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Support Westown's New Neighborhood Street Banners!
A rendering of the new street banner at Zeidler Union Square 


The Westown Association is asking for help as we undergo a process to rebrand the neighborhood. As you may know, in late 2012, the Westown Association BID #5 decided to create a new identity for the organization. This was a collaborative effort that included the input of the organization's neighborhood stakeholders, board of directors and marketing committee. The group successfully developed a fresh, new look to represent Westown's downtown neighborhood.


In 2013, one of the organization's key objectives is to use this new image as a means of identifying and creating a sense of place in the neighborhood's significant, yet very diverse areas through the strategic placement of fifty street banners. Those banners will be positioned in areas that include West Wisconsin Avenue, The Brewery and the former Park East Freeway area as well as in locations adjacent to major neighborhood institutions and attractions such as the Milwaukee County Courthouse, BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee Public Library and Wisconsin Center. Our goal is to have the banners in place by early fall of 2013.

Westown Association is asking for your help in this project! For more information on how to contribute to this project visit our website


We appreciate the support of our current donors.
Westown Farmers' Market partners with Marquette's Campus Kitchen!
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Campus Kitchen volunteers from Marquette collecting produce from the market vendors!

      Every Wednesday, June thru October, a Marquette University van visits Zeidler Union Square to attend the Westown Farmers' Market. Over the past four years, the Westown Farmers' Market has partnered with Marquette's Campus Kitchen to help contribute to the aid of one of Milwaukee's biggest problems: hunger. Each week at the Westown Farmers' Market, a group of Marquette students  collect donated food from the market's vendors. This food is then brought back to the kitchen, located at O'Donnell Hall on Marquette's campus, where Marquette students work with  faculty to prepare meals to be delivered to low-income seniors, children and families in need. 


      Since the organization's beginning in 2003, Campus Kitchen has  served 177,241 meals. For four years now, they have partnered with the Westown Farmers' Market to collect around 12,154 pounds of locally grown produce. This number will continue to grow according to Campus Kitchen Coordinator, Amanda Parrell Kaczmarek, who says, "August and September tend to be our biggest time." The produce donated aids Campus Kitchen in providing around 500 meals a week. Westown is proud to support this community organization. Look for the Marquette van each week at our market!

Drench Fitness Joins Westown!

 Drench Fitness, located on 2nd and Wells, is a fitness boutique that offers a range of personalized, small group and individual fitness classes. Drench trainers realize how busy their clients are, therefore they promote the Drench Effect in each workout. This focuses and highlights the efficiency of each workout, allowing their clients to get the most out of these sessions. 


Inside Drench is the Refuge Smoothie Cafe where customers can enjoy healthy, organic smoothies and on-the-go food. Stop by to get your fix on this healthy lunch option. 


The training studio is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and HIIT training, which is comprised of fixed exercise combined with bursts of high-intensity exercises. The change from fixed to more high-intense workout causes your body and your heart to work that much harder, allowing you to get the most out of each session! Check out their website for a list of all Drench classes  offered or sign up for a personal training session!


*For corporate discounts, contact Drench Fitness Boutique at (414) 751-0811

MPD's Homeless Outreach Team Awarded


Several years ago, District One recognized a need for a different approach to provide long-term solutions to the homeless population in downtown Milwaukee.  MPD established partnerships with numerous community service organizations and the Homeless Outreach Team (H.O.T.) was created.  


Since then, H.O.T. has aided many homeless people  by helping them in relocating with family or permanent housing, joining the military, accessing mental health assistance or securing permanent employment.


The H.O.T. unit continues to intervene with individuals seeking to improve their situation, as well as, addressing the aggressive panhandling in order to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for all patrons in downtown Milwaukee.


Since its beginning, the Homeless Outreach Team has been awarded:


2011 - Hope Award presented by Community Advocates


2012 -  Milwaukee Continuum of Care


2013 - Exchange Club 64th Annual Crime Prevention Awards

 Don't miss the Guest House Golf Outing!


Join The Guest House at the 11th Annual Guest House Open on Tuesday,  August 20th at the beautiful River Club of Mequon! The event features lunch, 18 holes of golf and evening entertainment and plenty of fun, with all proceeds benefiting the programs and services of the Guest House of Milwaukee. 

Join in the fight to end homeless! To register visit The Guest House or contact Anne at (414) 345-3240 x2025.
River Rhythms hosts special concert on Friday, August 30th

 In celebration of Harley Davidson's 110th AnniversaryRiver Rhythms presents a special Friday night show from 7-11 p.m. on August 30th, featuring one of Milwaukee's vibrant blues band, Leroy Airmaster with Junior Brantley. For more information visit our website.

Notes @ The Blue Continues this Summer!
Downtown Milwaukee's only lunchtime music series is back! On Thursday's, until September 12, from 11:30am-1:15pm, enjoy your lunch hour in the courtyard at 310 W. Wisconsin Avenue. For more information call (414) 273-5500.
7-Eleven to open Downtown Milwaukee store!


7-Eleven plans to open a new location at 184 W. Wisconsin Ave. in the Hampton Inn & Suites hotel.


The 3,850 square feet space was previously occupied by Ed's Menswear.  

The closest 7-Eleven locations to downtown Milwaukee are on North Avenue on the East Side and on the Marquette University campus.