LA CROSSE, WI (WKBT) -

The Board Store has become a staple on La Crosse's north side. And now, the home improvement company is showing off a makeover of its own.

The Board Store sprawls through eight buildings on the 500 block of Copeland Avenue. They date back to the early 1800's and now are starting to have the historic look to prove it. "These are some of the oldest buildings in the city. I think it's great to make the most use of them. We tore the old stucco off the front of two of the buildings and opened them up to to their original appearance," said owner and manager Miles Wilkens.

He and his employees did all of the work themselves, minus some of the mechanical.

They also opened up the second floor apartments to be an additional 8,000 square feet of display space. Because of the updates, La Crosse's mayor proclaimed Thursday the Board Store Day. "We're a historic river town, history is really critical and celebrating that, I think, is very important," said Mayor Tim Kabat.

The renovations aren't done yet. They still want to restore the classic appearance to the rest of the buildings.