Friday, May 10, 2013
Located above the former Brewmeister's Trading Post, the unique apartment spaces are now ready for use.
After undergoing extensive remodeling, two new luxury apartment spaces are now ready for use in Port's downtown. Building owner Ross Leinweber said the apartments have "all new appliances, custom cabinetry, granite countertops in kitchen and bath, all new and refinished hard wood flooring, washer and dryer in each unit, as well as all new central air and forced air furnace." A few touch ups, suchs adding mirrors and blinds, will be added soon. The different units, 322 N. Franklin St., offer a "a very unique space for the downtown," Leinweber said. "We've done a lot of work and pretty much completely gutted the spaces to make them modern." One apartment features an open concept loft layout that would work well for a couple with an infant or…
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Twisted Willow will open late May to the public, with a focus on locally grown and organic products and a unique menu with specialty drinks and homemade dishes.
Potted plants sit on a tall shelf awaiting planting behind the bar at Twisted Willow, a new restaurant launching in the former Wind Rose space in downtown Port Washington that puts a focus on organic and locally grown products. Owner Dan Wiken will operate the restaurant, also as chef. His sister, Jill Bunting, is a partner in the business. "This opportunity came up, and I ended up moving out here," Wiken said, explaining that Bunting had debated opening a bed and breakfast at the farm where she lives in Grafton, but instead the Wind Rose space became available. Wiken worked as a chef for 38 years in Milwaukee; he has also been gardening for more than 30 years, experimenting with various heirloom vegetables and organic practices that will …
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Some local businesses owners express concern over the loss of Pirate Fest, while the potential positive impact of the festival planned in its place is still unclear.
With the announcement Tuesday that Pirate Festival is cancelled in Port Washington, some local business owners are concerned about the impact it will have on tourism and businesses themselves — and whether a family-friendly event planned in its place will make up for the loss is hard to say for certain. "Pirate Fest is one of our favorite events of the year because it is in the off-season," New Port Shores owner John Weinrich said. "We are so busy in July and August we could care less about another festival, it's overwhelming. But the pirate one is great, it kicks off the season — they don't care if it rains, it's just a fantastic event that actually makes us local businesses money." Cathy Wilger of Holiday Inn Haborview said the company …
Friday, March 29, 2013
Design plans for an overhaul of the parking lot behind the 100 block of Franklin Street in Port Washington's downtown will be introduced in early April.
Design plans for an overhaul of the parking lot behind the 100 block of Franklin Street in Port Washington's downtown will be introduced in early April. The Main Street Design Committee will present the plans during a meeting at 6:30 p.m. April 8 at the Blue Heron Artisan Gallery, 102 E. Pier St., according to an Ozaukee Press article. Though the lot will have about the same number of parking spots after the redesign — about 60 — the traffic flow will change. The design also includes landscaping, but with plants low enough that water views are not impeded, the article said. The plans will require approval by city committees as well as the Common Council.
Friday, March 8, 2013
Signs already mark the former Dairy Queen location near Port Washington's downtown, but city officials say no actual applications for business have been submitted.
Update April 2, 3:23 p.m.: Portabella Pizzeria & Restaurant opened on April 1. Learn more here. Original story: It's always nice to hear that an empty building is going to be filled with a new business, but this one has a bit of confusion surrounding it. Signs already advertise "Opening Soon Portabella Pizza Restaurant," on the former Dairy Queen location on East Washington Street, but City Administrator Mark Grams said the business has submitted no occupancy permits or other applications for necessary business licenses. Port Washington Main Street Executive Director Sara Grover, who often works with new businesses coming into town, said she has not been able to contact the owners, either. Patch called a phone number listed on the new …
Zing Boutique in downtown Port Washington offers a unique line of women's shoes that offer more perks than just covering your feet.
Port Washington business owner Deb Neulreich sells a unique item in her store that both offers comfort to users but also leaves a very small footprint on the environment. The product, shoes made by Oka-b — a company based in Buford, GA (just north of Atlanta) — is entirely U.S. made, 100 percent recyclable and waterproof. "I just noticed right away that they were really well made, and I like that they were manufactured right in (the USA)," said Neulreich, of Zing Boutique. Neulrich has had the product in her store for several years, and first learned of them because an employee of the company has family in Port Washington. "The price point was reasonable, and they were cute of course," she said of her decision to add the line to the store…
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
The Port Washington Common Council approved an ordinance Tuesday that changes the requirements for applying for a new liquor license.
It was with very little discussion that the Port Washington Common Council approved an ordinance that changes the requirements for applying for a new liquor license for a business in the city during its Tuesday night meeting. "The ordinance that you have in front of you is essentially unchanged from our last meeting," Ald. Dave Larson said while introducing the ordinance Tuesday night. The council had discussed changes to the ordinances during its late February meeting, alterations made after meetings with business owners and addressing their concerns. City Administrator Mark Grams and Main Street Executive Director Sara Grover had not heard any further concerns about the ordinance after that meeting; the law was approved unanimously. The …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
The retail space in downtown Port Washington is filling up with more offerings, including gourmet olive oils and vinegars, antiques and women's accessories.
After moving locations in September with about twelve different shops calling the new spot home, the Shoppes of Port Washington has since doubled in size — recently adding a few specialty stores, too. Deb Klein, who owns Port Royale inside the Shoppes, 123 N. Franklin St., said the store is really happy with the move. "Business is going really well," she said. "We are very happy with the way things are going." The Shoppes of Port Washington is a co-op of stores offering a variety of items for sale, such as gifts, crafts, sports posters, apparel and other sporting products, Wisconsin-related items, local photography, snacks, used books and more. Recently added shops include: Olive Grand, selling gourmet olive oils and pasta; Bravo Antiques…
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Conversation surrounding what should happen with the empty space that formerly housed Foxys Bar results in suggestions of other forms of nightlife and entertainment.
What to do on a Saturday night in Port Washington? Some residents wish they had more local options than what the city's current nightlife offers. With the former Foxys Bar location still sitting empty, Patch asked readers what type of entertainment they'd like to see added downtown. While some Patch readers offered ideas that would not involve a bar at all, many were quick to consider themes that would liven the city's nightlife. "Basically, anything that makes you say 'Hey, lets go out in Port tonight,'" Greg Huegerich wrote on Facebook. "Live music is one, an establishment with unique theming, decor, higher end beer choices, etc. would be another. The local bars are OK, if you happen to be out in Port. But for those who don't go out …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
The former Foxys location continues to sit empty in Port's downtown, but signs on the building offer a plea for a new business.
Two months have passed since the denial of a license to the business hopeful who would have filled space in the former Foxys location, and the bar in Port's downtown continues to sit empty. A large sign on the business window shouts, "Bar for Rent," and photos and papers tell the historic story of the building at 219 N. Franklin St. It's not clear how long the space will sit empty, but a recent ordinance that changes the liquor license approval process will likely affect the new owners. In the meantime, what type of bar do you think would best fit the former Foxys? Tell us in the comments. Want more? Read up on the closure of Foxys and the controversy that followed.