Riverworks' 53212Marketplace: Holiday Edition is happening Saturday, December 3rd 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 everyone on your holiday gift list!
Quench your thirst with libations from Amorphic Beer or specialty coffee drinks from Style Pop Café. Satisfy your hunger with grub from Don Pastor Food Truck, JMakin Jamaican Kitchen & Grill, 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 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!
Brush Box was inspired out of a desire to bring a sense of community to any environment. Brush Box offers immersive art kits and holistic wellness products, which include: Build-Your-Own Superhero kits, vision board kits, affirmation plaques and more! Fun for all ages and sure to spark crafty creativity; where will your imagination take you?
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.
Danny Wilson LLC
Danny Wilson LLC offers small-batch and custom rings, bracelets and necklaces, & décor. You pick out a charm for your jewelry, give some parameters around size, color, ect, and Danny Wilson LLC will craft a unique, custom piece just for you! Have a specific outfit you would love to find the perfect accessory for? You can send a photo to Danny Wilson LLC and they will help come up with just the right thing!
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. Framed prints are available in a variety of sizes, as well as stickers, magnets, and buttons.
D N A Bath and Beauty Creations
D N A Bath and Beauty Creations is a well-renowned online store that features a variety of high-quality and affordable products including handmade soaps and body products, candles, jewelry and more! D N A offers a variety of seasonal and year-round scented products, ranging from tried and true classics like lavender and sandalwood, to unique blends like pumpkin gingerbread and candy corn!
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.
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.
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.
Misfit Flannels proudly offers upcycled and repurposed flannels, plaids and denim appearel and goods to the Milwaukee area. Misfit Flannels often use vintage and unique t-shirt scraps as patches on their pieces, and can even make custom creations from your favorite old concert tee or throwback shirt. The creators are flexible and always willing to take a design and customize it for a different size or color.
My Serene Escpae
My Serene Escape founder, Yuliana, is an artist and a bruja. Yuliana's products consist of spiritual products including intention jars, cleanse kits, handmade bracelets & intention candles. She also creates watercolor paintings and hand-painted plant pots - often with characters and creatures you may recognize from various anime shows.
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.
Soon to be one of the newest 'brick and mortar' businesses in the neighborhood, Riverwest Grown is a garden and houseplant business that offers locally grown plants including aloe, jade, snake plants, orchids, air plants, and much more. Nick uses creative, upcycled 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 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!
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."
Soul Brew Kombucha
Soul Brew Kombucha is Milwaukee's first Black woman owned kombucha tea brewing company! They offer a wide variety of flavors including BLM (blackberry, lemon, mango), Cherry Bomb, Cranny-Apple, Fruit Punch, Ginger Mango Peach, Koffee Kombucha and Teacher's Aid. As a carbonated, healthy alternative to soda and other sugary drinks, kombucha tastes great while also treating your body right!
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.
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.