A former music store at the corner of South and Barstow Streets
has been vacant since the mid-1990s, but now the building has a
new owner whoís searching for the perfect vision for the spaces.
"When I first moved to Wisconsin, I remember driving around and
learning the area and seeing that music store on the corner. I
thought it was such a cool location and I always had it in the
back of my mind," said John Ozug, who purchased the property
Dec. 30. "Iím a real estate investor and I really like whatís
going on in downtown Waukesha. I want to be a part of that."
Ozug said the building is actually one space thatís
interconnected, and thus has four different addresses: 757
Barstow St. and 209, 211 and 213 South St.
Different spaces of the building have served as all manner of
businesses over the years, from a music store to a comic book
store to (most recently) a print shop.
Ozug said thereís lots of rehabilitation to be done on the
building, and the first tenant will likely be his wife Wendy,
who plans to open a photography studio in the former print shop
"We think thatís a great location for that business
to Chef Jackís catering and right next to the Rotunda, where
they do 200 weddings a year," Ozug said. "There are
opportunities for collaboration there."
As for the main corner space with all the windows, Ozug said
heís open to suggestions.
"The windows, lighting and high ceiling will lend itself well
to either retail, or weíre toying with the idea of a trendy spot
for people to hang out," Ozug said. "Iím very open to ideas, but
thatís the next phase."
A former Social Security office in the building also offers
old architecture, large wooden beams, skylights and other
features that Ozug said could provide an opportunity for a
willing and creative businessperson.
"If people have ideas and are willing to do the work, I would
be willing to do some profit or rent-sharing, and Iíd love to
find someone whoís willing to take a chance," Ozug said. "Iím
very open to ideas and suggestions.
"This isnít something I need to hurry up and do something to
today. I want to think about it, work with people and come up
with the best fit for downtown Waukesha."
Ozug said anyone who might be interested in sharing their
ideas should contact him at
"Iím not in this to make a killing