December 5, 2013
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December 1, 2013
By Sheila Julson
Bay View will gain another dining spot in 2014 when new restaurant Lazy Susan MKE opens at 2376-2378 S. Howell Ave. Owner and chef A. J. Dixon said she hopes to open in early 2014 after renovating side-by-side spaces that once housed a tavern and a parts store and which have been vacant for years.
The restaurant, to seat approximately 50 people, will feature a varied shareable-plates menu. According to Restaurants Business Online, restaurants that serve shareable and/or small plates that allow diners to try more than one menu item are becoming trendy. The popularity of Bay View Odd Duck, a small-plates venue, testifies to the trend’s appeal.
Dixon, in the culinary field for 13 years, graduated from MATC’s culinary program in 2002 and has worked at well-known eateries including Café Lulu, County Clare, Pastiche Bistro & Wine Bar, and Centro Café. She set up and opened The National, 839 W. National Ave., for Michael Diedrick, its original owner.
A longtime Bay View, Dixon began a search for her own restaurant about a year ago and eventually found the Howell Avenue space, which she said was both affordable and available.
She hopes to create a restaurant with a pleasant and unique experience for diners, but also for her staff. “I want a place where people can work and grow and expand their talents,” she said.
Although the name is similar, Dixon’s Lazy Susan MKE has no affiliation with the former Lazy Susan that operated in Cedarburg.
Lazy Susan MKE
2376-2378 S. Howell Ave.
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December 1, 2013
By Sheila Julson
Allstate Insurance agent Andrew McCabe is expanding his business to Bay View, and with it, his passion for community involvement. The new office, his second, will be known as Allstate McCabe Agency-Bay View and opens December 1, occupying the last vacant retail space in the Dwell building, 2442 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
He has operated his original Shorewood location, 4010 N. Oakland Ave., since June 2004.
The agency offers auto, home, and life insurance, and retirement planning products. Four employees, each licensed by the Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance to sell his products, will occupy the new 1,200-square-foot space, McCabe said.
After successfully growing his agency in the Shorewood community over the past nine years, McCabe said it was time to expand. “I began a search in other neighborhoods to see where I could duplicate what we have here, with my business model and the culture I have in the office. With what we do, Bay View was by far the best fit for us,” he said.
He liked the look and feel of Bay View and found it similar to Shorewood, with easily accessible businesses, an active Business Improvement District (BID), and residents who support their ever-growing community. The Dwell building immediately appealed to McCabe, who said he did not consider any other buildings. Another factor was the dearth of other Allstate agencies in the area.
“We want to be a part of the growth and a part of the changes in a good way, not just by providing insurance, but with community involvement,” McCabe said. To celebrate the opening of the new agency in the new neighborhood, he will give away give away 100 poinsettias from the Bay View office. There will be no requirement to talk about insurance or retirement planning, only to stop in and say hello. Residents are invited to make a visit and take home one of the 100 poinsettia plants, beginning in early December.
“I want to be more than just an insurance office. I want to be part of what goes on in the community,” he said.
McCabe has been an active member of the Shorewood BID since 2008, sponsoring community events, working with other businesses, and community service. In 2011 Allstate McCabe Agency won “Business of the Year,” the Shorewood BID’s Showcase Award. Once the Bay View office is up and running, McCabe said he plans to get involved with the Bay View BID to support events, be that financially or by volunteering.
The Insurance Venture
McCabe originally eyed a career in sports broadcasting before pursuing insurance. He attended Arizona State University, where he majored in human communications, a program, he said, is more broad and encompassing than communications. He stayed in Arizona for a year after graduating from ASU. While there, he worked in a golf course management teaching-program. Family eventually brought him back to Wisconsin. Despite Milwaukee’s harsh weather, he also said he missed the change of seasons.
