New wine bar opening in downtown West Bend – Riverview Arts & Spirits approved by Common Council on Monday night

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Jan. 10, 2017 – West Bend, WI – Remodeling is underway for the new Riverview Arts & Spirits, 277 S. Main Street in West Bend.

“This is a natural expansion and the town needs it,” said owner Tammy Denz.

The space for wine and art is connected to Denz current business, Zodiac on the River, which is a “unique shop that offers seasonal full service Kayak/River Tube Adventures/Rentals, an Internet Café, an Event Venue for rent and Electronic Cigarettes, MODS, and over 100 E- Juices.”

Denz said she was exploring a venue similar to Board & Brush in Cedarburg. “This isn’t just wine and art it’s stained glass and people can come in and use the expensive equipment like our pottery wheel and we’ll have days where members can come in for classes and eventually we’ll expand out to the river with a deck,” she said.

The past few weeks Denz has been taking the space, connected to the south of her store, down to the bare walls as she prepares to add the bar, some high-top tables and bring in more light.

“The bar will be open until 11 p.m. and over here we’ll have large windows overlooking the river and there will be tables made out of the recycled wood from the Habitat Restore,” she said.

An opening date is tentatively around mid February.  Denz is looking to establish a local connection with a wine vendor. Anyone interested can contact Denz at [email protected]

The space next to Zodiac opened after the owner of ROOTZ purchased the old John’s Decorating building, 536 S. Main Street.

Laura Pedersen purchased the building for  $80,000 and will re-open her business. Pedersen and Ashleigh Fuchs opened ROOTZ (Fair Trade and Locally Made) in 2011.






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