Saturday, March 23, 2019

Shops sprouting around the square

Vienna is becoming a destination spot for antique hunters. During the past year several new shops have opened. The stores are mostly centered around the historic public square in Vienna.

The Vienna Town Square Mall Antiques and More opened a few months ago, quickly followed by Susi’s Courtside Treasures and The Tater Patch. One can find many fine antiques and decorator items in these businesses.

Courtside Treasures and the Vienna Town Square Mall have many booths filled with antiques and treasures of all kinds.  The Tater Patch has country, primitives, toys, smalls, and “mantiques.”

Another antiques shop, From The Past Antiques, has been in operation on the public square for almost twenty years. This shop contains desirable antique furniture. Owner and operators, Janet and Gary Hacker, have commented that “they welcome and are very pleased to see the new antiques businesses coming to Vienna.”

These stores are located on the historic Vienna public square where the Johnson County Courthouse is located. The courthouse is on the National Registry of Historic Places and additionally is the oldest continuously used courthouse in the State of Illinois.  Visitors take notice of the courthouse and the other historic buildings.

And, just a couple weeks ago another antiques store, Memory Road Antiques, opened for business at the corner of 3rd and Main Street, just off the square.  The owner, Richard Webb, comes to Vienna with vast experience in operating in the antiques field, as he previously was associated with several antiques malls in Metropolis.

Some shoppers make a day of it on the  Vienna square by eating at Family Pizza in an old historic bank building or stopping in the old historic First National Bank building at Vitamin T Sun Spa.

Since these businesses have opened, antique hunters from throughout the Midwest have started travelling to Vienna searching to find that one of a kind antique.

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