The 53212Marketplace: Mother's Day Edition is happening this Sunday, May 1st from 11:00 - 3:00pm at 3700 N Fratney Street. The event is free and open to the public. Come out and support local businesses as you sip, stroll and shop for the perfect Mother's Day gift!
Quench your thirst with libations from Amorphic Beer or coffee and other beverages from Kuumba Juice & Coffee and Style Pop Café. Satisfy your hunger with grub from Don Pastor Food Truck, Clarke Street Sausage Co., and the Riverwest Co-Op. And, of course, fill up your shopping bags with amazing body products, candles, textiles, art, jewelry, specialty foods, plants, books and more! Check out the list of vendors below for a sneak peak of all of the local goodness you can expect.
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A&M Local Provisions
A&M Organics creates handcrafted fermented hot pepper sauce and seasoning blends made with homegrown specialty hot peppers. Alex & Matt have been growing hot specialty peppers for several years as avid organic gardeners. A & M Organics is sharing it’s creative pepper products with the rest of the world. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, & dinner.
Many bath and skin care products are filled with chemicals that don't nourish our skin. Quality should never be a compromise. No matter what bath and skin care product you're looking for, Bathe Naturally guarantees reliability. Natasha creates a wide variety of natural bath and skin care products such as bath salts, body scrubs, soaps, facial kits, gift sets, and more!
Birdsong's is a family owned business that started out having yard sales in the family's front yard. In business since 2004, Edgar and the crew have been providing the community with premium body oils, handmade incense, lotions, body butters, massage oil, scrubs, soaps and much more. They have been helping people fell and smell good for years.
Books from Sue
Sue Blaustein is a Riverwest poet who has written a poetry chapbook entitled "The Beer Line" as well as a full-length poetry book entitled "In the Field - Autobiography of an Inspector". She also works collaboratively with other local artists and poets, and completed a Big Read Zine Project in the Summer of 2020.
Bronze Box was inspired out of a desire to amplify Black voices and support Black owned businesses in our own community, now more than ever. Bronze Box offers carefully curated gift boxes that include a variety of products from businesses throughout the United States including food, drink, and wellness items. 20% of the proceeds go to the local organization, MKE Black.
Cassie's Natural Living
The best products come from honest and passion filled places. They are produced with a desire and belief that there is a better, healthier alternative. Cassie’s Natural Living began with an aspiration to care for her growing family, which turned into a passion to fuel the community. Cassie’s makes all things elderberry, syrup, honey, tea, candies, gummies, and more.
Chase My Creations
Chase My Creations offers racial justice apparel and crafts including t-shirts, sweatshirts, jewelry, pet bandanas wooden signs and home décor, and they even make custom jobs to bring your design ideas to life They create art that uplifts, centers and provides a voice for Black people, seeks to achieve equity, racial justice and peace, and provides a powerful way to share antiracist and decolonizing messages.
Clarke Street Sausage Co.
Clarke Street Sausage Co. is family-owned food producer in the Riverwest neighborhood. They handmake sausage and meatball sandwiches, spaghetti, garlic bread, and bagels.
Digital Portrails is a Milwaukee-based small business bridging the gap between science and art with digital map art of local and regional landmarks. From topographical depictions of the Great Lakes, to the city streets of Milwaukee, these works of art art perfect for anyone proud to call the area home.
Flower Crowns Etcetera
Flower Crowns Etcetera is a small MKE business that sells beautiful handcrafted flower crowns, crystal crowns, crystal jewelry, knitted products for kids and adults, Christmas cookies, and more! McKenzie has a knack for all things crafts, and even takes custom orders. Check out her adorable little knit pumpkin hats for kids, or her big knit cowls for adults to stay cozy and warm this winter.
Full Circle Healing
At Full Circle Healing (formerly Scales Family Farm), they are a family on a mission to live as fully and as naturally as possible by getting back to nature and farming. They sell pickled items, microgreens, jams, elderberry syrup, fire cider, herbal sea salts, and teas, as well as apothecary items including: lotion bars, candles, lip balm, hand sanitizer, bath soaks & salts, diaper rash cream, chest rub, and rollerball blends.
Griffin's Grain-Free Goods
Griffin's Grain-Free Goods offers grain-free, gluten-free, vegan cookies and cookie dough that are paleo, have no added sugar, and contain only ingredients that you can pronounce. These cookies are not only a healthier alternative to traditional cookies, but are delicious as well! Try out flavors like chocolate chip maple, cinnamon maple pecan, maple lemon and orange blossom.
IV I IV Ceramics
IV I IV Ceramics features ceramic and tile pieces made by Renée Michelle L Mieux. Fusing a background in Fine Art with a passion for quality in the home, she holds a BFA from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD). Renée is currently working out of her home studio in the Riverwest neighborhood.
