The ebb and flow of downtown
Some shops closing, others relocating in historic Cedarburg district

By Lisa Curtis - News Graphic Staff

Aug. 27, 2015

 The Guthrie & Frey move to Mequon opens up an 1,800square-foot storefront in downtown Cedarburg. 
Photo by Mark Justesen

CEDARBURG — At least two spacious retail shops are closing in downtown Cedarburg, while others expand and relocate as part of the latest round of shuffling in the historic district.

Nearly 13,000 square feet of shop space is available – or will be soon – downtown, according to the city’s economic development website.

Not included on the list, but seeing turnover, is the corner storefront at Washington Avenue and Bridge Road. Posh Boutique will close at the end of September after six years in the city. Megan White, who owns the store with her mother, Joan Stephens, said they are “ready to move on to something different.”

The space is already spoken for, as Up the Creek takes its accents and accessories shop to the next level. Owner Debbie Lauer said she will be tripling her space with the move. She said she will take her time filling her new retail home with just the right items. She has owned the store for three years.

“I like it here,” Lauer said. “I'm excited. It’s gone very well.”

 Posh Boutique owners say they will close at the end of September. 
Photo by Mark Justesen

Also available is 2,086 square feet adjacent to the Cedarburg Cultural Center. Joie on Main owners Janel and Jeff Gelhaar are working on a plan to relocate their shop.

Two salon closings downtown will open up another nearly 5,000 square feet. Jill’s Salon closed earlier this year and De Riah is consolidating operations to its Mequon location.

Also available:

■ The August Weber Haus, W63 N676 Washington Ave., which is for lease by owner Steve Banas.

■ Guthrie & Frey, W63 N672 Washington Ave. A note on the door of the water conditioning company says it is expanding and relocating to a larger facility on Executive Drive in Mequon.

■ W62 N590 Washington Ave. A liquor distiller has expressed interest in moving into the Washington Avenue Shoppes building, but the plan is contingent on a conditional use permit and approval from the state. A “for lease” sign on the front of the building will remain until a tenant is certain, said owner Greg Zimmerschied.

Cedarburg Economic Development Coordinator Mary Sheffield said the changes are simply characteristic of the ebbs and flows in any downtown.

“It does come and go,” Sheffield said. “I think we are fortunate that buildings continue to fill up and people are interested.”

And while some businesses are ebbing, others are flowing. Michelle Taraboi, who runs the Anvil Pub & Grille and whose family owns Creme & Crepe and Cedars III, has opened the Rustic Palate, a specialty cooking store in the former Old Mill Antiques building next to the Anvil.

Also opening is the Board & Brush Creative Studio, a workshop for building wood decor projects from scratch with the help of instructor-led courses. The shop will open next week in the space just north of Immanuel Church.

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