“Golf is not a Midwest industry,” McCabe said. His father Pat McCabe has owned his own agency, McCabe Group, Inc. since 1980. The agency sells life insurance and retirement planning. Andrew followed suit and opened Allstate McCabe Agency in 2004. This year father and son began working together, with the elder McCabe specializing in retirement planning products.
McCabe said if Allstate doesn’t offer a product that a customer needs, such as workman’s compensation, their agency can broker it out. “That gives up the ability to sell a wide range of products,” he said.
He noted that the internet has changed the way business is done by providing consumers with many resources. “Now, there’s more self-directed education and research,” he said. He indicated that people often shop and compare online, but often wish to speak with an agent, in person, for more detailed information.
He said when speaking with his peers, he sometimes hears expressions of concern about the role of agents becoming lost or being eliminated in the process of purchasing insurance in today’s high-tech world. McCabe disagrees. “We’ll never be eliminated because there will always be people who want to talk to somebody,” he said.
Allstate McCabe Agency – Bay View
2442 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
November 1, 2013
By Sheila Julson
The glassy eyes of a taxidermy mouflon ram gaze over the wares of Bay View Trading Company, 3074 S. Delaware Ave., the newest of the four antiques/collectibles stores that have opened in Bay View in the past year.
The collection is eclectic — furniture, including 1920s secretaries (desks with shelves and cubbies), a dark orange 1970s period chair, vintage glass ashtrays, beaded flapper-style purses, mid-century two-tiered end tables, and assorted art on display.
“I like to mix it up a lot,” said Bay View Trading Company owner and Bay View resident George Spence. He opened his shop September 7.
Spence owns the Delaware Avenue building that formerly housed New Day Fellowship Church, and before that, the Trillium belly dance studio.
“I’ve always had an affinity for antiques,” Spence said.
Before antiques, Spence worked in real estate rentals and in construction. He saw an opportunity to dive into the world of antique dealing after noticing widespread interest and local demand for vintage furniture and decor. He said people seem to appreciate the quality craftsmanship and durability of items made in the era before mass production.
Bay View Trading Company does not specialize in inventory from any particular era, instead offering a little bit of everything. Rock and roll memorabilia, like a Beatles poster, is displayed on a wall. The counter is stocked with vintage costume jewelry. A chair upholstered in Brady Bunch avocado green sits adjacent to an ornate 1920s cabinet. Trunks dating to the 1800s hold various art prints and photos, including a black-and-white photo collage of an unidentified child dressed in his World-War-I-era best duds. Some customers zero in on mid-century furniture, while others are charmed by costume jewelry from Hollywood’s golden age. Some go for the early 1970s wall art.
“Everything has its own crowd,” Spence said. He sources his inventory from auctions, estate sales, thrift shops, and flea markets. He said he also buys directly from individuals, but does so by appointment only. He does not take anything on consignment.
When needed, Spence restores vintage items before sale. His current project is a curved glass curio cabinet that someone coated with pale green paint.
While customers seem to like a little bit of everything, Spence said there is a demand for strange or unusual items, like taxidermy. He pointed to a mounted muskie. “This is really old,” Spence said, and then removed the fish from the wall to show how it was stuffed with fine straw visible behind a wide-stitched seam. That technique is totally different than the wood and wire frames or resin molds used in modern taxidermy.
Spence said he’s also eager for the shop to be part of the revival of the Delaware Avenue business district. Many of its storefronts were vacant for years but are now occupied and thriving again. “This is a great spot. It’s an up and coming stretch with lots of artisans and craftsmen,” he said.
The business draws neighborhood residents who live near the lakefront, as well as city hipsters from “downtown Bay View” — the Kinnickinnic Avenue vicinity, Spence said.
Bay View Trading Company does not yet have a website, but it does have a Facebook page where customers can view a featured item. Spence said he’s still feeling things out and will likely expand the store’s online presence as the business grows. He plans to keep an assorted selection with reasonable prices. “A huge price tag (on items) doesn’t do me any good.” Spence said, “This is not a stuffy antiques store.”
