farmhouse-style bed by Fisk Avenue.
WAUKESHA — It all started
with a handmade farmhouse-style table for
Joel and Angela Ellington
thought it would be fun to make the table in
time for the holidays in 2013, and the
result is a growing business that will soon
have a storefront in downtown Waukesha.
Named after the street where
they lived at the time, Fisk Avenue has
grown larger than the couple’s house could
hold, so Joel Ellington said they decided to
pursue starting a storefront, which is set
to open in mid-October.
In addition to building the
farmhouse-style furniture, the couple also
refinishes furniture with chalk paints or
stains and will also create custom pieces
After getting positive
feedback on their initial table, Ellington
said they decided to attempt to sell one
piece per month, adding they quickly hit
“We just kind of grew to the
point that the house was a furniture factory
and our yard was full of lumber and we
decided it was time to get out of the house
and find a spot. I had been looking downtown
for a long time looking for the right
space,” Ellington said.
That location is 840 N. Grand
Fisk Avenue will open at 840 N. Grand Ave. in downtown
Waukesha during mid-October.
Ellington said he loves
downtown for its events and for memories of
when he was a kid riding his bike on its
The couple currently continue
to work full-time jobs, Angela as a teacher
and artist, and Joel as a registered nurse.
Their son Tanner is also helping.
In the beginning, Ellington
said, he thinks store hours will be Thursday
through Saturday or Sunday, but it’s
currently open by appointment.
He thinks the shop will
largely serve as a source of inspiration for
“A thing that we have really
become known for in our business is
custom-build projects,” Ellington said.