Owners: Dr. Erik and Staci Anderson
Location: Nevada, Mo.
History: In 2013, veterinarian Dr. Erik Anderson and his wife, Staci, opened 54 Feed and Seed.
It began in a rambling, two-storied farm house next to their residence.. Staci’s passion is plants and gardening. They built a greenhouse and she began selling plants. But a Purina feed salesman visited and suggested they open an animal feed store, which would be a dealership for Purina Feed; one that would appeal to women and be women-friendly, and would include a gift shop.
“I got right on it,” Staci said.
She more than fulfilled their expectations.
Products and Services: “We sell a quality feed,” Staci stressed. “You won’t find it in most stores. We have a full line of animal products for the rancher with lots of cattle or horses, those raising chickens, or maybe only two goats. Whatever the need, we can fill it. We appeal to exotic farmers as well. A couple of people come in who raise kangaroos. When customers come, they enjoy perusing the gift shop, or purchasing some plants or shrubs. That’s what we’re here for.”
The gift shop in the antique house still retains some original oak floors and features home décor and one-of-a-kind gift items all with a country flair. Anything a modern country home would desire with a shabby chic flair. There is a full line of garden supplies, chemicals, fertilizer and bulk seeds. Birdbaths, fairy garden furniture, sculpture art, unique farm toys – whatever you might desire for your own use or a gift. It’s a fun search.
The house, greenhouse and display area adjoin a barn and storage shed containing a full line of quality feed for animals.
Each spring, they feature open house with the display area ablaze with color with plants and shrubs for sale. In the fall, they have mums and other fall flowers, pumpkins, gourds, hay or straw bales and cornstalks.