by Tess Reiss
Tis the Season to sprinkle holiday cheer by your generous patronage of local shops, crafts, and global fair trade products in Milwaukees hometown neighborhoods. On New Years Eve try a round robin with friends at local bars while sampling the live music, food, party favors, and champagne toast at midnight. Merry & Happy!
Riverwest has a selection of quirky and unique shops that are all locally owned and operated. Your support of neighborhood businesses helps keep the coin of the realm circulating within the community well into the New Year. Cheers!
Beginning Dreams Forever
Burkes Candy (open Saturdays in December)
Fischbergers Variety (new shop on Holton St.)
Glass Aquatics (new shop on Locust St.)
Riverwest Film & Video
Vision Eye Art (new shop on Center St.)
And of course! Holiday Herring from Ma Baensch. Check www.mabaensch.com for recipes, to locate a store, or to order online.
1001 E. Keefe Ave.
Give peace a chance with gifts that support peace. Many items are available including Putamayo world music CDs, Indonesian dragon mobiles, Guatemalan purses, Tibetan prayer flags, fair trade coffee, honey & Palestinian olive oil, great t-shirts, mugs, books, peace flags, dozens of calendars, and 100s of buttons and bumperstickers. A Peace Action membership is a gift that lasts all year.
Four Corners of the World
5205 W. North Ave.
TU-F 11AM-6PM, SA 10AM-4PM
Do some fair trade holiday shopping at Four Corners of the World. This is new, non-profit shop features jewelry, clothing, gifts, and decorative items from more than 30 different countries. All products are made from organic or recycled materials. Fair trade coffee and chocolate are also available.
Deck The Halls
Holiday Wreaths & Garlands
Weekends in December
Beans & Barley, parking lot
1901 E. North Ave., 278-7878
Ferrantes Christmas Trees
Daily, until Christmas
Water & Brady St.
Real Christmas Trees
Daily, until Christmas
National Ace Hardware
1303 N. 4th St., 414-274-3800
Riverwest, East Side & Harambee
Very Merry Holiday Sale
Fri, Dec 1, Noon-9PM. Sat, Dec 2, 10AM-4PM. Sun,
Dec 3, Noon-4PM.
Murray Hill Pottery
2458 N. Murray Ave., 332-8828
Christmas Cookie Sale Sat, Dec 2, 9AM-2PM
Our Lady of Divine Providence
At St. Casimir site, 924 E. Clarke
International Gift Shop Sat, Dec 2, 9AM-4PM
Milwaukee Friends Meeting House
3224 N. Gordon Place
Tamarack Holiday Fair Sat, Dec 2, 10AM-4PM
Tamarack Community School
1150 E. Brady, 277-0009
Winster Solstice Art Event Sat, Dec 2, 9AM-5PM
Fri, Dec 8, 5PM-9PM. Sat, Dec 9, 9AM-5PM. Sun, Dec 10, 11AM-5PM.
833 E. Burleigh, 562-3037
The Exchange Alternative Gift Fair Sun, Dec 3, 1-4PM
Urban Ecology Center
Riverside Park, 1500 E. Park Place
Greer Oaks Holiday Bazaar December 8 – 17
Fridays, 10AM-6PM. Saturdays, Noon-9PM. Sundays, Noon-6PM.
Greer Oaks Gallery
2463 N. Palmer St., 264-2049
Riverside H.S. Holiday Bazaar Sat, Dec 9, 9AM-3PM
Riverside University High School
1615 E. Locust (in the gym – pool entrance)
Holiday Bazaar Sat, Dec 9, 11AM-7PM. Sun, Dec 10, 1-6PM.
Unique Art & Design
2131 N. 6th St.
East Side Artists Boutique Fri, Dec 15, 5-9PM. Sat, Dec 16, Noon-5PM.
UWM Kenilworth Building, 1925 E. Kenilworth
For local history buffs, there are several books available about the city of Milwaukee, its neighborhoods, and ethnic groups. These also make great gifts for family and friends who have moved away but still like to keep in touch with the old neighborhood. Most are available at Schwartz Books, Woodland Pattern, Riverwest Co-op, or at www.amazon.com.
The Making of Milwaukee by local historican John Gurda.
A Liberal in City Government by former mayor Frank Zeidler.
Bronzeville, A Milwaukee Lifestyle by local cultural anthropologist Ivory Abena Black. Milwaukees Bronzeville by local community activist Paul Geenen.
Latinos in Milwaukee by UW-M professor Joseph Rodriguez, Ph.D. and Walter Sava, Ph.D. of the United Community Center.
Riverwest: A Community History by Milwaukee reporter Tom Tolan.
Milwaukee County Street Names, Street Games by lifelong resident Pat Pollworth.
No Bad News and Friends and Neighbors, two childrens books by Kenneth Cole and Riverwest photographer John Ruebartsch.
Live at the Uptowner. Jazz superax guitarist Jack Grassel has been playing at the Uptowner for 10 years. The CD contains live performances with guitarist Kirk Tatnall and drummer Ernie Adams. The tunes were all composed by Grassel who plays only his compositions every third Sunday of the month at the Uptowner. Available at www.jackgrassel.comfor $10 or directly from Grassel during the Uptowner gig.
Riverwest Currents online edition – December, 2006