Bay View Trading Company
3074 S. Delaware Ave.
November 1, 2013
By Kevin Meagher
Thirteen years after the Avalon Theatre closed it may (really) be on the verge of reopening.
Since it closed in 2001, the historic Avalon building, 2469 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., was not much more than apartments and a handful of retail businesses. Its marquee advertised community events or the name of a business tenant.
Buzz surrounding the theater has rolled through the community in tides, where hope rose and fell over the past eight years that the beloved icon would, at last, be renovated and resume its role as Bay View’s very own movie theater.
While it has taken nearly a decade to get to the stage where repairs and remodeling begin, owner Lee Barczak never doubted that he would reopen the theater after he purchased it in 2005.
“I bought it knowing it would be a decent investment just as it was, and I believed 1,000 percent in what was happening in Bay View. From there it was not a matter of if we were going to do it, but how. It’s been a challenge, but it’s going to happen,” Barczak said.
The dramatic recession of the mid-2000s impeded the launch of a renovated Avalon. Finding the right contractors to renovate the theater also slowed the process. Barczak said he thought he had the right contractor in place earlier this year, but after discussing the building’s issues more thoroughly with the company’s leader, he realized that he needed to change directions.
“When you’re dealing with older buildings, lots of companies tell you they have experience but when you get right down to it, they really don’t get the complexities of redoing an old building… You really learn as you go, but I can’t afford to have a lot of learning on this project,” said Barczak.
With the help of a better economy and the potential of $300,000 earmarked for the project by the city of Milwaukee Department of Economic Development, Barczak projects the Avalon will be open for business for the 2014 summer blockbuster season. Construction is scheduled to begin in early November, and while Barczak believes he has the right construction company in place now, he did not want to divulge its name until the contract was signed.
Barczak received a city of Milwaukee $75,000 grant in June 2005 to help offset renovation expenses.
The Avalon Theatre opened May 1, 1929, seating 1,637 patrons. It was one of the “atmospheric theaters” built in the early 20th century. The term refers to interior design with an open auditorium ceiling and decor that created the illusion of an exotic setting. The Avalon is remembered by Milwaukeeans for both its twinkling night sky and the ambiance of a Mediterranean village.
Barczak said that the remodeled theater will retain its Mediterranean atmosphere and that there will be even more stars in the sky (ceiling) than there were when the building opened 84 years ago.
The new Avalon will feature two screens, one with seating for 220 and the other with seating for 65. Barczak is installing two bright Precision White Screens, which possess the ability to project enhanced 2D and 3D presentations with wide viewing angles. The main theater will feature a full-sized screen.
The Avalon will include a small bar and restaurant served by a separate entrance from the street and built in the space that was recently occupied by Wild Workouts and Wellness. Barczak said venue “will be more of bar than a restaurant, with a menu consisting of high quality pub food.” Seating will accommodate 24-26 diners.
Customers will also be able to eat and drink in the pub itself or in their movie seats. While movie food like popcorn and candy will be offered in the theater, patrons will be able to order food from the pub’s menu, including pizza, sandwiches, quesadillas, and salads.
In order to accommodate food service in the movie theater, there will only be four seats between each aisle so servers and patrons can move around easily. The seats will be similar to the typical plush movie theater seating, but with trays for those who wish to dine.
Repairs and Renovations
“I want the Avalon to be a unique Bay View experience and at the same time capturing a lot of memories for people in this neighborhood that is thriving again,” Barczak said.
Renovations include extensive repairs and new mechanicals throughout plus the addition of a pub that serves food and a kitchen for food prep.
“All the mechanical systems must be carefully done to retain the charming qualities of the original,” Barczak said.
The heating and air conditioning must operate quietly, he said.
