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1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. 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?
16. 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.
17. 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.
18. 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.
19. Same day delivery? Done. Thanks, Amazon Prime.
Amazon Prime members in Charlotte, Cincinnati, Fresno, Louisville, Nashville, Raleigh, Richmond, Sacramento, Stockton, Tucson and right here in Milwaukee can now enjoy unlimited same day delivery.
20. Pete's Fruit Market to build second location in Bronzeville
Locally owned and operated Pete's Fruit Market announced plans for a new store in the Bronzeville neighborhood at the heart of the Historic King Drive Business Improvement District.
21. Grand Avenue owners announce new project development partners
The new ownership of the Grand Avenue announce the project partners aligned for the redevelopment of the downtown property. The ownership group is a joint venture between the Aggero Group and Hempel.
22. Milwaukee needs to get comfortable with constant discomfort
Milwaukee's changing. You could argue it's changed for the better and a bit of the worse over the past 20 years. While the good and some of the bad may be at odds, that's OK if our challenges are being addressed and tackled with vigor and creativity.
23. More images of new NM Downtown development
As heavy equipment continues to clear the site Northwestern Mutual announced it has hired Fond du Lac-based C.D. Smith Construction to build the $100 million development at 777 N. Van Buren St. The 34-story tower will include apartments, parking and retail space.
24. Grasch Foods to reopen as Sendik's on March 9
On the back of the news that the Grasch family has retired from the grocery business, the former Grasch Foods in Brookfield reopens next week as a Sendik's Food Market.
25. Grasch Foods to become Sendik's Food Market
After over 80 years in business, Brookfield-based Grasch Foods has been sold to the Balistreri family and will soon become a Sendik's Food market.