Feb. 11, 2017 – West Bend, WI – The closing was Friday on the former Goodyear building, 303 Water Street. Kevin and Amy Zimmer purchased the building in December 2015 and over the past year completed a considerable amount of rehab.
“Besides a new roof we filled in the front basement area with 50 loads from West Bend Gravel,” said Kevin Zimmer in an April 2016 article.
“That is the last major improvement needed to this site that will lead to a much more functional building.”
The site to the south of the roundabout has high visibility with Dublin’s and the Museum of Wisconsin Art to the north and the Eisenbahn trail to the east. The property was purchased by Ric Hartman. Photos below show a portion of the interior remodel.
The 4,000 square foot east building was constructed around the 1950’s and the west building, added on some 30 years later, is about 2,000 square feet.
“It’s just exciting to be further involved with all the great things that are happening in our historic downtown West Bend,” said Kevin Zimmer.
Records in the city assessor’s office show Robert and Mary Kuester and John and Grace Kuester sold the property to Harley and Alice Koehler on Dec. 9, 1970. Many folks in the community will remember that corner lot as a Goodyear station. At one time it was also home to a furniture and restoration shop, colorfully called ‘The Male Stripper.’
Here is an article from Around the Bend in Dec. 2007.
It was an early exit for The Male Stripper, otherwise known as Main Street Antiques, as owner Mike Hansen closed his shop at 303 Water Street. During an interview in June, Hansen said he was closing to start a new full time job. The Male Stripper has been in business in West Bend for 23 years. The furniture refinishing and antique shop moved into the old Goodyear building on Water Street about five years ago, after spending nearly 20 years at South Main Street in the cream city brick building which currently houses The Apple Barrel. “I think I saved a lot of our history and I’m proud of that,” said Hansen about the pieces restored over the years. However, a changing market and growing competition on the Internet made things difficult for Hansen who emptied his shop in November, one month before his lease expired.