Later Hours for Village Center Businesses

There's been a lot of talk about what hours the Village Center businesses should be open, and it appears some of them have taken the advice to heart.

Jim Davenport sent an email to Patch on Wednesday letting us know that starting Oct. 1 a number of Village Center businesses will be open late two days a week. 

New hours will be 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays for the following businesses: 

  • Margo's Village Boutique
  • More Margo's
  • Apples of Eden
  • Cherri's Savor the Flavor
  • They Grow Like Weeds
  • The Shoppe Around the Corner
  • Prescott-Miller Jewelers
  • Ferch's Malt Shope and Grille
  • Village Hair Design

The hours of operation in the Village Center has been a hot topic in Greendale, with some—including Village President John Hermes—criticizing the businesses for keeping short hours, and business owners saying they aren't seeing village residents frequent their shops. 

Greendale Patch surveyed site users about Village Center business hours in May, and found people overwhelmingly supported changing store hours to include Sundays, and later weeknight hours.

On the question about Sunday hours, 151 votes came in favor of having shops open both days on weekends, with 74 votes against, a 67-32 percent split. When we asked about how late stores should be open, only 1 percent (three votes) favored closing at 5 p.m., and 7 percent (17 votes) wanted stores open until 9 p.m. The vast majority, 92 percent (209 votes), supported later closing times, with about 30 percent of the total votes supporting closing times of 6 p.m., 7 p.m. or 8 p.m.


Carol September 27, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Too bad they didn't start this in summer when so many tourists are here & also open on sundays. That's when there were alot of people in the Village & they were disappointed the stores weren't open. Hope it's not too late!!!
Live and Let Live September 29, 2012 at 08:58 PM
I also hope it's not too late,...hopefully there will be a concerted effort to let residents know about this change in hours. While I am one of the residents who wants to see the village thrive, I am also one of the residents who found it difficult to patronize the village due to the hours the shops were open. I also feel the need to mention, in the vein of constructive criticism, that I used to give gift certificates from the Village Center (which could be used throughout the Village), as gifts on a frequent basis. However, I learned the hard way that, not only do they expire within 6 months, but, that the shops will not issue change when the certificates are used. Since each certificate only comes in $10 denominations, I would give multiple certificates for each gift. However, a number of my relatives reported back to me that would make a purchase totaling anywhere from $31-$35. At that time, they would present 4 certificates (totaling $40). After paying, they were then informed that THE VILLAGE DOES NOT HAVE A POLICY OF GIVING CHANGE ON GIFT CERTIFICATES. Needless to say, it left a very poor impression upon them. In addition, since I had spent $40 purchasing the certificates, I ended up feeling disgusted/embarrassed that I had wasted my money. I am sure that the shop owners have a good reason for adhering to this policy, but, from a marketing point of view, they would be better off not accepting gift certificates at all...very poor customer relations.


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