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For every $1 you spend at a locally owned business, more than 68¢, versus 43¢ spent at a national chain, remains in Milwaukee. Locally owned businesses maintain Milwaukee's unmistakable style. When you're in Milwaukee, you know it!

Our Stories

At the heart of every locally owned business is a story. We asked a few Local First Milwaukee members to share some insight as to what makes their business tick and why being local is so important to them. You'll see a new business answer the same set of questions here every week. We hope you enjoy, and learn something new about your city and its local businesses! 

 
Welcome Local First member Milwaukee Home
 
What is my business all about in five words: A brand that represents Milwaukee
 
What is the most rewarding thing about being an independent, local business? Bringing the city together under one brand and seeign the love people have for it and the city.
 
Name one thing about your business that would surprise our community: It is run by just the owner with one employee who helps work at the store. 
 
Is there any news about your business that you'd like to share? We will be collaborating with one of the largest icons in the city soon.
 
What does "Local" mean to you? Community. 
 
I'm visiting Milwaukee for the first time; what is ONE thing I shouldn't miss? There is so much not to miss, but if I had to pick one, it would be the local music scene on a Friday or Saturday night in the summer at a local festival or bar. 
 
 
 
 
       
 

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