Handmade, customizable furniture store to open downtown
Business quickly grew too large for home operation

By Katherine Michalets - Freeman Staff

Sept. 28, 2017

A custom-made farmhouse-style bed by Fisk Avenue.
Submitted photo


WAUKESHA — It all started with a handmade farmhouse-style table for Christmas.

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 for clients.

After getting positive feedback on their initial table, Ellington said they decided to attempt to sell one piece per month, adding they quickly hit that goal.

“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 Ave.

Fisk Avenue will open at 840 N. Grand Ave. in downtown Waukesha during mid-October.
Submitted photo

Ellington said he loves downtown for its events and for memories of when he was a kid riding his bike on its streets.

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 customers.

“A thing that we have really become known for in our business is custom-build projects,” Ellington said.

Email: kmichalets@conleynet.com