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Andersonville’s Famous ‘Landmark’ Closing But Space Remains Local

Lankmark_AvilleThe famous and long time Andersonville favorite, The Landmark will be closing this week with their last day open to the public on Sunday, October 26. Located at 5245 N Clark St, the establishment has been a loved staple in the community and sustained for 30 years of business. Owned and run by the wildly-adored Jan Baxter, the store has a significant fan base and she has been known by many for all of her contributions to the neighborhood. As a leader in the ‘everything local’ movement here in Andersonville, Baxter will be passing the torch to Andersonville Antiques run and owned by Mark Valerio, Barbara Stanley and Ken. 

 aa-highCurrently there are two small businesses located in the basement of The Landmark, the Broken Buckle and Barbara’s Antiques. They will be combining into one and rebrand themselves into Andersonville Antiques. Alderman Harry Osterman will be doing a ribbon cutting ceremony for the store’s grand opening on November 14th. Broken Buckle has been in the space for 5 years and Barbara’s Antiques for 8 years. Mark, Barbara and Ken have always kept a very casual relationship with customers and have a great relationship with Baxter. Andersonville Antiques has an eclectic collection from rustic to industrial, mid-century to current day, a great deal of wood, metal and more. “Our main goal is to have great things at an accessible price range for all types of people. Every year that we have been open, we have seen an increase in business, and it is time to grow,” says co-owner Mark Valerio. The store intends to appeal to everyone and offer a selection of antiques in which everyone can find something to love. Valerio included, “We thank Jan for giving us the opportunity to start our business when we did and to help us grow. She is going to be missed at the Landmark, but we are happy to see her move on to the next venture!” 

Back in April, we broke the story about the store’s closing. Alderman Osterman and local community members all expressed sadness to hear that Baxter was moving on and all sent kind words about what her presence and loyalty to Andersonville has meant for other businesses. During the 80’s when other local stores were having a hard time keeping their doors open, Jan operated the Landmark as a cooperative renting space to artists to sell jewelry, soaps, clothes and other items in her store. While Baxter loves The Landmark, she feels as though it is time for a change. She has had a great run and is ready to have someone else come in and take over the space. Jan told us today her wishes are “For Andersonville to stay local. Please tell everyone I would like to thank those in the neighborhood for all their many years of support.”

We will miss you Jan Baxter and The Landmark of Andersonville! Cheer’s to the next chapter for you and thank you for all that you have done for the Andersonville community over the last 30 years. Welcome Andersonville Antiques!


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