New Development: Hotel on Farwell and Brady

The news finally came out that Jeno Cataldo, owner of Dorsia and St. Bibiana, is looking at developing the former FedEx/Kinko’s location to a 11-story hotel. Opinions from the public have been mostly positive, but some people are not feeling it yet. There will rarely, if ever, be collective agreement about a major development, and that’s okay. If we all agreed on everything life wouldn’t be very interesting.

Jeno and his development partners will be holding an in-person gathering on Monday, January 23 at 6 PM at Dorsia for BID business owners, residents, and general public to see the architect’s renderings and discuss the project. Bring your questions and an open mind. Alderman Brostoff will also be in attendance.

Check out articles about this development by Milwaukee Record and OnMilwaukee for more information.

January on Brady Street | Brady St Bid
January on Brady Street | Brady St Bid

Sweet Joy Brazilian Cafe Opening Tuesday 1/17

And we couldn’t be more excited!!

Marcia Joy, owner of Sweet Joy Brazilian Cafe, is excited to finally open the cafe doors on Tuesday, January 17th at 7 AM. Please welcome Marcia to the neighborhood and check out her delicious Brazilian-inspired savories and sweets, as well as myriad coffee drinks.

Marcia was born and raised in Brazil before moving to Germany and living there for 13 years. Her son attended Tamarack-Waldorf School, and she has a deep appreciation for the Brady neighborhood. Her online business has done so well that it was a logical next step to open a brick and mortar cafe, and we’re very glad she choose Brady St!

Sweet Joy’s hours will be:

  • Tuesday through Friday, 7 AM to 3 PM
  • Saturday and Sunday, 8 AM to 3 PM
  • Closed Monday

Marcia gave a sneak peek of Sweet Joy’s revitalized interior on FB – check it out here and be sure to follow Sweet Joy for more updates!

MJ’s Apothecary & Gifts: Opening in February

Urban Milwaukee wrote an exceptional article about Mary LaVanway’s new gift shop opening in the Brady BID, MJ’s Apothecary & Gifts.

After multiple attempts to develop this space, we’re very excited that Mary has a strong plan to bring a different type of retail to the area. Focusing on WI-based businesses and artisans, MJ’s Apothecary & Gifts will delight and surprise visitors, and is anticipated to be a very popular business.

The BID will be working with Mary to sell Brady St Festival merchandise at the shop.

January on Brady Street | Brady St Bid
January on Brady Street | Brady St Bid

Brady Street Open: Sat Feb 18th, 12 PM to 5 PM

It’s time again for the very popular Brady St Open! Grab 3 friends and sign-up at a participating location to enjoy this ridiculously fun event.

Participating locations include:

The cost is $40 for a team of four. Teams will go to each bar and play a hole, lowest score wins. The sign-up deadline is Wednesday, February 15. There will be drink specials and several chances for prizes!

Dust off your knickerbockers, grab Billy Baroo, and make your way to Brady St!

Nashville North’s Bluegrass Ball

Get ready for a fun night of bluegrass at the Brady Street Bluegrass Ball feat. Milwaukee band Chicken Wire Empire! Doors open at 7 PM and music starts at 8 PM. Tickets are on sale now, $15 advance, $20 at the door. Tickets can be purchased here.

Looking for more info on this very popular Milwaukee band? Check out Ross Monagle’s documentary “All It Takes”, a 1-hour film about Chicken Wire Empire that includes five live performances.

Event information: Facebook Event

January on Brady Street | Brady St Bid

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