Jamaican Fair Trade
Jamaican Fair Trade was established in 2018. The purpose of Jamaican Fair Trade is to work with small Jamaican farmers to get 100% Blue Mountain Coffee to the Midwest. Blue mountain coffee is one of the world's most sought after coffees because of the mild flavor and lack of bitterness. You can buy it in whole-bean form, ground, or even in K-cups. You can also get flavored roasts like French Vanilla or Hazelnut.
Krazy Kastle Palace
Krazy Kastle Palace offers homemade body salts, sugar scrubs and candles. Tamia Swengel is a mother trying to find her way to happiness by living, learning, and running her own business.
Makes Dead Scents
Makes Dead Scents offers gift sets that feature holiday themed, homemade candles and gemstone necklaces. Candles, necklaces, and unique votives are also sold individually. With a variety of scents like lavender, cinnamon, vanilla, pine/cedar, lotus blossom, fresh linens, and peppermint, and a range of sizes from tiny tins to big mason jars, there are candles for everyone to enjoy.
MKE Artist Group
Mike Fredrickson is a gifted oil painter, creating large realist oil-on-canvas works depicting the soul of his adopted hometown – from East Side bungalows to local landmarks like the Oriental Theater. With a unique style and eye for detail, his panoramas and cityscapes convey an unforgettable sense of place, at once comforting and captivating to anyone who has spent time in the Brew City.
My Backyard Jam
My Backyard Jam makes a variety of products including homemade jam, pie filling, tomato sauces, and pickles, along with crocheted kitchen items and blankets. Do you have a an affinity for cooking or baking? Have a home chef on your holiday shopping list? Look no further! My Backyard Jam has you covered this holiday season with special homemade gift options.
Natural As Can Be Products
Natural As Can Be offers skincare products that are perfect for sensitive skin such as brown sugar turmeric scrub, coconut oil body wash, whipped body butter, glycerin soap bars, and hand sanitizer, as well as a whole array of beautifully designed and scented candles that are each a unique work of art. They aim to prove to you that feeling good and free of harsh chemicals on your body is possible!
Natural Nzuri's Zuri Skincare
Natural Nzurii's Zuri Skincare offers a variety of body butters, oils, soaps, and candles. Many skin products are filled with chemicals that you can't pronounce and don't help you. With Natural Zuri Skincare products, you'll always know exactly what you are putting on your skin. No matter what skin type you may have, Natural Nzurri is here to help you get rid of fine lines, dull skin, dark spots and circles.
Riverwest Co-Op Grocery & Café
Riverwest Co-Op Grocery & Café has been a community hub in Riverwest for over 20 years. Their small corner grocery store uses its warm and inviting atmosphere to bring neighbors together, while supporting local farmers and makers, offering many organic, vegetarian, and vegan products, and promoting an alternative to corporate and capitalistic business structures. The café is a local favorite, with vegan and vegetarian dishes that will surely satisfy your taste buds!
Riverwest Grown is a garden and houseplant business that offers locally grown plants including aloe, jade, snake plants, orchids, air plants, ginko trees, lucky bamboo and much more. Nick uses creative, upcycled objects and materials to create displays and homes for your plants. You'll be sure to wow the green thumb in your family with these wonderful, living, gifts!
Rooted MKE is a BIPOC-centered children's collective hub. They recently opened up their first brick and mortar location on West Vliet Street, which features a BIPOC and LGBTQ+ children's bookstore, maker space, and tutoring center. Ashley has a dream of Rooted being a child-centered business that connects families through shared experiences. Check out the books she has for the little ones in your life.
rubbishREMADE is a collective of makers with an environmental approach of reusing and upcycling "rubbish" that would otherwise be discarded. Since 2021, they have crafted a wide variety of bags, jewelry, accessories, household items and décor. They hold workshops like how to make "plarn" (yarn made from old plastic shopping bags and other materials), and are always welcoming to adding craftspeople to the group!
SB Resurrected Gifts
SB Resurrected Gifts (formerly Sarah's Shelves, Smells & Pastels) offers young living oils, shelves and tiered decorative storage, and artwork. Sarah helps other improve their overall health with oils and household products, and creates unique paintings and function art pieces.
Seven Sisters Trading Co
For over 10 years Seven Sisters Trading Co. has formed partnerships with Tribal artists around the world. From Afghan refugees living in Pakistan, Tibetan refugees living in Nepal, Tuareg artists from Nigeria, Massai women beaders from Kenya, woven textile artists from the Andes Mountains in Ecuador, and much more. Seven Sisters offer fair trade, handmade jewelry, clothing and home decor, at below-retail prices.
Style Pop Café
The founders of Style Pop Café were compelled to create a brand of coffee that would summon people's courage to be true to themselves. Their brand brings the innovative, productive, and resourceful energy of a coffee shop into people's own private spaces. They offer coffee and specialty coffee drinks as well as craft creamers and coffee-themed gift sets.
Tres Ojos feature handmade and metaphysical goods with a wide variety of crystals, jewelry, candles, and more! Brenda and Desiree are environmental enthusiasts with a passion for creating magick. They get most of their materials from nature, second hand shops, and antique stores. Come check out the diverse selection for all of your gift giving needs.