Mequon Public Market reports much success two months after opening

By Lisa Curtis

Aug. 29, 2019

 Plenty of seating is available on the first floor as well as the mezzanine.
Photo by Mark Justesen

MEQUON — A waiting list for vendor space. Popular concerts. Planned charity events. Just two months after it opened, some are saying the Mequon Public Market is a solid success and what the area has long needed.

Developer Cindy Shaffer orchestrated the estimated 10,000-square-foot, two story market that opened June 22 at 6300 W. Mequon Road Ten vendors currently occupy the Public Market and the larger Spur 16 development: Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co., Bavette La Boucherie, Beans and Barley, Bowls, Café Corazon, Happy Dough Lucky, Purple Door Ice Cream, Screaming Tuna, St. Paul Fish Co. and Santorini Grill. Also there are Club Pilates Mequon, Yama Yoga True North and flowers and gift vendors.

“We are 100 percent full, with a waiting list,” Shaffer said this week.

She said the concert series sponsored by Johnson Financial has been a “huge success.”

The market has also served as host to the Dine and Dance Summer Concert Series, putting on concerts by The Sunkin Suns, Hot & Dirty Brass Band and Joseph Huber. On Sept. 26, R& B and soul artist Evan Christian will perform.

And a mix of other events is also being held at the market. Crazy Water owner Peggy Magister last week held a class on cooking with herbs for the Milwaukee Garden Club at the test kitchen on the second floor, Shaffer said.

 “We will be holding our first charity event on Sept. 19 for the Mequon-Thiensville Sunrise Rotary,” Shaffer said. “The Mequon Public Market is donating the space for this event and giving all attendees a market membership box.”

The evening will include a New England lobster boil by St. Paul, and complementary wine from Santorini Grill, with apps from all of the vendors.

 The market embraces an open, airy concept with plenty of room for hungry people
to mingle and find the vendor that fits their cravings.

Photo by Mark Justesen

Some visitors have said there is not enough parking, but Shaffer believes that issue has “settled down” since it opened.

“We do have twice as many spots as required by the city of Mequon, with 10 spaces per 1,000 square feet, versus the city code of five spaces per 1,000 square feet,” she said.

The News Graphic asked some of our followers on social media their thoughts about the market and what they liked best about the market and here’s a sample of what we heard:

■ Heather Nanke: “Screaming Tuna is my favorite! I love that they text me when my order is ready. A very close second is Anodyne Coffee. I wished I lived closer so I could get coffee before work everyday lol. I love the extra seating on the second floor for days like today (Monday) when it’s rainy and gloomy. The parking can be rough but definitely manageable.”

■ Katie Brand: “My husband and I love Café Corazon. We already have been there three times. We love the brunch and smothered burritos. I wish there were more stores that you could purchase various food (sausage, seafood, cheese, wine, etc.) like the Milwaukee Public Market; that is missing from Mequon’s version.”

 PAt least for another month or two, seating is also available outside the market.
Photo by Mark Justesen

■ Elizabeth Charland: “We went to Purple Door Ice Cream after eating next door at St. Paul Fish Company. The ice cream was great and we enjoyed eating it outside at night. However, I don’t think I’d dine at any of the restaurants there – it just didn’t seem to have a good ambiance ... reminded me of a food court.”

■ J Danger Wolf: “Definitely need more parking. That whole area needs a parking structure to accommodate not just the market, but the other surrounding businesses. My wife had to park in Piggly Wiggly’s lot to get to her nail salon. That said, I’ve had a delicious burger from Bavette as well as great tacos and margaritas from Corazon. Tried going to St. Paul’s Fish Company but the wait was just too long.”

■ Andrea Casto: “Love it, a smaller version of the Milwaukee Public Market. All great vendors, but Santorini gets our vote.”

■ Paula Cartwright: I love, love, love the Greek Cafe. My friends and I eat at St. Paul Fish Company then go to the market for ice cream. I’ve taken my grandkids for ice cream. Dinner at the Fisg Company was well received also. It’s a great addition to the community, even as a destination for a small lunch or dinner and people watching.”

■ Meghan Wielebski: My entire family is thrilled the market opened. Two of our favorite restaurants for many years, Beans & Barley and Cafe Corazon, have fantastic choices. There is something for every taste.

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