Riverworks' 53212Marketplace: Mother's Day Edition is happening Sunday, May 7th 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 mother(s) in your life!
Quench your thirst with libations from Amorphic Beer or specialty coffee drinks from Style Pop Café. Satisfy your hunger with grub from local food trucks. 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 Local Provisions 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 Local Provisions is sharing it’s creative pepper products with the rest of the world. Enjoy the heat and the flavor at breakfast, lunch, & dinner.
Alquimia Holistica offers holistic selfcare through handcrafted, organic, vegan, plant-based products including soaps, lotions, eye creams and tinctures. Alquimia Holistica creator, Yaneth, is crazy passionate about nature and plants, and decided to focus that energy on top quality skincare products for the body and spirit. Alquimia aims to be an education and communication platform for holistic and natural self-care.
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 "the oil people"
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 feel and smell good for years.
Books from Sue
Sue Blaustein is a Riverwest poet who has written a poetry chapbook, "The Beer Line," as well as a full-length poetry book, "In the Field - Autobiography of an Inspector." She also works collaboratively with other local artists and poets, and contributed to a Big Read Zine Project. You may have caught Sue at the Beerline Celebration Series last summer, as she often participates in community events in her neighborhood!
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.
Chelotzin is a Milwaukee-based, Latin + Women-owned business. Not only does Chelotzin sell indoor plants, plant care kits, plant covers, and plant hangers, but they also offer plant care and maintenance services and host a variety of plant workshops. Have a crew of plant-lovers in your circle? Consider a plant party by Chelotzin! More of a homebody? You can also check out their virtual plant care services.
Floral Prisms' founder, Victoria, is a plant enthusiast, entrepreneur, maker, musician, cat-lover and more! She sees plants as the prism through which we see and experience science, art, education, emotions, wonder and community. This inspiration is at the very root of the creation process, as she crafts handmade jewelry, scarfs, bags and other accessories. She also offers plant education on her website.
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.
Gifalo Art Design
Gifalo Art Design offers creatively designed, hand carved and printed linoleum block prints in a wide variety of subject matters ranging from beetles to roller skates and Riverwest beanies to holiday greetings. They also offer t-shirts, stickers, and more! Be sure to hold your head up and twist on down to Gifalo Art Design for an extra special stash that any phan would enjoy.
GIRL OF THE 21st
GIRL OF THE 21st (G21) was founded in 2021 by Milwaukee-based interdisciplinary artist Sarah Jane. With continually changing and evolving designs and materials, Sarah aims to create a brand focused on bringing bold and bright moments into people's lives. G21 offers contemporary designed products including framed art, pompom earrings, enamel pins, stickers and keychains.
Lost Maps 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. Framed prints are available in a variety of sizes, as well as stickers, magnets, and buttons.
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.
ME Design Studios
ME Design Studios creates custom t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, art and other goods. Owner and designer of ME Design Studios, Monte, is a graphic designer, photographer and entrepreneur who creates apparel - often with themes of activism, veganism, and social justice. ME Design Studios also offers a variety of shirts representing the East Side, Milwaukee, and Wisconsin.
Melissa Dorn Studio & K8Kast
Melissa Dorn Studio has teamed up with K8Kast for this 53212Marketplace event! Melissa Dorn is a Milwaukee artist obsessed with mop heads, feminism, and labor, who offers ceramics and fiber artwork. A surprising collaboration with Melissa, K8Kast creates high-quality, handmade and custom fishing spinners. Check out K8Kast by clicking here, and see the link below for Melissa Dorn Studio below.
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!
Plant Based MKE
Plant Based MKE is a female-run small business from Milwaukee. Plant Based MKE was started in 2020 by Shannon, Kati & Jackie as a way to share their love of plants and crafting. Each pot and hanger is handmade with love, and each plant has been propagated and cared for by one of the founders. Add to your home collection of plant-babies, or give the gift any green-thumbed pal will adore!
Rhubarb & Ice Ltd. Co.
Rhubarb & Ice Ltd. Co. (R&I) is reinventing the wheel while reenergizing your palate. Mother-daughter duo, Natalie and Jade-Monet, want the community to be nourished by energizing concoctions like their rhubarb lemonade, and to be introduced to eclectic jewelry designs like their copper and brass earrings, nose cuffs, rings, suncatchers, and more.
Riverwest Co-op Grocery & Café
Riverwest Co-Op Grocery & Café has been a community hub in Riverwest for over 21 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.
Say It Louder LLC
Say It Louder LLC offers screen printed t-shirts, hoodies and totes, as well as jewelry and other accessories. With a wide variety of designs, some of Say It Louder LLC's inspired t-shirts include: "Juneteenth - Our Independence Day," "I Stand with BLM Movement," "One Race: Equality, Freedom, Justice," and the brand-based slogan "Say It Louder."
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.
Two is for Mirth
Everything about Two is for Mirth is steeped in symbolic imagery from ancient times to today. The artist, Lane, offers products including jewelry, watercolor and acrylic paintings, and mounted weavings - all of which are influenced by a love of historical handmade practices. Lane uses techniques not common to the modern creator including copper flame-painting, 10th century Viking knit, and tapestry weaving.
Vadose Orchid is the handmade jewelry business of recent Mount Mary graduate, Leah. Vadose Orchid offers unique upcycled jewelry made from lightweight wood, acrylic paint, newspapers and book pages. Leah's designs are often inspired by the recycled material she finds, and range from floral images to radioactive hazard signage and scrunchy pug faces to cartoon rock bands.
VISETTE owner, Kimberly, creates unique blends of essential oil fragrances by hand-mixing natural, pure, high-quality ingredients in small batches. Products include fragrance sprays, roll-ons, undiluted oils, facial oils, gift sets, and even VISETTE t-shirts. Choose from one of three signature scents: fraîche (fresh), épice (spice), and fleur (flower). VISETTE makes aromatherapy easy - through the day and on the go.
Xeroine Illustration showcases the original artwork of Milwaukee-based Xicana illustrator, Yessica, who creates intricate, unique, and empowering imagery - available in painted originals, prints, t-shirts, stickers, and totes. Her subjects often intersect nature, culture and the celestial world, and celebrate body positivity - especially for women and non-binary folx of color. Xeroine also offers homemade resin jewelry.