Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Anyone who comes to Senorita's Beauty Boutique on March 23 in Downtown Waukesha will receive a free mini soap.
A new business is locating in downtown Waukesha with a March 23 opening date. Senorita’s Beauty Boutique will open at 316 South St. in the former Beading Hearts Studio, a craft business that is no longer located in downtown Waukesha. No one was around the business Wednesday morning to talk with Patch, but a sign on the door says any visitors coming to the business on March 23 will receive a free mini soap and will be entered into a drawing for a tub gift baskets. Senorita’s Beauty Boutique will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.
Monday, March 18, 2013
Waukesha is home to many antique stores with interesting, eclectic finds. Antique dealer Sally Danke shares about a smoking device she found at an auction.
Waukesha is home to many antique stores with quirky items, including the Fox River Antique Mall in downtown Waukesha. Antique dealer Sally Danke, an employee at the large antique store in downtown Waukesha, found a 1930s smoking device at an auction last summer. She shares in a video with Waukesha Patch how the smoking device was used about 80 years ago.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Is spring just around the corner? The high water level of the Fox River in Downtown Waukesha would suggest the snow is melting.
It might just be a sign that spring is around the corner. The water levels of the Fox River are high, causing sidewalks to be temporary closed on the riverwalk in downtown Waukesha. The ducks are happy to have extra room to play – and the increased water levels mean spring is just around the corner as levels rise with the melting snow. But no worries, the river’s level isn’t quite as high as it was during the flooding in June 2008.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Hundreds of people participated in the Waukesha Santa Run/Walk in downtown Waukesha in December 2012.
More than $5,000 was raised for the Waukesha Salvation Army during the 2012 Waukesha Santa Run. The Waukesha Salvation Army was presented a check from the run during a special ceremony Tuesday night at People's Park.
Monday, March 11, 2013
Developers of Prairieville Apartments seek final approval for a 22-unit apartment building that Mayor Jeff Scrima described as "flat" and "boring."
Downtown Waukesha could be gaining a 22-unit apartment building. Prairieville Apartments are planned for 831 N. Grand Ave., with two stories being added to the one-story parking garage currently at the location. Rental prices for the apartments were estimated in July at $850 for a one-bedroom unit and $1,100 for a two-bedroom unit. Mayor Jeff Scrima was opposed to the project when it gained preliminary plan approval in July, calling the architectural design “flat” and “boring.” The mayor said at the July Plan Commission meeting he would prefer to see the property utilized as a banquet hall or green space. “We need to be selective when we say ‘Yes’ to apartment projects in this city,” Scrima said in July. “We don’t have to say ‘Yes’ to …
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Property owners in downtown Waukesha have mixed views on the Waukesha Business Improvement District's operations and special taxes.
Property owners in downtown have mixed feelings about paying taxes to the Business Improvement District – and that contention could lead to the BID’s demise. Some property owners feel the BID, which was established in 1987, is a necessary part to the operations of downtown Waukesha. Others are concerned about recent changes to the operating plan that would focus more on events. But some just don’t want the expense of additional taxes. More than 60 percent of property owners downtown are asking for the BID to be dissolved after contentious relationships downtown ended with the BID executive director resigning in July, citing a hostile working environment for her departure. The petition is under review and if property owners do not change …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Waukesha aldermen take action that they hope will save the Waukesha Business Improvement District.
The day before a major public hearing that will help determine the fate of the Business Improvement District, Waukesha aldermen rescinded the BID’s operating plan’s special tax assessment. More than 60 percent of the property owners within the district want to disband the 25-year-old organization that provides services like marketing, recruitment and retention and events in the downtown area via a special tax assessment. Differing opinions often clash downtown and the BID’s been in a state of controversy for years. The controversy increased in 2012 when then-Executive Director Meghan Sprager resigned, citing a hostile working environment. “Should I stay out of it and let the BID die without compromise?” Alderman Roger Patton asked. “That …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Waukesha bakery has been open for about two weeks on West St. Paul Avenue.
Walk into the new bakery on West St. Paul Avenue, and you will be greeted with the smell of fresh bakery items from the kitchen and Gloria Landa’s smiling face. When Buttercream Bakery opened two weeks ago, it made its return to Waukesha after being closed for several years. Landa and her husband, Francisco Flores, previously owned a bakery on East Main Street but closed in 2008 because of parking problems and the small space, she said. “We decided to close and put all of our equipment in storage,” Landa said. But they are back in the bakery business. The bakery offers cakes, wedding cakes, pastries, bread, cookies, jellies, donuts and sandwiches. “It is going well. The customers like it and everyone says they like it,” Landa said. “(…
Friday, February 22, 2013
Dark streets lasted for days, and now money is being requested to permanently fix the issue.
The streetlights in downtown Waukesha were out for more than a week, and a permanent fix could cost the city $500,000. The Waukesha Police Department found the lights out in downtown at 2:30 a.m. Feb. 6. While power was restored to the majority of the area, these streets were left in the dark until Feb. 15: The city worked with WE Energies to replace a 40-year-old transformer in the area, but it appears that won’t be enough in the future. The Finance Committee will take up a $500,000 emergency funding request to upgrade the lighting system in downtown Waukesha. “The viability of our downtown depends on our citizens feeling safe about walking and driving around the downtown area,” states a city memo. “Citizens must feel safe about parking …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Possible impacts to Freeman Friday Night Live lead to veto and revised ordinance.
Working with city staff, the Common Council and Freeman Friday Night Live organizers, Mayor Jeff Scrima withdrew his veto of the city’s street closure ordinance Thursday night. Scrima vetoed the ordinance with concerns that the language was vague and could lead to arbitrary decisions in the future, especially when it comes to the popular weekly summer music events in downtown Waukesha. And that veto upset several on the Common Council. “We have a process and committee is where items are brought up and discussed and vetted,” Alderwoman Kathleen Cummings told Scrima. “It should not be in the paper.” The council approved Thursday night an ordinance that fixed those concerns. The amended language calls for the city clerk to review the specific…