The second lives of former bank branches 

DW Coffee recently opened in a former Community State Bank branch on West Main Street in the Village of Rochester.
DW Coffee recently opened in a former Community State Bank branch on West Main Street in the Village of Rochester. Credit: Community State Bank

With the rise of online banking over the past decade, financial institutions have downsized their brick-and-mortar footprints, closing branches, leaving a trail of available real estate in their wake.  Wisconsin today has about 22%, or 519, fewer bank branches than it had in 2011, according to FDIC data. Over the same period across southeastern Wisconsin’s

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Maredithe has covered retail, restaurants, entertainment and tourism since 2018. Her duties as associate editor include copy editing, page proofing and managing work flow. Meyer earned a degree in journalism from Marquette University and still enjoys attending men’s basketball games to cheer on the Golden Eagles. Also in her free time, Meyer coaches high school field hockey and loves trying out new restaurants in Milwaukee.

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