Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely baby daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
That’s what Dave Hintzman of Fountains of Franklin (FOF) told me at the Citizens for a Safe Wisconsin fundraiser on February 29th.
“Give me one month,” he said, implying there would be some movement at his ghost town on 56th and Rawson.
Today, Hintzman leaked the information to FranklinNOW blogger Greg Kowalski that Azana Salon and Spa would be opening its second location at FOF.
So now we have a Dairy Queen and a spa.
Well, it’s a start.
Still no great restaurant.
Still no shopping outlets.
I’m curious as to how excited people really are about this announcement.
There’s an interesting sidebar story about Azana that involves the state Legislature.
The Brookfield Azana was victimized by a spa bandit in October 2006. An Illinois man received treatments totaling $400, but left the spa without paying.
The Waukesha County District Attorney's office didn’t file charges against the “bandit” because Wisconsin doesn’t have a law on the books pertaining to stealing services.
A bill was introduced on retail theft and passed the Assembly, and then passed unanimously in the state Senate’s Judiciary Committee.
You guessed it.
The state Senate didn’t take up the bill before the session ended last week.
If and when Azana opens in Franklin, I’d make sure nobody walks out without cashing in, otherwise they’re out of luck.