Businesses on the move
Some expanding, some leaving and some moving elsewhere in the city

By Christina Luick

Aug. 22, 2019

 One of the more recognized buildings that is now for lease is the former Koehler Insurance building on the corner of Washington Avenue and Columbia Road. Ansay & Associates purchased Koehler in 2015 and it retained its name. Earlier this summer, Koehler moved into the Bank First building on Washington Avenue and Mill Street.
Photo by Mark Justesen

CEDARBURG — Cedarburg continues to change as businesses come and go or relocate.

“We do have some ups and downs with spaces opening and closing and right now it does seem like there’s quite a bit of ‘for rent’ signs out in the historic district, but a lot of that is because of buildings being sold and marketed for rent and businesses simply relocating within the city of Cedarburg,” said Mary Sheffield, economic development coordinator for the city of Cedarburg. “I think that if somebody needs to relocate because they want a larger commercial space and they stay in the city of Cedarburg, then that’s just terrific for them and for our city.”

Sheffield said there were more businesses that closed this year than last year, but a couple of them were retirements.

“If somebody’s retiring and they’ve had their business here for 10 years or 30 years, good for them and good for us for having them be a business in Cedarburg for that long.”

Rachel’s Roses moved from its original location on Center Street to open at N61 W6321 Turner St. in June. This building was once occupied by glaze, and later Kelly’s store.

The Thirsty Hammer Workshop closed its business at W61 N506 Washington Ave. The do-it-yourself art studio’s owners Katie Hartzheim and Jackie Ertl left the Board & Brush franchise in September of 2017.

Fyndig Salon will be moving into the location and will carry its own organically sourced clean ingredient haircare line called “fyn.” The salon will also be selling furniture and artwork pieces by artists out of Milwaukee.

Pamela Schwister, co-owner of the salon said they hope to open sometime during the first week of September.

“I’ve been dreaming of this for 30 years and we are excited and grateful to everyone who has supported us,” she said. “It’s like finally stepping into our highest business selves to watch it all unfold.”

 A Swedish Salon is headed for the vacant building, right, just north of Immanuel Lutheran Church in downtown Cedarburg. Adjacent to that is the former Glad Rags building, which had been eyed for a CBD dispensary before city officials declined a needed permit.
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Handen Distillery, which opened two years ago next month, is ready to expand to the north. It will occupy the space once held by Walter’s Loft and later, Heirloom Gallery.
Photo by Mark Justesen

Handen Distillery, W62 N590 Washington Ave., is expanding its tasting room in the building after Heirloom Gallery relocated. Prior to Heirloom Gallery, the space was home to Walter’s Loft.

“We’re going to have use of the entire building now,” said Mary-Kay Bourbulas, co-owner of Handen Distillery, adding with a larger space they can hold more events.

Bourbulas said they expect construction to be completed in early October.

“We’re super excited about the additional space,” she said.

Amish Craftsmen Guild II will be moving from Washington Avenue into the east  of the building shared with Kettle Moraine Appliance & Sleep Center, which is located on Pioneer Road.

“It's a fabulous, old house and mansion,” said owner Laura Armstrong-Goss about being currently located in the historic Wittenburg Mansion. “We've just grown out of it, that's the only reason we're moving.”

Armstrong-Goss said they will move sometime in late fall.

The Vintage Cafe closed for good in May at W63 N674 Washington Ave. after 14 years of business. It was owned by Deb McQuaid who purchased it from Galiotos.

“As any business owner will tell you, time and commitment are demanding and, although there are so many rewards to what I do every day, in the end I have to take care of myself,” McQuaid told the News Graphic in May. “So I am going to do that for a while and decide what will be my next chapter in life. I love being a chef and the culinary industry is so wonderful, but it's break time.”

Wave Management, a property management company in Cedarburg, owns the buildings where the Thirsty Hammer Workshop and Vintage Cafe were located. Wave Management said there have been showings of the building of the former cafe which is about 1,800 square feet with a patio and a view of Cedar Creek.

Anytime Fitness moved down the street to W63 N1423 Washington Ave. Aug. 9. The gym purchased the building where the former Kowloon Restaurant and TemperaturePro was located. The chinese restaurant closed permanently with the owners retiring and TemperaturePro relocated to Portland Road in Cedarburg, according to Sheffield.

Grapes and Tastes, owned by Sherrie and Dan Pals closed its doors recently at W63 N140 Washington Ave. The building space is empty and a sign is posted on the door.

“With deep regrets, we have decided to close due to health issued,” according to the sign. “We enjoyed serving you for the past 7.5 years. We had strived to have unique items here and we have collaborated with Cedarburg Piggly Wiggly. They will try to be able to carry our top sellers and they will accommodate special orders, as we have in the past.”