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As coffee shops, craft brewers and distillers, and bar and restaurant owners struggle financially during the restrictions in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we’re all wondering how we can help.
One way is to buy the cool merch that many such places make. Many of us rock this kind of gear all the time to show our hometown pride, but the infusion of cash from these purchases – which can be made online – can really help out right now.
Here are some of the local favorites that are selling merch – tees, hats, hoodies, gift cards and more – on their websites. We’ll keep updating this list, so keep checking back.
We’re all #inthistogethermke.
Brewers and distillers
You can buy a Bittercube's bitters and cocktail cedars, plus a cap, a tee and a swanky vintage logo pocket square.
Black Husky Brewing
Clothing, gift cards, doggy gear like leashes and collars, coozies and, wait, a cowbell? Yes, indeed.
Boone & Crockett
From patches and tote bags to tanks and crew neck sweaters, you'll find all things Boone. Don't miss the "Boone Tang Clan" long-sleeved tee.
Central Standard Distillery
All the apparel you’d expect – hats, tees, hoodies, etc. – plus cool tabletop bottle holders, flasks, fill-able Christmas ornaments, campfire "coffee" mugs and more.
Eagle Park Brewing
You can get T-shirts, plus you can join the annual member program, which comes with perks ... frothy perks.
At the new online store you can order beer for pickup, as well as tees and sweatshirts, and gift cards. The brewery will ship, but encourages pickup.
You can order your beer for pickup at this link, as well as drinktanks, hats, shirts, gift cards, stickers and more.
Though Gathering Place has cool tees (I might be wearing one right now), only gift cards are available in the online shop at the moment.
Good City Brewing
Seek the merch and you’ll find stickers, shirts, coozies, hats and even clothes for kids. Good City has created a staff relief fund to provide bonuses to impacted employees upon return to work. Ten dollars from every online purchase of the new "Working from Home" shirt will be donated to the fund. Additionally all tips generated from Good City to-go business will go to the fund.
Hacienda Beer Co.
Gift cards, tees, hats, growlers and more to help support the East Side brewery. And also check out the Door County Brewing online shop for more good stuff to lend a hand to the two related breweries. There are also options on both to leave tips for the bar staff.
T-shirts, glassware, soap and other home goods, and other quirky items at its website.
Apparel, glassware, food and more.
Third Space Brewing
Find gift cards in any denomination at the link.
Get yer brewing supplies, coffee, tea, cocoa, gift cards, mugs and cups plus apparel. There's also a link to buy tickets to upcoming concerts, most, but not all, of which have been postponed.
These folks are no strangers to eye-catching merch and at the website you can order coffee and Letterbox teas, plus buy a coffee subscription. And, there’s a wide variety of apparel, gift cards and, of course, mugs and reusable cups, tumblers and water bottles for the home and road.
Drinkware, clothing, gift cards, brewing items and coffee, to be sure, but also a "garage sale" with deals!
Apparel, glassware, reusable tumblers, coffee canisters, subscriptions and, of course, coffee.
Stone Creek Coffee
In its online shop, you can buy coffee, coffee subscriptions, gift cards, gift sets, posters and prints, drinkware, apparel, brewing supplies like filters, grinders and French press pots, and even school supplies like pencil bags and journals.
Coffee, coffee supplies, gift cards, gift boxes, drinkware and apparel, of course, but also mini notebooks and fabric iron-on patches.
Bars and restaurants
Gift cards, a cool grab bag of stickers and tiny tees for the kiddos.
Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge
A variety of tees, a hoodie, a classy lapel pin, a classic pedestal glass and, something everyone needs for their homemade attempts at making a Brainbuster, a skull mug.
Cafe Benelux, Cafe Hollander & Centraal Grand Cafe
The Lowlands Group website shop has tees and hats for its venues around town, plus a couple different drinkware sets, too.
Apparel, pint glasses, coozies, gift cards and even a pop socket!
Get your very own County Clare hoodie ... but shouldn’t it be green? We joke because we love.
The coolest tiki merch in town: stickers, hats and fancy mai-tai glasses and rum barrel mugs.
For some of the most classic Brew City restaurant apparel, check out the wares at Webb. There's also gift cards, drinkware, coffee, coozies and more. Sorry, no clocks.
The Landmark online shop, which offers a T-shirt, a baseball cap and a beanie, notes, "we are doing what we can to support our staff during this difficult time. Every cent made from an item sold from our online store will go directly to our bartenders and staff who have kept Landmark Lanes running smoothly year in and year out."
At the online store you can buy gift cards but if you want a fun tote bag, bandanna or tee – all designed by artists and printed locally – you've gotta call, (414) 763-5881.
RWB Milwaukee is selling "MKE STRONG" tes starting at $15 in men’s and women’s sizes and a variety of colors in hopes of raising money to help its 50 employees until the Old World 3rd Street bar can reopen. All profits will directly go to the staff. Each purchase will include a $5 gift certificate and an invite to the bar's VIP reopening party, whenever that might be (hopefully very, very soon).
Water Street Brewery, The Harp, Vagabond & Trinity Three Irish Pubs
T-shirts, tank top, hats and gift cards from all four of these Downtown venues in the RC's family.
Because we don’t ever want Wolski’s to really close, tees, hoodies, bottle openers and, ahem, ladies panties (in TWO colors!).
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.
He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.
With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in an episode of TV's "Party of Five," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.
He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.
In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area.
He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.