November 25th, 2013
BIG announcement! I have teamed up with the talented Man vs George to create Photo Embellishments. You may remember I highlighted them not too long ago on my blog.
Step 1- a photo session with moi.
Step 2- we figure out the best design option or MvG will customize it!
Just two easy steps to fun, cool and hip art piece!
Good for announcements, holiday cards,etc.
Designs starting at $15.
Want more information? 414 453 2060 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Man vs George
November 21st, 2013
Noon – 4 p.m. Lakefront Brewery Palm Garden 1872
North Commerce Street
Free admission 40 LOCAL vendors under one roof!
Free brewery tours at 12:30 • 1:30 • 2:30
Beer and other beverages available for purchase from Lakefront Brewery Food available for purchase from Simmer Truck and Tall Guy & a Grill.
November 21st, 2013
We're asking shoppers to shift at least 10% more of their shopping from chains to local independent businesses. The group hopes to spread awareness of the benefits of supporting local retailers, artisans, and restaurants. We know that if Milwaukeeans shift an additional 10% of their year-around shopping and dining from national chains to local businesses, they would create $311 million in new economic activity in the local economy every year. That is because independent retailers re-spend two to three times more of each sales dollar locally than their chain competitors.
November 14th, 2013
Our photo albums have all been updated on our Facebook page. Please take a moment and check them out. I feel they will better assist my new and returning customers to choose the designs that fit their needs. Most, if not all of the arrangements can be customized with your choice of flowers and colors to make each arrangement your own.
Also NEW this year is our Sympathy and Holiday Decorations Albums.
Come check them out at https://www.facebook.com/Kathys2ndChancePlants
November 14th, 2013
MILWAUKEE, WI (November 14, 2013) – In keeping with the commitment to create a vibrant community through strong local partnerships, Outpost Natural Foods Cooperative announced today that 72% of the funds secured for their Mequon store project would be from local sources. To date funds secured include a $500,000 loan from seven investor members in the local investment group Fund Milwaukee, and a $2.1M loan from American Family Insurance, a mutual company headquartered in Madison, WI.
Outpost owners are expected to round out the remaining portion of local financing through the sale of Class 2 Stock, new owner equity and loans, and retained patronage from previous profits totaling $1.4M when completed. A separate loan for store equipment for the project will be secured through conventional financing options, and is the only money for the project that is not locally sourced.
Financing real estate through third party investors is common practice with property developers. Finding the right match for Outpost with a local mutual insurance company owned by its policyholders, made a lot of sense to the co-op.
Fund Milwaukee co-founder Juli Kaufman says the organization seeks investment opportunities to help create an interconnected web of local small businesses that believe in social justice and environmental sustainability. “Outpost already sells products made by several other businesses supported by Fund Milwaukee. Extending support to Outpost was a natural fit for many of our Fund Milwaukee members.”
According to Outpost’s general manager Pam Mehnert, “By sourcing our project funding locally and keeping those dollars circulating within our community, the overall economic multiplier effect stimulates our local economy. This is a win-win for Outpost and for its financial partners.”
November 13th, 2013
November 6, 2013: Salvaged Studio and Gallery was awarded the American Craft Week 2013 Star Award for Best Upcycled Artwork. American Craft Week ACW)is an annual coast-to-coast celebration of American made art and craft held each October since 2010.
Salvaged joined their neighbors, Nomad Gallery and Square One Art Glass in hosting events which included: an outdoor upcycled artwork demonstrations by Mike Nolte, repurposed leather work demonstration indoors by Ruth Yasko, and an outdoor screening of "Forge" the first episode in the new season of "Craft in America" on PBS.
November 12th, 2013
A Chiquitos BIrthday Party! How fun! A Little Chef Party where the kids take cooking class with Spanish fun and a pinata game or they can dance the day away to a fiesta dancing party by learning salsa dancing, sing-a-long in Spanish and a pinata game! Both parties include meal and drink in a private party room, and a party favor bag per child. They also include decor, thank-you cards, a best of all clean-up! Book your party with Ana, Event Specialist at 262-470-2494. More info at www.facebook.com/AlarconDining or www.AlarconRestaurants.com
October 26th, 2013
Through a fiscal sponsorship arrangement with the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA), Local First is now able to take tax deductible gifts to forward our work for a thriving local economy for all. A tax-deductible gift to Local First Milwaukee will: • Ramp up our public education on the powerful effect of even a slight shift in household spending. • Promote the local businesses who are the fabric of our community and tell the local story more effectively. • Change how dollars are spent in our community, impacting all of us. • Affirm your values and confirm your commitment to a better Milwaukee. Here is the really good news! Make your donation by November 30, and your gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar by a generous, anonymous donor, up to a total of $5,000! Thanks to this donor, your $50 becomes $100, $100 becomes $200, and so on! Please contribute today! Donate on line: http://localfirstmilwaukee.com/local-first-milwaukee/donate/ Or you can donate by check. Send your tax-deductible gift to: AMIBA* 222 South Black Ave. Bozeman, MT 59715 Please write “Local First Milwaukee” in the memo area. *Local First Milwaukee is an alliance of metro-Milwaukee independent businesses and nonprofits. We are able to take tax-deductible donations for our community education work through a fiscal sponsorship agreement with the American Independent Business Alliance. We are an affiliate of AMIBA, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that supports independent business alliances throughout the US.
October 10th, 2013
As an organization committed to making a difference in our community, we are pleased to announce that the Fondy Food Center will be our MKEfoodies Community Partner for the next year.
After careful review of five applications from area non-profit organizations, we are pleased to have chosen a partner who is committed to making Milwaukee a better place.The Fondy Food Center works tirelessly to support access for everyone to fresh, clean food, as well as providing education and support for area farmers.
You can look forward to learning more about Fondy's programs throughout the year as we work to support them both physically and financially.
More about our MKEfoodies Community Partner Program
At MKEfoodies, we envision a community where local restaurants thrive, and everyone has access to good, clean, healthy food. It's a community where citizens are engaged with community organizations, educated about what they do, and inspired to help them to make a difference. MKEfoodies Community Partners is one way we strive to achieve this vision.
Read more at mkefoodies.com
October 3rd, 2013
Start thinking about placing your orders today, a delicious family tradition - Details in link!
October 1st, 2013
Intuit is giving a small business the chance to have a TV commercial on the 2014 Big Game, Can you please help me out and vote for me?
Check out their Big Game profile here: https://www.smallbusinessbiggame.com//wi/Martitas-Mixers/384758 to learn more about their business, and cast your vote!
Thanks for your time.
September 12th, 2013
We’re celebrating 15 years of Milwaukee Empty Bowls by featuring 15 'bowls' by local artists of different mediums to be raffled off at our main fundraising event on October 6, 2013! Mediums include: Photography, Leather, Printmaking, Painting, Drawing, Metal, Clay and Wood. Several of these artists are Local First Milwaukee members!
These beautiful works are on display in our 15th Anniversary Pop-Up Gallery at various gallery nights and art events around town before October 6. Pop in and check us out! Raffle tickets are available for purchase at all events and will also be on sale at our event on October 6. Proceeds from raffle ticket sales support our recipient organizations. Raffle tickets are $2 each, 3 for $5 or 7 for $10. Cash only at pop-up galleries; cash and credit cards will be accepted at our event on October 6.
September 12th, 2013
Sold out in just three weeks, Jean created 500 hand made mugs to celebrate Colectivo Coffee's (another Local First Milwaukee member) 20th Anniversary. Thanks Colectivo and Milwaukee! That was fun!
For more information about the project and to view a video of the mugs being created, click on the link.