The Antique & Artisans Emporium
Each month we will feature a different business from the Historic Downtown District of Harlingen, Texas.
Sitting quaintly on the corner of 2nd Street and Jackson Avenue in Harlingen, Texas the Antique & Artisans Emporium at 123 East Jackson Avenue resides in what was once the Rexall Drug store back in the 50’s and 60’s. Even the old soda counter is still intact! It seems fitting that this space should house a beautiful and varied collection of antiques for over 25 years.
June Ramirez and her husband Tony Ramirez opened the store in 1991 when June retired from work as a restaurant manager and it has been a mainstay of the Historic Downtown District ever since.
With over twenty five vendors housed within the antique shop, there’s a variety of beautiful forgotten treasures for antique hunters to sort through.
“Most of the vendors have been with us for a long time,” says June, citing one that has been with the cooperative since its inception.
In the far left corner of the store the casual shopper will find Frank’s Collection Record Shop where those interested in music can find just about anything in vinyl, cassette, eight-track, cd… even Edison record format, all at a reasonable price.
Lauded as “The Best Little Record Shop in Texas”, Frank’s Collection is named in posthumous tribute to Tony’s brother’s first coin collection. The shop also boasts an amazing selection of vintage comics, coins, knives, fishing gear, and much more.
Franks Collection is a DJ’s paradise for vinyl to scratch, sample and play though Tony quips,”Most of my customers are millennials looking for vinyl after discovering their parents records… Foreigner, Journey… BLONDIE.”