After 16 years, Annette French plans to close the doors to Dragonfly, 1117 E. Brady St., in early 2017.
Dragonfly, a funky hive of new and vintage goodies, was one of the East Side’s go-to shops for gifts, clothing, jewelry and unique household items.
"I have decided that Dragonfly has completed its flight," French wrote on Facebook. "I am ready to explore some new horizons."
Personally, I have many fond memories of shopping at Dragonfly. I purchased one of my favorite pairs of earrings – made from Shrinky Dinks – more than a decade ago. Also, my son still reminds me of stopping in years ago to visit French and her late pup, Peewee, whom she rescued from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
Prior to owning Dragonfly in Milwaukee, French operated a shop of the same name in Boston. Both shops were named in honor of her father, who had a love for the elongated, winged insects.
French says she is not retiring and will move on to new adventures. At this point, her plan is to remain open through the holidays during which time she will have "an amazing sale."
"Then maybe I’ll take a nice vacation," she wrote. "This has been great, but I'm ready for something new and equally great. I don't know what yet, but stay tuned!"
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.