Because of the age of the building and the state of disrepair, he’s replacing the electrical service and wiring, plumbing, heating, and air conditioning. Additionally, new projection and sound equipment will be installed along with a new marquis, new theater seating, and men’s and ladies rooms. Barczak said that he is putting in more stalls than code requires in the women’s bathroom because “one of my wife’s pet peeves is having to stand in line to use a bathroom.”
He is not going to recreate the box office that was removed by the prior owner because the trend to purchase tickets online has dramatically diminished the need for a ticket booth. He will increase “the number of doors across the front of the building” and provide accessible seating throughout the theater, not just in the front row. The seating will accommodate wheel chairs or motorized personal transportation vehicles.
The balcony will not be restored. To do so would have added costly improvements to satisfy ADA requirements including an elevator to the balcony and a lift in the balcony itself that would convey patrons with mobility challenges to its stepped-seating, Barczak said.
Barczak plans to show first-run films as well as some late night cult classics and family-movie matinees on weekends, similar to what is shown at his other theaters. The Avalon Theatre is the third venture of Barczak’s Neighborhood Theater Group (NTG), which includes the Times Cinema at 5906 W. Vliet Street and the Rosebud Cinema at 6823 W. North Ave. He said his philosophy with the NTG is to bring current first-rate movies back to Milwaukee neighborhoods so residents don’t have to drive out to suburban mega-theaters every time they want to see the latest titles.
“Neighborhoods way-back-when were much more ecologically sound, because you did everything within a pretty small area…If you drive 20 miles to a big-screen theater that’s 10 dollars each way of your car you’re using in gas, insurance, mileage, maintenance. That 20 bucks savings on your car just bought you two tickets (to a movie),” said Barczak.
Although Barczak acquired two properties on the east side of Kinnickinnic, adjacent to the small parking lot across from the Avalon, he said those are part of a future larger development he’s planning. Earlier this year a city official told the Compass he thought those properties would be demolished for Avalon parking.
Barczak said that there are more than 400 public parking spaces within two blocks of the Avalon that he’ll rely on to serve his theater and pub patrons.
Steve Ste. Marie, who owns Bay View Maytag Laundromat located kitty corner from the Avalon, is excited about the prospect of the theater reopening.
“As the premier piece of real estate in Bay View, the area has nothing to lose and everything to gain once the business is thriving again. It has been my experience that the neighborhood has been very supportive of new, well-run businesses and I believe this will carry over to Lee Barczak and the rest of the Avalon staff,” Ste. Marie said.
Because of the location and nature of the Avalon’s business, there are a few city grants Barczak is eligible to apply for and that he will be seeking for the Avalon. The first comes from the city’s Retail Investment Fund and is aimed at creating jobs. In order for Barczak and the Avalon to receive the grant, he must create a certain amount of full and part-time jobs. Once the Avalon proves they have met the requirements, they would then be reimbursed for pre-approved grant related expenses. While Barczak feels the Avalon will provide around 20 to 30 jobs, he is in a tricky position with hiring because of the movie industry schedule.
“You can have a set number of employees, but then you have a period where Hollywood isn’t really releasing much that everyone wants to see, then you’ve got a lot of (employees) standing around,” Barczak said.
On top of the number of employees required for eligibility for the grant, the employees must also be Milwaukee residents. The other grants the Avalon qualifies for are a façade grant to renovate the storefront of the theater and a grant intended for businesses in economically stressed zones. Because the Avalon is on the west side of KK, it is considered to be in one of these zones. Barczak is seeking to finalize the grant applications by the end of the year.
With the help of Alderman Tony Zielinski, Barczak feels he is in a good position to finally get the theater running again, sooner rather than later. “The city has been very helpful and positive,” Barczak said.
“Because of our problems with developing and getting going, certainly (Zielinski) could have given up on us and said ‘Ah, bologna,’ but the guy hasn’t. He wants this theater…and other than me, I don’t think there’s anybody as intent on seeing it get done,” said Barczak.
