Merchant Events

Nov
1
Thu
Help Support Riverwest Food Pantry
Nov 1 @ 11:30 am – Nov 30 @ 12:00 pm

Buy donation mustaches throughout November at The bay and $5 OFF your bill for each donation of $25 or more!

Information about Riverwest Pantry:

Born in late nineteen seventies from the East Side Housing Action Committee (ESHAC), the Riverwest Food Pantry has been operating out of St. Casimir church (924 E. Clarke St.) and Gaenslen Milwaukee Public School (1250 E. Burleigh St.) for decades. From 1979 to 2012, the Riverwest Food Pantry’s mission focused on food as its end mission and over the years community volunteers served tens of thousands of recipients.

In 2013, the Riverwest Food Pantry became a 501 (c)(3) non-profit to relieve hunger, but also to be a primary offensive against intractable poverty. We expanded our mission to “come together around food to relieve hunger, improve lives and grow community well-being”. Together, volunteers and shoppers alike, we can become a community of generosity – a community well-nourished, well-informed and strengthened to prevail.

HOW CAN FOOD BE A MEANS TO REDUCE POVERTY?

The vulnerable habitually gather as a community to eat, shop, and share their struggles at food pantries and meal sites. Food service agencies present an opportunity to connect the impoverished to additional social services. Regretfully, meal sites and pantries often lack staff or volunteers with sufficient training to ask the right questions, make good referrals or walk with people as they navigate complex community services. Pantries can reduce the number of barriers shoppers face, increase their quality of life and thereby reduce food insecurity.

Nov
5
Mon
Great Frame up of Whitefish Bay – MONTHLY Photo Contest
Nov 5 – Dec 4 all-day

Our Monthly Photo Contest is a fun, casual and FREE contest on our Facebook page.  Each month we collect photo entries to post on Facebook and our fans vote for their favorite simply by “Liking” the photo.  At the end of the month the photograph with the most Likes wins!  We then make a 5”x7” print of the winning photo and we custom frame the image for our winner.  It’s that easy!  We want to have some fun with our fans and what better way than a free photo contest?  Let’s have some photo fun!

How to enter:
Email the following to whitefishbay@thegreatframeup.com

Digital Image
Brief description or title for the image
Name
Address
Phone Number

Once your image is uploaded into our contest album on our Facebook page all that’s left to do is start voting.  Be sure to tag your photograph and share with your friends to help get “Likes” and improve your chances to win.

The winner each month will be ineligible to enter the contest for three months following the month of their win after which they are welcome to participate in the contest again.

Good luck to our participants!

See past winners below:

Dec 2016 copy small     Jan 2017 copy small
 December – Mary Bronek                                           January – Kari Bouressa

 

Brand march 17 small      

March – Kathy Brand                                               April – Laura Slade

 

May – Michael Batson Jr.

 

Nov
18
Sun
Renew & Restore at Empower Yoga
Nov 18 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Combining the deep release of yin yoga with the relaxation of a restorative practice, Renew + Restore will give you a space to rest, reflect and rejuvenate. Perfect for all levels, this mix of yin, restorative postures and meditation techniques will support the mind as you wind down from the demands of your day and find a renewed sense of calm and clarity. During class you will be offered guided breathing and mindfulness practices and have the option to enjoy the soothing effects of aromatherapy.

Class is $8

Nov
23
Fri
Black Friday with the Merchants of Whitefish Bay
Nov 23 all-day

SHOP LOCAL ALL DAY!!

  • High Brow Waxing Boutique – 20% off any 1 service
  • The Bay – Happy hour before the parade $3 off wine, $2 off liquor, $1 off beer and appetizers
  • The Navy Knot – In-store specials & drawings. Free gift wrapping all season.
  • Boutique Photographer – Save $50 on headshots booked between 11/23-11/26
  • Indulge Salon + Skin – For every $100 gift card purchased – receive a $25 ‘Bonus’ card (to be used in January).
  • Gerhard’s Kitchen & Bath – Shop local – save 30%.
  • Fringe Home Furnishings – 10% off any one item – your choice. Open 9-5.
  • Hounds Around Town – Free bag of Fromm dog treats with $25 purchase (excludes pet foods).
  • SoHo Boutique – 10% of sales donated to charity.
  • New Options Salon + Boutique – Receive a FREE gift card worth 10% off any gift card purchase of $100 or more. 20% off all regular priced retail, including boutique and salon merchandise.
  • Schwanke-Kasten Jewelers’ – 20% off ALL sterling silver jewelry and St. Christopher Medal Jewelry.
  • Element’s Massage – Gift card sale – 50% off 1-hour gift card for members. 25% off for non-members.Festive food, beverages and free chair massage.
  • Pure Barre – Blow-out Retail Sale & Class Package Sales.
  • Winkie’s Toys & Variety – 10% off all Gift Certificates purchased.
Holiday Stroll
Nov 23 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

