Iowa antiques mall refocuses, plans grand re-opening

MAQUOKETA, Iowa – The summer of 2011 marked 40 years in business for Banowetz Antiques of Maquoketa, Iowa. Located 25 miles south of Dubuque, the enterprise is entering a new phase in 2012 and is planning a grand re-opening.

Virl and Kathy Banowetz first opened for business as Banowetz Antiques in 1970. At first, they sold out of a warehouse behind their home just north of Maquoketa, Iowa. Over the years, there were several expansions at their original location, growing the display area there to about 30,000 square feet. In 1985, a second antique store was opened in Galena, Ill. In 1995, Banowetz Antiques expanded to open Banowetz Antique MaIl in Maquoketa.

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Then another expansion came in 2001 with the opening of Banowetz Antiques Showroom just across the street from the mall, at which point they were offering 50,000 square feet of antiques and collectibles and had more than 150 dealers.

The Banowetzes now have chosen to refocus their efforts in the former showroom building across from the former mall building, which has been sold. The new area will consist of about 13,000 square feet of space.

Banowetz Antiques will house 50 dealers offering everything from Victorian walnut, golden oak and country furniture to architectural antiques and everything in between, including stained and beveled glass windows; lamps, clocks, watches and coins; china, glassware, pottery, stoneware and graniteware; toys, trains and dolls; silver, jewelry and sports collectibles; quilts, linens, books and much more.

Banowetz Antiques is located 25 miles south of Dubuque, just off Highway 61 at the intersection with Highway 64, directly across the street from their previous location. The store is open daily from 10-5 p.m. Dates are yet to be determined for Banowetz Antiques’ re-opening sale.

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