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Business Spotlight - December 2020

Business Spotlight - December 2020

This holiday season, shopping local is more important than ever! Small local businesses have certainly taken a hit in this pandemic, and can use all of the community support they can get! In case you missed it, Riverworks hosted two events in the last few weeks that showcased a variety of local vendors, artists, and organizations - the 53212Marketplace! Check out the following businesses that were featured in these events, and please consider their products for your last minute holiday shopping, stocking up your shelves before the cold winter hits, or just treating yourself for making it through 2020! And keep an eye out as we will be adding more vendors to this site over time.


Check out all of the vendors on our 53212Marketplace website!

A & M Organics - spice up your life in the kitchen with some local hot sauce or spicy seasoning packs Angel Feathers Boutique - stand out in a crowd with fashion forward, quality clothing and one-of-a-kind accessories Chase My Creations - make a statement with this stylish racial and social justice apparel, jewelry, and decorations Custom Processing Unlimited - check out fun jewelry and gaming accessories - you can even custom order a piece of your own creation David Najib Kasir - spruce up your mask collection with artistic masks mimicking oil paintings by David himself

Fit4YouMKE - do right by your body and soul with some lavender lemonade and whipped lavender shea butter

Gale's Pickles and Jams - surprise the pickle-lovers in the family with great locally made pickled products and jams in their stockings this year

Gilfalo Art Design - give the gift of art, or simply treat yourself with these creatively designed, carved and printed linoleum block prints

Milwaukee Farmer’s United - support local farmers and food producers with a weekly subscription or one-time purchase

Outwoken Tea - you'll warm your body and your heart with every cup of this tea as each purchase plants a tree and helps protect the earth

Raw Destine - please your palate and your cupboard with dinnerware and kitchen décor as well as edible options and even virtual cooking classes

RefreshMKE Curated Goods - enhance your personal and home style with vintage glam décor and Black culture collectables

Scales Family Farm - get health and comfort with products ranging from elderberry syrup to bath soak, herbal teas, hand sanitizer and more

The Ladle Lady - no time to cook? no problem! cozy up with some delicious soup, delivered straight to your door

7 Sisters Trading Co - support tribal and indigenous artists from around the world with fair trade, handmade jewelry, clothing, and décor


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As you know, this was a challenging year in many regards due to the pandemic and ongoing racial inequalities disproportionately affecting our community. More than ever, Riverworks has been an anchor for our community during these difficult times. We responded quickly to the urgent needs of our residents and businesses. Your support helps Riverworks to provide financial coaching, improve our neighborhoods, retain businesses and create jobs in the Riverworks area. Any individual, organization, or company can join our effort to strengthen our community! To give, please click the button below.



Riverworks, Milwaukee's Creative District, is home to over 220 businesses that employ over 2,500 people and offer a wide variety of products and services - an impressive store of urban resistance. This new marketing campaign was inspired by the struggles we are all facing during the COVID-19 pandemic, and this is our attempt to help our businesses connect and inform the local community that we are still open for business!

Each selected business will get a 45-60 second produced video highlighting the unique qualities of the business through the art of photography and storytelling. Every Tuesday, a new business will be featured. Stay tuned on our website to see which business we showcase next!

Check out all of the great businesses showcased on MADE IN THE RIVERWORKS BID!

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