Art Meets Music Meets Treasure Vault
Cocoon Room does it all in Riverwest
The Cocoon Room’s space was previously the Foxglove Gallery and a tropical fish store. Any more animals?
Teruty: Dogs are certainly welcome.
Mills: Really, any creature—man or beast—is.
Cocoon Room has been described as “art space meets music venue meets vintage treasure vault”—more titles?
Teruty: Innovation Nation. Fashion Swaddle Pad.
Buth: Independent Counter-Culture Arts Hub meets Heavy Petting Zoo.
Mills: Shape Shifting Home for Swashbucklers.
But no liquor license? This is Milwaukee…aren’t they automatic, with the water/power hookups?
Mills: We believe in the law of BYOB.
Hand-crafted, hand-made, hand-selected art, fashion and jewelry. The ultimate Arts and Crafts movement dream. What do you have against Machines Producing Predictable Things Cheaply?
Buth: Too often, maximum production means little substance—at the expense of the environment and souls.
Teruty: Recycled fashion is really important. For the earth—and for individuals who want to stand out. Sustainability is key.
Mills: What they said.
Mills went on the record: “Milwaukee’s arts and culture scene is still an awkward teenager.” Are you the prom?
Teruty: Maybe the limo to the prom, possibly the after-party, or both. But skip the prom. It’s the journey that counts. Also who you go home with.
You’re open largely on weekends? (Thursday-Friday 5-9 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 12-6 p.m.) Let me guess. Day jobs?
Buth: Graphic designer and photographer—for none other than the Shepherd Express.
Teruty: Freelance wardrobe stylist.
Mills: Cardiovascular Technologist, Froedtert Hospital.
You opened in March: highlights so far?
Buth: Fantastic people.
Mills: Yeah. Locals, travelers, bands, artists, models and creative types.
Teruty: And since it’s Christmas, each other.
What are you looking forward to?
Teruty: Blossoming. I am ready to emerge. Also seeing the other girls spread their wings, too.
Buth: Cultivating and sharing our vision. Collaborating with local talent. Working on my line of sustainable fashion (Redish).
Mills: Cocoon Room has been a wild ride. Sometimes I’ve been held hostage to this crazed flying carpet—but I’ve also done things I never thought I would. Bigger and better is next. Fill the space and create. Showcase things folks have never seen before. I think we all want to blow people’s minds.
To connect with Cocoon Room, visit facebook.com/cocoonroommke.