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Check out This List of Downtown Events

Updated on April 23 with information on the Restore the Lagoon event. 

This is quite a list, and I can’t thank the organizers of these activities enough.

South Milwaukee is becoming a leader in cool, business- and community-building events, especially downtown. And we should all be proud of that.

Here is a high-resolution JPEG. Please share on social media, and tell your friends!



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Sweet News for Downtown South Milwaukee

When it comes to the future of our downtown, to me, it’s all about sustainable small business. That’s why I’m so excited to share this sweet news …

Jen’s Sweet Treats is opening a second retail location at 907A Milwaukee Ave., starting May 1.

They will sell cupcakes, cookies, donuts, cakes, and other treats from the South Milwaukee store, while continuing to bake at their Cudahy location, 4745 S. Packard Ave.

This is a great addition to our city center, and joins Grillworks — the new restaurant opening at the former Grebe’s and Nona’s in April, I’m told — as two new local eating options.

Jennifer Clark opened Jen’s Sweet Treats, a family business in every since of the word, in 2014. A year later, the store was named the South Shore Chamber of Commerce’s Cudahy Business of the Year.

One reason why: its commitment to doing business the right way. The store gives back in so many ways, and you get a good sense of it from their Facebook page.  

Here is a message from Jennifer …

We are excited to bring all that we do to South Milwaukee.  We are looking forward to not only providing amazing sweet treats but continuing our “give back attitude” in our new neighborhood! South Milwaukee here we come! 

And we’re excited to have you. Welcome to South Milwaukee!

Learn more on their website. The photos are from the store’s Facebook page. 


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The Food Trucks Are Coming Back!

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Update: The hours are now noon to 3 p.m. It’s reflected below.

It’s Food Truck Carnival time again in downtown South Milwaukee!

We’re bringing back the gathering of food trucks on Sunday, Sept. 27, at the site of the South Milwaukee Downtown Market on 11th Avenue between Milwaukee and Madison.

Great food from some of the area’s top trucks will be served from noon to 3 p.m. that day. Live music is also planned.

I’m excited to see this event return, and we learned a lot from the first one in May.

  • First, we’ll have more trucks this time — 10 committed so far, with hopefully a few more to come. Stay tuned for a list.
  • We’re also spacing the trucks out more, down the entire stretch of 11th Avenue, so lines should be more defined. (However, I can’t say if lines will be shorter; these trucks are very popular).
  • We’re also asking the trucks to bring more food, so they don’t run out as quickly.

I can’t wait for this. The last event drew thousands of people downtown, and I’m hoping for a big crowd this time, as we look to bring more and more of these community- and business-building events to our city center.


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Downtown Update: Nona’s Closing, Residential Facility Planned, New Business And More



Beyond Caterpillar, some disappointing news downtown – Nona’s Café is closing.

Tom and Ida have announced their restaurant’s last day is this Saturday, May 16.

I wish nothing but the best for them, and thank them for being such a special part of our downtown, and our community. I’ll miss them, their hospitality and (of course) their food – all of it terrific.

Please stop by and wish them well in their final days in the restaurant business.

Meanwhile, in other downtown news …

  • A 16-unit community based residential facility has been proposed for the former Easter Seals (and Bucyrus engineering) building at 1016 Milwaukee Ave. A public hearing on the zoning change necessary for the development has been set for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2, in front of the South Milwaukee City Council. The development, which would be called the Glenneyre, would be considered a Class C non-ambulatory facility, so it can house a person who is either unable to walk or able to walk with the help of a wheelchair or other device. The facility will be an option for seniors and others needing up to an intermediate level of nursing care, “able to accommodate a person who has a long-term illness or disability but who has reached a relatively stable condition,”  according to the plan submittal. It will employ about 10 people, with 24-hour staffing for residents and parking for visitors in the adjacent lot and another lot at 1008 Milwaukee (also part of the property).
  • Two new businesses have opened in the 1200 block of Milwaukee – This & That, a discount variety store, and across the street, J.C.’s Produce. See my previous post on these businesses here. Also, Grandma’s Attic, an antiques and collectibles store at 916 Milwaukee, opened recently. Be sure to check them all out and welcome them to town!
  • You have also probably noticed some improvements to the site of the former city water tower in the 1200 block of Milwaukee. The city repaired the steps, touched up the decorative stone wall, added water service to the site and began preparing the site for new plantings. We’re also putting a new “for sale” sign up. They are small, but necessary improvements to a site that had become an eyesore for the downtown area. We’re also fixing the fascia under the bridge over Oak Creek on Milwaukee Avenue — a cosmetic improvement, but a necessary one. This is an key entry point for our downtown area.

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The UWM Downtown Plan: What Do You Think?

The plan is on the table. Now what will we do with it?

More than 30 people attended the downtown plan presentation by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee graduate students before Tuesday’s City Council meeting, and they saw what I believe to be a thoughtful, reasonable, attainable and, most of all, creative plan for revitalizing our city center.

Check out the full plan here.

I will have a more detailed post on elements of this plan in coming days, as I sift through the 81 pages in more detail.

I ask you to give it a good read as well … and let me know what you think.

Post your comments below!

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Reminder: UWM’s Plan for Downtown South Milwaukee to be Presented Tuesday

As I’ve writen about, a graduate class at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning has made revitalizing downtown South Milwaukee one of its projects for the semester.

Well, the semester is over, and the plan is complete.

Check it out for yourself at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, when the presentation begins. (We have started the City Council meeting a half hour early to allow extra time to hear the students’ perspective and proposals.)

I had a chance to view the presentation to their class last week, and I came away very impressed. It truly delivers some fresh thinking and new perspectives that we need to kick-start the debate over the future of our city center.

Join us, and let me know what you think!

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