Hats off to the new Hen House
John and Kate McLaughlin, owners of The Brass Rooster - a men's hat shop in Bay View - will move to a larger location and open a women's hat shop called The Hen House in an adjoining space.
#ShopLocal: I Heart Hank Plush Dog
Cute and cuddly, this pup makes a great gift and a perfect good luck charm for the rest of the season. Buy one of these 8-inch tall dogs today and a percentage of the sale will be donated to Wisconsin Humane Society in honor of Hank.
It's champagne time for Contemporary Pull
Milwaukee-based business Conteporary Pull celebrated a summer of successes.
Simple, fun Debra Usinger Memorial dedicated on Milwaukee Riverwalk
To celebrate Debra Usinger's life and her dedication to civic life in Milwaukee, the Milwaukee RiverWalk District initiated and yesterday dedicated a memorial to honor her. The memorial is, appropriately, part of the RIverWalk that is directly across the river from Usinger's Famous Sausage.
#Shop Local: The 414 crew fleece
I don't need to remind you that fall is coming. Hopefully, it's several weeks away but the nights are surely getting cooler so thoughts turn to longer sleeves. Thankfully, I have this 414 crew fleece from Too Much Metal in my closet.
Salon: Milwaukee is the new Portland
For me, Milwaukee is Milwaukee and we should be darn proud of it. But a comparison to Portland isn't bad and it's exactly what Richard Manning of OnEarth.org writes today on Salon.com.
Has the selfie killed the autograph?
There's your favorite celebrity. What do you do? Ask for an autograph? Nope. You whip out your phone, if it's not already in hand and take a selfie with him or her. It's the way the world. But, is it the best financial move?
Food Truck Week: Jamaican Kitchen and Grill
I typically don't run across many food trucks day-to-day as I'm running between Lambeau Field, Miller Park and the Bradley Center -- but on my way to Green Bay today I shot down Wells toward I-43 for a quick bite, and the Jamaican Kitchen and Grill Food Truck was a nice surprise. The curry chicken was on special, and it was a great choice.
The Home Market to move
The Home Market, 222 E. Erie St., will move on Monday, Aug. 25 to a new space, 309 N. Water St. Both the old and the new location are in the Third Ward.
#Shop Local: MilwaukeeHome Water Bottle
Today, the OnMilwaukee.com Shop Local marketplace offers a cool summer item, the official MilwaukeeHome stainless steel water bottle.
The best $5.31 drink in Milwaukee
Who isn't looking to get something for (relatively) nothing? You. Me. Everyone. Such things are hard to find, really, but if you've got $5.31 in your pocket this is, without a doubt, the best buy in the city.
Cranston to close
After almost exactly 10 years in business, Mark Van Ess and Lamonte Cranston Cook will close Cranston, 250 N. Water St. The shop is currently having a going-out-of-business sale with art and items for homes and offices.
Milwaukee by drone
Via drone, here's a cool fly over Downtown, the St. Francis Seminary, area lakes and other parts of the city. It's done by Darrell Boeck from Creative Images.
#wewant remix: Keychain upgrades
Keys are definitely part of our everyday carry routine and most of us still keep them on a standard split ring. It's an easy and cheap solution, but it might be time to rethink it. Here are three options that do just that.
The software king who's crowdsourcing a new kind of bike
David Weiner spent a lot of time in software. It wasn't until recently that he launched Priority Bicycles -- a cheap, lightweight, and incredibly sexy line of bikes that have blown up all over the Internet. We talked to David about his inspiration behind Priority and, most importantly, why he left a lucrative career to start a bike company.
Bublr Bikes rolls out 10 new Milwaukee bike-share stations
This afternoon, Bublr Bikes announced and began installing the first of its 10 inaugural bike-share stations in downtown Milwaukee. The first station, set at Red Arrow Park, marks the first step in an extended launch that is expected to grow up to 40 more similar stations throughout Milwaukee in 2015 - with the goal of hitting 100 stations and 1,000 shareable bikes within the next few years.
#ShopLocal: Wisconsin by County map
Maps have become art. Really, who uses a paper map anymore? Sure, maybe you have one for back up for the long trip across the country but the phone has definitely replaced the old school folded map. Here's one, though, that would look great on your wall.
SHOP boutique moving to Oakland Avenue
Seven years ago, SHOP opened at 1918 E. Capitol Dr. in Shorewood. Next month, the women's boutique will move to a new location, 4524 N. Oakland Ave.
157 years of 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 temporary residents to Downtown Milwaukee.
Double your Downtown market pleasure today
It's Wednesday, so that means Westown in greater Downtown Milwaukee. Today, it also means the new Night Market from Newaukee on the parking lot between 4th and 5th on Wisconsin Avenue.
Apartments coming to St. Paul and Water in the Historic Third Ward
One-bedroom (and a few studio) apartments are being built at the The Mayer Building, at the corner of St. Paul and Water Streets in the Historic Third Ward.
After 39 years, Ma Jolie closes its Downer Avenue location
Milwaukee fashion pioneer Ma Jolie / Footgear quietly closed its doors at 2583 N. Downer Ave. at the end of June. The retailer that sold both men's and women's fashions, jeans and footwear had been at its East Side Milwaukee for 39 years.
Mr. P's Tires in Bay View comes through
Service is something we take for granted -- until we don't get it. Then there are the guys over at Mr. P's Tires in Bay View, who went above and beyond in my first visit there. They deserve a little love for the classy way they treated me.
Don't be afraid to fire a customer
Though it may seem counterintuitive, there are times when the customer is not worth the drama, and the customer must be fired.
Gluten-Free Trading Company will close Bay View location
Gluten-Free Trading Company, 3116 S. Chase Ave., will close for good on Sunday, July 6. A Pewaukee store will remain open.