WAUWATOSA - Like great art, Artist and Display is an
original. After 78 years of family operation, the
business will close at the end of February when its
lease at 9015 W. Burleigh Road ends.
Hackenberg, creative director for the store, said she,
her sister and brother-in-law felt like the time was
right to retire and close the store at the end of
brother-in-law Jack Klein is the owner, and at 74 years
old, he is beyond the normal retirement age, Hackenberg
said. In addition, Hackenberg and her sister Lynn’s,
younger brother, who was not involved in the business,
felt with all of those three things it was a sign to
leave on our terms,” Hackenberg said.
Artist and Display was started by Klein’s grandfather,
Jacob Klein, in 1936. The first location was on
Wisconsin Avenue across from the Milwaukee Public
Library. It then moved to 84th and Bluemound before
settling in on Burleigh Road.
Originally, Artist and Display sold materials for store
window displays, Hackenberg said, in addition to art
has always set Artist and Display apart, but even more
so in the age of box stores, is its selection of art
supplies, Hackenberg said, as well as the employees who
have worked there for as long as 28 years.
“Unfortunately it’s going to leave a hole in the
community,” she said.
community-based store, Hackenberg said they offer
classes for children and adults and free demonstrations
on Saturday and Sunday.
were more than a place to buy art supplies,” she said.
“We showed that people could participate in the arts.”
Since word got out that Artist and Display will closing
Hackenberg said many people have been stopping by to say
how much they’ll miss the store.
“There are so many of our customers who have become
personal friends of ours,” she said.
addition to art supplies, Artist and Display also sold
quality gift items.
have fabulous things for the holidays,” Hackenberg said.
“It’s great place for not only people who bought art
supplies but for people who appreciate good design and
classes and demonstrations will continue to be offered
through the beginning of February.
Hackenberg said closing Artist and Display is
bittersweet for the family, but they are looking forward
to new adventures and spending time with the newest
addition to the family - an 8-month-old boxer puppy who
has been making trips to the store.
At a glance
What: Artist and Display
Where: 9015 W. Burleigh Road, Wauwatosa
When: open 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday
and Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 10
a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. The
store will close permanently at the end of February.