Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

Local News

November 15, 2012

Tie dye comes to Centerville

CENTERVILLE — Bob Holcomb, 67, has brought his skill to make tie dye clothing to Centerville when he opened Tie Dye Shop and Boutique nine weeks ago at 1735 S. 18th St.

Tie Dye Shop & Boutique offers short and long sleeve shirts, hoodies, shorts, tank tops, hats, purses, baby and kid's clothing, ladies fashions, jewelry, antiques, back packs and duffel bags. And almost of the items are tie-dyed by Holcomb.

Holcomb, born and raised in Washington state, after discharge from the U.S. Navy in 1964, found himself in the Haight Ashbury district in San Francisco awash in the hippie era where he lived for a short time. Holcomb said he then lived in Oregon, Arizona, back to Oregon and then Iowa.

Holcomb, now retired, came to Iowa in 2010 where he resided in an RV at Doggs RV Park near Rathbun Lake while looking for a house to purchase. Holcomb said he came to Iowa because of inexpensive property and lower tax rates.

The house he found is  at 1735 S. 18th St. where he opened his business.

Holcomb said the tie-dying process is time consuming and requires a lot of water. His last water bill was for $200, he said.

Tie-dye 101 start to finish eight hours: Wash and dry the item to size it, Holcomb said. Soak it in cold water, ring dry and place on plastic. Now, manipulate the object to create the desired tie dye design and use rubber bands to hold it all together. Apply dyes then place the item in a plastic bag to keep it from drying out and bake it.

"In the summer time I lay them out on the sidewalk or the driveway and let the sun bake them," Holcomb said. "And in the winter time you can put them in the oven."

Holcomb said after four-six hours the heat sets the dye into the fabric. Holcomb washes the tie dye item in warm water and dries it before it becomes a finished product.

Holcomb then recommends customers wash each tie dye item with like colors the next couple washes.

Holcomb called his business a hobby that got out of hand.

"In the 1970s I did my first tie dye and this is what's come of it," Holcomb said of his business venture in Centerville. "It started off as a hobby and it just got out of hand and this is what we ended up with."

Holcomb said people are starting to get back into tie dye clothing.

"There's a lot of interest in it," Holcomb said. "And not just in Centerville but all over the country. People are starting to look at tie dies."

Holcomb's customer's ages range from the late 30s to early 60s, but he said he does see a few younger customers.

 "A few of the kids are buying them but there's more adults buying tie dies," Holcomb said, because adults remember the 1960s and 1970s.

Holcomb said when customers walk into his store they are surprised by the selection and prices.

"Once they're in the store then they are pleasantly surprised by what's being offered to them," Holcomb said. "There is no sticker shock for them."

Tie Dye Shop & Boutique, 1735 S. 18th St., Centerville, is open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and it does accept credit and debit cards, cash and checks. The owner can be reached by calling (641) 895-9619.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Honey Creek Resort recognized for recycling MORAVIA — Honey Creek Resort State Park on Rathbun Lake has been selected as having the best government recycling program by the Iowa Recycling Association.“Iowa’s Greenest Resort” received the award July 17 during the Iowa Recycling Association annu

    July 23, 2014

  • Appanoose County Farm Bureau annual meeting President Mark McGill welcomed 85 members and guests to the annual meeting of the Appanoose County Farm Bureau on Tuesday, July 15 at the Faith United Methodist Church, south of Centerville. Guest speaker Walt Hackney, who writes DTN’s “Talkin’ Lives

    July 23, 2014

  • School board reviews legislative priorities The Centerville School Board met for a regular meeting Monday, July 14, welcoming new member Steve Hoch, who replaced Tom Lange after his resignation.High School band director Jim DePrizio approached the board to see if the Band Boosters could receiv

    July 22, 2014

  • A.C. history by Enfys McMurry © 2014 Enfys McMurry All rights reserved.July 23,1920-1926: For some people, the changing role of women in this time, was leading to the breakdown of the family. The "Divorce Rate Is Appalling," said one headline. It was the KKK Southern Iowa America

