Alluring Alloy

Locally made hardware for your in-home bar.

Graduate from your college-logo barware days with these uber-sophisticated, locally made accoutrements.

Furniture maker and designer Ryan Tretow teamed up with menswear and home goods shop owner Zach Peterson to create a line of accessories, including this bottle opener ($65).

Sold at Peterson’s online shop Commonplace (, the bottle opener and coasters ($24 each or $65 for three) are cast in bronze, a metal Tretow says they chose for its durability and because its patina changes with time.

The bottle opener’s hemisphere design and polished finish make it look just as much like a home decor piece, or a paperweight, as it does a bartending essential. And its relatively hefty weight means you need less leverage when you’re opening a bottle.

We’ll drink to that.

‘Alluring Alloy’ appears in the July issue of Milwaukee Magazine.
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Claire Hanan worked at the magazine as an editor from 2012-2017. She edited the Culture section and wrote stories about all sorts of topics, including the arts, fashion, politics and more. In 2016, she was a finalist for best profile writing at the City and Regional Magazine Awards for her story "In A Flash." In 2014, she won the the Milwaukee Press gold award for best public service story for editing "Handle With Care," a service package about aging in Milwaukee. Before all this, she attended the University of Missouri's School of Journalism and New York University's Summer Publishing Institute.