 Shopping Specials All Day!

 Holiday Open Houses & More

 Free Kids Activities

 Visit With Santa

 Live Entertainment

 Holiday Parade at 6 PM

 Tree Lighting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • DURING AND AFTER THE PARADE
    • The Navy Knot – Complimentary Hot Chocolate Bar
    • Gerhard’s Kitchen & Bath – Learn about the latest in kitchen & bath technology, demonstrations and kids can design a kitchen or bath for Santa his Elves and Jack Frost.Enjoy cookies, hot cocoa, soda, beer & wine.
    • Hounds Around Town – Enjoy cookies and hot chocolate!
    • SoHo Boutique – Adult refreshments and cookies for the kids.
    • Mathnasium – Hot chocolate bar and cookies.
    • New Options Salon & Boutique – Open house from 5-7:30, complimentary refreshments.
    • Elements Massage – Member appreciation night & open house.
    • Painting with a Twist – Free face painting for the kids 5-7:00. $5 gift card with any tour.
    • Penzeys Spices – Come on in during the parade warmup a while and enjoying a cup of hot mulled cider.
    • Winkie’s Toys & Variety – Following the parade enjoy the music of the Calypso Band, at downstairs Winkie’s.
    • Gallery 505 – Enjoy live music playing holiday tunes, Nutcracker dancers and lots of treats and goodies along with hot cider.
Nov
24
Sat
Small Business Saturday with the Merchants of Whitefish Bay
Nov 24 all-day

SHOP LOCAL ALL DAY!!

 

 

 

 

 

  • High Brow Waxing Boutique – Free gift wrap with purchase of service or product
  • The Bay – Dbl bonus coupons for Gift Certificates
  • The Navy Knot – In-store specials & drawings. Free gift wrapping all season.
  • Refresh Aesthetic Center – 20% off Skincare & Skin Care Products
  • Boutique Photographer – Save $50 on headshots booked between 11/23-11/26
  • Indulge Salon + Skin – For every $100 gift card purchased – receive a $25 ‘Bonus’ card (to be used in January).
  • Gerhard’s Kitchen & Bath – Shop local – save 30%. Learn the latest in kitchen & bath technology.
  • Fringe Home Furnishings – 10% off any one item – your choice. Open 9-3.
  • Hounds Around Town – Free bag of Fromm dog treats with $25 purchase (excludes pet foods).
  • SoHo Boutique – 10% of sales donated to charity.
  • New Options Salon + Boutique – Receive a FREE gift card worth 10% off any gift card purchase of $100 or more. 20% off all regular priced retail, including boutique and salon merchandise.
  • Schwanke-Kasten Jewelers – 20% off ALL sterling silver jewelry and St. Christopher Medal Jewelry.
  • Element’s Massage – Gift card sale . 25% off 1-hour gift cards. Festive food, beverages and free chair massage.
  • Painting with a Twist – With purchase of a $30 gift card, receive a $5 gift card and drink token.
  • Penzey’s – Everyone loves a little something free! Sign up for our email offers and we will see to it you get notice of your tasty free spices during the holidays and all year long.
Dec
2
Sun
Blissful Rest Yoga Nidra at Empower Yoga
Dec 2 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Yoga Nidra is an ancient yogic practice that meshes guided meditation with mind-body therapy, allowing you to linger in that special space between dreaming and waking. With Yoga Nidra, you restore your body, senses, and mind to their most natural state and awaken a seventh sense that embodies wholeness, tranquility, and safety. During the first 30 minutes of this class I will guide you through a restorative practice focused on strengthening connective tissue and releasing deeply held physical tension. During the final 30 minutes of class I will guide you through the Yoga Nidra experience, which has been, scientifically proven to reduce stress and anxiety, improve sleep, increase brain plasticity, and contribute to a higher overall sense of personal well being.
Class is $8

