Just a few short months after the River's End Gallery closed up shop downtown, a new retail store will be taking its place.

The Farmer's Daughter Collection, 380 W. Main Street, has its grand opening ceremony Saturday, April 16, said owner Lynn Pfeil.

A ribbon cutting for the store — which offers handmade jewelery, pottery and artifacts from Arizona and New Mexico American Indian artists — will be held at 1 p.m. and the store will be open until 7 p.m. that day, Pfeil said. During the grand opening, there will also be a drawing for a $25 gift certificate to the store.

According to a new release, the jewelry sold at The Farmer's Daughter Collection is sterling silver with turquoise, coral, lapis, hematite, citrine, amber and quartz gemstones; the pottery includes pieces created by Santa Clara, Navajo, Jemez and Hopi artists; and a selection of sand art, handmade rugs and kachina dolls is also available.

'The Farmer's Daughter Collection serves individuals who have discerning taste for high quality Arizona and New Mexico American Indian-made crafts and jewelry,' Pfeil said in the release. 'The pieces I have collected are very special and I look forward to meeting Southeast Wisconsin's collectors of American Indian treasures.'

The spring and summer store hours — 'For now,' Pfeil emphasized — are 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

The Farmer's Daughter Collection is moving into the building recently vacated by the River's End Gallery.

River's End owner Joan Skimmons announced late last year that she was closing her Waukesha location after nine years due to declining sales, a result of ongoing construction. However, Skimmons' Elm Grove location, 890 Elm Grove Road, remains open.

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