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Bumstead Provisions is taking over the former ReThreads and hardware store spaces.
Bumstead Provisions is taking over the former ReThreads and hardware store spaces.

Bumstead Provisions, a bar, restaurant and grocer, coming to Bay View

Bumstead Provisions – a new shopping, dining and bar experience – will move into the former ReThreads and hardware store buildings, 2671-75 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.

Bumstead will include a rustic "deli-meets-bistro" restaurant featuring sandwiches, entrees and small plates, a bar specializing in craft beer and a small-town-type general store with spreads, oils, sauces, chocolates and more.

Owners Devin Eichler and Mike Bodow are from Twelve12 Hospitality, the ownership group of Crafty Cow in Oconomowoc.

"The Bay View neighborhood just has this vibe, it just feels right," says Bodow.

Braatz Building, the creators of Lulu Café and Goodkind in Milwaukee, will build-out the space. Designer Libby Castro of LP/w Design Studios will handle the interiors. LP/w also did the interiors at C. 1880 and The Vanguard.

Bumstead Provisions is expected to open in early September. Corporate executive chef Allen Andrews will run the kitchen.

"Bumstead Provisions is going to focus on artisan sandwiches and small plates, but also as a place you can pick up all of your amazing deli meats, cheeses, spreads and bread for dinner or before Packers games on Sunday," says Andrews.

Bumstead Provisions proposes to be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

The Riverwest neighborhood, seen at the corner of Clarke and Holton Streets, is lining up to be a big participant in Doors Open Milwaukee 2015.
The Riverwest neighborhood, seen at the corner of Clarke and Holton Streets, is lining up to be a big participant in Doors Open Milwaukee 2015.

Doors Open Milwaukee: Mapping and exploring the city's patchwork quilt

Doors Open Milwaukee introduces Milwaukeeans and visitors to all sorts of new experiences unique to the Cream City. Each year, as many as 150 free sites and over 30 in-depth tours open up for folks from near and far to see, often for the first time. When all of these sites are presented to you in the Doors Open event guide or website, you’ll likely find several places that pique your interest and prompt you to ask a couple of those recurring questions in life: "Where are we going? And how do we get there?"

My role as cartographer, or map maker, for Doors Open is to help provide an easy-to-read map that guides you to any and all of the sites and tours that will be open on Sept. 19-20. Beyond the scope of providing directions to sites with the maps, I get to observe how Doors Open Milwaukee becomes a more inclusive way to get to know the City of Milwaukee and its nearby suburbs.

My role is one of many volunteer slots that are absolutely necessary in making the event a success each year. Several hundred people take on a variety of duties from recording the number of visitors at each site to helping Amy Grau as program manager of Doors Open Milwaukee generate creative marketing ideas to spread word of the event to the masses. Without all of these fabulous folks giving their time before and during the event, Doors Open Milwaukee simply couldn’t exist.

What possibly makes my situation unique through three-plus years of volunteering is that I follow the event as an out-of-towner. Growing up in Northern Wisconsin, I have played a part in Doors Open while living in the St. Louis (where I did not root for the Cardinals!) and Madison metro areas. Living in these other cities while also trying to keep a pulse on Milwaukee’s culture gives me a different vantage point to pick out what Milwaukee offers, especially through Doors Open, that is fresh and new compared to its fellow Midwestern cities.

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Matt Blanchard was a great quarterback at Whitewater and now gets a chance with the Packers.
Matt Blanchard was a great quarterback at Whitewater and now gets a chance with the Packers. (Photo: UW-Whitewater)

Packers sign former UW-Whitewater standout QB Blanchard

The Green Bay Packers have signed quarterback Matt Blanchard, a former standout at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

General Manager Ted Thompson announced the signing of the 6-foot-3, 223-pound second-year player. He was originally signed by the Chicago Bears as a non-drafted rookie free agent on May 14, 2012. He was waived by Chicago toward the end of the preseason but was re-signed to the practice squad, where he spent the first 12 games of the season.

As an All-American quarterback, Blanchard maintained an accurate 70.4 percent average in pass completion, resulting in a total of 44 touchdown passes in the duration of his career as a starter at UW-Whitewater.

In addition to his completion efficiency, Blanchard demonstrated accuracy by throwing only five interceptions throughout his starting career. He went undefeated at UW-Whitewater all three years on the team, earning three national championships. 

The WI Shares program has led to many problems concerning child care in Milwaukee.
The WI Shares program has led to many problems concerning child care in Milwaukee.

EBT cards not a solution for WI Shares program flaws

Electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards are not a solution to the most glaring flaws in the WI Shares program. A program whose neglectful funding has left our most vulnerable children stuck in a second class system of child care, with the highest quality providers working not towards a five-star YoungStar rating, but instead towards the day when they can leave the program altogether by serving 100 percent wealthier, private pay families.

Reimbursement rates have barely increased in 10 years, and over that period, the price of fixed costs like heating, electricity and food have continued to rise. This is breaking many child care providers in the City of Milwaukee who serve low-income families. Childcare continues to be a low-paid profession. Many workers receive poverty wages and are still expected to attain higher education and additional certifications to ensure increased YoungStar quality ratings.

The Department of Children and Families claims that they want all children to be cared for in high quality environments, but their cost-cutting actions speak louder than their empty words. You can’t cut your way to quality, but that is exactly what the current administration is trying to do by retaining a 5 percent rate cut for two-star providers.

It also unfairly discriminates against providers in Milwaukee County. In every other county in the state, if you are caring for a child with special needs, the provider is paid for 1.5 enrollment slots in recognition that the child will require more attention and care. This not only benefits the provider; it also benefits the child, who deserves a lower caregiver ratio to meet their needs. In Milwaukee County, where MPS sees a special needs pupil population of nearly 20 percent, special needs children are not given this extra enrollment consideration by WI Shares.

The Department of Children and Families also has totally unrealistic estimates of how much these struggling families can afford as a copay to providers, which l…

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