Menorah on Silver Spring Drive
Dec 2 @ 6:00 pm – Dec 10 @ 6:30 pm

Hanukkah again will be celebrated on Silver Spring Drive.  Thank you to the Jewish Community Center who will again have a lighting ceremony each night around 6:00 to celebrate the 8 days of Hanukkah.  I encourage you to attend at least one of the lightings as the music and energy are wonderful.

Dec
3
Mon
Great Frame up of Whitefish Bay – MONTHLY Photo Contest
Dec 3 2018 – Jan 1 2019 all-day

Our Monthly Photo Contest is a fun, casual and FREE contest on our Facebook page.  Each month we collect photo entries to post on Facebook and our fans vote for their favorite simply by “Liking” the photo.  At the end of the month the photograph with the most Likes wins!  We then make a 5”x7” print of the winning photo and we custom frame the image for our winner.  It’s that easy!  We want to have some fun with our fans and what better way than a free photo contest?  Let’s have some photo fun!

How to enter:
Email the following to whitefishbay@thegreatframeup.com

Digital Image
Brief description or title for the image
Name
Address
Phone Number

Once your image is uploaded into our contest album on our Facebook page all that’s left to do is start voting.  Be sure to tag your photograph and share with your friends to help get “Likes” and improve your chances to win.

The winner each month will be ineligible to enter the contest for three months following the month of their win after which they are welcome to participate in the contest again.

Good luck to our participants!

See past winners below:

Dec 2016 copy small     Jan 2017 copy small
 December – Mary Bronek                                           January – Kari Bouressa

 

Brand march 17 small      

March – Kathy Brand                                               April – Laura Slade

 

May – Michael Batson Jr.

 

Dec
16
Sun
Renew & Restore at Empower Yoga
Dec 16 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Combining the deep release of yin yoga with the relaxation of a restorative practice, Renew + Restore will give you a space to rest, reflect and rejuvenate. Perfect for all levels, this mix of yin, restorative postures and meditation techniques will support the mind as you wind down from the demands of your day and find a renewed sense of calm and clarity. During class you will be offered guided breathing and mindfulness practices and have the option to enjoy the soothing effects of aromatherapy.

Class is $8

We Are Whitefish Bay

Whitefish Bay is a contemporary community with a unique and friendly shopping and entertainment district with shops that provide great customer service with genuine, specialized personal care. Our exclusive retailers and distinctive establishments offer an array of special products and services that are unavailable in conventional shopping experiences. Learn more about our community in Local Links.

 

The mission of the Merchants of Whitefish Bay is to champion the Whitefish Bay Business Improvement District as an exceptional place to shop, live, and conduct business – for individuals, families, and visitors.

Volunteer Board of Directors

A board of business and property owners and residents manages and operates the BID, representing over 100 business and property owners within the district.

  • Jeff Commer, President – Swipeworks
  • Bryan Schauland, Treasurer – Johnson Bank
  • Phil Aiello – Resident/Mandel Group
  • Ted Balistreri – Sendik’s Food Market
  • Charlie Stalle – Keller Williams
  • Jamie Lynn Fritsch – Enliven
  • Kevin Schuk – Breadsmith
  • Marty Stilling – Resident/Yellow Wood
  • Sherry Yusuf – American Family Insurance

The Village

Whitefish Bay, located on the shore of Lake Michigan approximately 7 miles north of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is an impressive community which has been recognized multiple times by Money Magazine as one of the top 100 small towns in America.

A small pedestrian-friendly commercial district along Silver Spring Drive and its variety of independently owned shops contribute to making Whitefish Bay one of the Best Places to Live, a factor that the business improvement district is very proud of. Attractive streets lined with old trees and stately homes, waterside parks and beaches, and annual events are additional aspects that have Whitefish Bay touted as the kind of community that affluent professionals love.

In addition to our location on Lake Michigan, proximity to downtown Milwaukee, easy access to transportation, and convenient local shopping, residents also describe the strong sense of community, safe environment, excellent schools and local government service and a diverse and attractive housing stock as reasons for making Whitefish Bay their home.

