Local musician Steven Hawley – of Codebreaker fame – has a new vintage shop in Bay View.
Spectre Vintage is, according to the page Hawley has created on Facebook, "A chic, unique furniture boutique specializing in MCM, vintage mod and other timeless classics."
Located at 437 E. Stewart St. – two blocks east of Santino’s, a block from Barnacle Bud’s – the independently owned furniture, art and home accessories shop will have an official grand opening event on Friday, from noon until 7 p.m.
"I do a fair amount of restoration/refurbish work, as well," says Hawley. "I also carry select lines of new things if it has a look and quality that I like and goes well with the vintage inventory. I also have a Ms. Pac-Man machine that’s loaded up with 60 different '80s arcade games."
Parking is available in the small parking lot on the corner of Stewart and Allis Streets, Hawley says.
The shop will be open Thursday-Saturday, noon until 6 p.m. and by appointment only Sunday-Wednesday.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.
He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.
With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.
He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.
In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area.
He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.