The Waxwing is an artist consignment shop and its main goal is to host the work of local area artists and help introduce them to the community.
The Waxwing is owned and operated by local artist, Steph Davies. Davies is a graduate of The School of The Art Institute of Chicago where she studied Scientific Illustration. Steph opened The Waxwing in March of 2012 in hopes of meeting more artists in the Milwaukee/Shorewood community and to help them gain recognition for their work.
The Waxwing features local art & handmade gifts at affordable prices & whenever possible, made out of refurbished or recycled materials.
The Waxwing is currently home to over 100 local artists!
In December of 2015, The Waxwing relocated from its original home in Shorewood to a new, larger space on Milwaukee’s East Side, 1800 E North Avenue.
The Waxwing is celebrating it’s 5-year anniversary party on March 31, 2017 from 6 to 10 PM with live music from The Thriftones, food from Fresh Fin Poké and beer from Brenner Brewing Co. Swag bags will be given to the first 50 people in the door and everything in the store will be 15% off that night.
What are you most passionate about in regards to what is happening in our community and what is The Waxwing doing for the community?
I think it’s so important to build upon the creative community in Milwaukee as the foundation to bring about a stronger, more diverse,
culturally rich and accepting community. At The Waxwing, we strive to be a safe place for everyone and often give a percentage of our sales to
support local organizations that support the women & minorities in our community.
How did The Waxwing get started and what is in store for 2017?
The Waxwing started in a small shop space in Shorewood in March of 2012 and was meant to be my personal studio space (I’m an illustrator and
jewelry designer) and also represented the work of around 65 local artists to start off with. It has since grown & expanded into our new storefront
on the corner of North & Oakland Avenues where we represent the work of over 300 artisans and hosts community classes & workshops that are hosted
by local artists.
Why do you choose to support 88Nine?
I love how this station is tied into the community and love the span of music it represents from amazing local bands that are near & dear to my
heart to world music that I might not otherwise have discovered!