– 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.
E.V. Arnson at Aeva Wedding and Party, 606 Genesee Street in
Delafield, on Friday afternoon.
She hopes to work one-on-one with other business owners downtown
and she appreciates the “truly local, cute boutique” feel of
“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
“You want something special for your bridal experience,”
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.
Keppeler in The Barn Owl,
727 Genesee Street, Delafield.
Having grown up in Lake Country, Keppeler said she appreciates
Delafield’s appeal as a destination and its location right off
“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
She’ll hold a grand opening celebration
at a later date.
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
“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
“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
817 Genesee St., also recently opened in Delafield.