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People's is movin' to Riverwest!
People's is movin' to Riverwest!

People's Books is moving

People's Books Cooperative started moving today from its East Side location to Riverwest and will re-open in July. The independent bookstore cooperative is leaving it's current location, 2122 E. Locust St., and moving to 804 E. Center St. in the former Tool Shed space.

People's needs volunteers to move tomorrow, too. There are two shifts: 7 a.m. to noon or noon to 5 p.m. Anyone who volunteers receives a free lunch and a 15 percent discount on books purchased during the month of July. Call (414) 962-0575 for more information.

Riverwest Public House, 815 E. Locust St., will host a "re-birthday party" for People's Books on Thursday, June 21 at 5 p.m. to celebrate the move and five years as a cooperative. Michael Bootzin will play guitar and Christine Neumann-Ortiz, the executive director of Voces de la Frontera, will speak. River Water Tribe, a gypsy-blues / folk / bluegrass band will perform later in the evening.

The Riverwest Co-op will cater the party (free food!) and a vegan birthday cake from Compassionate Cakes will be served. There will be a raffle, too.

If you're into books and supporting local businesses, People's is your place.

Mini donuts are back, East Siders.
Mini donuts are back, East Siders.

Tidbits of East Side news

I was hanging out on North Avenue and Oakland Avenue again (insert joke about me working my corner or whatever) and I found out a couple of new developments.

The Drive-Thru, formerly Sil's, is now open. The new patio is open as well.

Also, although originally rumored that Hotch-A-Do would reopen as a bar / brunch spot called The Place, the name has been changed to "The Hotch Spot." The exact reopening date is not known, but will most likely happen "in a few weeks" according to the building landlord, David Charney.

That's all for now. Enjoy this beautiful Milwaukee weekend.

Why just hand someone a beer?
Why just hand someone a beer?

Local "Hey, Pass Me A Beer" video goes viral

"Hey, Pass Me A Beer" is the latest video from Milwaukee-based brothers Jack and Nick Packard and it's already nabbed 115,000 views on and another 120,000 on YouTube.

As the title suggests, the premise of the two-minute video features the brothers passing each other cans of Old Milwaukee in very extreme ways, some of which include a skateboard, trampoline and sling shot.

The video was filmed a month ago in Jack's Bay View backyard, their mom's Wind Lake yard, Humboldt Park and on top of Comedy Sportz. Tim Higgins, who also contributed to the video, is a Comedy Sportz member.

The brothers have worked together before under the name Almost Twins – which includes their cousin Jake – and have released numerous other videos including "Ice Cold Bowling Trick Shots" and "More Awesome Bowling Trick Shots."

Many of the beer can passes took hundreds of takes, but Jack says it was good they had so many failed attempts because by the time they got it, the beer was so shaken up it exploded more than it would've if they caught it sooner.

"Even some of the easier tosses took forever," he says.

Jack says he and Nick, who are 11 months a part, were not always close, especially during their high school years at Greendale High School. "He was the jock and I was the nerd. We didn't get along in any fashion until after college, when we realized we were both nerds," he says.

Jack says he is in communication with Old Milwaukee and there's a chance it will sponsor a second video.

"There's no details yet, but it's very exciting," says Jack. "We really like our Old Milwaukee."


Nikavonni's: coming soon.
Nikavonni's: coming soon.

More good news for Grand Avenue Mall

A couple of months ago, I reported about new "pop up" shops at the Shops of Grand Avenue. Today, it was announced that Nikovanni's, a men's formal wear store, is moving into the large, former Dress Barn space, next to Radio Shack in the mall's New Arcade.

Nikkovanni's, currently located across the street in the former Johnny Walker's space, will open in the mall on July 1.

"They merchandise their store extremely well and offer a classy variety of suits, hats, ties and shoes," says Tracy Korpela, marketing and specialty leasing director. "Nikavonni's will be a great addition to the New Arcade, which is quickly filling up thanks to the exposure Pop Up has received."