Follow the links below to learn more about our community and visit us on Silver Spring Drive soon to experience exceptional shopping in an impressive community!

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Local History

Formation of the Village of Whitefish Bay

The children of the earliest settlers of the area—like the Consauls, Markerts, Everts, Rabes and Grams—had to walk several miles to Town of Milwaukee Schools. As the population grew, parents petitioned the Town of Milwaukee Board for a new school closer to the area – but to no avail. George A. Rogers who published a weekly newspaper, The Whitefish Bay Pioneer, began a campaign for a village charter so that a new school district could be established. He received enthusiastic support and after several meetings a decision was made to incorporate the community as a village.

The first step was to prove that the 300-people required by state law lived within the limits of the proposed village. Henry Scheife was given the job of making the official census. was to prove that the 300 people required by state law lived within the proposed limits. Henry Scheife made an initial census, but came up short. The boundaries were extended—hence the jog in the southern boundary of Whitefish Bay. Scheife’s count completed in March 1892, showed 70 houses and 312 people. A petition accompanied by the census was submitted to Judge Johnson who on May 10, 1892 signed the order bringing the village of Whitefish Bay into existence. Officials were elected on June 5th of that year.

One of the first orders of business for the first Village president, Fred Isenring, was to appoint a school committee. The Committee prevailed upon the owners of the triangle now bounded by Idlewild, Fleetwood and Marlborough to donate the tract for a new school house.

While the new school was constructed, Whitefish Bay kids had classes in the Jefferson Park pavilion on the site of the present Henry Clay School until it got too cold for comfort. Then school adjourned to the Scheife grocery store, located where Winkies now stands.

The new school building was completed in late spring and dedicated on June 23, 1893. Mrs. Alice Curtis, the first teacher, received the princely sum of $60 a year (while Nicholas Rix, the janitor, was paid $75).

Photograph believed taken in 1893, of the Fleetwood School—Whitefish Bay’s first school, its faculty, and students.
This residence on East Beaumont was formerly located in what is now Schoolhouse Park and served as the first Whitefish Bay Village Hall.

Some interesting facts about the Village’s early history:

  • Peeved at Whitefish Bay’s secession, the Town of Milwaukee tried to compel village residents to continue to pay the town poll tax for work on the town roads. The village board countered by instructing constables George Rodd and Henry Scheife to arrest and punish any town officer trying to enforce the poll tax.
  • The liquor license fee was set at $500 for three years. The first one was issued to WFB President Fred Isenring who also doubled as the lessee of the Whitefish Bay Resort. Fred got his license at a reduced rate because his bar was open only during the summer.
  • Fred Isenring later became sheriff of Milwaukee County. During his tenure, he was charged with absconding $20,000 (a princely sum for the time), but disappeared before he was arrested—never to be seen again.

After the new school was constructed, the Village Board met in the second-floor assembly room at the school until a building for the first village hall was acquired in 1903.

Henry Clay/Whitefish Bay Middle School

Tragedy hit the Fleetwood Whitefish Bay school in 1918—the building caught fire and quickly was lost. Some say that a flying ember from the near-by rail tracks was responsible—others disputed that source. In any case, the Village had a dilemma. It had to find an almost immediate replacement.

Land was available on the Port Washington and Whitefish Bay Road, now known as Henry Clay Street, on the site of the former Jefferson Park pavilion. Plans were immediately drawn up and construction commenced. It was initially occupied in 1919.

The Henry Clay School was a grade school, although that changed starting in 1930, when Shorewood notified the Village that it would no longer accept students from the Village. Whitefish Bay again had to find an immediate solution. One wing of the Henry Clay school was devoted for Whitefish Bay high school kids. They continued there until the new high school building was available for occupancy in 1932.

An eight-room addition was added in to the Henry Clay School in 1951. It remained largely that way until 1980, when it was closed and converted into a community center.

In the 1980s, the Whitefish Bay school board began investigating the advantages of creating a middle school format and ultimately decided to proceed. The Henry Clay School was converted into a middle school and opened in August 1989. A new gym was added at that time. In 1991 the stage of the old gym was converted into two classrooms and a classroom was added to the basement level.