    July 22, 2014

  • 072214 Medics Skills Photo Local medics advance skills Recently, six EMT’s from Mercy Medical Center advanced their credentials and skill levels to become paramedics.Dan Howington, Brenda Howington, Jeff Devoll, Katy Devoll, Andy Mericle and Jerilyn Inman invested their time over the last 18 months to ob

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • A.C. history by Enfys McMurry © 2014 Enfys McMurry All rights reserved. July 22, 1945: Exline’s L. Jay Johnson, who opened a funeral home on East Maple Street on his return to Centerville from World War 2, survived the U.S. 8th AAF. He won a “Lucky Bastard” award from his fellow airmen on completion of 25 dangerous missi

    July 22, 2014

  • 072214 AC Fair Photo1 Antique tractor display The Lapland Plowboys Antique Tractor Club will be displaying a large selection of antique tractors Monday through Friday at the Appanoose County Fair.

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • Fire protection score improves CENTERVILLE – The Centerville Fire Department recently received word that the community’s rating on Insurance Services Office’s Public Protection Classification survey had improved.The survey in question analyzes the fire suppression services in a co

    July 22, 2014

  • Humble Heroes Foundationhelps soldiers' children CENTERVILLE — Justin Zaputil remembers when Master Sgt. Travis Riddick died. The common reactions didn’t feel right.Mourning and then moving on left something undone. It didn’t seem to accomplish what Zaputil and a handful of others wanted. It didn’t

    July 22, 2014

  • A.C. history by Enfys McMurry © 2014 Enfys McMurry All rights reserved.July 20, 1942-5: As the country geared itself into second World War production, vital raw materials were critically short. Collections of metals, rubber, greases, nylons and silks, paper and rags, even milkwee

    July 21, 2014

  • Street paving project update tonight Nancy Huisman with Hall Engineering is on tonight’s Centerville City Council agenda to deliver an update on the East and West State streets and North 10th Street paving project.The council will set a time and date to again discuss the second reading

    July 21, 2014

  • 072114 Howard Service Photo 2 Hundreds attend Howard graveside services Several hundred men, women and children attended the 11 a.m. Saturday graveside services for Moulton native Staff Sgt. Robert E. “Bobby” Howard at Sunset View Cemetery north of Moulton.Pastor Brian Hargrave officiated. Hargrave talked about why we co

    July 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • Solicitation ordinance at a standstill Solicitation ordinance at a standstill

    The Centerville City Council during a special meeting Thursday at City Hall did not pass the second reading of an ordinance that will modify city code to prevent solicitation of funds on city streets.
    Instead, the council voted 3-2 to ...

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Graveside services for Staff Sgt. Robert E. Howard Graveside services for Staff Sgt. Robert E. Howard

    Graveside services were held Saturday morning at Sunset View Cemetery just north of Moulton for Staff Sgt. Robert E. Howard.

    July 19, 2014 4 Photos

  • American flags for Robert E. Howard American flags for Robert E. Howard

    At least 200 men, women and children came to the Centerville Fire Department firehouse at 2 p.m. Friday to participate in placing more than 2,000 American flags along the route from Centerville to Sunset View Cemetery just north of Moulton, the place where Moulton native Staff Sgt. Robert E. Howard will be laid to rest Saturday at 11 a.m.

    July 18, 2014 4 Photos

Obituaries
Featured Ads
Poll

The Iowegian wants readers to think about the 2014 Appanoose County Fair. It starts Monday and wraps up on Saturday with a demolition derby at 8 p.m. So, the question of the week is, "How many days do you plan to go to the Appanoose County Fair?

A. I plan to attend all six days.
B. I plan to attend five days.
C. I plan to attend four days.
D. I plan to attend three days.
E. I plan to attend two days.
F. I plan to attend one day.
G. I do not plan to go to the fair this year.
     View Results
Iowegian on Facebook