Joan Ewe, who has owned The Peddler’s Corner since
1982 is retiring at the end of April.
Photo by Mark Justesen
CEDARBURG - The Cedar Creek Settlement is
losing one of its longstanding tenants. Joan Ewe, who
has owned The Peddler’s Corner gift shop since 1982,
will be retiring at the end of April due to health
83, suffers from macular degeneration and is legally
loved doing it (the store),” she said. “I’ve been there
for such a long time. The rest of me is pretty healthy;
it’s just that I can’t see.”
opened The Peddler’s Corner 32 years ago, when she was
introduced to the Cedarburg area by a friend who owned a
shop in the city. At the time, Ewe worked in food
service at a school and lived in Milwaukee with her
husband, Donald, who passed away in 2004.
12 years, I was tired of food service,” she said. “I
came out and looked around and I found Peddler’s Corner
and talked my husband into it. And here I am.”
The Peddler’s Corner, located in The Cedar Creek
Settlement in historic downtown Cedarburg will close
at the end of the month
Photo by Mark Justesen
started out with the inventory inherited from the last
tenant, and gradually came into her own as a retailer.
“Baskets were big at the time - people were just buying
baskets, and mugs were really big, too,” she said. “I
probably had a hundred varieties of mugs. Now people are
gift shop began with just one room, but after several
years, Ewe was urged by her landlord to expand.
Peddler’s Corner became known for its selection of
high-end gift items and specialty collectibles. Ewe
traveled to Chicago and Minnesota to stock her store
with brands like Jim Shore, Dept. 56 and David Frykman,
and she enjoyed a customer base that traveled long
distances to visit The Peddler’s Corner.
still have customers in Illinois that call me and come
in and several from Fond du Lac and the Sheboygan area
and Appleton. They still come in, especially for their
Christmas items. I’m really going to miss that,” she
secret to success after 32 years? “I really loved it. I
loved doing what I was doing. I enjoyed getting new
things and then hoping that people liked them,” she
said. “I made so many friends and it’s just been really
hard for me right now to say goodbye to all of them.”
lives at Lasata Senior Living Campus in Cedarburg and
still works at The Peddler’s Corner on Fridays and
Saturdays. She hopes to stay close with her staff of
seven part-time employees, whom she affectionately calls
“my girls.” Two employees have been with her for more
than 27 years.
store will close at the end of April, when Ewe’s lease
expires. Until that time, The Peddler’s Corner is
hosting a going-out-of-business sale, featuring 60
percent off all full-priced items.