Saturday, April 28, 2012
Every past manager brought one's distinct touch and contribution to the shop and we will be entering another chapter as a young company.
Like Amy and Lynda before, Carrie will always be a part of the WTC history. Thank you for everything.
She is done.
Farmers Market is coming...
Downtown issues are all solved...No more task force... I guess angle parking will be on the agenda again as if it has the mandate of the "people" to ignore safety issues and property owners' concerns. Yikes.
The shirts are in for pick up at WTC!!! We have a great team this year!!! We will meet at WTC from 9-9:30AM, have some donuts, and walk down to Frame Park together.
Whoa, where can I get a better map!?
History Lesson 5 of 10
Talked to a TKE alum yesterday about this and he had some choice words...
By the way, a special thanks go out to Meghan from BID (It is raining!)... She is working hard along with John and the rest of the staff to IMPROVE downtown, I greatly appreciate the effort and help!!!
Ms. Kool and I were proud and honored to experience the welcome home once, it means so much to these veterans.
Plan for the Bike Week!!! I think I pulled a muscle training for this...
This is interesting... I too have a question since there were all the empty commercial buildings by Sentry...
Yike, this might be the beginning of the end of "ribcage as the new lower back" phase of tattoo trend...
Have a great weekend, folks! (Still working on getting the Kya giant guitar.)
Friday, April 27, 2012
There were also more talks on the locations of the giant guitars, I might be correct on some of my guesses and it just might go as far west as Spring Gallery, and as far north as Cafe De Arts, as far south as Rotunda and east to Avalon and Main Street Plaza. The placements are important because they need to have some rhythm as you see it coming into downtown from different directions... No word on the club 400 location.
The word was still that demand is over supply on the guitars; if it is true, we will see where all the playable guitars end up. Five will still be auctioned off at the Gala but Rotunda has limited capacity. The ticket can be as high as $125... The headline musical acts will play both nights...
As far as I know, they are in a house that used to house TKEs and later my Psi Sig's but known more for the TKE's and wild parties. There is a story in there on WHY I came to Carroll but it is a better story over a beer in private... ;) I would also guess Alderman Skinner lives on the ground once housed Phi Thetes that went "Up in Smoke," but from fireworks... We can talk about wild parties because that is what everyone remembers, BUT I really need to stress the COMMUNITY SERVICE and BROTHERHOOD I have learned. People do have an image of Greek system fair or unfair, but for some of us, we will not trade it for the world and those were some best days of our lives; we still have the brotherhood and the sense of service...
No Charles Sykes keynote speaking?
I have to ask my Civil War history buff customer about this one...
HBR answered my question and it is a NO!
(I thought the Downtown Task Force is gonna fix the parking issue for the WHOLE downtown instead of finding parking for Kendal Lofts and my 453 project that the mayor has a lot of "concern" about...) Whatever happened to the Task Force anyway? Oh, I forgot, it makes RECOMMENDATIONS and the real decisions are still with the committees and Common Council... When is that ETHIC committee gonna be appointed and formed?
History Lesson 4 of 10.
Brien likes quality.
Hey, TGIF but not for some of us who work Saturdays... Some gluten free fish fry from Key Westconsin sounds pretty good for lunch...
Maybe this weekend I will write about the conflict of working class/creative class/money class cultures and expectations in downtown Waukesha... MAYBE.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Beta got suspended... This is pretty big news for Carroll people.
Hebron House and a critic.
Almont Gallery and Guitar Town artist too.
History Lesson 2 of 10
(There were still customers parking in that lot... Did a deal get worked out?)
What was decided...
Got extra water?
The mayor did not give Carroll a hard time but THANK them for fixing up a building? Whoa, what is going on?
Watchdogs, we have a lot of other UNDUE CONCENTRATION in downtown, not just bars... (Like galleries and tattoo shops... Used to be Sub shops...)
