Kathy Lucas gives Juan Salazar a haircut Friday afternoon at
The Leather Strop Barber Shop, 807 Clinton St. Lucas, who
opened the business in October, used wood salvaged from See
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— Warm weather is returning to Waukesha, bringing with it an
uptick in foot traffic downtown.
you’ve been away from downtown over the fall and winter months
— or only spent your time darting furtively from your car to
your desired destination — you may have missed many of the new
businesses that have cropped up in and around the area.
new businesses have opened their doors in just the last few
months, including Fisk Avenue Handmade Furnishings, 840 N. Grand
Ave., and Dreams Life & Wellness Center, 732 Clinton St.
downtown area also saw several business open this fall, including
Treasure’s Trove gift shop, 329 W. Main St., The Crepe Cafe,
located next door to the Meli Bar & Restaurant at 294 W. Main
St., Pop’s Kettle Corn or “Pop’s on Broadway” at 260 W.
and The Leather Strop Barber Shop, 807 Clinton St.
May downtown visitors should also see 5 Points Brew & Sweets
open up at 279 W. Main St., the site of the former Sloppy Joes and
shortlived Taco Station.
restaurant will serve beer and coffee, as well as ice cream,
gourmet rice crispy treats, and locally made snack foods.
Bras Floral Designs, 439 W. Main St., is also expected to be open
for appointments in the coming weeks. And a few blocks from
downtown, 521 W. Wisconsin Ave., shoppers may want to check out
the showroom of New York City transplant and fashion designer, Kit
of what makes Waukesha so unique is its businesses,” said Sally
Kahlfeldt, small business program and special projects manager for
added that as the weather warms, she fully expects more business
owners to visit the city, looking for a new place to open shop.
really excited about this year. We can just feel the buzz of
energy from the new businesses that are coming in,” Kahlfeldt
the downtown welcomes new businesses, it also saw a few others
shutter over the winter, including Blu.wing Fitness Boutique, 916
Clinton St., and Chappie’s on Broadway at 257 W. Broadway.
businesses closing their doors is always unfortunate, what’s
encouraging to Katie Bruner, executive director of The City of
Waukesha Chamber of Commerce, is all the building and business
owners that are invested in the spaces they own and occupy.
you look at some of the storefronts on South Street and Grand
Avenue, there’s been a face lift. That’s exciting to see and I
think will definitely attract businesses to the area,” Bruner
Giersch stocks shelves at gourmet popcorn shop Pop’s on
Broadway, 260 W. Broadway, Friday afternoon.
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Management, which manages about a third of the buildings downtown,
recently finished installing windows at 268 South St. and 823 N.
at street level on the first floor of the Prairieville Apartments,
the retail spaces should be available soon and will feature shared
restrooms, a shared kitchenette, and rear entry.
Huelsman, general manager at Berg Management, said she’s excited
about the renovation of the old courthouse building, 101 W. Main
St., which will soon be home to the banquet hall, Historic
are going to open in August and already have weddings
scheduled,” Huelsman said.
Friday, some of downtown’s newest entrepreneurs were busy plying
their trade; selling popcorn and bringing back a bit of barbershop
class to the area.
The Leather Strop Barber Shop, owner Kathy Lucas was putting the
finishing touches on Lucas Salazar’s haircut.
opened the business in October after operating Luke’s Sport n’
Cuts in the Milwaukee area for 10 years. She decided to change
locations and open up a new establishment in Waukesha after
visiting over the summer and seeing how the downtown area had
for how she landed on the idea of running a rustic barber shop,
the Sussex resident said “I just thought of it.”
on Broadway, Megan Giersch, who manages Pop’s on Broadway, said
she has already seen a boost in traffic since the weather started
to warm, and was eager for the return of Friday Night Live.
is also excited for the grand opening of 5 Points Brew &
Sweets on May 5.
and her boyfriend Mark Knudson, and another couple, joined forces
to open the downtown eatery. Knudson has owned Pop’s Kettle Corn
in Muskego for about a year and a half.
are going to have coffee and beer on tap, because we love beer. We
don’t want to be a coffee shop. We don’t want to be a bar. We
want to be right in between,” Giersch said of 5 Points. “Our
grand opening is going to be the first day of the farmers market.
There’s also an Art Crawl that day.”