PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wis. (KCRG-TV9) -- This week KCRG-TV9 is featuring the cities of Marquette, McGregor and Prairie du Chien together as Our Towns.
If you can't find what you want at The Cannery in Prairie du Chien, WI, you might not find it anywhere. (KCRG-TV9)
If you're looking for unique gift items or just something special to decorate your home, you need to visit one business in Our Town Prairie du Chien. If you can't find what you want at The Cannery, you might not find it anywhere.
The building itself dates back to 1912 when it was a cannery -- a factory that canned tomatoes, pickles and sauerkraut. Those days are long gone.
For the last 21 years, people have walked the aisles, enjoying a fascinating shopping experience.
"It's not just what we have here, actually, you can buy whatever we have here anywhere. But I think it's the whole ambience of the building, the setting, the brick, the size of it, the quantity of the merchandise, it all plays into it. But it's just kind of the overall feel when you come in the store," said JoAnn Evans, the business's owner.
It can all be a little overwhelming. The aisles seem to go on forever, with different sections full of home décor items, collectibles, candles, gourmet food selections, a garden shop, craft items, and so much more… including the store's own ice cream shop featuring some delicious choices, plus the fabulous fudge that they make right there.
Altogether, it's an experience people just don't forget.
"Sometimes I'd be standing behind the counter, and people would be leaving, and I'd say, 'Thank you for stopping, and did you find what you were looking for?' And they would turn around with this kind of look on their face saying, 'I'm so overwhelmed. I can't think of anything. I just have to go home and think.' And I understand that because it can be overwhelming. So there's been a lot of people that's come through and thanked us, saying maybe they were having a bad day, and they just come in here and it made them feel good. We've had people stop at the door and ask if there's a charge to come in. So, but it's been a great 21 years."