With or without funding assistance from the city, Barczak said he will begin the renovation this month and plans to be open in May 2014.
More information about the original Avalon Theatre: cinematreasures.org/theaters/1768
November 1, 2013
By Jay Bullock
Josh Wright has a dream. “I believe in the passion and the ‘aha’ moment,” he said, “when you strum a guitar and say, ‘I haven’t heard a guitar sound like this, ever.’”
He wants everyone to have that experience.
In November, Wright will make that dream a reality when he opens Distinctive Guitar, 2505 S. Howell Ave., a physical retail location for the internet business of the same name that he has operated since 2007. He sells custom-built guitars, guitars from “boutique builders,” and rare or vintage used guitars.
Wright, a guitar player, started selling guitars from his Chicago apartment when he discovered he could resell low-priced guitars from a local shop for a bit of a profit. At first, his focus was on selling used guitars, he said. But eventually he shifted his focus to boutique-guitar builders.
“I like the quality of a guitar custom-built for you, built one at a time, just like they used to in the 1950s and ’60s, the golden era of guitar building,” he said.
In 2010, Wright met Nick Sorenson, a Chicago-area builder just getting into the business with his Rocketfire Guitar brand, dedicated to replicating vintage tone in new, hand-built electric guitars. Wright began selling Sorenson’s guitars that which, Wright said, benefited both — providing a supply of boutique instruments for Distinctive Guitar and an outlet for Rocketfire.
“We really did a lot for each other,” Wright said.
At the time, Wright was primarily selling on eBay, as well as on other sites like reverb.com and gbase.com.
Also in 2010, Bay View resident Erik Miller bought a guitar from Wright. A few years earlier, Miller, who was also living in Chicago, lost his job as a corporate chef with the Chicago Archdiocese, and his wife’s interior decorating business was taking a hit from the recession. So he started reselling guitars as a way to make some extra cash.
When the Millers lost their house in Chicago and needed to move, they chose Milwaukee. Miller’s mother and brother were living here already and because they wanted a Montessori education for their children, the Miller family moved to Bay View in April 2009 for the neighborhood’s Fernwood Montessori School. (His daughter attends Fernwood.)
“In Chicago,” Miller added, “the equivalent school was $25,000 per kid per year.” Milwaukee was one of the few cities that offered strong public Montessori schools.
Miller said he had been reselling guitars for about 18 months when he reached out to Wright, who was offering a guitar that Miller believed he could resell and make a profit. “I missed out on that one,” Miller said, “but I saw we were both on Gmail and we started G-chatting.”
They continued to chat regularly, talking about their preferences in guitars. “We found we liked the same things,” Miller said.
Knowing he and Miller had similar philosophies, Wright said he “took a leap of faith” in 2011 and moved the collection to Miller’s Bay View basement. Miller became Distinctive Guitar’s general manager; owner Wright stayed in Chicago.
The business kept growing, with more boutique brands added to the Distinctive Guitar inventory, including Knaggs guitars. (Guitar builder Joe Knaggs pioneered the distinctive finishes and designs of the Paul Reed Smith Guitars custom shop — a look that should be instantly familiar to any guitar aficionado.)
Wright said that Knaggs, and other builders such as Roger Giffin and Scott Walker, had experience in the custom shops of the big American guitar builders like Gibson and Fender. However, they believed that factories cranking out thousands of guitars a day had lost touch with what “custom” really means. “They kind of got fed up with the way it was and wanted to get back to just building guitars,” Wright said. He rattled off names of artists these builders had made guitars for — Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, David Gilmour, Eddie Van Halen.
“These are not just guys building guitars in their garage. These are heirloom quality guitars,” he said. “They are artists as much as musicians as much as builders, and they have the ability to do incredible custom work.”
As the business grew, it began to outgrow Miller’s house, too, and the pair started talking about opening a storefront. A store would also permit them carry some builders who required a physical location as part of their contract, such as Suhr guitars, one of the country’s biggest-selling boutique brands.
