Bank Haus Antiques owner Ruth Peterson has created a charming sitting area, highlighting her new fireplace and her settee set which came from the Fillmore House in Lanesboro.
Bank Haus Antiques owner Ruth Peterson has created a charming sitting area, highlighting her new fireplace and her settee set which came from the Fillmore House in Lanesboro.
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To step into Bank Haus Antiques in Wykoff is to step back in time with delights from eras long past.

"I've always liked antiques and furniture," proprietor Ruth Peterson explained. "And I've always wanted an antique shop."

As the fates would have it, Mary Sackett, owner of Margaret's Tea Room and Gifts (formerly Bank Gift Haus), was planning on moving her tearoom and gift shop across the street to take advantage of the larger kitchen.

"Mary knew I was looking at the buildings in Wykoff, so she said 'how about this, you go in here and I'll go over there. And this building is perfect for this!'"

Peterson officially opened her doors on April 2, welcoming visitors to roam as they browse her charming selection of furniture and décor.

Making the experience more enjoyable, Peterson will gladly delve into the history of her pieces, many of which were collected from local auctions, estate sales, garage sales, second-hand shops and even her own home.

"Those are just the places I find these things," she said. "Some of these pieces came from bed and breakfasts, some my sister found for me and it all has a lot of character."

Her sister, Violet, does more than just find items for the store, she creates them.

Artistry runs in the family for Peterson, where she has an eye for design her sister has finesse as a seamstress. One of her prized quilts is on display, while her handmade rugs are available for sale in the shop.

For now the shop is open for only limited hours, but as Peterson approaches her 40-year anniversary with Mayo Clinic she is preparing for retirement. And when that time comes she plans to run the same hours as Sackett's business, Margaret's Tea Room and Gifts, which are Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

After nearly two months of business, Peterson has no regrets, just excitement for the future.

"It's been just so much fun, we're having a blast," she said of finding and adding new treasures to her shop. "It's been quite the little adventure!"