Farmhouse style store pays tribute to Yuma's agriculture roots

Dandy Home and Ranch store

YUMA, Ariz. - A new local store seeks to pay respect to Yuma's diverse and rich agriculture community.

Dandy, sits off of highway 95 and opened its doors September 1.

The farmhouse inspired home and decor store is owned and operated by Amanda Mellon. 

The dream of starting her own store has been one of Mellon's for a long time. It wasn't until three years ago, during a workshop she took with Chip and Joanna Gaines from the show Fixer Upper, that she realized it was time to turn her dream into reality.

"It birthed out of two passions," Mellon said.

Her love of home making and her agriculture heritage inspired the idea behind Dandy.

Mellon's husband is a third generation farmer here in Yuma. 

In the store there is a Yuma Grown section. "Way back when I started conceptualizing the store I really wanted to have a section that really embodies the spirit of Yuma agriculture," she said.

They feature different farms, individuals and local products that help tell the story of the role of agriculture in Yuma. 

"We offer dates that we actually grow on our farm, Mellon farms," she said. "We have locally grown honey that comes out of an alfalfa mix," she added.
The store itself is also significant because the land it sits on was farmed by Archie Mellon in the 1940s.
The store's holiday hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.




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