Wright visited Miller and thought that Bay View would be a great neighborhood for the store. “I love Bay View,” he said, “It’s got a great vibe to it.”
And Wright noted, “Milwaukee has been shamefully overlooked by everyone in terms of these brands. The boutique experience is something Milwaukee has craved.”
They leased a space on Howell with a musical pedigree; it was formerly Trevor Sadler’s Mastermind Productions studio, and it is next door to Shane Hochstetler’s Howl Street Recordings. Miller said since they began renovating the space, musicians have been always coming by, including friends of Miller’s brother, who plays guitar with the Milwaukee band Elusive Parallelograms.
What will set Distinctive Guitars apart from other Milwaukee dealers is a “destination experience,” almost like an art gallery, according to Wright and Miller.
The store will be open by appointment, to give potential buyers individual attention. But they will also have some hours open to the public, though those had not been determined at press time.
Miller said that even though Distinctive Guitars is selling four or five guitars a week without a brick-and-mortar location, Wright hopes the Bay View store fulfills his dream of letting more people experience custom guitars built by master builders.
“You wouldn’t have to have a chance to go and play a guitar online,” Wright said. “Unless you can truly play a guitar, you don’t know if it’s worth the hype.”
Distinctive Guitar to open
in early November
2505 South Howell Ave.
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November 1, 2013
By Sheila Julson
Stag Barbershop, the popular men’s grooming venue, 3064 S. Delaware Ave., is expanding into the north half of the double store-fronted building it occupies. The shop’s new space was previously occupied by 3062 Tattoo Studio whose address was 3062 S. Delaware Ave.
Owner Jess Stern, who opened her barbershop in November 2010, offers haircuts, shaves, mustache trims, and brow, ear, and neck waxing. She also sells mustache wax, masculine natural soaps, lapel pins, and shoelaces.
Currently five barbers are on staff and Stern said she plans to employ six full-time barbers after the expansion. “We’ve outgrown our space,” she said. “We have a lot of clients, and we cannot keep up with the demand.”
Stern began renovations in August and anticipates completing the expansion this month.
She plans to enlarge her product line to include more men’s accessories, such as bow ties and dress socks. She intends to offer seminars and classes about past grooming traditions, which Stern observed, are making a comeback. Stern said 21st century men are interested in learning how to shave with a straight razor and how to properly tie a dress tie. “It will be cool to have guys come in and learn how to use a straight razor for shaving,” she said.
Stag will maintain its shoeshine service, which is provided in-house every Thursday. Stern said some customers drop in for a shoeshine, while others drop off their shoes for the service.
Daniel Marty, whose father operated a barbershop in the Delaware premises for several decades, owns the double-fronted, two-story building that houses Stag.
3064 S. Delaware Ave.
(414) 489-7824 (STAG)
November 1, 2013
By Jennifer Kresse
While Karl Larsen and James Kaminski are not new to Delaware Avenue, Little Wing Gallerie, 2923A S. Delaware Ave., their latest venture, opened in late September. The gallery currently exhibits fine artist Kaminski’s work, but owners plan to feature and promote regional fine artists.
The space also serves as Kaminski’s studio, the site of Larsen’s counseling services, and office space for their 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit, the Spiritual Health Network (SHN). Their mission, stated on their website is: “Through the pairing of individual abilities and philosophies (both old and new) we educate, promote and help others achieve spiritual, emotional and physical health and balance.” And the website defines their direction: “Through educational gatherings, support groups, and compassionate/empathetic counseling, we offer a “quiet space”…the essential element for attaining silence and spiritual health. It is an Education Facility for the exhibition of Fine Art and the raising of funds for the successful growth of the programs of SHN.”
SHN, according to Kaminski, is “a network of professionals whose goals are to educate, teach, and promote spiritual potential.”
