It’s a bit of a marquee corner in Downtown Milwaukee, that of the Century Building on Wells and Old World Third Streets.
For more than 50 years, two floors of 240 W. Wells St. were home to Radio Doctors and Records, Ltd. In its heyday in the late 1970s, it housed one of the largest collections of records and tapes anywhere and in a 1979 news report Stuart Glassman, president of the company, said it was the "largest single unit store of its kind in the United States.
Times, though, have changed. Radio Doctors was sold and closed in 1991. Today, the lower level space that once occupied Radio Doctors is available. Avis recently closed and moved its location there so the vacant corner is calling out for a new tenant.
What works there? The area it's in, Westown, is growing its residential base and needs to continue to meet the needs of Downtown dwellers. It lacks a coffee shop other than the wonderful Stone Creek sky walk location at Grand Avenue and other amenities. How about a City Market? New Colectivo?
Thoughts? It’s a historic Milwaukee corner and it needs a new tenant.
A life-long and passionate community leader and Milwaukeean, Jeff Sherman is a co-founder of OnMilwaukee.
He grew up in Wauwatosa and graduated from Marquette University, as a Warrior. He holds an MBA from Cardinal Stritch University, and is the founding president of Young Professionals of Milwaukee (YPM)/Fuel Milwaukee.
Early in his career, Sherman was one of youngest members of the Greater Milwaukee Committee, and currently is involved in numerous civic and community groups - including board positions at The Wisconsin Center District, Wisconsin Club and Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. He's honored to have been named to The Business Journal's "30 under 30" and Milwaukee Magazine's "35 under 35" lists.
He owns a condo in Downtown and lives in greater Milwaukee with his wife Stephanie, his son, Jake, and daughter Pierce. He's a political, music, sports and news junkie and thinks, for what it's worth, that all new movies should be released in theaters, on demand, online and on DVD simultaneously.
He also thinks you should read OnMilwaukee each and every day.