Iconic furniture store to close after 128 years of business

November 19, 2023 by No Comments

Rosenthal Contemporary Interiors, renowned for its upscale European and modern furniture collections, is set to permanently close its doors. This marks the end of an era for the downtown Minneapolis fixture with over a century of history. The closure is scheduled to take place early next years, so for now at least, you can still buy furniture from the shop.

The store’s origins date back to 1895 when it was founded as a discount furniture shop by the great-grandparents of the current owner, Rosie Rosenthal. It has since been managed by four generations of the Rosenthal family. Over the years, this shop has served generations and will undoubtedly be missed as a result of its upcoming closure.

Now, after 41 years at the helm, Rosie Rosenthal is ready to retire. With no family members or relatives interested in continuing the legacy, she has made the difficult decision to close both the Minneapolis and Minnetonka locations.

Throughout its 128-year tenure, the store has weathered two economic downturns, a fire, and a flood at its main store. Rosenthal is currently overseeing the liquidation of all inventory and the sale of the downtown Minneapolis building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. At this point in time, it is not known what will occupy the location after Rosenthal’s closes.

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