Today, over wings at the table in the Cresa Milwaukee conference room, our office broker and neighbor Steve Palec asked me, "how much has your life improved since you moved into this building?"
Palec was referring to the fact that I am now swimming at the adjacent Goldâ€™s Gym on a theoretically daily basis. "You couldnâ€™t swim in anything at your old place," he quipped.
He was right, despite some minor hiccups in my daily schedule to due the geographical switch, my work-day life has changed a lot â€“ and for the better â€“ since OnMilwaukee.com moved into City Center at 735 on Water Street last fall.
Thereâ€™s a coffee shop in the lobby with friendly staff, our office looks out over City Hall (and thereâ€™s a panorama to the south out the hallway windows), there plentiful parking for us across the street, the building staff practically dotes on us, a massage therapist visits on a regular basis at a bargain rate, some mornings thereâ€™s free breakfast in the lobby. If I wanted to, I could have my dry cleaning done while Iâ€™m at work and the oil changed in my car, too, though I havenâ€™t yet availed myself of those services.
City Centerâ€™s Deanna Schwenner also programs the lobby music which has included everything from Neko Case to Dawes to The Decemberists to The Pixies. That might be a small thing, since I only really experience it for a minute or two a day, walking through the lobby, but it always makes me smile.
But what Palec is too modest to point out is that my life is better in good part because of him. His commercial real estate brokerage office is adjacent to ours and Steve invites us over for, well, today it was wings. On another visit he welcomed our arrival with a spread of Italian food.
When the Mets were in town, he indulged me with some fabulous tickets to two of the three games. When we needed someone to step up to review The Eagles at Summerfest, he did a bang-up job on a couple daysâ€™ notice.
Best of all Palecâ€™s staff not only doesnâ€™t look askance, but actually welcomes me when I pop in to make use of Cresaâ€™s very own in-office cafe. (Cresa also has a music room with a turntable and a selection of vinyl and they're working on creating a relaxation room with a recliner! I think it's best if I just stay away from those.)
In addition to televisions showing news and baseball, the Cresa coffee shop has an array of coffee machines, pods, snacks, a candy jar, the daily newspaper, a spinner rack full of magazine and some super-comfortable furniture. There's also a doggie bed, but it's too small for my pooches so I haven't brought them in to test it out yet.
Initially, I was a bit shy about using the cafe, thinking Steveâ€™s invitations to use it were meant sort of casually, off-handedly. But, after many implorations by him and his team, I now stop in a few times a week. It offers a welcome change of atmosphere for a few minutes and a nice jolt of caffeine. Plus, if Steveâ€™s around, Iâ€™m sure to get an anecdote from his insanely interesting life. Today, I learned about how on a whim Bud Selig whisked him by plane to see an ALCS game in Detroit and the following year another one in Cleveland.
In fact, Iâ€™m going to go there right now to, ahem, take a photo to run with this posting. I may also grab an espresso ... at the Cresa Cafe, where the smiles are free and everyone knows your name.
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