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1. Welcome, Northwestern Mutual
Agents and their families flock to Milwaukee every year this week, and each year I love the buzz that's created by adding 11,000 visitors to Downtown Milwaukee. As a community, we need to champion the corporations that choose Milwaukee as their home, so thanks NM!
2. Near West Side Partners announces "Rev-Up MKE" finalists
Near West Side Partners, Inc. announced eight finalists selected for the Rev-Up MKE small business competition. The program's goal is to provide an opportunity to expand or start a business on the Near West Side and receive the support it needs to succeed.
3. Outpost Natural Foods launches "Milk Money" program
Hunger is real in the Milwaukee area. A new program at Outpost Natural Foods Cooperative will allow customers to pay it forward with the purchase of vouchers for nutritious wholesome milk which will be distributed by Hunger Task Force to local families.
4. Trio MKE offers smart living through tech and design
Milwaukee is chock-a-block with single young professionals wanting to take advantage of the city's bustling downtown area. It only makes sense to bring the concept of luxury living in efficient spaces to the popular Walker's Point neighborhood. Enter Trio MKE.
5. Downtown's trails of bagels bewilder
Curious minds want to know who is behind a regular bakery bonanza in Downtown Milwaukee. Several residents in the neighborhood tell me that streets and bridges are consistently laced with multiple bakery items several times per week.
6. We all scream for #UberIceCream this Friday
Downtown Milwaukee may not have a ton of ice cream options but you can order frozen treats on demand with #UberIceCream this Friday.
7. Former Lowe's building at Midtown Center sold to Milwaukee firm
The former Lowe's building located north of Milwaukee's Midtown Center, 5800 W. Hope St., has been acquired by Phoenix Midtown, LLC. The 134,000-square foot structure has been vacant since the Lowe's store closed five years ago.
8. Dragonfly on Brady closing in early 2017
After 16 years, Annette French plans to close the doors to Dragonfly, 1117 E. Brady St., in early 2017. Dragonfly, a funky hive of new and vintage goodies, was one of the East Side's go-to shops for gifts, clothing, jewelry and unique household items.
9. Honeycomb Salon sweetens up Whitefish Bay
Whitefish Bay just got a little bit sweeter with the opening of Honeycomb Salon. The new organic lifestyle-friendly salon, owned by Cheane Sartler, features six stylists ready to make you the best you can be.
10. Enderis Park Farmers Market launches June 19
Alderman Michael J. Murphy invites community members to the launch of the Enderis Park Farmers Market on Sunday, June 19 to browse fresh locally-grown fruits and vegetables, and locally-crafted foods and beverages.
11. Newaukee Night Markets
For the third straight year, NEWaukee's Night Market will invade Wisconsin Avenue between 2nd and 4th Streets on four Wednesday nights this summer with food trucks, makers, arts, crafts and entertainments of all varieties.
12. Four vacant spaces in Downtown that need to be filled now
There's growth everywhere in Downtown Milwaukee, but still opportunities and eyesores. For me, these four spaces have been vacant for too long. I see them all nearly everyday. Let's all chime in and help the owners or leasing agents find the right new tenant.
13. Fresh Thyme Farmers Market to open at North End on June 8
Fresh Thyme Farmers Market will open its first Wisconsin store in Milwaukee's North End on Wednesday, June 8 at 7 a.m. The opening will be celebrated with a variety of family-friendly events on-site.
14. Department of Public Works hosts fifth annual compost bin and rain barrel sale
The City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works (DPW) will again host a one day only, first come first served compost bin and rain barrel sale on Saturday, June 4.
15. Nordstrom Rack is coming to Bayshore Town Center
According to a report from the BizTimes, Nordstrom Rack, as well as a Total Wine & More, will move into the former Sears location at the north end of the Bayshore Town Center.
16. Mandel announces 24-story Portfolio apartment tower on Ogden & Prospect
Mandel Group, Inc. announced the development of Portfolio, a 24-story high-rise luxury apartment community at the northeast corner of North Prospect and East Ogden Avenues set to break ground in Spring 2017.
17. First look: Boston Store's new furniture department
We stopped in at the new Boston Store furniture department in The Shops of Grand Avenue that opened yesterday on the second floor of the location, 331 W. Wisconsin Ave.
18. Kimpton Journeyman hosts job fair Monday for hotel, restaurant and bar
The Kimpton Journeyman Hotel, along with its Tre Rivali restaurant and the Outsider rooftop bar and lounge, are holding a job fair to hire staff in anticipation of their June opening in the Third Ward.
19. Lost, found and grateful
I knew I had lost it. I went for a walk last Saturday and took only my phone and debit card. The phone was for some podcast catch up and the debit card for a quick stop at the grocery store on the way home.
20. Do new mall renderings reflect Downtown diversity?
The timing of a couple press releases today brings up the question of whether or not the images showing a revamped The Shops of Grand Avenue embrace diversity.
21. Brew City Boxes closes for good, selling boxes
After four years in business, Brew City Boxes is going out of business. Bay View's Chris Gross started the service to provide rentable, reusable boxes to people for local moves, but there just wasn't enough interest.
22. Which grocery store should land at Grand Avenue?
As plans for a new Grand Avenue continue to develop, which grocer would be the best for the heart of Downtown Milwaukee? Which store do you want on Wisconsin Avenue?
23. Sendik's celebrates its 90th anniversary with in-store specials
In celebration of its 90th year, all Sendik's locations will feature specials (including a "90-year deal of the week"), offer special anniversary scratch-off tickets and host in-store events from April 20 to May 3.
24. Goodwill and Steinhafels team up for bedroom trade-in event
Beginning on Sunday, April 17, Goodwill and Steinhafels will team up for their second annual bedroom trade-in event.
25. Fischberger's plans West Side expansion
Nine years ago, Sarah and River Ditzenberger opened a delightfully quirky and old-timey variety store called Fischberger's in the Riverwest-Harambee neighborhood. They have now secured a second location.