of seating is available on the first floor as well as
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
“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.
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
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
■ 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.”
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
■ 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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