Lake City Button Factory

Lake City Button Factory

Two couples are putting their money, sweat and passion into bringing one of Lake City's oldest buildings back to life.

They might even make some money on the restoration, which could cost up to $500,000 when all the repairs, upgrades and refurbishing are done, said Dave Close, one of the four people involved in Lake Pepin Pearl Button Co.

No matter the financial profit, "We are making history," said his wife, Juleen Close, because they are restoring and reusing a building that was closed up for at least 60 years. Many people have stopped to thank them for doing something with the building, she said.

"This building has been a mystery," she said.

"Deep down, I think we want to do the community a favor," her husband added. "I think there are some things worth preserving."

They hope to make the old button factory building into a mutli-use store, mainly for antiques, that will be an anchor for other businesses on the south side of the business district. The other couple is Rene Lawson and Lora Schwartz; all four are from Lake City.

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Mar 26, 2014
Just went here and loved it
by: Anonymous

I just went to the Lake Pepin Pearl Button Company and the owenrs were great to work with. I ended up buying an Antique Gumball machine. They told me they were starting a new website as well.

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