Len Scarpinato of
Pewaukee gets his hair cut at the Leather Strop Shop in
downtown Waukesha on Friday afternoon. The barber shop
offers clients a shave and free beer during
Hannah Weikel/Freeman Staff
WAUKESHA — More than a dozen new shops and boutiques
have opened in downtown Waukesha this year, including
two in the same city block — Leather Strop Barbershop
and Treasure Trove.
Though the two new businesses offer drastically
different items, both chose to open in the fall, after
the rush brought by Friday Night Live in the summer.
Treasure Trove owners Ingrid and Mo Hammad, the colorful
storefront now open in downtown Waukesha is the
actualization of decades of dreaming and wishing.
Ingrid, originally from Chile, and Mo, born in Egypt,
moved to Waukesha for Mo’s executive chef job at Carroll
University, but the two found a perfect venue for
Ingrid’s dream art studio and boutique.
Ingrid is a painter and jewelry maker and runs the shop
most days. Mo said she plans to someday fill the store
with her own handmade wares, but for now the shop stocks
silver and pearl jewelry, patterned scarves and perfume
oils among other things.
Still, Ingrid’s creativity weaves through the store
through a three-wall mural she painted with deep reds,
purples, blues and gold.
“Pearl and silver and gem stones are her heart and
soul,” Mo said. “Every time we leave the shop for the
night, she passes by the window to see all the beauty
shop officially opened two and a half weeks ago and the
Hammads are still tweaking their store hours, Mo said,
but they plan to stay open as late as 11 p.m. or 2 a.m.
now, though, Treasure Trove is open 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Tuesday through Sunday and closed Monday. It is located
at 329 W. Main Street.
window at Treasure Trove in downtown Waukesha displays
jewelry and stools Friday afternoon.
Hannah Weikel/Freeman Staff
Leather Strop Barber Shop
There aren’t many places where someone can get a can of
Pabst Blue Ribbon, a shave and a haircut in one stop,
but the Leather Strop Barber Shop, now open downtown,
offers just that.
Kathy Lucas, owner and sole employee of the Leather
Strop, lovingly calls her new business a “boy-tique” and
even offers male manicures that she says are popular
among businessmen in Waukesha.
business is named after the historic leather strap used
to sharpen blades before a shave. Lucas collects them
and has hung a few behind her counter at the shop — one
even dates back to the Civil War, she said.
rest of the barbershop is covered in old barn wood she
brought in by U-Haul from a blown-down barn on her
father’s property in rural Wisconsin. The light fixtures
are made from exposed bulbs and tarnished wires for an
old-fashioned, rustic feel.
Lucas said she stumbled upon the downtown Waukesha
location by accident, but signed the lease days after
she took her first tour of the storefront next to
love it out here. I looked at five buildings before I
found this one,” she said.“ Downtown Waukesha reminds me
of a little Madison.”
Leather Strop has been open for just over a month, but
there have already been lots of return customers, Lucas
shop takes mostly appointments and opens every day at 11
a.m. It is located at 807 Clinton St.