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Stop by the shop to visit Pancho + Lefty, the shop cats!

Stop by the shop to visit Pancho + Lefty, the shop cats!

Philomena + Ruth is an independently owned store in historic downtown Waterloo, IL, that carries handcrafted and independently produced clothing, accessories, jewelry, and home decor from the best artisans, both locally and nationally.  The store is located in a 100 year old building that has been brought back to life with industrial and vintage accents, using reclaimed materials from the family farm.

Elizabeth Hahn, Founder, is a designer and veteran store owner. In addition to running Philomena + Ruth, she designs handmade accessories and socially conscious graphic shirts. In the current political climate, it’s important to use your voice to raise awareness and take a stand. Elizabeth designs for the activist in us all.

Philomena and Ruth were Elizabeth’s grandmothers in which she named her store after because it conveys the sense of community and tradition that is strongly felt throughout the brand. Supporting one’s community, neighbors, and friends through shopping locally and buying handmade has a special meaning.  Small town America was built on independent entrepreneurs and the community that supports them, and many of the skills that go into the handcrafted goods found at Philomena + Ruth have been passed down from generation to generation.