4th Annual Alternative Gift Fair + Buy Local Fair | ThirdCoast Digest


Join Outpost Natural Foods for its 4th Annual Alternative Gift Fair, held in conjunction with Our Milwaukee’s Buy Local Fair. It’s two amazing opportunities to support two very important ideas: helping others and supporting a strong local economy.

Now in its fourth year, the Alternative Gift Fair is a marketplace for giving to non-profit organizations. It’s kind of a cool concept. Attendees receive a shopping card on entering. As they stroll the Fair, they can talk to representatives from local groups, then fill out the card if they’d like to donate and turn it in before leaving.

And for those who also enjoy a tactile shopping experience, Our Milwaukee’s Buy Local Fair happens right alongside, providing, in all, dozens of ways to share the holiday spirit more meaningfully.

When: Sunday December 6, 2009, 1 – 5 p.m.

Where: Lakefront Brewery’s Palm Gardens, 1872 N. Commerce

Cost: FREE

Sponsored by: Outpost Natural Foods, Lakefront Brewery, Our Milwaukee, ThirdCoast Digest, Alterra Coffee Roasters, Stephanie Bartz Photography, Digital Edge Printing, Fair Trade for All, Davis-Kuelthau Attorneys, OnMilwaukee and Willis HRH

2009 Fair Participants:

ACLU of Wisconsin
Wisconsin’s civil liberties advocacy group, providing legal assistance and public education. ACLU lobbies on behalf of the public to help maintain our civil rights and freedoms.

Adoption Resources of Wisconsin
ARW is a statewide adoption organization, helping to pair children in need with foster families and permanent families. The group provides education, training and support to adoptive families.
American Red Cross Wisconsin
Milwaukee branch provides relief to disaster victims locally, nationally and internationally. The chapter provides health and safety training, and emergency preparedness classes.

ARC of Greater Milwaukee
Helps children and adults with developmental disabilities live productive, independent lives. ARC offers training, advocacy and personal case management, and helps people secure financial security with corporate guardianship.

Artists Working in Education, Inc.
AWE provides inner city Milwaukee children with hands-on arts activities; enhancing human potential, helping kids learn and fostering a sense of community.

Boswell Book Company
In April 2009, Boswell Book Company opened in the former location of the Downer Ave. Harry W. Schwartz branch. The Boswell Book Company is owned by Daniel Goldin, a 23-year Schwartz veteran, and staffed by a spectrum of Milwaukee’s best booksellers.

Chartreuse offers the latest in organic, sustainable, quality made, sweatshop free apparel and accessories for men, women, and children. Chartreuse has moved to 1224 Brady St. Be sure to visit them in their new location.

Closet Classics
Closet Classics boasts two floors of men’s and women’s new and vintage clothing and accessories. As well as browsing an eclectic clothing selection, this is where Milwaukeeans can get their hands on Manhattan Portage bags. Alterra coffee and other beverages round out the shopping experience. New items arrive daily.

Community Shares of Greater Milwaukee
An umbrella agency for 49 local charity groups. The group solicits donations via employers and distributes funds according to donors’ wishes. The agency represents animal welfare, environmental and social justice groups.

Fair Trade For All (Sponsor)
Fair Trade For All is a local, family-owned gift shop committed to supporting and encouraging small-scale, independent artisans from developing countries. The store carries hand-made clothing, jewelry, carvings, masks, musical instruments, wall hangings, mobiles, ornaments, and fair trade coffee and chocolate. Fair Trade For All takes part in efforts to revitalize the area of West North Avenue in Milwaukee.

Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens
Providing environmental education programs for under-served children in the community.

Global Mamas
A fair trade manufacturer and distributor of hand-made goods from Ghana, West Africa.

Grandmothers Beyond Borders

Founded in Milwaukee, this all-volunteer organization raises funds to support grassroots initiatives in Uganda to improve the lives of grandmothers and their grandchildren who are struggling to survive with AIDS-related issues.

Guest House of Milwaukee
Helps the homeless, providing shelter and education with a view to helping people secure independence.

Health Care for the Homeless of Milwaukee

Helps Milwaukee’s homeless gain access to health care, housing and support.

Heifer Projects International

Provides livestock and training to people in need around the world, helping them to sustain themselves.

Honeypie Café / Comet Café
Honeypie chefs make Midwestern inspired food from scratch, and that includes the pie crust. The owners maintain a home-made focus, using locally-sourced ingredients from area farms such as Growing Power. Don’t miss out on the cupcakes! Across town at Comet, the same fresh, seasonal and local ingredients are found, and the café is well known for its vegetarian and vegan options. Don’t miss out on the craft beers!

Ink Designs
INK Designs is a full-service, by-hand screen printer that specializes in sourcing products that are made with organic cotton, that are sweatshop free, and fair trade. INK Designs is highly committed to operating a green business and recently launched a uniquely designed line of art wear, available through thINK Conscious Apparel.

