Our Story

Our Vision

Our Mission

The Central Avenue Mercantile is run by a mother/daughter team who were both born and raised in Dubuque, IA. They were the first vendors in the Mercantile and were asked to take over the store when the previous owners stepped down. 

Our vision for the Mercantile is to bring in several independent vendors who create their own hand-crafted or home-grown goods. Our Artisans create a variety of items. It is also our vision to sell vinatge items and locally sourced health food items. 

Our mission as a new store front on Central Avenue is to bring goods to a neighborhood that lacks having a variety of buisnesses present. As a part of the Potential on Central mission, our goal is to help in the revitalization of the Central Curve. 


Sun/Mon/Tues: By Appt. Only

Wed/Thur: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Fri/Sat: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

We are a small local business in Dubuque, Iowa. Located at 1902 Central Avenue, we are a part of the Potential on Central mission to revitalize the Central Curve. After opening in November of 2019, and then closing amid the Covid crisis, the Central Avenue Mercantile changed hands. The now proprietors, Vickie and Alice Klinkhammer, are a mother/daughter team who have lived in Dubuque their entire lives. After revitalizing the store, Vickie and Alice opened their doors on June 3rd, 2020. The Central Avenue Mercantile is a store that sells hand-crafted, home-grown, and vintage goods. We have approximately 30 vendors at any given time who come in with their merchandise they have made or grown by hand. These vendors set up their section of the store with their items. We have an eclectic mix of goods, perfect for any occasion and the hard to shop for person. We are open from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays, as well as 11:00 am to 6:00 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. We are open until 8:00 pm on the first Friday of every month as a part of the city's First Fridays event.

About Central Avenue Mercantile

You can't buy happiness, but you can buy local and that's kind of the same thing.

Meet Our Proprietors

Alice Klinkhammer

Resonating Moments Photography captures moments that will resonate for a lifetime. Alice Klinkhammer, owner of Resonating Moments Photography, is a Professional Photographer located in Dubuque, IA. Their Studio is located inside of the Central Avenue Mercantile at 1902 Central Ave in Dubuque, IA. They specialize in on location and outdoor photography, preferring to work in natural light. Alice was a fine artist who studied studio art, music and writing at Clarke University before beginning to take the journey into photography in 2015. After discovering a love for capturing moments, they transferred over their unique perspective as an artist to their photography. Resonating Moments Photography prides itself on its unique poses and interesting camera angles utilized to create a flattering photograph with an artistic composition. Make them a part of your special day to create memories from moments you will look back on for years to come.

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Vickie Klinkhammer

Vickie Klinkhammer has always had a strong passion for photography. Ever since receiving her first camera as a young child, her love and adoration of photography has grown into her profession. Vickie's photography and designs focuses on capivating scenery, natural landscapes, beautiful architecture, and macro material. The use of natural lighting and elements result in stunning compositions that are unique to Vickie's style. Through an innovative process, we transfer our stunning images on to our products creating exclusive, stylish merchandise that make bold statements. Whether you are looking for something unique for yourself, or a gift that will be extra special, our VLP Designs' products will be sure to delight.

Our Store

1902 Central Ave, Dubuque IA 52001

That's the thing with handmade items. They still have the person's mark on them, and when you hold them you feel less alone. 

Contact Us

How did you find us?  

If you have any questions, please call us at (563)-564-3908 or email us at centralavemerc@gmail.com. You may also fill out this form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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