I often say our downtown revitalization will happen, and is happening, one building, one business, one building owner at a time.
And this is a really good one.
I had the chance to stop by Styled Aesthetic this morning for a personal tour of their newly renovated store room and work space, and it’s terrific.
Congratulations to Steve, Kyle and their team (they have seven employees now) for their work in giving a facelift to the Rockets Shop and their screen printing business at 918 Milwaukee Ave. We’re blessed to have young entrepreneurs like this in our city — and, in Steve’s case, also an auto racer, team manager and Indy 500 spotter.
(Ask him about his racing career next time you stop in.)
Also, I want to give a shoutout to building owner Steve Fenno. With the investments continues to make in this building and Jen’s Sweet Treats across the street, he is more than doing his part to bring South Milwaukee’s city center back to life. Thanks, Steve.
Learn more about Styled Aesthetic on their website and Facebook page.
Check out these South Shore headlines …
Also, NOW has published a new police blotter.
New Day Church is moving down the block, and into South Milwaukee.
The small church, a Converge ministry congregation with 60-70 regular attendees, has begun worshiping at 10 a.m. on Sunday mornings at Wil-o-Way Grant after moving from the YIM facility in Cudahy (the former YMCA).
I had a chance to meet Pastor Neal last week, and I left impressed with their commitment to make South Milwaukee a better place by bringing their mission to life: to serve Christ as His ambassadors to our community.
Learn more here.
Please join me in welcoming New Day and their members to South Milwaukee — and thank them for adding to our already rich religious diversity as a city.
A community in Nicaragua is getting a “retiring” South Milwaukee ambulance thanks to the efforts of Alderwoman Lisa Pieper and dozens of other donors.
You will recall that, in February, the South Milwaukee City Council voted to purchase a new ambulance as part of its regular rotation of vehicles.
That left one vehicle – in this case, a 2001 model with approximately 80,000 of miles on it, the last van-style ambulance in our department — to be “retired.” Typically that means we’d send it to auction, and maybe get $5,000 for it. But Lisa had a better idea.
She wanted to send the ambulance to a country that needs it.
That’s why Lisa raised funds to reimburse the city for the fair market value of the ambulance, title transferring and any related shipping costs.
She recently met her goal, thanks to a donation from the South Milwaukee Lions Club, Jen’s Sweet Treats and many others who stepped up for this great cause.
Thanks to everyone who donated, and to Lisa for driving this, putting a piece of South Milwaukee in the hands of the less fortunate.
I’m told our new ambulance was put in service just before Christmas.
On Jan. 27, it’s meatballs at Trinity Lutheran Church. On Jan. 28, it’s spaghetti to support the Heritage Days Parade.
Mark your calendars now, and join me in support of my church and a great local event.
And then why not enjoy some wrestling on that full stomach?
As part of a larger effort by Milwaukee County, a diverse coalition of organizations is presenting two community events to address concerns and increase understanding of substance use and avenues for support.
Be part of the solution by spreading the word, and joining us.
Thanks to the partners who have come together to proactively work to join this fight. It’s important, life-saving work, and I’m proud the city is a major player in this.