By the way, Galleria Edge's schedule for 2013 is officially booked. We will see a group show called the NIPPLE show in May which I will call on local artists and the requirement is AT LEAST ONE NIPPLE SHOWING in the artwork, and see the return of Katie Musolff and Bill Lemke later in the year. Bill is going to show off his Grand Canyon expeditions photos, and I hope to have him give a talk on it.
I can totally do this!
But not this...
DOG AND PONY SHOW COMING!? Anyone remembers when there were pony rides off Five Point on Grand in some kind of Country Fest thing. I also remember the go kart races, and I will TOTALLY support that! (on a Sunday...)
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
I would rather be told this blog is boring... really!
History lesson 2 of 10
Darryl's moving column. I was missing Bill sitting at Nice Ash...
Brien on Guitar Town watch.
Dan is a big teddy bear...
Pretty quiet on the logistic front... Some claimed the guitars are going like hot cakes, but some local biz owners still express a desire for a financing package...
Truth is somewhere in between all the different perspectives and lately it is like:
Monday, April 23, 2012
When half of the Main was boarded up with one ways and the gazebo, one of the few reasons for outside people to come into the maze of a town was TATTOO! This was before Milwaukee lifted the tattoo ban in 1998. The rich tattoo culture and history in Waukesha is often overlooked.
From what I have heard is that the investor group were shocked when the hotel was built not to what was planned with reduced number of rooms, and one by one they fled leaving debt behind, one even commit suicide and the silent partner became active partner to right the ship. There are also chapters of untold stories so you know.
Joe was my RA at Carroll! Small world...
Let me see... I have to refrain from writing a book on this one...
History lesson 1 of 10.
Brien's new entry.
Pretty quiet on the street, but one month or so to Guitar Town and FFNL ( 3 days of street closing?)... Oh, did you sign up yet? This will be a good trial model going forward for Art Crawl.
There is still time to be on our team!!! Poor Sadie... :(
This is all we could talk about at the shop...
Chef with Many Names was successful at his game because he kept people divided and kept secrets, and I am seeing the same game being played. We all want to be something great and desperately want to believe in it, but are we being sold that mirage or is it a realistic thing? As soon as you invest in it, you will start to justify for it until it falls apart...
I wish the power-to-be listen to their conscience (sorry, spell check typo before) and stop fall into the self-justifying loop, because it will not end well. The problem might just be that there is not much awareness of that tendency... :( It was a hard lesson for me to swallow that I empowered someone not so honest but I am trying make peace with people affected in my own ways...
There are other people trying to take care of the mess someone else left behind with honor while the system is protecting the criminals but no one is appreciating that...
People on both sides of the war are my friends and/or colleagues, and there are plenty standing in the No Man's Land. Where do we go from here?
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Here are my questions:
1. Is Waukesha ready for reverse angle parking or people will just pull in from opposite lane?
2. Is the roundabout safe for semi/ large truck to turn without tipping over? (Same issue with roundabout on 59 and 83.)
3. Does the city have money to entertain this? I thought they are looking for a "CHEAP" solution.
4. Does the city or downtown alderman even care for any suggestion? Especially from the people on the Mayoral Naughty List.
5. Shouldn't we talk about angle parking AFTER the construction of Kendal Lofts to see what the traffic pattern will be?
Someone did bring up a good point against speed bumps, it will create a problem for the bike race, now we too have to think about that and the Christmas parade.
Here are some guesses:
Avalon: Wis Guthrie guitar sponsored by Carroll U. perhaps...
Freeman parking lot or front green space.
Discount parking lot.
Main Street Plaza---- Mr. Styza
River's Edge--- Mr. Styza no longer owns it, he sold it to Mandel as Hammen corrected me. (Thanks!)
People's park parking lot: Chuck Weber's Steampunk?
Couri's parking lot----Mr. Couri.
Waukesha State Bank--- Likely a done deal.
Hekkers property-----The Hekkers
LePien's property-----The LePiens
453 or 463 West Main:TBA I am working on it.
Wisconsin House parking lot.----- Mr. Becker or John.
