Thursday, December 13, 2012
The Port Washington Design Review Board approved the plans to restore the former Lueptow building on Tuesday.
Plans to restore the facade of the former Lueptow building in downtown Port Washington were approved city’s Design Review Board on Tuesday. The plan includes a new parking lot and alley behind the building and the replacement of the more than 80 windows of the building, according to an Ozaukee Press article; it will also include office space, retail space and an artist studio. The building should be complete in June. Morgan Stanley executive and Port native Daniel Ewig purchased the for former Lueptow building, 211 N. Franklin St this summer. The plans will now go in front of the Port Washington Plan Commission on Dec. 20 for further approval. Read more about the plans for the old building.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
A spiritual reader and advisor who is "no stranger to Port" recently re-opened shop in the city's downtown.
Shoppers heading into downtown Port Washington for a little retail therapy now have a second option to add a little zen to their lives with a visit to the recently opened Spiritual Boutique. An Indiana native, the spiritual reader and advisor who prefers to go only by Judy is back in business in Port with her downtown storefront, 317 N. Franklin St., opened in September; Judy previously operated a shop on Grand Avenue. "(I) fell in love with the town," she said, citing the charm of the people as well as the draw of the lake and beach. Judy said she was born with the psychic ability, and went on to study aura and chakra before launching her spiritual career. "To me, I was just more fascinated about it just because it's dealing with the …
Monday, December 10, 2012
A comparison of police calls to Foxy's Bar and Schooner Pub over the last three years show the now-closed tavern had quite a few more interactions with officers.
A comparison of police calls in the last three years to two bars across the street from each other shows that Foxy's Bar had nearly three times as many interactions with officers than Schooner Pub. From 2009 until Foxy's closed in September, police records show 120 calls to the bar, with 54 of those calls being disorderly conduct, battery or fight/altercation. Schooner Pub had a total of 44 calls from 2009 through November, with only 10 relating to disorderly conduct, battery or fight/altercation. The history of police presence has further complicated efforts of hopeful business owner Troy Koput and manager Christian Zaja, who have been trying to launch Deville's Lounge in the space. Port Washington Police Chief Kevin Hingiss and City …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
The Chocolate Chisel in downtown Port Washington has plans to add a hot chocolate and espresso drink bar, with lots of unique flavors already in the works.
The Chocolate Chisel is taking its sweets to a new state with the addition of a hot chocolate and espresso beverage bar at the business. "We want to stand apart ... but we don't want to step on anyone's toes," employee Austin Hicks said, comparing the beverage options Chocolate Chisel will serve versus other coffee and hot drink options already available locally. That's why, in thinking up flavors for drinks, Hicks and the Chisel crew have thought outside the "cup": the chocolates already made at the store have acted as inspiration for the flavor ideas. "I want people to be able to drink their truffles," he said. Ideas such as White Chocolate Lime, Dark Orange and Sea Turtle Caramel are flavors patrons could soon be consuming. The …
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Sarah Jayne Photography opened a studio in Port Washington this summer, and owner Sarah Tendrup said she is loving every minute of the new business adventure.
Though she stumbled upon her recently opened Port Washington location by chance, Grafton native Sarah Tendrup said it was passion for the hobby that drove her to become a professional photographer. "I've always been creative and I've always loved taking pictures," she said. "It started out as a hobby — I loved it and I wanted to learn more." Tendrup is now the owner of Sarah Jayne Photography, operating a studio at 116 E. Grand Ave., in Port's downtown. She officially registered as a business in 2012, and opened her studio just after Port Washington's Fish Day near the end of July. Though she shoots a variety of photos — such as engagement and senior photos, among other categories — she said she specializes in newborn and infant photos. "…
Friday, September 14, 2012
The long-awaited retailer is now open to the public, and plans to add the historic Smith Brother's fish sandwich back to the menu, as well as once again offer lemon meringue pie in October. Click through these pictures to see what the store looks like.
Duluth Trading officially opened its doors to the Port Washington community at 9 a.m. Friday, after a Thursday evening celebration with store and city officials. Mayor Tom Mlada attended the evening event, and called the opening of the store a celebration of "our brand as a city, alligned with Duluth Trading." "It certainly has been a team effort — and tonight ... it's really a committment that we're celebrating," he said. "It's also a celebration for the city of Port Washington — for our community as a whole." The store has been long-awaited since the announcement of the company's decision to open it's second location in Port Washington. The company's only other retail store is located in Mt. Horeb. Steve Schlecht, CEO of Duluth Trading …
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
As the building's developer is working to meet the deadlines set by the Port Washington Common Council, here's your chance to weigh in on what you would like to see there.
Patch wants to know: What do you want to see in the former M&I building? The property at 122 N. Franklin St. was literally falling apart before it was purchased by developer Gertjan van den Broek of Renew Port Holdings LLC as part of a agreement with the city. Van den Broek has said he plans to build apartments on the top floors, with retail space below. The next step in the process is presenting a concept plan for the building to the city by September, so now is the time for your input on businesses you would like to see there. After all, the new businesses there will exist to serve you, the residents of Port. So let everyone know: Tell us in the comments.
Friday, June 29, 2012
Franklin Street will shut down and vendors, live music, food, beverages and more will bring the street back to life as part of this Port Washington Main Street event.
Editor's note: The following information is taken from a press release provided by Port Washington Main Street. Port Washington Main Street responds to requests for more great events downtown with this Sunday's "Main Street Marketplace." Franklin Street will be closed to vehicle traffic, making way for businesses sales and promotions, vendors, produce and plants, live music, food, beverages and more. The event will run 12 to 4 p.m. with over 40 vendors. Live music will be provided by area individuals and bands with a surprise guest at 1:30 p.m. Food and beverages are provided by local restaurants. Vendors are still able to sign up to display and should contact the Main Street Offices at 262-268-1132. Items such as antiques, …
Thursday, June 28, 2012
The Wisconsin-based "workwear" retailer is on schedule to open its new location in the former Smith Brothers building this fall. The new location's manager, Lisa Krier, is a lifetime Port resident.
With the renovation process under way for its new location, the Duluth Trading Company is set to occupy the entire first floor of the former Smith Brothers building this fall, and, according to a company official, they hope to provide an "interesting shopping experience." The company hopes to open the location sometime during fall 2012, with a grand opening celebration in October, according to Duluth's Marketing Manager Scott Deryuter. So far, the company's logo has been attached to the building; interior work is still in progress, and workers can usually be spotted on the premises. "We're very excited," Deruyter said. "Right now, it's just a matter of getting in there and cutitng holes, getting things going." As part of its 6-year lease, …
Monday, June 25, 2012
The facade renovation marked progress on a developer's agreement with Port Washington, and city officials are anticipating concept plans due this fall.
Developer Gertjan van den Broek of Renew Port Holdings LLC has met a major deadline in a development agreement with Port Washington, again averting demolition of the former M&I bank property. The work to rebuild the crumbling facade, which posed a risk to those walking near the downtown buildings, was completed by the May 21 deadline. City officials are now awaiting concept plans for developing apartment and retail space there. "We're very happy (with the progress)," City Planner Randy Tetzlaff said. "It was in pretty tough shape when the previous owners had dismantled parts of the facade," which he said had become a health hazard. Concept plans for renovating the buildings are due to the Plan Commission in September. As part of the …