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Our store is located at:
1630 US Hwy 12 E
Willmar, MN 56201
(Next to Home State Bank!)
We love rocks! Several years ago our family was introduced to the wonderful world of gem mining. You see, my brother-in-law (a former high school biology teacher) took my husband and (at the time) 10 year old son to a gem mine. Instantaneously, my son was addicted to rockhounding. Over the course of the next few years, his addiction grew and spread to the rest of the family.
Due to family obligations we spent a lot of time in North Carolina (our home state) from 2017 to early 2019. During this period, we spent A LOT of time going to the gem mines and sluicing for gemstones. After amassing quite the collection, I had the opportunity to begin making jewelry and honing my lapidary (stone cutting and polishing) skills.
When I finally returned to Minnesota in the spring of 2019 (with said collection in tow), the subject of what we would do with them came up. Several times. I continued to create jewelry but also enjoyed sharing my knowledge of the stones with others.
In September of 2019, I was devastated by the loss of my job... Honestly, I am a firm believer that God has a plan and purpose for each one of us. So my actual devastation lasted for about 20 minutes. At which point I said "OK, God, what next?"
Shortly thereafter, I scheduled several craft shows and had a great time showing off my jewelry. The best part was showing people from Minnesota that there are indeed stones in the world other than Agates! Everyone (and I mean EVERYONE) I talked with said the same thing..."I love rocks!" That's when inspiration struck!
After doing some research, I quickly discovered the lack of real experiential opportunities in the area for people to get a real feel for gem mining. And the rest, as they say, is history! Everything began to fall into place and West Central RockHounds was born!
We are West Central Minnesota's premiere rock shop, gift shop and lapidary services provider.
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1630 US Hwy 12, Willmar, Minnesota 56201, United States
10:00 am – 06:00 pm
10:00 am – 06:00 pm
10:00 am – 04:00 pm
Tuesdays and Wednesdays we are available by appointment only.
On regular business days we are closed from 1:00pm - 2:00pm for lunch and sanitizing.