The Shorewood Coin Shop is a mainstay on North Oakland Avenue.
As the busy thoroughfare has grown and developed, especially over the past couple years, the shop, which specializes in rare coins and currency, has been a steady presence at 4409 N. Oakland Ave. since 1974.
“I had an interest in coin collecting from when I was a kid and my friend bought the place and I thought I would help him out,” said Scott Gunter, who went on to take over as owner in 2000.
The store buys, sells and trades precious metals, jewelry, rare coins, collectibles, antiques and postcards. The walls are lined with one-of-a-kind wares from $2 bills to age-old books.
Gunther said being in the business for so long, he’s seen his share of unique items.
“There’s so much — especially lately we have seen a lot of cool stuff,” he said. “I very seldom say 'wow' anymore after doing this for so many years.”
With the store stocked with interesting pieces, Gunther said he draws a very diverse clientele.
“We have collectors coming in as young as 2 years old up into the 90s,” he said.
Interested in having an item priced? When a customer brings in an item, Gunter said he relies on a massive library of pricing books, computer research and his years of experience.
"Bring it in, we take a look at it, and make an offer," he said.
The store is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday noon to 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.