'In the heart of the community'
Three businesses sought out downtown Waukesha locations

By Katherine Michalets - Freeman Staff

May 9, 2015

SkyHigh Marketing President Josh Kozinski, left, and Marketing and Operations Manager Julie Fischer in the cafe area of their new offices on Friday.
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Sky High Marketing 

WAUKESHA - Three distinctively different businesses have opened in downtown Waukesha recently — each wanting to add its own touch to the community.

Although Sky High Marketing has been helping local clients with their promotional needs for 18 years, the business has only been located in downtown since around September. Last June, remodeling work began on the former bank space at 259 W. Broadway. Now it’s been turned into a spacious office with a fitness room, a large conference room and a cafe area.

SkyHigh Marketing President Josh Kozinski, left, and Marketing and Operations Manager Julie Fischer talk in their new offices on Friday.
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President Josh Kozinski said he feels there are a lot of good things happening in downtown Waukesha, such as renovation of old buildings and Friday Night Live. Kozinski said he is considering opening up the cafand break area of the business some nights for clients to enjoy refreshments. He is also having an attached space renovated into an approximately 5,000-square-feet warehouse.

“We wanted to feel even more entrenched in the community,” he said.

Sky High Marketing has worked with such area clients as ProHealth Care, Waukesha State Bank, Master Lock, the Bucks and the Brewers. Another partnership was formed with Carroll University. The business has generally had one intern each year from the school and has hired several graduates.

It’s also been nice for employees to be able to walk to restaurants and stores during their lunch breaks or after work or eat lunch near the Fox River, Kozinski said.

At Sky High Marketing, the 11 to 12 employees work with companies on designs, promotional products and e-commerce sites. Another office exists in Las Vegas. 


Brain Injury Resource Center store

Brain injury survivor Larry Strait talks about how he turned to art after the cycling accident that changed his life. Strait’s artwork is available at the Brain Injury Resource Center shop. 
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Walk in through the front door of the newly-opened Brain Injury Resource Center of Wisconsin’s Community Store, and you see the results of creativity and hard work.

Inside the door is art by brain injury survivor Larry Strait, who will be selling his work in the store at 330 E. North St., as well as teach others with brain injuries.

Bari York and her mother, Lois York-Lewis, talk about the mission of the Brain Injury Resource Center and the organization’s new thrift, resale and gift shop.
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A few steps further into the store and a shopper can find jewelry and scarves made by people affected by brain injuries, including Bari York who co-founded the center with her mother, Lois York-Lewis.

They opened the resale, thrift and gift store Tuesday in order to support the center’s outreach.

Scarves made by Bari York are available for sale at the Brain Injury Resource Center thrift, resale and gift shop.
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The Brain Injury Resource Center previously was located in a space in Big Bend, but needed to find a new location. For now, the front space is only occupied by the shop, but in the future programs will be offered in the back as well. Offerings include social programs, volunteers, education and training and return to work.

The shop hours will be 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. 


Reaching Treetops Yoga 

Alyssa Konda demonstrates an aerialist technique for strength building at Reaching Treetops Yoga.
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Wrapped in soft fabric suspended from more than 14foot-high ceilings, Reaching Treetops Yoga owner Alyssa Konda demonstrated Wednesday what participants can expect from her classes.

The studio at 820 N. Grand Ave. started offering classes Thursday. It’s the second location for Reaching Treetops Yoga. Its original location inside the Badger Health Center, S31-W24757 Sunset Drive, will remain open, but the Grandview Boulevard location has closed and is reopening downtown.

Konda said she “wanted to be in the heart of the community.”

The space also provides higher ceilings for the aerial yoga. Traditional floor yoga, Zumba and tai chi will also be offered.

In past years, Konda and Reaching Treetops Yoga have participated in downtown events such as Friday Night Life.

Konda said she wants to be part of the new rejuvenation of downtown Waukesha.