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Cindy VanWinkle has owned Life's Little Oasis, located on Bush Street in downtown Red Wing, for the past 15 years. The store will close Aug. 31. (Republican Eagle photo by Sarah Gorvin)

'Oasis' dries up

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When Cindy and Jim VanWinkle bought Life's Little Oasis in 1998, they had almost no retail experience.

"We just have bungled our way through owning a business," Cindy VanWinkle said. "We've made many mistakes along the way, but it's a learning process."


The trinket and gift store officially opened Dec. 26, 1998. Then, the store was located in a small area on the main floor of Pottery Place Historic Center.

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Sarah Gorvin
Sarah Gorvin has been with the Republican Eagle for two years and covers education, business and crime and courts. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2010 with a  journalism degree.