Monday, March 11, 2013
The investment of more than $500,000 in public funds by the village into the Lakewood building on North Oakland Avenue hasn't pay off, after the building was sold for roughly half its assessed value.
In 2008 and 2009, Shorewood officials approved spending $550,000 to help pay for renovations at Lakewood Building and the relocation of Harley's men's clothing store into the five-story structure. But, those investments — into what some have called the village's ugliest building at 3575 N. Oakland Ave. — haven't paid off the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Tom Daykin reports. The building sold last summer for $1.5 million — half of its assessed value. Just north over East Capitol Drive, the Lighthorse 4041 and Ravenna developments have sprung up on North Oakland Avenue, with the help of public monies. But those include guarantees on assessed values, Village President Guy Johnson told Daykin. Still, it serves as a lesson for the village, …
The boutique will have bargains on clothing, furniture and fixtures until it locks its doors for good on March 29.
Boutique B'lu is holding a consolidation sale as it prepares to close its Shorewood location at the end of the month. The boutique will have bargains on clothing, furniture and fixtures until it locks its doors for good at 4508 N. Oakland Ave., in theCornerstone, on March 29. "It is with great sadness Boutique B'lu is closing this location only by March 29th," the clothing store posted in an announcement on Patch. Locations in Wauwatosa and the Pfister Hotel lobby will remain open. Boutique B'lu in Shorewood is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and closed Sundays and Mondays. Efforts to reach the owner for comment were unsuccessful.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
With the recent addition of Camp Bar to the slate of North Oakland Avenue establishments in Shorewood, has the village emerged as a real nightlife destination?
North Oakland Avenue is home to a range of establishments to indulge. When Camp Bar opened in mid-November, it became the sixth bar, pub, wine bar or restaurant to double as a bar on North Oakland Avenue. A front page splash on this week's Shepherd Express labeled Shorewood as a place with an emerging nightlife. "Perhaps what’s most surprising about Camp is its location," the Shepherd's article reads. "It’s the type of high-concept bar that would fit right in on the trendiest strips of the East Side or Bay View, yet it’s housed at 4044 N. Oakland Ave. in Shorewood, a historically quiet suburb better known for its family mindset and high-ranking school system than any sort of organized nightlife." Bars like Three Lions Pub, Village Pub, …
Monday, March 4, 2013
Prospective owner says she moved to St. Louis in early January to pursue another opportunity. Shorewood BID director says there's no solid leads, but interest in the storefront.
The prospective owner of an organic pizza restaurant expected to open this spring on North Oakland Avenue has killed plans to open in Shorewood. In an email to Patch on Monday Lindsay Pennica — who announced plans in late October to open zpizza in the former Performance Running Outfitters space at 4401 N. Oakland Ave. — said she moved to St. Louis in early January to pursue another opportunity. Pennica had hoped to open the restaurant by April 1. Earlier this winter, Performance Running vacated the space to move down Oakland into the new Ravenna development. Jim Plaisted, Shorewood Business Improvement District executive director, told Patch Monday there is interest in the storefront. "I talked to the landlord last week and there are no …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
The North Oakland Avenue British pub celebrated two years in Shorewood last weekend by having a little fun with the "Harlem Shake."
Three Lions Pub caught the "Harlem Shake" fever last weekend — on its birthday no less. The North Oakland Avenue British pub commemorated two years in Shorewood by having a little fun and joining the Internet meme. Harlem Shake is the latest Internet meme, "with people everywhere grabbing a bunch of friends, schoolmates, colleagues, or whomever, really, and having a 30-second dance extravaganza," as Slate put it. The Atlantic Wire also has a good run-down of the Harlem Shake. USA Today has an article explaining the key ingredients of a good Harlem Shake. Do we understand it? Not really. Are they funny to watch? Absolutely.
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Shorewood has spent a lot of money for its growth on Oakland Avenue, while Whitefish Bay chooses a more conservative approach that only recently seems to be paying off. Which one community has it right?
While there are certainly cultural and geographical differences between the neighboring villages of Shorewood and Whitefish Bay, the two communities’ philosophical difference in business development is just as stark. Shorewood has been very aggressive in spending money to recruit new businesses, while Whitefish Bay has decided to be more conservative with its expenses and more modest in its growth. But, Shorewood has added nearly 30 new businesses while losing just two over two years. Over that time span, Whitefish Bay has seen a lot of turnover with nine businesses leaving and another 14 opening their doors. John Stuhlmacher, chairman of the Whitefish Bay Business Improvement District, said in an article on Patch, "you have to let the …
Shorewood will join the frozen yogurt craze in the Milwaukee area when the final retail piece of the new Ravenna development opens.
The final retail piece of the Ravenna development, Yo Mama frozen yogurt, is slated to open Feb. 28 on North Oakland Avenue. Co-owner Becky Berger told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel the Shorewood frozen yogurt shop at 4525 N. Oakland Ave. will offer six self-serve frozen yogurts. With Alterra across the street, Yo Mama won't serve bakery but will stock packaged treats for sale. Additionally, the shop will have an outdoor drinking fountain for dogs, which will fill when a button is pushed and drain shortly after to ensure a fresh drink for the next dog. It will join Indulgence Chocolatiers, Elements East and Performance Running Outfitters in the Ravenna and mark the chain's third shop in the Milwaukee area.
Monday, February 4, 2013
Shorewood has spent a lot of money for its growth on Oakland Avenue, while Whitefish Bay chooses a more conservative approach that only recently seems to be paying off.
When El Guapo’s closed its doors in late 2010, it seemed to spell trouble for East Silver Spring Drive. With the loss of Silver Spring’s only sit-down restaurant, Whitefish Bay continued to feel the effects of a lingering recession, as old standbys like Les Moise, Elements East and Zita left town. In a two-year period, Silver Spring continued to see turnover — with nine businesses leaving and another 14 opening their doors. However, in the past month, Whitefish Bay seems to be on the verge of a revival with news of two new food options — a tapas bar and The Bay restaurant in the old El Guapo’s space. In addition, Erik’s Bike Shop plans to fill the huge storefront vacated by Les Moise last year. While awaiting the spring bloom of new …
Monday, December 24, 2012
Join us as we take a trip down memory lane and look at the top 10 Shorewood stories of 2012.
As the year winds down, we'll all surely look back at what we've done in 2012. Here at Shorewood Patch, we're doing the same thing with a list of the top 10 local stories of the year. Join us as we take a trip down memory lane. The top stories were chosen based on page views in addition to the impact it had on the community. No. 8 — New Bar Brings 'Up North' Feel to North Shore Camp Bar recently pitched its tent on North Oakland Avenue. On Aug. 29, Patch talked to owner Paul Hackbarth about his new northern Wisconsin cabin-themed bar opening in Shorewood. His love of a trip "up north" was the inspiration behind the bar. Read the full story here
Thursday, December 13, 2012
The mother-daughter duo of Mary LeBlanc and Liz Sumner say their East Capitol Drive women's clothing shop has been a great success.
Liz Sumner's dream while in business school at the University of Chicago was to become a small business owner. The Shorewood native followed her passion for fashion and settled on a boutique for women in the village named SHOP, with her mother Mary LeBlanc. Five years later, the two are celebrating their success. The mother-daughter team gave themselves a little under a year to accomplish their goal of opening a clothing store. In October 2007, they achieved their goal and are proud of their store. “Owning a store provides a great sense of pride and accomplishment,” LeBlanc said. “Liz and I work very hard.” “It was the right idea at the right time; we both thought it was a good time to do something together,” Sumner said. Sumner and …