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Buzz into Dragonfly before the year's end.
Buzz into Dragonfly before the year's end. (Photo: Facebook/Dragonfly)

Dragonfly on Brady closing in early 2017

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!"

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