Outer wall of Spontaneous Gallery? ----- Mr. Bodway
Garden of Otto's Academy---Mr. Popple.
Alison Art House or Cafe De Arts?
Next to Hair by Karen--- Mr. Popple
Parking lot of Edward Jones.
Is the museum private or public space?
I did not even mention any of the Berg Management properties...
(Sooner or later Guitar Town/Mayor has to start to warm up to the property owners...)
There are also only few places these giant guitar can be stored in the winter if not going into the business next to it with a high ceiling.
The year-round indoor/outdoor places will likely be
Waukesha State Bank
453 or 463
Any other guesses? Remember, there is a walking tour planned. I did not put rooftop into consideration.
Friday, April 20, 2012
I wanted something like this to celebrate, but Bodway's was so packed with young girls dancing with Love Monkeys playing there, I was not even able to get in the door! We went to Gen5 instead to watch the end of the Brewers game but no joy in Mudville.... :(
I walked by American Tattoo and the Insane Sound Solution sign is gone...
Ms. Kool approves... This is another challenge for Downtown Waukesha...
No big items in the coming week...
You don't like our money? We will go somewhere else... PBR said it is all taken cared...
President Doug speaks...
Fraternity president speaks...
Nothing about the wall from Wiggy since he is in BlogCon taking a seminar on " Effective methods to enhance the status of BLOGGERS AND TROUBLE MAKERS.", he takes his profession seriously. I am just a hack...
New entry from Hotel Waukesha.
Okay, let's start the day with this... Have a great weekend!
Plowshare fashion show was last night and it ended before we can show support to our Moxie sisters... Oh. well...
Since I am taking a mental vacation from the street, only a few things I can report. Kendal Lofts appears to be a go with Eric moved out and water shut off... 453 is still waiting for a final site plan approval before we enter the construction phase.
Rumor has it that the whole Scrima-Clarke Hotel thing was quite misleading from the city part. Half of the TIF money were given to a previous partner that has no connection to current management and the current management has almost paid up half of the TIF in short few years plus tons of debt from previous partners AND absorb the huge hit from the non-payments of D Mo's... The city is likely getting a very good deal already... Why did the mayor come out and blast the current management is puzzling... The false rumor about the complete closing of Clarke Hotel was also somewhat pointed and purposeful for all the wrong reasons... Several theories on the street but one is that Mayor Scrima might be using his position to pressure Clarke to sell for dirt cheap to a Milwaukee powerhouse starts with a B. Once again, just a theory...
I would actually call this a triumph of Carroll U. because people talked about it enough... Perhaps we need a wall on Main Street to knock down but it might get too noisy, we have to close the street and someone might draw a nipple on it...
Guitar Town should be about the artists and they really do not get paid enough...
West is already not a through street...
Isn't he the mayoral candidate that wanted to get rid of tattoo shops from downtown?
Brewers in town.
There is a difference between a more traditional sushi place and a "Chinese Sushi" place... I just go in and read the decor...;)
See you all tonight at the secret event?
Thursday, April 19, 2012
("81 BLUE WILLOW MT. NIKKO. HP41482601. 6/11/11. Brdr: SHARON COUZIN. (CH) PLUMCREEK I'M A NEW YORKER - BLUE WILLOW'S FRIDA KAHLO. Owners: Sharon Couzin." was listed in the program.)
Carroll U.- The hotbed of radicals... Wait a minute, Mr. Nipple Gate went to Carroll too! Now it all starts to make sense...
The wall, part 2...
Charles Sykes' name was added to the wall as he claimed on the radio, I thought that was kinda funny...
Erik, welcome to the neighborhood!!! I had been eying that beautiful house for a while...;) On a side note, did you forget the two weeks notice rule to get the mayor for ribbon cutting!?
More election coming...
End of an era.
High noon showdown between County and City.
Wiggy can't get enough of this...
New Hotel Waukesha entry.
Gen5 has two events coming:
Join us for our first annual pig roast on
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Featuring the Brewer’s game on the big screen!
