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September 2003

Check out Laborfest Monday, Sept. 1, for a Milwaukee Labor Council-sponsored event that will include music, good eats, raffles, art, vintage cars, a supervised kids’ area, and more! Labor Day will kick off with an 11 a.m. Downtown parade, and the fest runs from noon to 5 p.m. on the Summerfest grounds.


A group of women is set to launch Milwaukee Feminist Books, a new bookstore that is looking for a home on the East Side. The group is working to raise funds through raffles, benefits, and rummage sales. They hope to open the store in November and can be reached at


A new Riverwest-based business has started: a bicycle delivery service called CAFFEINATION. According to their flyer, their mission is simply “Delivering Stuff To You By Way Of Bike.” They are currently delivering for Beans & Barley and “other fine East Side businesses.” Hours are Monday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sundays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Give them a call at (414) 467-4578 or email Help support this pedal-powered, youth-energized eco-friendly business!


The phone number for the award-winning Skinner lawn care service was listed incorrectly in last month’s Business Briefs section. The correct number for the teens’ business, Skinner & Friends Lawn Care, is 364-1601.


The Institute for Innovative Concepts, Inc. recently presented a check representing a grant for $1,000 to GreenSalad Organic Gardens, Inc. GreenSalad Organic Gardens is a non-profit organization that designs, builds, and maintains raised bed organic food gardens in the backyards of urban family homes, using labor supplied by teens and young adults from those neighborhoods. For more information contact Jan Christensen at 374-1972, or check out the greensalad.org website.


The 801 Pub opened last month at the corner of Hadley and Fratney. Formerly known as Emerald’s, it is now under new management with daily specials including a Friday night Ladies Night, dollar taps on Tuesdays, and dollar nights on Wednesdays.ad.org.


A sign at the former Ring of Fire gallery at Bremen and Center Streets is announcing a new business to come soon. It is called E.’s Online Spot.


Do you have any labor or business news you’d like us to cover? Please e-mail with your news tips and suggestions! Riverwest Currents – Volume 2 – Issue 9 – September 2003
Riverwest Currents – Volume 2 – Issue 9 – September 2003