I'm not going to lie. This week, I have a very heavy heart.
From 1990 to 2005 I was employed by manufacturing companies that made in their homes in the 'burbs. Franklin, Sussex, Waukesha... I worked 'em all. Then, in late 2004 an opportunity arose for me to work in Walker's Point neighborhood. Once I decided that the role was a good career fit, I was delighted to accept a position that permitted me to work daily in the city of my birth: Milwaukee.
It was perfect. I had a job for which I was well-suited, I was comfortably near my Wauwatosa home, and I got to work in the burgeoning and gentrifying neighborhood that is Walker's Point.
The Milwaukee Public Market, lunch daily (if you wished) on marvelous Mexican food, happy hour on Wednesday nights at Steny's with coworkers, lakefront runs after work and on and on.
I have loved it. And along the way (not entirely separate from the advent of social media), I have made and fortified some great friendships.
However, my nine-year run is about to come to an end. The business for which I work is moving to Pewaukee. This Friday will be our last day at 201 West Walker Street.
And I'm really gonna miss it.
If you haven't been paying attention, Milwaukee is where it's at. It's not only my hometown, but it's the place I want to be. It has so much going on and it's been fun to be a part of its rebirth as a modern 21st century American city.
Here's an example of one of the things that I'm really going to miss: coffee. Oh, not that I still won't quaff voluminous amounts at our new corporate home, but the availability of good coffee from our city's fine shops will be stunted. When I drive eight miles from Wauwatosa to Walker's Point in the morning, with only the slightest deviation from a straight-line, I can hit the following:
- Highlands Cafe
- Valentine Coffee
- Stone Creek Coffee -- Wauwatosa
- Rocket Baby Bakery
- Cranky Al’s
- Stone Creek Coffee -- Downtown
- Colectivo -- East Tosa
- Colectivo -- Third Ward
- Colectivo -- The Foundry
- Anodyne -- Bruce Street (where I am currently authoring this blog)
- The National Takeaway
- Holey Moley Doughnuts featuring delicious Hawthorne Coffee
- plus at least three Charbucks.
Me, west of Hwy 100. Imagine that. For the last nine years you had a better chance of seeing Elvis eating a banana split at Leon's.
To get through the week, I'll focus on the good stuff: our business does need modern facilities and the building that we will inhabit was built to our specifications. That will be nice and I am definitely looking forward to the updated facilities.
But dang, it sure would be nice if Cielito Lindo would drive that taco truck of theirs out every once in a while.
Plus, just a thought .... Steny's West. ;)