Antique Center Of La Crosse
La Crosse, WI
Situated on the western border of the state of Wisconsin, the city of La Crosse lies tucked at the foot of several 500-foot river bluffs. From “Grandad Bluff”, mentioned by Mark Twain in the book, Life on the Mississippi, one can look over the “three states region” of Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota. The city of La Crosse grew near the confluence of three rivers: just north of the city the Black River empties into the mighty Mississippi and further downstream, closer to the downtown area, the La Crosse River, which splits the city into distinct north and south sections, also flows into the Mississippi.
Due to its location near the major transportation arteries of the Mississippi River and the railroad between Milwaukee and St. Paul, Minnesota the city of La Crosse became a center of commerce for the logging and brewing industries as well as many other manufacturers who saw the advantages in the city’s location.
And then, some thirty years ago, a group of seven antiques lovers who had, for some time been dreaming of owning their own antiques shop began to realize that dream.
The Gantert Furniture building which had been a fixture in downtown La Crosse for over a century and which had been vacant for some time began to call their names. The seven determined that the building’s size and location would lend itself to a fantastic Antiques Shop and so they screwed up their courage, signed a lease, and The Antique Center of La Crosse was born!
A flurry of activity soon followed as they cleaned, scrubbed, developed a business model and then finally began to measure out spaces. As soon as The Antique Center of La Crosse was opened business took off. The shop became a major downtown attraction and over the years more dealers joined the enterprise.
Soon the space needed to be expanded and so the second floor and then later on the basement were developed into additional retail space. From its commanding position on South Third Street, The Antique Center of La Crosse became the premiere antiques shop in the area. It remains so today.
Soon handwritten receipts gave way to computer-generated records. What was modern for dealers who grew up in the 50’s and 60’s is now “vintage” to the younger generations. The treasures coming out of Grandma’s house have changed. But one thing has remained consistent over the years: The Antiques Center of La Crosse’s commitment to maintain only quality antique inventory. To this day every effort is made to keep reproductions and new items out of the store.
In 2015 The Antiques Center of La Crosse’s guest book listed visitors from 43 states and 12 foreign countries. The shop is open 361 days of the year, closed only on Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Perched on the Mississippi River, the largest city on Wisconsin’s western border, home to three major colleges and universities, and a center for local and regional history, La Crosse, Wisconsin is an easy drive from Minnesota’s Twin Cities, Des Moines, Iowa, and an even easier drive from Rochester, Minnesota. The dealers of The Antiques Center of La Crosse invite you to come for a visit.
Antique Center Of La Crosse
110 South Third Street
La Crosse, WI 54601
~ Open 361 Days–A-Year * ~
~ 7 Days-A-Week ~
Monday – Saturday: 9:00 am to 5:30 pm
Sunday: 11 am to 5:30 pm
( * The Antique Center is closed only on
Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.)