BROOKFIELD - Four businesses with different
specialties have either opened in the historical Village of
Brookfield area or soon will open, including Treat Street,
which was previously located in Pewaukee.
Wendy Anderson, owner of Treat Street
Popcorn, said the decision to relocate was made after she
and daughter, Beth, decided to focus on making popcorn and
to discontinue doing concession sales.
Treat Street Popcorn moved from downtown
Pewaukee to 18720 Pleasant St. on April 14. Anderson said
they are still getting final inspections, but she hopes to
have the gourmet popcorn store opened by May 1.
In the future, Anderson said, she would like
to sell Treat Street Popcorn at local stores, online and
through their brick-and-mortar location.
Even though the businesses in the Village of
Brookfield “are just phenomenal,” it was a hard decision to
move because Anderson said she loved Pewaukee, too.
Other businesses moving to the historical
area of Brookfield near Brookfield Road and North Avenue
include The Gift Shoppe, Petals Floral Design and Basket
The Gift Shoppe will open its second location
at 2835 N. Brookfield Road around May 1. Its existing
location is on Packard Avenue in Cudahy.
Owned by Judy Carlin, The Gift Shoppe sells
candles, cards, jewelry and home décor. A unique line at the
store is its colorful “wind spinners” in a wide variety of
sizes, shapes and colors.
“We lived in Brookfield a number of years
ago, and are very familiar with the community,” Carlin said.
“When we saw this space on Brookfield Road, we felt it was
perfect to display our line of spinners and other products
in a very visible manner. As we learned about all of the
plans in the Village area and the sense of community, we
jumped on this opportunity.”
The Gift Shoppe received a loan from the
Village Loan Pool, which the city partnered with First Bank
Financial Centre in 2013 to create.
Also relocating to Brookfield is Petals
Floral Design, which provides floral arrangements for
weddings and special events. The business has also moved to
the Pleasant Street building from its former location in
Carrie Kroening, owner of Petals Floral
Design, has been involved in floral design for more than 15
years. Kroening’s space in the Pleasant Street building
includes a meeting room and showroom for some of the
fixtures and accents used in displays, as well as cooler and
production space for assembling the arrangements.
Finally, Dianne Gleixner opened the Basket
Weaving Studio in January on Pleasant Street. She said she
has taught basket weaving classes for about eight years and
does a lot of traveling for it. When she attended local
craft shows, Gleixner said she often was asked if classes
were offered locally.
Classes are offered at the Basket Weaving
Studio, as well as a weekly open studio night, which costs
$10 and comes with hands-on help from Gleixner. She said the
open studio night is generally Thursdays, although it won’t
be held this week because she’s traveling.