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Shoppers will soon notice a few new changes in the Village of Wauwatosa.

The floral shop and gift store The Flower Lady will move to a new location by the end of March, said business owner Deb Fowler.

The shop, currently located at 1460 Underwood Avenue, is moving one block south into the space commonly known as the Robertson Ace Hardware building.

A hardware store had been operated at the site, 1417 Underwood Ave., since the building was constructed in 1897 and was operated as Robertson Hardware for more than 92 years.

'I've always admired that space,' said Fowler of the new location, who's shop recently celebrated 20 years of business. 'Our work space, where we actually create all the arrangements, will be out in the open.'

The owner of the former Robertson Ace Hardware, Jeffrey Rauh, still owns the building.

The space most recently housed women's clothing store Village Boutique Clothiers, which is no longer open, said Jim Plaisted, executive director of the Village's business improvement district.

Plaisted would not comment on why the clothing store closed its doors in Wauwatosa.

The search for a new tenant at The Flower Lady's space has been posted to Craigslist. Rent for the 2000-square-foot space is $2,900 per month and includes heat, water, hot water, trash and snow removal. The tenant is expected to pay for electric and the prorated share of property taxes, according to the posting.

According to Craigslist, the space is available beginning in April, but Plaisted said he expects it will be scooped up fast.

'It's prime territory,' he said.

Plaisted said Fowler is likely to bring a vibrant, new energy to the Roberston Ace Hardware building.

'She has a sense of style for her storefront and will make it pop,' he said.

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