Cost is $50/person and includes:
Finger food buffet during game
Buffet featuring roast pig and many
other items created by our chefs just for
Two (2) drinks
Other activities being planned:
Great Lakes Distillery Sampling
Jimmy Luv’s Bloody Mary Bar
Plus more to be announced
Call (262) 446-3300 to reserve your space.
Advance ticket purchase required.
Bieg Boutique and Gen5
have a special night planned just for you!
Thursday, May 10, 2012
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Dine Al Fresco* at Gen5 and view the latest
fashions at Bieg Boutique. Relax and enjoy an
assortment of tapas. After the show, Bieg Boutique
will be open for your shopping convenience.
Cost is $25/person and includes tapas buffet,
beverage and fashion show.
$5 from each ticket will be donated to
PSC for Safe Babies.
Limited seating. Reserve you space now.
For questions or reservations call :
Gen5 at (262) 446-3300
Bieg Boutique at (262) 446-3879
*Inclement weather will move event indoors.
If you are in need of “Husband-sitting”, special
arrangements have been made with Nice Ash for a reserved
seat and dinner (prepared by Gen5) for
Spouse ticket is $15 for dinner and
a glass of beer
BTW, Alexa Grey is playing tonight too....
Bodway's deck outside is coming along, I was told the free city inspector already came by to inspect.
Interesting entries here and here, MRAAK was not CONFUSED by the mayor like some of us.
Guitar Town is coming public... I think all the giant guitars will be on private properties last I've heard. We are still trying to get a giant guitar but decided to let Jason's guitar go into the pool and perhaps find its way into hands of someone famous to use it. Maybe Justin Bieber...;)
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Apparently I missed some Michael Jackson music and a surprise ending... At least Chief Jack identify the trouble making BLOGGER, not BLOGGERS... ;) I don't f with someone with a gun and a taser,,, ( Plus I do have some customers/friends in the WPD...)
Transformer? The Decepticons are invading Waukesha!!!
The wall... More the media talk about it, the more valid it becomes...
It is being offered...
Benefit at Carroll.
Have your decibel meter ready!!!
Right on, Darryl!
I will be biking to work from the (West Ave.) house...Rocky style training starts today...
I have a dilemma.... Soma Flux or a special appearance of Love Monkeys at Bodway's on Friday night...
What to do????
BTW, this is on the front page of JS, and the background is a building that Jennifer (Kya) just finished. The multi-floor high center piece is on the left and each floor has a theme... Very impressive.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
The 366 is still being debated... see Police Blotter for more but not them. By the way, Ms. Kool is not related to Mr. Skully.
The big news of the day is the semi Scri-Drama at North High School tonight. I am wondering if city issues are about issues or about conflict of personalities? I have no opinion on what is the right thing to do but who is bringing popcorn?
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Chief Jack fires back.
SOUND OFF-Donkey invasion?! Waukesha is overrun by asses!!! Where do you start?
Donkey story is legendary... Note to Freeman: Owl story and donkey story sell papers... we need more... How about some dog stories from HAWS? ( or some Bull stories on Main?)
Sooner or later, it should be on both side of the river so people can walk in circle like in Madison.
A message from Alderman Hastings.
Some view on Pano's parking.
I am just glad I don't have to go talk about angle parking tonight at expanded CC mad house. I was coming out of the shop parking lot and this big SUV was coming in rather fast and almost hit me. She was making a turn around in our lot and apparently in a hurry... I really really want to tell her off but I did not... No, Wiggy, it was not Mayor Scrima and I was not dazed...
Hot off the press from WDBA:
Financial Contributor of Waukesha’s Freeman Friday Night Live
Most businesses benefit from Waukesha’s Freeman Friday Night live music series, but the majority of cost is paid for by the stage manager businesses ($1800 for 2012). Each year a request has been made for additional donations and several businesses have typically responded with a financial contribution, but there has been a minimal amount of recognition of those contributing businesses and many of our customers have asked to know who is paying for all the "free" music! Additionally, no minimum has been set on the amount to include your business name on printed materials.
