Four businesses opening in historical Brookfield area
Gourmet popcorn, floral design, gift shop and basket weaving all find a home

By Katherine Michalets - Freeman Staff

April 15, 2015

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 Weaving Studio.

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 Wauwatosa.

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.