Alterra Coffee Roasters' Bay View Cafe opened to the public this morning at 6:30 a.m. A little before 9 a.m., I swung by to check it out.
The new cafe, located at the intersection of Kinnickinnic and Lincoln Avenues, is perhaps the largest of the Alterras (there are 12 locations, 10 free-standing cafes, one in the US Bank building and one at Mitchell International Airport).
The two-story building has an open view of the Alterra Baking Company on the ground floor and an upstairs sitting area that resembles a large living room with couches and stuffed chairs. There's also a massive patio, part of which is sheltered.
Other interesting features include vertical bike racks on two sides of the building, a green roof and an outdoor waterfall that's part of the building's water management system.
The spacious, light-filled cafe provides a cool view of a very busy intersection and the decor is in line with what has become the classic Alterra look.
"We are thrilled to be a part of the neighborhood," says Alterra's Ramie Camarena.
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.