Karen Cooks It
Milwaukeeans can now have their own private chef. Karen Gill is the chef and owner of Karen Cooks It, LLC. Moving into her fifth year of business, Karen cooks customized meals in her clients’ homes, makes meals for dinner parties, romantic dinners, business breakfasts, and other special events. She also teaches cooking and pantry organization. Karen has taken courses at the Marcel Biro Culinary School and has received the Professional Food Handler Certification from the State of Wisconsin.

Laacke & Joys
The R. Laacke Co. was founded in 1887 by 18-year-old Richard T. Laacke, and continues to be Milwaukee’s oldest manufacturer and retailer. The store features camping, canoeing, kayaking, ski & snowboard equipment, clothing & accessories. Laacke & Joys prides itself on its quality products and loyal customers.

Literacy Services of Wisconsin, Inc.
Volunteers help adults learn to read. Group also offers GED preparation and teaches English as a Second Language.

Milwaukee Art Museum
The Milwaukee Art Museum collects and preserves art, presenting it to the community as a vital source of inspiration and education. The museum holds 20,000 works of art and greets more than 300,000 visitors a year. From its roots as Milwaukee’s first art gallery in 1888, the museum has grown to become an icon in the city today.

MilwaukeeDrinks.com provides bars, clubs and restaurants with an innovative direct marketing approach, ranging from sticky print to mobile messaging, custom e-mail, social networking updates, event booking and web site advertising. MilwaukeeDrinks.com provides clients’ customers with happy hour, food and drink specials in and around Milwaukee. a logo-driven events page and printable coupons.

Milwaukee Empty Bowls
Raises awareness of hunger in Milwaukee through its annual “Empty Bowls” fund-raiser (soup and artisan bowls sold at public event). Proceeds benefit food pantries and hunger programs.

Milwaukee Riverkeeper
Through advocacy and partnerships, protects water quality and wildlife habitat in river corridors in Milwaukee. Advocates for responsible land use, organizes river cleanups and citizen-based water quality monitoring.

Milwaukee Urban Gardens
Helps neighborhoods, groups and individuals get started planting urban gardens. Provides assistance with acquiring land, improving soil and obtaining tools and seeds.

Murray Hill Pottery Works
Founded in 1997, Murray Hill Pottery Works is a unique environment dedicated to learning, fun, and the appreciation of clay art. Owner Geralyn Flick created a working studio in a 2,000 sq ft space on Milwaukee’s East Side. Murray Hill also houses an intimate, well-stocked gallery.

Next Chapter Bookshop
Next Chapter Bookshop is an independent bookshop serving Ozaukee County and Milwaukee’s North Shore. Owner Lanora Hurley opened the shop, formerly Harry W. Schwartz Bookshops’ Mequon location, on April 1, 2009 after managing the location for several years. Next Chapter offers new and used books, reading recommendations, author events, children’s story time, gifts, toys, and free services for book clubs.

Outpost Natural Foods (Sponsor)
Outpost is a locally owned cooperative stocking fresh, natural and organic foods and serving them up in a sit-down deli. Personal wellness products, magazines and gifts round out the selection. Co-owned by more than 13,000 residents, Outpost employs more than 300 people, and publishes a free monthly food and wellness magazine, The Exchange. Outpost is the fourth largest natural foods co-op in the nation and is proudly planning its 40th birthday celebration.

Peace Learning Center of Milwaukee, Inc.
Offers workshops to schools, teaching nonviolent interaction and conflict resolution to children.

Repairers of the Breach
Greater Milwaukee’s only daytime homeless shelter and resource center.

Satellite Crepes
New York has hot dog vendors — Milwaukee has Satellite Crepes! Owners Janeen and Dirk Werderich sell fresh crepes from a self-built cart. The crepes are made with organic ingredients, from local and responsible suppliers. And the green cart is fueled by solar power and gas! Satellite Crepes wants to upgrade your street food options by offering a gourmet menu and a little street theater.

Sojourner Family Peace Center (formerly Sojourner Truth House)
Helps women and children suffering with domestic violence issues. Provides a 42-bed shelter, operates a 24-hour hotline, provides advocacy and legal emergency assistance, provides education to help abusers reform their lives.

Stephanie Bartz Photography (Sponsor)
Stephanie Bartz is an on-location photographer specializing in black and white portraiture… frequently of the preschool or canine kind. With a focus on creativity and fun, Stephanie encourages her subjects to be themselves and bring their favorite toys along.

The Establishment
The Establishment is an East Side beauty salon. In their own words, their mission is: To rock your world of beauty. To cut and color, buzz and wax, protect and serve. To be lean, mean and green.

The Gathering
A hunger relief agency serving between 90,000 and 100,000 free meals annually to Milwaukee’s hungry and homeless. Serviced by volunteers, with three inner city locations. Also provides mental health, medical and legal assistance.

ThirdCoast Digest (Sponsor)
ThirdCoast Digest provides Milwaukee with innovative coverage of arts and culture — theater, dance, visual art, music and film, plus local news and opinions.

Walker’s Point Center for the Arts
Provides art enrichment classes to neighborhood children, many of whom have no organized after-school care. Also provides summer art camp to low-income children.

Walnut Way Conservation Corp.
A central city neighborhood organization, bringing residents together in projects to enhance the community, such as urban gardens. Promotes civic engagement and a sense of community.


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