New faces, new places in downtown Delafield
Several businesses open doors

By Katherine Michalets - Special to the Freeman

April 12, 2014

DELAFIELD – As shoppers return to strolling the downtown streets of Delafield during the warmer days, they will notice several new businesses, two of which opened just this month.

Aeva Wedding & Party
606 Genesee St.
Open 10 to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday

Owner Ariel Arnson wants to make bridal shopping feel special at her boutique in downtown Delafield, which opened this month. The name of the bridal, special occasion and accessories boutique comes from her initials.

Previously Aeva Wedding & Party was located in Wales for one-and-a-half years, but Arnson found the ideal location for her business in Delafield – a small white clapboard church.

“It’s the best place to have a little bridal shop is in an old church,” she said.

Ariel E.V. Arnson at Aeva Wedding and Party, 606 Genesee Street in Delafield, on Friday afternoon. 
Charles Auer/Freeman Staff 

She hopes to work one-on-one with other business owners downtown and she appreciates the “truly local, cute boutique” feel of Delafield.

“I am from the area and I have just loved the charm of downtown Delafield and the community connective-ness and how friendly people are together,” Arnson said.

Inside Aeva Wedding & Party, shoppers will find special occasion and party dresses and accessories, in addition to the bridal supplies. Also, Arnson is carrying a few exclusive lines such as Elizabeth Dye and Emmaline Bridal. While the store is open for general shopping, a bride can also work with a bridal stylist.

“You want something special for your bridal experience,” Arnson said.

A grand opening celebration will be held May 1.

The Barn Owl
727 Genesee St.
Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday,
10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday

When Amy Keppeler created the name The Barn Owl for her apparel and home furnishings business, she incorporated her love of birds and owls, while also considering the symbolism of the owl’s wide wingspan, which represents how her dreams are taking off. In addition, the words reflect her boutique aesthetic – rustic, nature, whimsical, trendy and fresh.

Amy Keppeler in The Barn Owl,
727 Genesee Street, Delafield. 
Charles Auer/Freeman Staff

Having grown up in Lake Country, Keppeler said she appreciates Delafield’s appeal as a destination and its location right off the highway.

“I wanted to open a higher-end boutique and it fit with the rest of the stores down here,” she said. “The right kind of demographic is in this area.”

For sale inside The Barn Owl is new and old furniture, which has been refurbished. In addition, Keppeler is selling clothing, jewelry, accessories and home goods.

She’ll hold a grand opening celebration at a later date. 

Angels Place
615 Milwaukee St.
Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday

Although it’s been open for a year in downtown Delafield, many area residents may not be aware that the nonprofit resale store Angels Place relocated from Genesee Depot.

Chris Hudson said the recent winter has been rough, so she is hopeful warm weather will bring in more shoppers. She decided to move the business to Delafield due to a lack of walk-in traffic in Genesee Depot.

“We are finally able to do what our mission is,” Hudson said.

Money raised at the resale store is used to support hospice families, such as providing massage services for the caregiver and the patient.

“We do whatever it takes to keep someone home,” she said.

Medical supplies, such as hospital beds and wheelchairs, are also collected and then delivered to people who need them by Angels Place volunteers, Hudson said.

Other new businesses include InterArt Designs, 613A Milwaukee St., which sells jewelry, accessories and handbags. Delafield Hair & Friends, 817 Genesee St., also recently opened in Delafield.