Mequon Town Center taking shape
Dental office, hair salon among those already open for business

By Gary Achterberg - News Graphic Staff

Aug. 25, 2015

 Many businesses in the Mequon Town Center have opened this summer while construction work continues to complete the project.
Photo by Mark Justesen

MEQUON — The Mequon Town Center is springing to life.

A number of businesses are already open at the development that has been under construction at Mequon and Cedarburg roads for the better part of a year. Most of the 12 retail spaces are expected to be open by fall. At least one of the 28 apartments is occupied.

While construction crews scurried about the site midmorning last week, there was plenty of parking – accessible from the Mequon Road entrance – available for customers.

These businesses have opened:

Forward Dental. The first business to open its doors has been seeing patients in its ground-floor suite in the south building since June 15. It is one of 31 locations of the dental practice in Wisconsin.

Supercuts. The franchise, being operated by Mequon residents David and Carol Hagemeier, has been open for several weeks.

Fischer Family Chiropractic. The business opened July 6. In addition to modern facilities to treat patients with the latest chiropractic techniques, it features a classroom for seminars.

Health in Balance. The business, which also opened earlier this summer, offers physical therapy, yoga, personal training and workout facilities.

Elements Massage. Located in the east building, it is expected to open by the end of this week. It has other locations in Whitefish Bay and Elm Grove. Another is expected to open in Greenfield in October.

Most of the remaining retail spaces have been leased, said Cindy Shaffer of Mequon, who is co-developing the project with Blair Williams of WiRED Properties in Whitefish Bay.

 A model apartment in the Mequon Town Center provides a view of a small park along the Milwaukee River.
Photo by Gary Achterberg

Here are the other businesses already planning to move into the Mequon Town Center and their status:

Ruby Tab. The wine bar is expected to open sometime in the fall.

Colectivo Coffee. The newest location of the coffee shop that is expanding in both the Milwaukee and Madison areas will open in fall. It will include a patio for outdoor seating. Signs facing Cedarburg Road show they are hiring.

Get Happy. The chocolatier is expected to open this fall.

Leo and Lou. The store featuring children’s clothing and candy is moving from Bayshore Town Center. It is owned by Anna Zuckerman, who is involved with several other Mequon-based businesses.

Café Hollander. Construction work is in full swing for the restaurant, which will be part of the Lowlands Group restaurants located elsewhere in the Milwaukee area. Work on the two-story building started about a month ago. It will feature an extensive outdoor patio. It is expected to open early in 2016.

 Construction is just getting started on one major element of the Mequon Town Center. The free-standing, two-story Café Hollander is expected to open early next year.
Photo by Mark Justesen

There are one or possibly two retail spaces and one second-floor office suite left to be leased, Shaffer said.

Progress also is being made on the apartments, Shaffer said. When the project is complete, there will be 25 two-bedroom apartments and three three-bedroom apartments, all located above the first-floor retail space in the east and north buildings.

A model unit is ready for showings in the east building. It features luxury vinyl plank throughout, stainless steel appliances, granite, tile, enormous closets and a two-sided fireplace visible from the living room and the master bedroom.

The model unit opened to a small porch and provided a view across Cedarburg Road to the small city park along the Milwaukee River. Rent ranges from $2,400 to $4,200 a month.

“These are luxury apartments,” Shaffer said. “There’s nothing else on the market like this.”

The east building features a recessed third-floor with three penthouse apartments. All have been leased; one already is occupied, she said.

She said that the retail amenities in the project, as well as other nearby businesses, such as a grocery store and the downtown Thiensville business district, make this attractive place to live.

“Everything is here,” Shaffer said. “You would not have to get in your car if you lived here.”

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