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
Nearly 13,000 square feet of shop space is available – or
will be soon – downtown, according to the city’s economic
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
Posh Boutique owners say they will close at the end of
Photo by Mark Justesen
Also closing is the gift shop Joie on Main, which is
located next to the Cedarburg Cultural Center. Owner
Janel Gelhaar had taken over the former Holidays shop
last year. The storefront is 2,086 square feet.
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.
■ 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
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
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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