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February 2004

Mario Costantini, owner of La Lune on Burleigh Street, received a Lincoln Gaines Award from the YMCA at its 7th Annual Martin Luther King Breakfast on January 19. Costantini won an award in the Strong Kids division for his commitment to strengthening the lives of children in Milwaukee’s central city. For over 14 years he has been a volunteer and board member for YMCA’s Holton Youth Center. Costantini’s children also volunteer at the center. Bykes for Tykes is a program Mario and his son Alex launched last year to give city kids the positive experience of bike ownership and through a collaboration with Wheel and Sprocket bike shops, Holton teens now have the opportunity to learn skills such as bike repair and maintenance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . King Drive has a new $1.8 million office building. The 1850 N. King Drive facility houses the Pristine Child Care center and accounting firm Williams CPA, which specializes in real estate, audits for non-profits, and taxes. Owners Noel and Rilla Williams told a Journal Sentinel reporter that financing and environmental problems on King Drive posed challenges to their acquiring the building, but through tenacity and hard work, they were able to become one of a few owner-occupied businesses in that area. They say they intend to add about 20 employees to their enterprises in the near future. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Milwaukee Feminist Books needs donations of used books and zines for a new book store they are hoping to open on the East Side. Drop off donations at the Women’s Resource Center in UWM’s Union at 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd., Riverwest Co-op at 733 E. Clarke St., or Barossa at 235 S. 2nd St. They’re also accepting monetary donations at Milwaukee Feminist Books, LLC, PO Box 71213, Shorewood, WI 53211. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ROAST, inc., Milwaukee’s newest (smoke-free!) coffee house has opened on the corner of Maryland and Locust. In addition to freshly roasted Alterra coffee, ROAST serves light pastries and is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. In March ROAST will host a series of “Coffee Cuppings,” designed to educate patrons about the growing, roasting, and brewing process of coffee. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cheap chic is back in Riverwest! Bargain hunters will be delighted to know that Riverwest Resale at 731 E. Locust St. re-opened in January. Nael Mohammad is the new proprietor. The shop is stocked with second hand furniture, televisions, stereos, appliances, movies, CDs, and more. Shop hours are Friday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Market Place, 2034 E. North Ave., store closing sale is underway. Stop by to find a selection of Latin American folk art, pottery, jewelry, sweaters, hats, blankets, clothing, and musical instruments available at reduced prices. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Correction: The new Columbia St. Mary’s building on E. North Avenue will occupy space vacated by the old Gold Coast Subs shop and The Market Place. The building that used to house the Globe is NOT part of the new structure; instead that space will soon be home to Lava Lounge.