First tenant announced for Grafton development
Fiddleheads moving into Lumberyard 1505

By Melanie Boyung - News Graphic Staff

Sept. 28, 2017

GRAFTON — This holiday season, the village of Grafton will get a Fiddleheads.

The coffee shop’s sixth location will be the first commercial tenant of the Lumberyard 1505 development that has been progressing downtown. Fiddleheads President Mike Wroblewski said they are hoping to be open by the holidays, though there is no exact timeline set so far.

“We have to build it (the space) out … it should go fairly quickly,” he said.

Fiduciary Real Estate, the company managing the 1505 project, is in charge of the base construction for the five commercial spaces in the development. Fiddleheads will only need to address its shop, which Wroblewski hopes can be done within a few months.

Fiddleheads has been in business since 1996. Beginning on Main Street in Thiensville, the independently owned coffee business now has locations in Cedarburg, Mequon and Bayshore as well, plus the artisan bakery in Thiensville.

Still owned by the family, Wroblewski, his parents, brother-in-law (master roaster Steve Klimczak) and the business’ vice-president, Fiddleheads has become an integral part of Ozaukee County.

“We’re very, very Ozaukee County,” Wroblewski said.

He said the company becomes involved in the communities it sets up shop in, participating in events, causes and organizations.

The new location in Grafton is an exciting step for Wroblewski. He not only considers it a natural extension for Fiddleheads, but also said the space inside the 1505 building is fantastic. The north wall is a glass garage door, and its outdoor space runs into the village’s Lumberyard Plaza. The development is also just off the Ozaukee Interurban Trail, allowing Fiddleheads to be a rest stop for local bicyclists.

Once the space is built out, Wroblewski thinks it will be a wonderful environment in the Grafton community’s center. He said it will likely employ eight to 10 people on the Grafton barista team.

“The shining star, so to speak, (is) the people behind the counter,” Wroblewski said. While certainly an opportunity for Fiddleheads, Wroblewski is also happy about a Grafton location on his own behalf, considering the Grafton-Cedarburg area his home turf.

“I have lived in that area, my home ZIP code is 024, for 26 years,” He said.

“Grafton is an exciting extension.”

Wroblewski said the Grafton location would not be strikingly different than other Fiddleheads. While each location is always a bit physically different – Cedarburg has the historic building, Thiensville is in the little house on Main Street – he said Fiddleheads is always Fiddleheads, following the same set-up and business model.

He did, however, hint that all Fiddleheads might have a change or two coming.

“There are a few really big things we are planning, for all our locations,” Wroblewski said.

Email: mboyung@conleynet.com

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