While we have higher levels ($4,000 and $2,000) of corporate sponsorships available, we recognize that most of our members are not able to contribute at those levels. Consequently, at the WDBA meeting last week, it was decided to add another level of sponsorship to the event, which is that of a “Financial Contributor”.
Any business contributing $200 or more to the FFNL event shall be listed on FFNL published materials as a FFNL Financial Contributor. Funds must be received by next Monday 4/23/12 to be included on published materials, so please take care of this right away. Checks made out to the WDBA can be delivered to our treasurer, Colette at Quickprint.
These funds will be used to defray the cost of running the event, which includes the cost of musicians, printing of materials (flyers, posters, etc.), other advertising (print, radio, TV, billboards, etc), signage (parking, detour, event banners, etc) and event insurance which the city is requiring of us this year.
FFNL has become a premier event which our community looks forward to each summer. Becoming a financial contributor will allow your business to take part in sponsoring this event and will show our thousands of customers that your business is an active supporter of downtown events. I hope you will consider becoming a financial contributor and helping us bring music to our streets for 18 weeks this summer. A $200 contribution breaks down to only about $11 per week of advertising for your business.
Guitar Town Sponsorship includes some FFNL advertising I think.
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Friday, April 13, 2012
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
|The city is NOT getting nothing from the Clarke Hotel. They have made their tax payments each year. From time to time the payments have been late, but they have made the payments.|
What's more, they are making those tax payments on an assessment that is artificially set at about 170% of its actual market value. The city is getting a better deal, property-tax-wise, on the Clarke than on any other property in the city (I'm willing to bet).
Mayor Scrima said he's not interested in giving the Clarke any more tax breaks - but the Clarke has never gotten any tax breaks, it's paying taxes at a rate higher than any other property in town. The fact is, the city is getting a big tax advantage, and it's hurting the chances of getting a new restaurant operator in there. The taxation of the property needs to be brought into line with reality - which would still be a net tax advantage for the city.
Monday, April 9, 2012
Sunday, April 8, 2012
We ordered 5 items and we did have an agreement on what we like the most. The Shark Tacos and the Banh Mi were the top choices. The Chicken Satay and Flank Steak were close seconds, and the Greek Chicken Sausage as the third but it was still pretty good. We had well prepared food by Chef Jeff and great service from Emma. It must be a chef's dream to have monthly change to be creative. Gen 5 is now the finest dining establishment in Downtown Waukesha with its professionally designed interior and monthly playful menu,
It is also official news instead of a rumor on the expansion of Restyle Studio. There is a need for consignment clothes, please see the link for more information!
A few things happened and I can only say what I can, but this blog is based on contents put out there and I have to pick and choose from the people who are talking. It is up to the readers to find the nuggets of truth and I do not expect all to come to the same conclusion as me since I am ALSO in the dark half of the time. The trouble on Main is taking a toll on EVERYONE and most people point it to the lack of leadership and divisive political tactics. Why so much secrecy and then wonder why people are asking questions? If Guitar Town wants good PR, it really should be open and inclusive, involve the community instead of being Mayor's pet project. We all have to work with each other in Downtown Waukesha and politicians do come and go.
This is what I hope to see: I wish the Guitar Town COMMITTEE step forward and kick the political micro management out. This is too big and too important of a project to screw up for one's political gain. The artists are the heart and soul of this project but the lack of transparency and all the political fumbles are not directing people to focus on that. Forget re-branding, use available community resource and put out sponsor packages with finance options from Waukesha State Bank to involve more rather than less. There are people on the side lines and a good business should appeal to ALL sides, not just who agrees with you.
The downtown elders do have a tough decision to make, and it can be a personal one. If one keeps saying GREATER GOODS, a workable truce is for greater goods, an open and inclusive project is for greater goods, and De-Politicalize Guitar Town/FFNL is for greater goods.
On this Easter Sunday, I pray sanity in Downtown Waukesha will be resurrected.
Peace on Main.