15 years of designing stores for Harley-Davidson, including
nitty-gritty details like signage and displays, Lynn Knutson quit that
job for the ride of her life.
always talked about having a store. I was thinking ‘What do I want
to do next?’" says Knutsen.
In June she dug
her heels into the start of a lifelong dream: a shop of her very own.
Frill — inside a former car-repair station (during the 1940s it was
a Texaco gas station) along Washington Avenue in downtown Cedarburg,
near her home for the past nine years — merges her skill set in
harmonizing industrial-chic décor with cute, flirty items for sale.
where some of that industrial influence comes from," Knutson
says, pointing to the shop’s exposed pipes and brick walls, which
she intentionally kept as-is while painting some walls a creamy light
yellow and staining the floor with a gorgeous patina sheen that, on
first glance, resembles oil drops from a car. It’s a fitting tribute
to the building’s former tenant. She painted the shop’s exterior a
Most of what’s
sold at Frill is handmade by American artists, many from this region.
Knutson scours upscale craft shows in search of new wares. "I
look for people whose products I like, and I talk to them," she
says. While the stock rotates with the seasons, this winter she
curated the following: mittens and wine and coffee "cozies"
stitched from recycled wool sweaters by New London’s Katie Ames;
necklaces and bracelets crafted from beach glass scored from
California coastlines; leopard-print boot liners from an Illinois
artist; midcentury modern-inspired dishware from Chicago’s Circus
Ceramics; Italian-leather hobo bags from a Portland, Oregon, company;
and earth-toned pottery pieces made by Jessie Voss of Muskego. There
is always a vignette stocked with dog and cat items, including treats,
collars and bowls. Occasionally the artists host trunk shows or
demonstrations of their craft at Frill. Paintings by one of the Frill
employees, Susan Camholz, hang above the cash register.
a very large artisan base who lives here, and they come in and
shop," says Knutson, who credits the city’s pedestrian-friendly
vibe as keeping her shop busy in the first few months. "If you’re
going to own a store you want to be in an area that has a lot of foot
Knutson plans to roll out a variety of home-décor items — such as
table linens — in neutral hues like gold, cream and black.
"Blacks are really big this spring," she says. Funky,
colorful birdhouses with hand-cut copper roofs designed and made by a
Virginia company will also arrive at the store. Later this year she’ll
launch plans to bump out the shop’s square footage into the parking
lot out front, providing even more space to showcase her unique finds.
returns to Prominence
to John Plankinton and his soon-to-be rededicated statue in the
Plankinton Arcade at the Shops Of Grand Avenue, but he just
might be upstaged by the ART Milwaukee event that coincides with
the statue rededication.
event, which will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Shops
Of Grand Avenue, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., six Milwaukee theater
companies will perform David Ives’ "All in the
Timing," a collection of one-act plays.
groups, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Skylight Music Theatre,
Renaissance Theaterworks, Pink Banana Theatre Co., World’s
Stage Theatre Co. and The Quasimondo Physical Theatre, will
perform the different plays independently and multiple times
throughout the evening. The plays explore wordplay, romance,
life and meaning through sharp wit and intellect, and range from
10 to 20 minutes in length.
from the event will support the theater companies involved in
the event. Tickets are $10 in advance and for students, or $15
on the day of the event. Parking will be available for $3 in the
Plankinton structure. For more information, go to www.artmilwaukee.com
Plankinton statue was removed from the rotunda (its home since
1915) in August for restoration. The bronze statue was
originally located in the lobby of the Plankinton House Hotel,
which Plankinton built in 1868. Plankinton was a partner in a
meat packing firm with Patrick Cudahy, Frederick Layton and
Philip Armour, which became the largest meat packer in the
world. He was a leader in industry in Milwaukee as well as a key