Downtown Update: Movies Are Back … And Welcome, Revolution Hair Studio

10368242_773209552701638_756388576200149557_n (1)Think summer. Think blankets and lawn chairs spread out on the grass, the smell of popcorn in the air, a family-friendly movie playing on the big screen.

Now, mark your calendars for three Friday nights this summer, as Guardian Credit Union brings back outdoor movies downtown. The dates are June 19, July 17 and August 21. Movies will be held at the farmers’ market site on 11th and Madison.

I’m excited to see these return, and thank Guardian for their continued partnership in what is turning into a really cool community event. Stay tuned for more details, including word on what movies will be showing.

In other downtown news …

  • Some good news on the business front … The Revolution is here, as downtown South Milwaukee’s newest business – The Revolution Hair Studio – is now open at 1017 Milwaukee Ave. Let’s welcome Bonnie and Joy to town! … Also, progress is being made on the new collectibles and old-time candy store planned for the east end of Milwaukee. Wrote owner Troy Kinunen: The New Vintage Candy, Toy, and Historic Military Collectables store located at 723 Milwaukee Ave. is on pace to open April 1st. We have completed the demolition, all framing is complete, and we are starting on the second level once weather permits. Plumbing, Electrical, and Heating & Air is also being currently installed. I can’t wait for this one to open.
  • And some good news on our broader initiatives … We are wrapping up selection of members for the new Downtown Advisory Committee, and I expect to have nominees before the South Milwaukee Common Council for their approval for the Jan. 20 meeting. This group will play a key role in advising the Plan Commission and City Council around downtown issues, and in developing a downtown plan. We are also hiring a consultant to aid in that planning effort (and in an update to overall comprehensive plan).
  • And some disappointing news … The Animal Hospital of South Milwaukee, 920 Milwaukee Ave., has moved to Oak Creek, according to its website. Similarly, Shannon Wucherer’s photo studio down the block has also moved, to Walker’s Point.

So, overall, continued strong progress. Not perfect, but I’ll take it … with much more to come.

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