Tremont is located in central Illinois, approximately 20 minutes from Peoria and 40 minutes from Bloomington. Traveling through Tremont on Illinois Rt. 9, you will find Tremont Gallery located in the Tremont Depot. Tremont Gallery is owned and operated by sisters, Ann Mitzelfelt and Carla Williams. Ann and Carla, daughters of Keith and Marilyn Toepfer, grew up in Tremont.
Tremont Lumber/Toepfer Gallery
For over 50 years, until April 2000, the Toepfer family owned and operated Tremont Lumber, selling quality lumber and building supplies to area homeowners. In 1986, Keith and Marilyn Toepfer turned a personal hobby into a small collectibles business. A small space in Tremont Lumber was transformed into Toepfer Gallery. The main collectibles available for sale included Anri Woodcarvings, Swarovski Silver Crystal, M.I. Hummel, Connoisseur Porcelain, and Lowell Davis Figurines. Keith and Marilyn would take short buying trips to select and purchase merchandise for Toepfer Gallery. Over the years, Toepfer Gallery gladly hosted several artist events to demonstrate various art forms. Customers especially enjoyed the Anri woodcarver from Italy and the Connoisseur Porcelain artists from England.
Those Were The Days: Toepfer Gallery
Keith and his daughters, Carla Williams and Ann Mitzelfelt, worked at both Tremont Lumber and Toepfer Gallery. When a gallery customer visited Toepfer Gallery to buy collectibles, Keith, Carla or Ann would assist them with their purchase. Building materials and collectibles are an interesting and fun mix of merchandise to sell.
The Move and Name Change
After the sale of Tremont Lumber in April 2000, Carla and Ann continued in business together. Toepfer Gallery became Tremont Gallery and officially opened in October 2000 in a new location at the Tremont Depot.
A New Chapter: Pearl Street Stamping
In Spring 2010, Carla and Ann made a major decision to add rubber stamps and cardmaking items. And the fun continues ...
A Special Thank You
We would like to acknowledge and thank our families. Without their ongoing interest and support, Tremont Gallery would not be open today.