residents have always known the village’s downtown district was a
diamond in the rough. Now, thanks to recent revitalization efforts,
including new streets and sidewalks, a pedestrian plaza and river
walk, visitors are discovering this gem of a community. Today, this
once-neglected area is thriving with new commercial development, from
restaurants to retail shops.
Swathed in earth
tones and rustic accents, Allure Salon & Spa (1214 13th Ave.)
prides itself on its upbeat, upscale — but never uptight —
atmosphere. Take a seat in one of the plush salon chairs and let
Allure’s skilled stylists and aestheticians work their magic.
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seriously good barbecue? Look no further than Atlas BBQ (1304 12th
Ave.). With a focus on the three B’s (beer, bourbon, barbeque), you
can expect a dining experience that’s nothing short of amazing.
If you’re more
partial to pizza, pop into Downtown Pizza (1228 12th Ave.). This
relative newcomer to downtown Grafton serves up signature pies with
inventive toppings. The Hawaiian Jerk and Pot Pie Pizza are just two
and Board Shop (1275 Washington St.) is another fresh face in downtown
Grafton. Recently voted one of America’s Best Bike Shops by the
National Bike Dealers Association, Erik’s caters to new and seasoned
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Milwaukee River, Milwaukee Ale House (1208 13th Ave.) is the perfect
spot to treat yourself to an awesome burger and a pint of cold beer.
With two full-length promenade decks that run along the restaurant’s
upper and lower levels, rest and relaxation await.
Opened in 2007,
Colectivo Coffee’s Grafton location (12111 Washington St.) marked
the café’s first foray outside of Milwaukee County. In the years
since, this peaceful, spacious coffee shop has become a welcome
respite from the bustling intersection at Washington Street and 12th
family fun, you can’t beat Grafton Pub and Bowl (1305 Wisconsin
Ave.). The sports bar/family entertainment center offers 10 lanes of
bowling. After you work up an appetite, head upstairs to the Heart of
Grafton restaurant for some classic American grub.
as Wisconsin’s premier martial arts and functional fitness academy,
Neutral Ground Martial Arts & Fitness (1307 Wisconsin Ave.) offers
an impressive menu of classes, including jiu jitsu, judo and
On a mission to
help people eat healthier, Slow Pokes Local Food (1219 12th Ave.)
stocks organic produce, farm-raised meats and dairy products, all
sourced locally. The store also offers classes and advice on topics
ranging from eating gluten-free, to managing your digestive health, to
From its airy
loft space at 1218 12th Ave., Stone Manor Bridal is intent on helping
brides make memories to last a lifetime. With knowledgeable staff and
an extensive offering of gowns, the appointment-only salon offers a
truly one-of-a-kind shopping experience.
strolling downtown Grafton will not want to pass up Sweet Trio (1225
Washington St.). The edible gift shop is a dessert lover’s heaven,
offering artisan European chocolates and gourmet caramel apples at