“We’re interested in promoting and providing a showcase for all aspects of the creative community and [to] host unique shows that we feel will raise awareness [for] arts that don’t typically have a venue,” Kaminski said.
Little Wing Gallerie’s sunny facility has ample space to display artwork and provide meeting and lecture space. There are two sliding walls, built and designed by Kaminski, to provide additional wall space for art, or reconfigure the space.
Larsen provides counseling, specializing in work with male survivors of sexual abuse, cancer survivors, and those struggling with a cancer diagnosis in a separate, private room in the back of the gallery. Larsen’s services are provided free of change, a service of SHN.
The gallery can seat up to 40 people for private meetings, lectures, and classes and includes a presentation area for visual aids. Many of the members of SHN’s board of directors, like Larsen and Kaminski, are retired or semi-retired, who, Kaminski said, are dedicated to “paying it back to the community, in line with our own particular skills and interests.” One of its board members, Dr. Richard E. Silberman, an expert kayak instructor and retired cardiologist, will be teaching a class in kayaking this spring at Little Wing. The owners also plan to offer fee-based use of the space to book clubs and other educational pursuits.
“We [at SHN] are all of various backgrounds and beliefs, yet understand the taxing toll [that] life can have on everyone — fear, stress, depression, sickness, which can all devastate the human spirit. Through empathy, education empowerment, and creativity, we have helped countless people find their way,” said Kaminski, an ordained minister. He’d like Bay View to know that Little Wing is an exhibition and meeting facility. “We are not a religion or a church!” he said. After having lived on the South Shore for nearly eight years, Larsen and Kaminski took over the space that has become Little Wing about two years ago. “Bay View offers a unique blend of urban style with a village feel and the rural ambiance of (the) South Shore,” Kaminski said. “We have watched Bay View proliferate over the past few years and the growing attraction to the progressive creative community. So this is why we chose this area of Milwaukee.”
Kaminski remodeled their space, vacant for several years prior to their occupancy. He painted walls, installed textured reliefs and sconces, and created the strikingly beautiful found-wood fixture that lights the space.
Semi-retired artist, interior designer, and recent empty-nester, Kaminski divides his time between Bay View and Michigan, where his wife lives. Larsen, also semi-retired, is a grandfather who spent his career in visual communications and marketing. He received a spiritual psychology master-certificate from Milwaukee-based Transformations, Inc. “The community is diverse and so are we,” said Kaminski. “We hope we can offer a little something of interest or need for anyone in and around the South Shore Community.”
Little Wing Gallerie
2923A S. Delaware Avenue
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November 1, 2013
By Sheila Julson
Two Bay View hair salons recently relocated to the Hide House.
Hair Arkitekts is now located at 2625 S. Greeley St., Suite 102. Omar Juarez, who owns the salon with his wife, Norma, said they left their previous location, 2663 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., when their lease was up. Juarez said he wanted to keep the business in the Bay View area.
“We live in the community,” Juarez said, “and we fell in love with the (Hide House) location. It’s quiet and comfortable.”
Hair Arkitekts originally opened on Second Street and National Avenue eight years ago and moved to the Kinnickinnic Avenue location in August 2008.
The stylists work by appointment and Juarez expressed little concern about leaving the more visible KK location. “We do no advertising and do not rely on location. Almost every cell phone has a GPS, and people always find us. The Hide House is a landmark, and a lot of people know where it is,” he said.
Hair Arkitekts’ services include cuts, colors, and perms. The salon also offers waxing.
Sweeney Todd salon relocated to 2625 S. Greeley St., Suite 305, the space formerly occupied by INK Designs. The salon was formerly located at 2999 S. Delaware Ave., and before that, in Shorewood. Calls to Sweeney Todd for additional information were not returned.
In spring, INK Designs’ owner Kevin Ristow moved his t-shirt print shop into a larger space in the Hide House’s east building, 2612 S. Greeley.
