From our place to yours —Rplace is new business in Chester

Brianna Olson, right, will be operating Rplace for her grandmother, Renae Anderson.

Brianna Olson, right, will be operating Rplace for her grandmother, Renae Anderson.

By Marcie Klomp

The old liquidator buildings, which have stood empty for five years, are showing signs of life again. Renae Anderson and granddaughter Brianna Olson opened up a consignment/thrift shop, Rplace, in the two buildings last week. “We can fill every room of your house!” Anderson noted.

“We purchased the buildings on May 1 from Harlow (Galbreath) and have been fixing it up since then,” Anderson explained. Along with the double-wide store, she also bought the garage, warehouse and grassy lot.

Although she is young, Olson is looking forward to running the store. The family has been busy the past few weeks getting the place set up. Olson is using some of her decorating talent she inherited from her mother, Neverlyn Anderson.

The gently-used and new furniture comes from a store Renae owned with her sister in Waukon. After two years, her sister decided to move to Indiana. It was a perfect time to fill the Rplace space. Some of the new furniture is Amish-made.

Renae, who drives the Amish around the country, plans to continue driving, so she will just be a mentor to Olson.
Besides furniture, the store has some clothing, housewares, knick-knacks, antiques, new Christmas items, crafts and more. Something a little different is that Rplace is accepting donations. “Half of the proceeds will be given to a local charity of your choice,” Renae explained.

Neverlyn will have some of the beautiful jewelry she makes for sale as well. “It has everything your little heart desires,” said Olson.

“That’s why we named it Rplace. It’s like walking into your own home,” Renae added.

Galbreath opened North-east Iowa Liquidators in the building in 2004, purchasing the former J&S Liquidators.

He added a pizza place around 2008. Renae also has plans to open a pizza place in the back, as well. She has the recipe and experience to pull it off. She owned Showdown Pizza at Cresco and LeRoy. “We’ll use the same recipe. It will be similar to Borderline and other deep dish pizzas,” she noted.

The consignment shop will be open at the same time as the dine in or carry-out pizza business—reminiscent of Borderline and J&S Liquidators back in the day. When both businesses were open, folks would walk across the street to the Liquidators to shop before, during and after ordering pizza from Borderline.
Renae is hoping to get the pizza up and baking around the first of the year.

But don’t wait for pizza to check out the newest business in Chester. You can stop in seven days a week: Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 11-4 on Sunday. Sign up for the Christmas drawing.

If you would like to consign an item, give Olson a call at 507-481-7392.


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