Polish couple plan to open Wioletta Polish Market in Milwaukee
A Polish husband and wife plan to open a Polish market in South Milwaukee.
“The Polish community is quite close to our area here, and we just think we can offer more,” said Adam Bartoszek, who has been married to Wioletta Bartoszek for 20 years.
The Wioletta Polish Market, 3955 S. Howell Ave., plans to carry traditional Polish offerings including sausages, pierogi, golabki, cakes and sauerkraut. There would also be cold cuts, cheeses, dry goods, sweets, bread and hot rolls.
The owners also plan to store small decorative items, trinkets, clothing, gifts, greeting cards and traditional holiday decorations.
“We try to offer a bit of everything, a bit of a taste of Poland,” Adam said.
This industry is not new to Wioletta. While Wioletta was living in Poland, she said, she ran two grocery stores, went to cooking school and was briefly a chef at a restaurant.
Wioletta moved to the United States in 2001 and Adam in 1976.
Going forward, the Caledonia couple also plan to offer hot food to go, such as bigos, charcuterie platters and baked goods, and catering for special occasions.
Adam said they were still getting permits and had renovations to do inside the 2,800 square foot space, but planned to open on the 1st. March.
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The duo aim to make the space — which a few years ago housed a hardware store — modern and welcoming, Adam said. Wioletta said she wanted customers to feel like they were walking into a home rather than a store.
“The most important thing about her is that she’s a big advocate on the hospitality side, providing a warm and inviting environment,” said Adam, who works as an operations manager at a local veneer company. “And I think that’s what the market needs right now. And nobody does it better than her.”
Once the grocery store is open, its hours would be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.
“We are excited to come to this area,” Adam said. “I think it’s going to have a positive impact.”
For market updates, visit facebook.com/WiolettasPolishMarket.