Nights in the Village are going to be different with the changes to three businesses.
Arté Wine & Paint is moving to where Vino 100 had been located, Bridgetowne custom framing has gotten a liquor license and is adding a gallery, and One Way Café has started opening on weekends and has received Vino 100's class B combination liquor license.
Bridgetowne adds a level
When Peter Haise purchased the building that Bridgetowne custom framing is now located in, he described it as the Wonka Factory.
"Nobody came in and nobody came out," he said.
The custom frame seller hopes traffic will increase after construction of the building's second story is finished in mid-October. The new level will serve as a 1,600-square-foot gallery, and Haise already has two shows lined up with Milwaukee artists.
He will serve alcohol during gallery nights and special events.
While he doesn't plan on making the frame shop into a full-blown bar, he does plan on opening his doors during special events in the Village, such as art crawls, celebrations and Diva Nights.
He estimates 90 percent of his business is driven by selling custom frames and 10 percent comes from selling art, but he hopes those numbers will change to 50-50 in the future.
When he bought the building in 2009, everything in the Village was starting to take off, he said. The farmers market moved to Hart Park, Café Hollander opened its doors and the village invested in the Little Red Store. Through all of the Village's development, Haise didn't think he would be booking artists and hosting gallery nights.
"Honestly I didn't see that far ahead," he said. "I thought I was good where I was, but I didn't know that I had so much work to do."
Now that he's poised to start construction, he's extremely excited to have his business be a destination in the Village.
Lisa Allen, co-owner of Arté Wine & Paint, has been looking to move out of her location at 7511 Harwood Ave. for many reasons.
The city wanted her to upgrade the restrooms inside the business, but she was leasing the building and didn't want to upgrade a building she didn't own, she said. She had also been petitioning the city to allow the business to host outdoor painting.
When she saw that Vino 100 was closing, she immediately called the building owner.
Arté Wine & Paint was one of many businesses looking to get into Vino 100's spot, Allen said, and it wasn't until three weeks later that she got a call saying she could move in.
While it may be just a block away from her current location, not much will change about the business. There will still be painting, there will still be drinking and there will still be private classes. The few things that will change, however, will be that painters can sip and sit outside and the drink menu will be expanding.
Allen will be hiring a mixologist and will guide them to come up with unique drinks based on their impressions of famous paintings from artists like Claude Monet. There are also plans to serve Bloody Marys and mimosas on weekends.
Another consequence of Vino 100's closure is that One-Way Cafe will be getting its liquor license. As a result, owner Sandy Haeger is going to open the cafe on weekends, host acoustic open mic nights on Fridays and book shows on Saturdays. The store will remain open during its normal hours, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., on the weekends, and has since added the 6 to 9 p.m. time.
The store's first show, featuring Rick Holmes and Matt Tyner, will start at 6 p.m. Aug. 10.
With the cafe's later hours, Haeger said, she's open to hosting more than music. Movie nights, gallery showings and other events are not off the table.
"I'm like, sure, come on, let's pick a date," she said.
She also will expand the cafe's menu to include appetizers and more vegetarian options but will not divert drastically from the made-from-scratch, home-style menu she currently has.
On why she decided to open the store on the weekends and pursue a liquor license, she said that there was so much going on in the Village that she wanted her space to be part of it. She added that the intimacy of the space would add to the totality of nightlife in the Village.
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