About Pastimes


There are multiple reasons that our shop came to be known as Pastimes.

For over 60 years, our building was the home of the Fahning Lumber Supply and located in downtown Waterville on Hoosac and Third. The building was moved to this site in 1982. It seemed appropriate that this should be a shop that reflected its age in some of the products sold so we specialize in taking old things and restoring them to like new condition. Who wouldn’t want a fresh coat of paint after 109 years?

We use a lot of RE words at our shop. Repurpose. Restore. Reimagine. Reinvent. Recycle. Renovate.

We’ve renovated this Old Building to give it another 100 years of life. The Artisans in our shop all share a common genetic code that translates into: “What can we do with this old thing to give it new life. We’ve gathered a talented group of people and they’re all from the heart of the Southern Minnesota Lakes Region. You won’t find anything made in China here unless it’s an Abacus. Every day, we get new inspiration and someone in our group brings in new products.

We also know the area is great for celebrating some of your pastimes: hiking, biking, fishing, camping, and in general, taking a break from life in the fast lane in our beautiful Southern Lakes Region. If you’re looking for a unique gift to commemorate your stay here, you’ll find it at Pastimes. We’re celebrating your Pastimes while practicing ours.