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 Kathy's 2nd Chance Plants LLC
What is my business all about in five words: Custom Created Fresh floral arrangements.
What is the most rewarding thing about being an independent, local business? The freedom to create local happiness.
Name one thing about your business that would surprise our community: That I am a certified Master Gardener.
Is there any news about your business that you'd like to share? That we also expanding into sympathy arrangements.
What does "Local" mean to you? That you are supporting the local community that we both work and live in, and to better decrease our footprint on the earth.
I'm visiting Milwaukee for the first time; what is ONE thing I shouldn't miss? Fresh vanilla custard from Leon’s Custard stand on 27th Street.

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