Friday, May 3, 2013
A consultant explained to Port Washington downtown business and property owners how parking can affect the economic development of the area.
Jason Schrieber of Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates told dozens of merchants and property owners at a meeting that parking is about access to stores and entertainment, reported the Ozaukee Press. Schrieber said signs throughout the area that proclaimed no parking, two-hour parking and loading zones are elements that can hurt a downtown's economic development, reported the Ozaukee Press. He gave a number of examples of parking myths, such as each business needing to have their own parking, time limits are needed for customer turnover and more. Port Washington Main Street has proposed a redesign of the parking lot behind Duluth Trading. The Common Council approved a study to be done by Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning …
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Port Washington Main Street is working with a Boston-based company on the parking study, and a public hearing will be held next Tuesday as part of the process.
Parking in downtown Port Washington has popped up in several discussions in the past few months, considering ongoing developments and changes in the city's landscape. Port Washington Main Street has proposed a redesign of the parking lot behind Duluth Trading (PDF attached), and the Common Council approved a study to be done by Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission of Port's parking needs this fall — at no cost to the city. Next week, Nelson/Nygaard of Boston — a nationally recognized parking consultant, according to a Main Street flier — will be in the city to analyze Port's parking situation. The group will conduct a "series of focus groups, tours and individual visits within the downtown," Main Street Executive Director …
Three Port Washington High School students will serve 2-year terms with the Main Street program.
Port Washington Main Street and the high school are teaming up in a partnership that will hopefully be beneficial to the students as well as the community. Freshman Jared Bruttig and Junior Azariah Pargulszi will serve on committees, auditing the program's business development, marketing and promotions committees. Junior Alexa Greisch was chosen to sit on the Board of Directors, and though she won't be a voting member her ideas will be highly valued, Main Street Executive Director Sara Grover said. "It's exciting for the downtown because you're going to be interacting (with many people) and you're going to be a voice for your peers and getting the school district as a whole more involved," Grover told Greisch after announcing her selection…
Friday, January 18, 2013
The 4th annual event is earlier this year than in year's past — and pre-registration is under way now. Learn what else is new in 2013.
The streets of downtown Port Washington will become a flurry of pink once again in February as women flock to the area for the 4th annual Kiss of Indulgence Ladies Night Out. The event is set for 4 to 8 p.m. Feb. 12, and pre-registration is underway. "Come downtown as the businesses open their doors on this mid-winter's eve, providing samples, coupons, giveaways, drawings, and more," the event posting on VisitPortWashington.com said. "The ladies love this chance for some fun in the middle of winter, and the businesses love to have this much exposure, and a chance to make some new customers." The cost is $6 for women who pre-register, guaranteeing a tote bag, scarf, and other items, according to VisitPortWashington.com. Pre-registration is …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Some of Port Washington's most passionate and committed citizens were honored Wednesday at the annual awards dinner at Memories Ballroom.
The passion that Port Washington’s most dedicated citizens have for their community was displayed Wednesday at the Chamber of Commerce 2012 Annual Awards Dinner at Memories Ballroom. “These are the people who are making our community great,” said former mayor Scott Huebner. He choked up briefly while thanking his wife and children for supporting him through three terms as mayor as he accepted the Citizen of the Year award. Dan Michu, co-owner of Baltica Tea Room, also had to compose himself briefly as he accepted the City Beautification Award on behalf of Baltica. He spoke at length about the need for citizens and business owners to “pay it forward” to make the city stronger. “Mr. Port Washington,” Leroy Bley, was given a Special …
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, …
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Ambitious sale of Lueptow building in Port Washington leaves small businesses without a home, but their owners hope to stay downtown.
The tight-knit family of small businesses in the Shoppes of Port Washington may soon be torn apart. But after last week's long-anticipated sale of the Lueptow building, 211 N. Franklin St., business owners there are optimistic about finding a new downtown location to keep their clientele. The Ozaukee Press reported Wednesday that Morgan Stanley executive and Port native Daniel Ewig plans to purchase and restore the building to its early 20th century state. While this may help efforts to revive Port's downtown area, the Shoppes businesses will soon be out of a storefront. Jane Guetchidjian, owner of Alterations by Jane and manager for the Shoppes, said they knew this would eventually happen, as there was a for sale sign on the building when…
Friday, June 8, 2012
The Port Washington Main Street program is replanting the planters this weekend, and volunteers are welcome to take home the extra panzies.
Planters in downtown Port Washington are scheduled to get a facelift this weekend, and the Port Washington Main Street Program is looking for volunteers and people interested in flowers. For Earth Day, volunteers set to work adding panzies to the planters. Starting Friday afternoon, Main Street planned to have flowers along the downtown area waiting to be added to the planters. Interested volunteers can plant the new plants, and take the panzies home — if they so choose. The planting will last through Saturday, or first come first serve. Contact 262-268-1132 for more information.
Friday, May 25, 2012
The 5th Annual Community Street Festival will take place from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, with special promotions from Port Washington Main Street, Beanies and Patch.
Port Washington streets will be hustling and bustling on Sunday afternoon as the 5th Annual Community Street Festival fills up the downtown area from noon to 6 p.m. Port Washington-Saukville Patch has teamed up with the Feith Family YMCA to share tent space, and we will have a basketball hoop set up for athletes and otherwise to try their best at sinking a basket. Plus, Patch is working with Port Washington Main Street Program to start up a Foursquare contest: check in at the festival on foursquare, and you'll qualify for a special promotion either from Patch or Beanies. (See the attached photo for details.) About 60 total vendors, music, food and boat rides will all be part of Sunday's event — so don't miss out!
Friday, April 20, 2012
Sunday was Earth Day, and people all across the greater Milwaukee area were busy helping make the planet a greener place — including in downtown Port Washington.
Spring cleaning is in the air — and that isn't just limited to your unorganized basement or overflowing storage closet. Sunday celebrated Earth Day, when the citizens of Planet Earth mobilize for an eco-celebration. Globally, 176 countries will stage events to commemorate the annual event, but there are also options locally to give Mother Nature a break. The Port Washington Main Street Program organized a cleanup on Saturday of the downtown area, which also included taking some time to plant the planters. "We have identified many alleyways, backs of buildings and parking areas that are in need of clean up," Main Street's event's calendar says. "For these projects we are looking for youth, families and groups that would be willing to work …