Friday, November 23, 2012
The owners of small businesses throughout the Metro Milwaukee area say it works for them to be part of the fabric of their communities.
Small businesses work for a strong community. The days of Henry Ford coming into a community to build a plant and hire 25,000 workers are gone. But the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well on a much smaller scale. From neighborhood diners and booksellers with a handful of employees to niche operations with dozens of employees, small business owners have found ways to be profitable while strengthening the community in which they operate. Paul Schueller, CEO and part owner of Franklin Energy Services in Port Washington, Wis. was an engineer for Wisconsin Natural Gas Company. Schueller saw an opportunity and struck out on his own. “It’s more cost effective for energy companies to find ways to improve energy efficiencies than to build …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Check out some of the top Greendale-centric pages available on Facebook.
The following list is in no particular order. And don't forget to "like" Greendale Patch! Know a really great Greendale Business Facebook page missing from the list? Tell us in the comments section!
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Santa Claus is at Southridge. Families can choose from a number of photo packages.
As usual, Santa Claus is at Southridge Mall and for a price parents can take the kiddies to get a photo with the jolly man in red. The company Santa Memories offers five packages. See prices below: Rudolph $45.99: (3) 5 x 7 portrait, (3) 4 x 6 portrait, (4) 3 1/2 x 5 portrait, (12) wallet, includes digital download online, plus $20 online credit Blitzen $32.99: (1) 5 x 7 portrait, includes digital download online, plus $10 online credit Comet $27.99: (1) 5 x 7 portrait, (1) 4 x 6 portrait, (2) 3 1/2 x 5 portrait, (4) wallet, plus $10 online credit Dasher $22.99: (1) 5 x 7 portrait, (2) 3 1/2 x 5 portrait, plus $5 online credit Santa's Special $39.99: Pick any four (1) 5 x 7, (2) 4 x 6, (2) 3 1/2 x 5, (8) wallet, includes digital download…
The store is a specialty retailer in the action sports industry carrying clothing, shoes, and accessories for the surf, skate and motocross enthusiast.
Tilly's opened Tuesday in the lower level of Southridge Mall. Tilly’s is a specialty retailer in the action sports industry carrying clothing, shoes, and accessories for the surf, skate and motocross enthusiast. The 7,000 square-foot store offers a variety of popular brands including: Hurley, Rip Curl, Vans, Reef and O’Neill for men, women and children. This Southern California concept will be located on the Lower Lever near Macy’s. The store is located in the lower level at the former Old Navy location. Another Tilly's is located in Brookfield Squre. Other store openings to watch out for in the newly renovated Southridge Mall include Justice, Journeyz Kidz, Ann Taylor Loft and Body Central.
Monday, November 12, 2012
Local business improvement district leaders say a thriving small business climate makes the whole community stronger, but it takes support from residents, the government and business owners to make things work.
Thriving businesses are one-third of a triumvirate of a vibrant community. “You need good schools, a quality housing stock and a solid commercial area,” said Tim Ryan, president of Shorewood’s Business Improvement District. Ryan is invested in all three. He and his family live in Shorewood, his daughter goes to school in Shorewood and he is the president and owner of Harleys: The Store for Men on Oakland Avenue in Shorewood. Small businesses line the commercial corridor that runs east and west along Capital Drive and north and south along Oakland Avenue, Ryan said. “Unlike many small communities, our business district is spread out on two thoroughfares.” Small businesses, like Harleys, are invested in a community the way national chains …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
It's the third plan the owner of the popular burger and frozen custard restaurant will submit to the city in the last six years.
The owner of Kopp’s Frozen Custard, already considered a top outdoor dining location in Greenfield, wants to spruce up a large “garden” area on the southwest corner of the intersection of 76th Street and West Layton Avenue. Karl Kopp wants to install anodized aluminum curved panels that are 6 feet high and 12 feet long along the north and east sides of the corner at the intersection, giving it an artistic, closed-off feel from the two busy thoroughfares. Large, illuminated glass artwork cubes would be placed between the panels as well. In April 2011, the city’s Planning Commission approved a proposal for a meditation garden at the corner that would have been enclosed by long metal tubes that were open to the interior of the garden to …
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
About four new businesses have joined the Village Center mix in the last year or so. The shops include "They Grow Like Weeds", "Joey Gerard's", "Baby Preview", and "Trading Closets".
In the last year or so a few exciting stores have opened up in the Village Center. Anytime there was a sign of a new store, shoppers were always curious and would try to catch a peak through the glass windows. We were sad to see the departure of Caesar's Pet, Lotions & Potions, Harmony Inn and Once Upon A Time Book Shop. Now every space in the Village Center is being occupied. Here are some descriptions of the new businesses: They Grow Like Weeds: An upscale children’s resale boutique that offers new and used children’s clothing, toys, books, baby gear, accessories, shoes/boots and more for infants and tweens. Baby Preview: Their services allow expecting parents to see their unborn child in live 4D motion. The room, in which the …
Thursday, August 30, 2012
The Bartolotta Supper Club held a number of preview parties this past week in preparation for Friday's grand opening.
Greendale has been buzzing with excitement since the news came out earlier this summer that Bartolotta Restaurants was coming to the Village Center. The day is finally here. After a week of preview parties and charity events Bartolotta’s Joey Gerard's, located at 5601 Broad St., opens its doors Friday. I had the opportunity to attend one of the practice dinners on Wednesday. I can only count on one hand the number of times that a restaurant has made me feel like a true VIP and Joey Gerard's comes out on top. The service was as impeccable as the food. Before walking in I was greeted by a doorperson and seated right away. The Bartolotta Supper Club definitely gave me the intended feel of a 1940s and 1950s steakhouse with its leather seating…
The 3D & 4D Ultrasound Boutique services allow parents and family to interact with the baby months prior to the birth.
Imagine watching your baby play, yawn and suck her thumb before birth. Baby Preview 3D & 4D Ultrasound Boutique in downtown Greendale can provide that experience in a cozy environment where the family can interact with the baby while in the womb. The services allow expecting parents to see their unborn child in live 4D motion. The room, in which the services are done, sits 14 people so that family members can join in on the experience with the expecting parents. The service not only creates a bonding experience with the mother, but also with the father and other family members. “It’s just amazing to watch the baby yawn and stretch,” said owner Lorraine Paradinovich. Baby Preview opened in 2004 in Wauwatosa and moved to Greendale in June. …
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
The screen printing shop's new owner is changing the business model based on new technology.
The apparel printing shop Wear America, one of the oldest businesses in downtown Greendale, is undergoing a business makeover under new ownership. The shop was primarily a walk-in business for embroidery, screen printing and retail with racks of generic Greendale material. New owner Marty Pierce is foregoing retail for an advanced screen printing business based on speed and technology. Wear America first opened in 1991 before Roy Reiman of Grandhaven, LLC revitalized the Village Center 15 years ago. Wear America was struggling and in July 2011 Reiman bought the business from John Bachniac. This past May Pierce bought the business from Reiman in hopes that he could save it with his extensive background in printing. Pierce has 28 years in …