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Historic charm, an ever-growing arts scene and a slew of new restaurants and gourmet food shops have revitalized downtown Waukesha.

Photos by Dan Bishop

August 2013

The Allison Art House Gallery & Gifts


From bacon-wrapped pork loin to fried goat cheese, 1) Generations at 5 Points, a tapas-style restaurant, changes its menu each month to suit seasonal flavors. 294 W. Main St., (262) 446-3300,

Owned by executive chef Jinsan Koh and his wife, Jenny, both originally from Korea, 2) Sakura Japan Sushi & Grill is downtown Waukesha’s first sushi restaurant. The menu also includes traditional Korean dishes. 332 W. Broadway, (262) 408-5681

Allo! Chocolat


Inspired by their love of travel, owners Gary and Rita Krivos opened 3) Key Westconsin, a destination-dining restaurant. The gluten-free menu is a collection of dishes from their favorite vacation spots, from Key West to Door County. 331 Riverfront Plaza, (262) 446-2346,


Homemade soup, turtle cheesecake and freshly baked bread … need we say more? Plus, every item at family owned 4) River Mill Foods is made from scratch. 290 W. Main St., (262) 574-9220,


5) O’ What a Day Cafe features daily lunch specials, but it’s this tiny cafe’s gourmet cupcakes that truly shine. Flavors range from bubble gum to red velvet; gluten-free options are also available. 234 W. Main St., (262) 574-0034,


The newly expanded 6) River’s End Gallery features a collection of contemporary two- and three-dimensional art, including traditional paintings, studio art glass, crystalline porcelain and hand-crafted jewelry. 380 W. Main St., (262) 896-8875,

7) The Allison Art House Gallery & Gifts is the passion project of John and Jeanette Allison. The gallery displays artwork from both international artists and Waukesha natives. 234 Brooks St. No. 5, (262) 970-9570,

Generations at 5 Points


If you can make it past 8) Allo! Chocolat’s dizzying display of artisanal chocolates, we recommend trying one of the chocolate shop’s instructional classes. 234 W. Main St., (262) 544-8030,

Taylor's Peoples Park


To our brides-to-be: Have you ever dreamed of designing your own wedding bouquet? Look no further than 9) Jess Fleur Fun, a boutique floral shop offering design-your-own wedding flowers services. Custom floral arrangements also available. 320 South St., (262) 468-6899,


After a disastrous electrical fire in 2011, the Taylor family took a "leap of faith" and underwent a major expansion at 10)Taylor’s Peoples Park, nearly doubling the interior dining space. The restaurant’s funky decor reflects downtown’s artsy vibe, but it’s the addition of an outdoor rooftop deck, equipped with a full-service bar, that we especially love. 337 W. Main St., (262) 522-6868,

Key Westconsin

River Mills Foods

River's End Gallery

O' What a Day Cafe


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