Business Briefs

photos El len C. Warren

Top Star
1000 E. Center St.
Hours (Vary):
Mo – Sa: 12 pm – 7 pm
Su: Closed
Proprietor: Terry M. Warren
The sign on the door says it all: Adults Only. Specializing in lingerie and exotic clothing, it wouldn’t be the strangest thing in the world to run into a dancer from Arts Performing Center while you’re perusing the racks of garments. Top Star is where you can find sexy club and dance wear, glass bottom and stiletto heels, swimsuits, sleepwear, costumes, jewelry and accessories. Feedback from the Riverwest community has been positive. So leave your inhibitions at the door and treat that little devil in you to a pair of glass bottom heels – for yourself or that special someone. – Jim Lowe

Vision Eye Art
901 E. Center St.
414-263-1319 (fax)

Mo – Fr: 10 am – 7 pm
Sa: 10 am – 2 pm
Su: Closed
Proprietor: Luke Lopez, ABO Certified Optician
When there’s great art hanging on the wall, what good is it if you can’t see it? Opened last October, Vision Eye Art is a combination optical store and art gallery. Proprietor Luke Lopez offers his walls to local artists and even features some of his own pieces. If it’s frames you’re after, he features top brands like Calvin Klein, Gabbana and Versace. He also offers the services of a doctor who comes in two days per week to provide eye exams (Mondays and Saturdays, appointment only). You can usually get your glasses the same day, otherwise, no more than 10 business days. – Jim Lowe

Glass Aquatics
820 E Locust St
Mo – Th: 2 – 8 pm
Sa – Su: 12 – 5 pm

While living in the UWM dorms, Ryan Glass cleaned the fish tanks of basketball players in exchange for meal cards. Today Ryan has 10 years experience providing professional maintenance and runs Glass Aquatics, which may be the only place you can get live coral reef in Riverwest. Glass Aquatics specializes in saltwater fish. Ryan can special-order any fish, which arrive twice a week. Looking for an eel with zebra stripes or clown triggerfish? Look no further. Custom tanks and instillation are available. In case you’re wondering, the Zenith console tank in the windowisn’t for sale. Glass Aquatics also sells pet food and accessories. Coming soon: live crickets. – Ben Elmadari

Smash Wireless
906 E. Center St.
414-758-1524 (cell)
Winter Hours: Mo – Fr: 11 am – 6 pm,
Sa – Su: 12 pm – 5 pm
(Summer hours likely to be expanded)
Proprietors: Elmer Coleman, Darryl Coleman, Lee Coleman
No busy signal here. Smash Wireless is a new addition to Riverwest, opening this past December. Specializing in prepaid cellular phones such as Verizon, Sprint, Cingular and Locus, they offer packages starting as low as just 4 cents per minute. Come spring, they would like to create a lounge area complete with a Playstation 2 with hopes of starting league play. In addition, they’re thinking of setting up some computers and offering free Wi-Fi. They came to Riverwest because it’s convenient and safe for their customers. But they’re also hoping to fill a need and provide service for our community. – Jim Lowe

Riverwest Currents online edition – February, 2007