Sunday, February 10, 2013
One of Wauwatosa's oldest businesses will lease its garden center to Stein Gardens & Gifts but will continue to own the property and operate its landscaping services.
After well over 100 years in business in Wauwatosa and 85 at the same location, Hawks Nursery, long a mainstay in local gardening and landscaping, is turning over its retail operation on Watertown Plank Road operations to Stein's Gardens & Gifts. Stein will lease the store and outdoor retail garden center space from Hawks, and Hawks will continue to operate only its landscaping services, according to documents filed with the city. Stein has applied for a conditional use permit to operate a Stein Gardens & Gifts at Hawks' address, 12217 Watertown Plank Road. The application comes before the Wauwatosa Plan Commission meeting at 7 p.m. Monday. The application names Joseph Kresl, owner of Hawks, as a co-applicant. Hawks on Sunday published an …
Friday, November 30, 2012
From humble beginnings, chain has gained a cachet for its overall quality and selection – yet sizing and fitting of its shoes remains a hallmark that has endeared it most of all.
When the developers of the coming Mayfair Collection in the Burleigh Triangle first hinted more than a year and a half ago that a Nordstrom Rack store would be a likely tenant, and more recently confirmed it, there was subdued excitement. "Nice to have the Nordstrom name here, finally," was the prevailing sentiment – "but wish it were a full-line Nordstrom store." After Thursday's announcement that Wauwatosa will, indeed, have its wish, a three-level Nordstrom department store at Mayfair Mall come late 2015, the enthusiasm of shoppers is nigh onto unbridled. "Very cool!" crowed Kim Wolff-Green on Wauwatosa Patch's Facebook page. Caley Clinton: "So. Excited." Beth Jaworski: "This is so fabulous! Woo hoo!" And from Carol Knuth: "Very …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Sought-after department store will site its first Wisconsin store in Wauwatosa.
- Jim Price
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Seattle-based Nordstrom on Thursday announced plans to open its first full-line store in Wisconsin at Mayfair Mall in Wauwatosa, the largest mixed-use shopping center in Wisconsin. The company plans to open an approximately 140,000-square-foot, three-level store by fall 2015. Nordstrom will join Macy's, Boston Store, Crate & Barrel, the Apple Store and other major names at Mayfair. The store will be a new structure attached to the mall along the southeast side, between Boston Store and the office center, said Mayfair general manager Steve Smith. "There is now an entrance there, which will be changed and widened inside the mall to accommodate Nordstrom," Smith said. "And, we'll be adding a parking structure roughly between it and Boston …
Sunday, November 18, 2012
With unique business model, return on investment arrives almost immediately with flood of customers to the Village – the same attraction that drew owners to live here.
Sisters Brooke Boomer and Sarah Smith find Wauwatosa a gem of a city to live their dream as co-owners of a coffeehouse-style wine bar, The Ruby Tap. The Ruby Tap was the latest business to take up residence in the former Drew’s Variety store space, with its entrance at 1341 Wauwatosa Ave. just around the corner from Root Common Park. The wine bar opened in the village a little more than three months ago, with news of the endeavor spread primarily by word of mouth and Facebook. The Ruby Tap Facebook page tracks nearly every aspect of a year-long journey, from early construction to convert the space to its rough-hewn decor, through to the finishing touches two months before posting the “We’re Open!” album. Although pre-opening …
Saturday, May 12, 2012
While Master Builder Dan Steininger constructs huge sculpture of cartoon favorite Spongebob, legions of Legos fans wait in queue snaking half the length of mall.
Any parent who's ever stepped on a Lego barefoot or picked up a few thousand of them off the floor knows how popular the little plastic building blocks are with young kids. But all ages came out this weekend to inaugurate Wauwatosa's new Lego store at Mayfair Mall. "I had a couple ladies over here yesterday who were in their 80s that were building, so it's kids of all ages," Lego Master Builder Dan Steininger said Saturday. "There's 8-year-olds and 80-year-olds." Steininger was getting help in the central plaza of the mall, where tables were set with boxes of blocks and instructions on buidling modular parts of a giant Lego sculpture: an 8-foot-tall Spongebob Squarepants. Steininger built a one-quarter scale model out of small blocks and …