Check out these South Shore headlines …

NOW has also published new police blotters here and here.

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New Food Options: Grillworks Now Open, Scrappy’s BBQ Coming Soon

I love the new restaurants coming to South Milwaukee …

The latest is Grillworks, which is now open in the former Grebe’s and Nona’s building at 2206 10th Ave. They softly opened today, with plans to open at 6 a.m. Saturday for breakfast. They’ll also be serving lunch and dinner.

I stopped by this evening, and owner Mike Oren is excited to get going. The place looks terrific, with the extensive renovations including the addition of a second bathroom.

Stop by and check it out, and please have patience with their opening as they work out any bugs. Join me in welcoming them to downtown South Milwaukee!

And more good news down the block, literally: After popping in at Grillworks, I stopped by what will soon be Scrappy’s BBQ and checked in with Mike Hintz. He said they remain on track to open on Oct. 15 in the former Lloyd’s Lunch at 925 Madison Ave., and they will serve barbecue beef brisket, burnt ends, ribs, pulled pork, Italian beef, pressured-fried chicken and more, to-go or catered.

You’ll see some painting going on this weekend, with new equipment to come soon.

The small business momentum continues across South Milwaukee …

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Raising Money to Support Local Readers

Help raise money for South Milwaukee Literacy at a Barnes & Noble Bookfair set for Saturday, Oct. 1.

Details below — should be a fun day to support a great cause.

The support is needed. Literacy Night is set for Feb. 3, and it’s growing. Open to all families with kids in 4K to 12th grade, the event will feature music, writing, sessions for parents, and an award-winning author, Shelley Pearsall.



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Welcome to South Milwaukee: More Ribbon Cuttings Scheduled


The South Milwaukee Community & Business Association has done a terrific job in organizing ribbon cuttings for all of the cool local businesses opening in town.

Saturday, it was Mara’s Sewing House and The Shop.

And more are on the calendar …

  • Wednesday, Sept. 21: Taco Stop MKE, 513 N. Chicago. 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 28: DB Tax & Financial Services, 1125 Milwaukee Ave. 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 8: Avenue Coffeehouse, 911 Milwaukee Ave., noon.

Please join me at these special events!

Be sure to like the SMCBA’s Facebook Events page for the latest on the grand openings and other important local business information. I’ll also include links to these on the Shop Local South Milwaukee Facebook page I run.

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Small Business Momentum: Ribbon Cuttings Continue

The big scissors are getting dull!

The South Milwaukee Community & Business Association ribbon cuttings continued on Saturday with The Shop and Mara’s Sewing House.

Thanks to Mara Vignevic and Tim Schneider for choosing South Milwaukee.

At Mara’s, in just a few short months, they’ve made more than 60,000 American flags, along with other custom projects. And they’re just getting started in their new home at 915 Milwaukee Ave.

At The Shop, owner Tim Schneider saw our promising future and moved his antique motorcycle repair business from Bay View to South Milwaukee. After hundreds of hours of sweat equity cleaning out and renovating the building at 1905 13th Ave., on Saturday we saw the fruits of that labor — an amazing transformation from a former auto body shop to a small business that will truly be a regional destination.

Welcome, Mara, Tim and teams … we’re excited to have you in South Milwaukee.

Look for more ribbon cuttings coming soon. We have some serious small business momentum in South Milwaukee.

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Register to Vote Now


From the South Milwaukee city clerk’s office …

We are anticipating a large voter turnout for the November 8th Fall General Election. We are encouraging residents who are not currently registered to register early. A qualified elector must be at least 18 years of age, a U.S. citizen, and a resident of South Milwaukee for at least 10 days prior to registering to vote. You will be asked to present a Wisconsin Driver’s License or Wisconsin ID card. If the address on your ID is not correct, an additional document must be presented. (i.e. WE Energies, Bank Statement, Residential Lease). You may register to vote:


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“Waking in Oak Creek”: Screening, Panel Discussion Planned for South Milwaukee Library

Please join me for this important event, as I join Oak Creek Mayor Steve Scaffidi and Pardeep Kaleka, whose father was killed in the 2012 Sikh Temple shootings in Oak Creek, on a panel discussion following the showing of the movie.

The response to the shootings was heroic, and the dialog they sparked continues. I’m proud to join it.


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