In January of 2007 renovations of Ehlers Store began. The store is actually four buildings pieced together. The very first store added the original Cornucopia boarding house to it and knocked out the wall between the two. Around the 1950s the quonset hut was added to the back of the building and the kitchen was added. No one is sure when the barn was attached to the store. In 2007 the wall separating the barn was knocked out, making Ehlers as big as it is today.
Jayne Norton and Max Taubert purchased Ehlers Store with the goal of preserving the history and integrity of one of the oldest entities in Cornucopia, Wisconsin. Much of the building has been restored to its original appearance while new equipment has allowed us to expand the product lines.
We now offer organic groceries as well as the old standards. The hardware and apparel departments have been doubled in size. Something new for Ehlers is the addition of a deli, serving sandwiches all year long and salads in the summer months. A small garden center has been added to meet all your gardening needs. Ehlers will have plants supplied by Silver Sage Farms from Port Wing.
We look forward to your visit and hope you not only will enjoy shopping with us, but will appreciate this historic fixture in beautiful Downtown Corny.
In 1913 Herman Ehlers moved to the small South Shore community of Cornucopia, Wisconsin. He was working as a bookkeeper for the Flieth-Thompson Lumber Company in 1915 when a series of fires swept across the lakefront destroying the three sawmills in the area.
Finding himself out of work, Herman and one of his former employers founded the Flieth-Ehlers Mercantile Company, know today as Historic Ehlers Store. Herman settled in Cornucopia and married Esther Johnson, a local schoolteacher. The Ehlers raised eight children in Cornucopia. Their son Harold took over the family business from his father and ran the store until 2006.
Historic Ehlers General Store has been the place to go on the South Shore since 1915. Renovated and updated in 2007 we now have a deli, expanded hardware and groceries. Local arts and crafts and much much more.