Lighthouse Gallery & Gifts
Location and Contact Info:
306 Main Street, Racine, WI 53403, 262-886-3177, www.lighthousegalleryandgifts.com
Hours of Operation:
11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday – Friday
11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday
Check website for updated summer hours
Linda and Scott Olsen
Please share a bit about your background:
Linda has 20 plus years in printing and design and still provides printing and graphics services through her company, Olsen Graphics. Scott began his journey into professional photography after guests commented, “Scott, you should be selling your pictures,” after viewing prints displayed on the couple’s living room walls. His business is MyEyes Photography. Lighthouse Gallery & Gifts moved to downtown Racine in 2017. The new location is larger than the former location on Highway 20 allowing more items to be offered including candles, sachets, more U.S. made items, beach glass art, and works from more local artists.
What was the inspiration for your business?
The Olsens initially test-marketed items at craft shows and received such positive reactions that they decided to open a retail location. “We find it very satisfying to find that perfect gift – matching a customer with something they are thrilled to have found.” People often come into the store not sure what they are looking for, and leave having found the perfect item.
What’s your most popular item(s)?
Lots of artwork from local artists are displayed in the gallery, and unique custom-printed items, various “Racine” items, and various gift items are offered. Lighthouses are a specialty and Wind Point Lighthouse in particular features prominently.
Do you have a little-known specialty?
Custom-printed gift items using customer photos are available: coasters, ornaments, jewelry, wooden boxes, glass cutting boards, and more. The same gifts and more are also offered with Scott’s great photos printed on them. “There is really something for everyone,” according to Linda.
Can you share a sneak peek to your future plans?
Linda said, “We will continue to be responsive to customer requests and we frequently add new items. We will also continue to participate in special events such as the Downtown Racine Art Walk, Wine Walk, and First Fridays. Our tag line is ‘We’re more than lighthouses!’ and we want folks to stop in and see what we have to offer.”