When Rhine St. General first opened its doors a year and half ago, owner Kathy Powers never expected the response the store has received.
Starting another business was not even in the plans for Kathy, who could not run the store without help from friend Char. Nephew Jason Fishers’ summer location of LTD was just supposed to be a winter project and then back to the flea market circuit for the summer. But after the music studio vacated next door, and wandering around the space a number of times, she decided to commit to beginning a new venture.
The size of the storefront was very overwhelming and Kathy and Char thought running it as a co-op was the only way to fill the place up and to be able to offer a wide variety of merchandise.
They first approached friends who also did the flea markets. After a number of them decided to be a part of Rhine St. General, everything fell into place. It was agreed that everyone’s items would all be blended together in the main store area instead of a booth atmosphere.
Soon after Lester Miller took over the old kitchen area to display his tools, including antique and used tools, fishing items and vintage kitchen gadgets. The “Man Cave” has turned out to be very popular with customers.
The store carries items from vintage furniture to antiques to home decor to new and gently used clothing to beading supplies. They also carry many handcrafted items.
Heading into the store’s second summer brings some new additions. Customers can now find the works of local artists Jan Drees and Chris and John Wolf. Birdhouse creator B. I. Crafts supplies the store with their unique houses.
Also, after renting an area for the winter, Elkhart Lake’s Mix & Mingle decided to make the store their new location. Kathy said, “Having Mix & Mingle join our store was an exciting addition, plus it gives their longtime customers year round access to their merchandise.”
She added, “The great things about this business is that every day is different and all the wonderful people we have met, many of them now loyal customers. We hope that we will be part of Elkhart Lake for many years to come.”
Off the Rail is open seven days each week during the summer months, from 7 a. m. to 3 p. m.
Off the Rail Café is a cozy café which will accommodate specific dining needs and offers a great family-friendly atmosphere.
Offered are breakfast, lunch, specialty coffee and tea drinks, wine and beer, deli, catering and homemade baked goods.
Meet in Elkhart Lake’s original railroad depot with friends, family and clients. Free wireless internet service is available.
Off the Rail Café is located at 4 4A Gottfried St. Call 876-3655 or check out www.offtherailelkhartlake.comfor more information.
Gina’s Fine Gifts & Framing offers gift ideas for all occasions.
Gina’s specializes in the complete and professional custom framing service of wedding and special occasion photography, fine art and prints, needlework, sports jerseys and memorabilia, shadowboxes and children’s art. The shop also offers glass replacement, custom mirrors, commercial framing services and installation.
Beautifully restored, the shop’s rustic space is both warm, welcoming and filled with a wide variety of hard-to-find specialty gift items. Within the character-filled beams of the old building, shoppers also will find a large selection of kitchen and home decor, eco-friendly household cleaners, candles and diffusers, luxurious bath and body products, greeting cards and fine stationery, hard-to-find artisan jewelry, a great selection of quality purses and handbags, a fun-filled children’s section and much more.
Gina’s also carries a vast selection of fine teas and tea accessories, perfect for the avid tea connoisseur; gourmet dips and treats as well as candies and chocolates. Stop in to see all of the new and exciting 2012 inventory.
Gina’s Fine Gifts & Framing is conveniently located at 44 Gottfried St. in Elkhart Lake. It is open year round. For more information call 876-2874 or check out www.GinasCustomFraming.com.
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