Gentlemen’s Quarter gets a facelift

Building one of the older downtown structures

Carol Wagner, Leader Correspondent

Photo by Carol Wagner Jeff Kirchner, owner of Gentlemen’s Quarter, recently completed a renewal of the exterior of the historic building.

Gentlemen’s Quarter at 109 S. Main St. in Shawano recently got a new exterior update. Owner Jeff Kirchner said the building was beginning to show its age.

“I’ve had a lot of calls and positive feedback from the community and business leaders,” he said.

The Kuckuk & Pulcifer building is one of the oldest on Main Street and was ready for business in 1890. It has housed grocery, jewelry and optical businesses and more recently was a shoe store.

“I still have people who come in and think it’s a shoe store,” Kirchner said.

He hired Jesse Woods of Lake Country to do the renovation work, and together they brainstormed what to do.

“Jesse was instrumental in the vision and design,” Kirchner said. “I’m very pleased with what he did.”

The two-week project included cleaning the brick, cleaning, oiling and restaining the cedar shingles, stripping, priming and painting the metal cornices spruce green, and changing the trim in front and back to spruce green.

Kirchner started the men’s clothing store in 1992 and bought the building in 2005. He said the historical building is very sound. He didn’t want to have a fake front, but wanted to give it some new life.

“It turned out well,” he said.

Kirchner was able to obtain some funds for the work through a BID grant, but otherwise paid for the work.

Kirchner and his new associate, Riley Courchaine, provide a full-service men’s store with everything from jeans to suits, shirts, sweaters, outerwear, tuxedo rentals and accessories. Gentlemen’s Quarter is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and by appointment on Sunday. For information, call 715-524-6100.