November 1, 2013
Ava Hernandez, Patricia McFarland, and Jan Pierce were elected to the Outpost Natural Food Cooperative’s board of directors in October. Seven candidates ran for the three openings on the nine-member board. Under its bylaws, Outpost co-op owners are eligible to run for the board; board members are elected by Outpost’s member-owners.
The new board members’ will begin their three-year term this month.
The nine-member board helps determine the overall direction of the cooperative under a policy governance system, and, according to Outpost’s bylaws, the board of directors “shall approve all borrowing of money, pledging of assets as security for amounts so borrowed, and significant contractual obligations.”
Outpost has nearly 18,500 member-owners. Its ownership grew by more than five percent this past year.
October 1, 2013
Gerry’s Diamond Tap, 939 E. Lincoln Ave., has an updated look, said Johnny Torres, who spoke on behalf of his wife, the bar’s owner, Rhonda Torres. Changes include new 36” televisions — now six total, and NFL Sunday Ticket, a DirecTV option that broadcasts all NFL football games.
“You can watch whatever game you want,” Torres said. “We did it for the patrons.”
Other changes included cleaning, painting, and removal of some old signage and tables. The bar now offers 30 varieties of snacks, $2 domestic beers, and $1.50 Happy Hour specials Tuesday through Thursday from 4pm to 7pm. Daily specials include $1 cans of Old Style and $1.50 cans of Pabst, which Torres said is popular with younger patrons. The bar opens at 7am on weekends.
Gerry’s Diamond Tap was operated by Rhonda Torres’ mother, Geraldine “Gerry” Phillips for 25 years. Daughter Rhonda inherited the tavern about three years ago.
October 1, 2013
By Sheila Julson
Contractors are transforming a former hair salon, 2663 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., to a frozen confectionery business, Cream City Swirl. The new treat shop will feature frozen yogurt, gelato, crepes, and take-and-go beverages such as iced tea, hot cocoa, and coffee, said owner Susan Nolan. Fruit smoothies will be available during summer months.
Nolan anticipates opening the café by early November. She will offer 12 yogurt flavors, made from mixes. The gelato will be sourced from La Coppa Gelato, headquartered in Brookfield, Wis. Nolan said she would start with six flavors of gelato.
“They use premium ingredients,” Nolan said of La Coppa, which ties in with her goal that all products offered at Cream City Swirl be made with seasonal ingredients that are locally sourced whenever possible.
She plans to partner with a local coffee roaster and chocolatiers in the area to offer coffee and hot cocoa. “I want to complement, but not be in competition with coffee shops in the area,” Nolan said.
Nolan has always liked to cook, and she has had the idea for a frozen yogurt and gelato shop for a couple of years. She kicked the idea into high gear when she was laid off from her job as an MPS art teacher. She currently teaches part-time at Woodlands School. Her flexible schedule allows her to pursue her business goal. “I have time to follow another dream.”
Her art background enhances her ability to be creative with the shop and its products. A cinder block wall that currently surrounds a small area behind the building will be replaced by a decorative fence and the space it encloses will be outdoor seating.
Inside, there will be a toppings bar. Seasonal fruit will be used for a build-your-own-crepe option. Nolan said she wants her offerings to complement each other, and she does not want Cream City Swirl to be known specifically as a frozen yogurt shop, or a gelato shop.
Nolan said the open, well-lit space with its hardwood floor is approximately 2,100 square feet that allows for creative seating options. There will be a children’s area with low tables. An alcove already built into the north wall may be used by patrons who desire a bit more seclusion.
She has already received positive feedback from neighbors and Bay View residents. “Some are excited about the frozen yogurt, while some are excited about the gelato,” Nolan said, who has lived in Bay View for 26 years and observed that the area lacked a business like the one she envisions.
Her grandfather owned Stanecki Pharmacy on Ohio Street during the 1950s. That business, like so many mid-century pharmacies, had an ice cream counter at the back of the store.