One of the remarkable aspects of northern Wisconsin towns is the history of each business, making them mainstays in their communities.
Such is the history of The Little Gift House & Coffeee Shop in Solon Springs – transitioning from a thrift shop to today’s current business. In the 1970’s, Marvel Swanson and her daughter Linda Rindo, began their thrift shop in a space next to the current Dahlberg Light and Power building. They transformed a former barber shop into a thriving thrift business where locals and visitors alike, found great deals of useful items and decorations.
A former grocery store, the building was relocated to it’s current location to become a shoe store. In 1979, The Little Gift House & Coffee Shop purchased the building to begin business year around. It carried a wide variety of handmade goods, bulk foods, candies, fabric, gift and candle items. In 2002, a two-room addition was constructed to facilitate quilting classroom and fabrics.
In keeping with the tradition of a women’s partnership, the enterprise is currently owned by Becky Rummel, Cathy Forrest, and Nell Rae Forrest, since 2012. These women are not only partners, but family members – Grandmother, daughter, and granddaughter.
One of the first things you notice upon entering the main store is the lovely aromas of candles, homemade soaps, and oils. A warm welcome from Rebecca is an invitation to enjoy the experience. The arrangement of finely staged products create an atmosphere that invites visitors to explore, discovering the unique variety of products not found in retail box stores. This is the place to discover unique decorative items for home or a gift for any occasion. Some items are locally produced, others from specialized product lines. The store carries a variety of chai, teas, candies, etc.
The Little Gift House & Coffee Shop Submitted by Maralene Strom, and the Forest & Monthly Editorial Team Quilts and clothing created by area fiber artisans are also available.
The fiber workroom is accessible in the rear of the building via the gift shop. You will find all the supplies you need – pattern books, tools, textiles, etc. Scheduled classes are held here to advance skills or learn new ones. Need a break over a warm or cold beverage? Something tasty to eat? The Coffee Shop is accessible through the gift shop or from outside. The Coffee Shop was added in 2005, closing briefly and reopening in spring 2014. Locals and visitors alike find it a relaxing atmosphere to fellowship, or a nice stop in a comfortable setting to take a break.
This long-running shop continues to be a female, and family member run business. All have the gift of customer service. They are active in the community, with a strong sense of the local business cooperation. Without hesitation, they refer visitors to local area businesses for services they need when visiting the area. These women will always greet you with a smile, great service, and memory of a wonderful experience at The Little Gift House & Coffee Shop in Solon Springs, Wisconsin.
For more information, visit www.thelittlegifthouse.com or call 715- 378-4170