Located on Historic RT 20, The Tepee is half way between the charming villages of Cherry Valley and Sharon Springs NY.
The Tepee is know for its breathtaking panoramic view of The Mohawk Valley, reaching 90 miles north to the distant Adirondack Mountains. What a view!
Not only is it the place to go for Minnetonka Moccasins, fine Native American-made items, drums, flutes, music and books, there is also a selection of products made in the USA as well as locally. Wow, something for everybody!
Donna and Dale Latella are sisters who have been celebrating life and work in Upstate New York since 2000, when they became the owners of The Tepee, a gift shop located along State Route 20, midway between Cherry Valley and Sharon Springs. The Tepee, a 50-foot-tall structure, is celebrating over 60 years in business. The sisters are the third family owning The Tepee, and since 2005 the gift shop has been open year-round in order to satisfy their loyal customers.
Built in 1950, The Tepee has been and will always be a part of “Americana”, harking back to the day of family vacations and roadside attractions. In the beginning it was primarily a souvenir shop for the Turnpike traveler, but today it offers a wide selection of merchandise for both travelers and local residents. Minnetonka Moccasins are very popular year-round, with special orders and shipping available. Native American handcrafted items continue to be essential to The Tepee tradition and include flutes, drums, pottery, jewelry and so much more. The gift shop is not limited to only Native items; there are also leather belts, wallets, candles, soaps, oils, greeting cards, crystals, statuary, music, books, clothing and an extensive selection of jewelry. The Tepee also strives to carry items that are made in the USA as well as locally.