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Not everything is plural or possessive.
Not everything is plural or possessive.

5 places / products to which Milwaukeeans insist on adding an "s"

Here in Brew City, we’ll add an "s" to the end of any business name and call it that for the rest of our lives. 

"Wanna go to Old Navy’s?"

"No thanks, I’m having dinner at Sanford’s."

In our defense, we do this, most likely, because there are so many local establishments that do end with an apostrophe S that we don’t even know we’re doing it.

Leon’s. Hooligan’s. Saz’s. Barnacle Bud’s. Victor’s. Frank’s … 

However, there are plenty of S-free establishments in this town and here are five places and products that some Milwaukeeans insist on making possessive.

Nope, it’s not Cafe Lulu’s. And it never will be.

It’s fascinating how seamlessly some went from saying Alterra’s to Colectivo’s.

When people add an S to The Nomad, I’m not sure if they’re saying Nomads or Nomad’s. Regardless, it is neither.

Von Triers is tempting to say. But it is wrong.

Sprecher, as in the brewing company, is not plural or possessive even though some people insist on it. 

However, the restaurant chains are called Sprecher’s, which just reinforces our urge to call the product Sprecher’s, too. We can't win this, Milwaukee.

Anyone wanna meet for coffee at Stone Creek's?

Talkbacks

crackerbat | June 18, 2014 at 2:41 p.m. (report)

Sanford's.. yeah that's a big one! "Caf Lulu's" I've never heard anybody say... they either call it Caf Lulu, or they say "Lulu's".. even the staff... even the owners. I have however heard, and this was a much older woman, order a "Miller's" before.

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Jimmy_Jones | June 17, 2014 at 9:50 p.m. (report)

Adding the 's' is a hallmark of the great lakes accent. You'll find the same all around the great lakes, often formalized in the spelling i.e. "Kohl's" or "Sprecher's Restaurant & Pub". What's next, are you going to start complaining when people say "I'm going by my friend's house."

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dschley | June 17, 2014 at 1:29 p.m. (report)

We do this a lot with church names. St. Sebastian Church has no S. There is only one St. Sebastian, but he does not own the church.

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yes_that_nick | June 17, 2014 at 11:39 a.m. (report)

35775 This drives me bananas! Von Trier doesn't help things with their website, either - vontriers.com

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