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Photo courtesy: Bob Reding
HARBOR PLACE MALL. Harbor Place Mall, developed by Ken Hartig and Jack Thompson, converted the former ADAMS COMPANY (Encyclopedia Dubuque) building at the ICE HARBOR into a shopping mall. In 1988 the tenants of the mall included the Ice Harbor Emporium, Dubuque Trolley, Inc., Harbor Place Snack Shop, Harbor Place Antiques, Rustic Hills Carriage Tours, and the Mississippi Fudge Factory.
A license each of the participants in the Mall had to possess to do business. Photo courtesy: Bob Reding

The Ice Harbor Emporium operated out of the former site of the DUBUQUE SEED COMPANY. Containing over thirty specialty shops, the Emporium offered country and tole painting, tinware, brass, calligraphy, Iowa Hawkeye items, porcelain dolls, doll clothes, miniatures, and jewelry.

The original site of the Dubuque Seed Company, Inc. before it was converted into the Ice Harbor Emporium. Photo courtesy: Bob Reding
A flyer distributed by Harbor Place Mall. Photo courtesy: Bob Reding
These were two of the major events sponsored by the Mall to attract children and their parents. Photo courtesy: Bob Reding
Photo courtesy: Bob Reding