Willy Street Still Open for Business
Warm weather means more than just flowy dresses and lazy days at the park. It’s also the start of construction season and this summer it’s Williamson Street’s turn. Yes, the spunky street Madisonians know and love has already been ripped up and replaced with construction crews and bright orange cones that will remain until October. But business owners hit hard by the construction want you to know they are still open for business.
It’s shops like Hatch Art House, Cha Cha Beauty and Barber, Fat Pinky Glass and a plethora of great restaurants that make Willy St. what it is—a great Madison destination. Though dodging the construction may be a pain, the rhythmic beatings of a jackhammer adds a little spice to the ambiance of a burger at the Weary Traveler or yummy latte at Mother Fool’s. So don’t be afraid to visit!
For easiest access to the strip, businesses recommend you enter from Baldwin Street off of East Washington Avenue, where you can find side street parking or continue across Willy Street onto Jenifer for additional parking (other nearby side streets also offer plenty of parking as well).
You can still get to many parking lots for businesses of Willy Street, including Willy Street Co-op , which has opened its lot to patrons of other businesses and off of Livingston Street, you can access the parking lot to the building that houses the Eldorado Grill.
Plus, if you make it to the east end of Willy Street, you can still hop on the street to head back downtown, since it is now a one-way heading west. Or, save yourself the hassle and ditch the car for a nice bike ride or walk.
No matter how you choose to travel, get out to Willy St. to support local businesses this summer. It’s still the same great place, even without its street.