A 1994 Village referendum to add classrooms and other space to eliminate overcrowding was defeated; consideration is given to moving 8th graders to the high school. The following year the school board revised the expansion plans and hired a public relations firm to assist in passage of a referendum to add classrooms and other space. The referendum passed narrowly (2980 for/2898 against). With the passage of the resolution, the additions proceeded. The school was re-named the Whitefish Bay Middle School.

The community and its residents have worked to create and support a strong school system that has generated great results. At the same time, a number of exemplary private schools have also flourished in the Village.

Why was the school initially named for Henry Clay?

  • The new school was built on the Port Washington and Whitefish Bay Road—which would have been an awkward name for a school. There were other schools named for Washington in the Milwaukee area. As a result, the Village looked for a unique name.
  • Henry Clay lived from 1777 to 1852 and invented the phrase “a self-made man,” which he applied to himself. Born in Lexington, Kentucky, he rose from rags to riches, becoming one of the most powerful and influential politicians of his day.
  • Clay was a state legislator, a senator, Speaker of the House, Secretary of State, a founder of the Whig party and even ran for president. He is perhaps best known as “The Great Compromiser” for his role in designing the Compromise of 1850, which tackled the ever-expanding issue of slavery between the North and South.
  • While Clay had no real connection to Wisconsin, he apparently was a statesman who was well-respected and whom would set ideals for the school.
  • Following the naming of the school, the street’s name was eventually changed to Henry Clay Street.
Henry Clay Middle School built in 1918-19. The photograph was taken about 1930. The school had a number of additions over the years and no longer looks the same, but the underlying original structure is still there. Credit Mimi Bird Historical Collection of the WFB Historical Society

Whitefish Bay Commercial Districts

Lewis Scheife’s grocery store was located on Silver Spring Drive. In this 1892 picture, Henry Scheife is on the wagon and his brother Lewis is standing. The one-story addition served as a school room until the Village’s first school building was constructed. It was also used as a meeting place for Village officials. Henry Scheife was assigned the task of making the official census upon which the incorporation of the Village was based.

As non-farm residential neighborhoods were developed in Whitefish Bay, retail businesses soon followed. In the days before transportation allowed residents to move about easily, shops and services needed to be close at hand to meet the needs of the rapidly growing community. Two distinct shopping districts formed in the Village—one centered on East Silver Spring, and another one on Henry Clay Street. Both had grocery stores, gasoline stations, hardware stores, banks and other commercial enterprises.

Since the first real estate development activity in the Village occurred at the end of the rail line, it is no surprise that the earliest Whitefish Bay businesses also started there. It is believed that the first grocery store to serve the area was that of Lewis Sheife, built in 1892 on land leased from the railroad. It was located approximately where Winkies exists today. The Chicago and Northwestern Railway tracks ran just to the west of the building. Sheife also served as postmaster. The train would stop regularly to drop off and pick up mail bags.

Other retail stores quickly followed. Some continue to serve the community after many generations. Others closed as the nature of retail commerce changed over the years.

Many of the stores on Henry Clay Street have closed and have been replaced by apartment buildings, when the character of the district changed. The Silver Spring shopping district, however, continues to serve the community well with a diverse mixture of retail establishments.

This image, looking east along Silver Spring Drive, must have been taken in the early 1950s, judging from the vehicles pictured. While significantly changed, several buildings can be readily identified which continue to serve area residents.

More Information

More information about the history of Whitefish Bay and its early residents and structures can be found in:

  • Images of Whitefish Bay, Arcadia Publications, Thomas H. Fehring, 2010.
  • Chronicles of Whitefish Bay, WI, The History Press, Thomas H. Fehring, 2013.
  • Historic Whitefish Bay: A Celebration of Architecture and Character, The History Press, Jefferson J. Aikin and Thomas H. Fehring, 2017. Published to help commemorate the Village’s 125th anniversary.

All three books are available for loan or purchase at the Whitefish Bay library. They are also available at local stores and other booksellers.

The Business Improvement District (BID) Board sincerely thanks the Community Development Authority (CDA) and the Village of Whitefish Bay Board and staff for their support and help in making our business district an amazing place to shop, dine and conduct business.