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A long-time business in Maquoketa is getting ready to close its doors. After 44 years of buying and selling and dealing antiques, Banowetz Antique Mall announced it's going out of business.

"It's to retire and spend time with family," Said Kathy Banowetz. "We need some time while we're still healthy," she added. 
Virl And Kathy Banowetz first opened a 35,000 square foot store in the 1970s. It moved in the early 90s because of the expansion of highway 61 around Maquoketa. Then, about two years ago, the business moved across the street to a building of about 13,000 square feet.

When asked if the antique business has changed, Kathy Banowetz said younger people still like collectibles, but they're more into mid-century retro or art deco items.

"People buy what they remember when they were growing up," she said.

She added the Internet has changed the way people shop for antiques, but Virl Banowetz says furniture sales have remained strong in their store. 

"The chair market is better than ever," he added.

The business has helped put Maquoketa on the map. Kathy Banowetz says they have shipped antiques to at least 20 countries around the world. The first overseas shipment was to Perth, Australia. The most recent was just shipped Monday to Switzerland.

On Tuesday, April 22, they announced they are going out of business and will start liquidating their inventory on May 1, 2014. They also house items from about 50 to 60 antique dealers. The couple will continue to operate their bed and breakfast business.

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