full circle upon becoming owner in 2008.
Qualley & Boulton
History of firm
1910 A.C. (Albert) Severson opened a law office in Canby. (Studied under Canby lawyer J.N. Johnson to qualify for admission to bar).
1946 Paul Severson joined his father, A.C. Severson, with the firm name of Severson and Severson
1950 A.C. Severson dies and Isabel J. Severson* joined her brother, Paul, to continue the Severson and Severson firm.
1952 John E. Qualley and Severson and Severson merged their firms as Severson and Qualley.
1975 Gerald Boulton joined the firm as Severson Qualley & Boulton. Paul Severson died in 1980 and later the firm name was changed to Qualley & Boulton.
1986 Randall J. Slieter joined the firm to be known as Qualley Boulton & Slieter.
1994 Randall J. Slieter is appointed District Court judge. Stacy L. Vinberg joined the firm to be known as Qualley, Boulton & Vinberg.
2010 Stacy L. Vinberg resigns as a partner of the firm to accept a full time position as Assistant County Attorney for Yellow Medicine County. The firm name is now known as Qualley & Boulton.
*Isabel J. Severson is believed to be the first woman lawyer in private practice in Yellow Medicine County, if not in all of Southwestern Minnesota. She left the firm of Severson and Qualley in 1954 and spent the rest of her professional life as a clerk for Minnesota Supreme Court Justices.