Owners of The Santa Fe Shop, Judy and Gary Lukitsch,
pose with their dog, Emma. The business has returned to
Cedarburg after a 10-year absence.
CEDARBURG — Cedarburg’s main
street will welcome a bit of Santa Fe,
The Santa Fe Shop that first
opened on the third floor of the Cedar Creek
Settlement has returned, this time to the
renovated Texaco gas station formerly
occupied by Frill gift shop.
Santa Fe has experienced many
changes since its inception in 1997. The
store, once known for its salsas, hot sauces
and dips, moved from the Settlement to
another Washington Avenue storefront on the
corner of Columbia Road. In 2004, owners
Judy and Gary Lukitsch opened a second
location in Door County’s Fish Creek
community, running both shops simultaneously
– often commuting weekly between locations –
until 2007, when they decided to close up
shop in Cedarburg. The Lukitschs said they
didn’t know if they would reopen after
selling the building at the Fish Creek
location in 2016, but another opportunity
presented itself when the storefront at W63
N680 Washington Ave. became available
earlier this year.
The Lukitschs wasted no time
moving into the new location and opened on
the first day of this year’s Strawberry
Festival in June.
Behind the store’s cases of
unique silver, gold and amber handmade
jewelry hang original wall art, mirrors and
decorative glass. They also carry Hobo brand
handbags, Lampe Berge Paris lamps (a
carryover from Frill), fair-trade items,
Houston Llew Spiritiles and colorful lamps
that decorate the storefront window.
Customers may also find the Norwegian
Elkhound, Emma, at the dog-friendly shop
which supports the Ozaukee Campus of the
Wisconsin Humane Society.
Santa Fe will now turn its
focus to a showcase of more than 50 artists
from around the world and feature a number
of rare or exclusive collections from
artists such as Sergio Bustamante – the shop
has been the exclusive United States
representative for the jewelry artist for
the last 15 years.
Though everything from the
location to the inventory has evolved, one
constant is a connection to Southwest and
Navajo culture that formed when Judy
Lukitsch was working in a school system on a
Navajo reservation in the 1980s. The shop
carries a large selection of Navajo jewelry,
including pieces by New Mexican artist
Calvin Begay. The Lukitschs make trips to
the Southwest to meet with many of the
artists they carry in the store Wisconsin
artist Gail McCoy will be in attendance at
the grand opening. McCoy creates
contemporary collages featuring cranes and
nature. Her unique process of manipulating
the ink on magazine pages with a solvent
creates unexpected shapes and ethereal
lines. She then cuts and reassembles the
newly transformed paper to create her
collages. Santa Fe offers several of McCoy’s
pieces for sale.
Representatives from Lampe
Berger Paris will also be at the grand
opening to demonstrate and answer any
questions. The Lampe Berger concept was
created over a century ago in Paris as a way
to purify air and eliminate bad odors. Lampe
Berger has a large line of lamp styles from
simple to highly collectible as well as a
diverse selection of fragrances.
The Santa Fe Shop is open 10
a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday; and
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
The Santa Fe Shop, W63 N680
Washington Ave. in Cedarburg plans a
grand-opening celebration from 5 p.m. to 7
p.m. Thursday. A ribbon- cutting ceremony is
planned at 5:30 p.m.