Made in South Milwaukee: Newest Downtown Business Owner Sees Value in History

From local history teacher to military artifact collector and small businessman — that’s the story of Craig Luther, who has opened Military Connection, a military collectibles store at 723 Milwaukee Ave.

I stopped by recently to welcome him to South Milwaukee and came away impressed with Craig, his store and his assortment of items from World War II onward, with a specialty in items from Desert Storm and Iraq.

The store, in the rear of the former Voice Journal and Kelly Driving School building, is open from noon to 8 p.m. on Mondays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays and Friday, Saturday and Sunday by appointment.

Craig, a former teacher at Divine Mercy School, also buys, sells and trades items at military collectible shows and online, including through another South Milwaukee business, MEARS Online Auctions.

Check them out on Facebook, or stop by, say hi and join me in welcoming Craig to downtown South Milwaukee. It’s great to see another destination retail business open in our city center. And there are more to come!


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5 responses to “Made in South Milwaukee: Newest Downtown Business Owner Sees Value in History

  1. Karl Lonngren

    Dear Mr. Brooks,* *In your latest blog, you mention the name Craig Luther. I was wondering if Craig is related to Bill Luther who graduated with me from high school in 1956. His father was superintendent of schools at the time and they lived on Hawthorne Avenue. Karl Lonngren

  2. SM Guy

    I thought that was where MEARS was moving into. Did he give up on the storefront idea or are these two businesses related with just another proprietor?

    • The businesses are related. Craig sells a number of items through MEARS Online Auctions. Troy, who runs MEARS, owns the building and performed the remodel. The military store is in the back. I am not certain what the plan is for the front at this point. It does not look like the candy store is happening, but I hope I’m wrong 🙂

  3. Vanessa Costello

    This is super Neato! I love it!

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