In June, OnMilwaukee reported on a pop-up children's boutique, Blackbear, that leased a space for the summer on Downer Avenue. Now, owner Emma Carollo has found a permanent home for her adorable wares at 4312 N. Oakland Ave. in Shorewood and will celebrate with a grand opening this weekend.
The event takes place Saturday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to noon. Mimosas and "morning treats" will be served, and guests will have the chance to check out Blackbear's new merchandise for fall and winter.
Blackbear sells sustainable, handmade kids' clothing that is primarily unisex and in colors that adults would wear rather then typical pink-and-blue attire for kids. Some of the designers showcased in the shop are local; most are women.
Carollo graduated from Shorewood High School and the University of Vermont before starting Blackbear as an online store in 2017. She became interested in kids' clothing when her sister became pregnant a decade ago with her first child.
"I love children and I'm really excited for my next step with the shop," says Carollo.
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.