Growler Club At Cafe Bavaria

Cafe Bavaria has rolled out their growler club including the launch of Growler Club Gift packs for the holidays.  Options include a $55 Growler Club growlers_poster_webGift Basket complete with growler, 2 1 Liter Steins, a Growler Club Punch Card, and a gift card that can be used for the first fill up. Have your own stein?  Growlers are being sold individually with a punch card and gift card for $30.

Stop into Cafe Bavaria to pick up your Growler today!


Small Business Saturday

There are oh so many reasons to shop locally at one of our many small shops and eateries EVERY DAY but today we especially honor all our small, local businesses and the people who make them so unique.  Be sure to shop locally today to benefit your community.

Be sure to see some of the specials being offered by Village businesses during Small Business Saturday in the Village.

Looking for more reasons to shop locally?  Brooke Barnett of Metro Family Magazine did a great job of sharing 15 reasons to shop locally.

  1. Keep Money Local—Sales taxes fund our communities and provide vital services such as police and fire protection, street repairs and trash collection. “Local businesses are more likely to shop with other local businesses, keeping money moving in our local economy even longer,” explains Morgan Harris, owner of Green Bambino (, the largest cloth diaper retailer in the state.
  2. Local Investment—Local businesses are less susceptible to national downturns and more likely to work harder to stay open. “Local ownership means that important decisions are made by people who live in our community and feel the impact of those decisions,” explains Chris Branson, co-founder of Keep It Local OK.
  3. Locally-Made Products—Local business owners often sell local products, which helps preserve the community’s distinction and creates more jobs locally, as well.
  4. Support for Nonprofits—Local businesses support good work in our community. “Studies show that nonprofits receive 250 percent more support from small businesses than large ones,” explains Sue Lynn Sasser, PhD, professor of economics at the University of Central Oklahoma.
  5. Discover Interesting Things and People—“One-of-a-kind shops and restaurants are part of what makes our city a great place to live,” Branson adds.
  6. Personal Connection—Getting to know the store owners is a great reason to shop local. “It’s their business, they are the decision-makers and they build a personal relationship with their customers,” Sasser says.
  7. Product Knowledge—Local business owners are well informed about their products and know what they are selling. “Because they know their customers, they can easily adjust their inventories to include the goods and services local people want to buy,” Sasser explains.
  8. Diverse Products—Local stores carry inventory you might not find at national chain stores. “Local business owners choose products based on what their customers want and often carry unique items from local artists and farmers,” Branson says.
  9. Cost Effective—“Sometimes prices at local businesses are better because they don’t have the overhead that larger stores may have and they may be more willing to negotiate to meet your price needs,” Sasser says.
  10. Better Experience—Local shopping can translate to more convenient retail experiences. “It takes much less time to buy face lotion at The MakeUp Bar ( than it does to park at the mall and go to Sephora,” Bailey says.
  11. Less “Leakage”—Local businesses tend to buy and sell with other local businesses. “With national or multi-national firms, a percentage of that profit ‘leaks’ out of the community, the state or even the nation,” Sasser notes.
  12. Increased Expertise—Shopping at a local store means you can get an expert opinion about the products that you’re purchasing. “Local shop owners have to be experts in their field to compete. Use them—ask them questions and get advice about products,” Bailey encourages.
  13. Create Community—“We are a transitory society so people don’t always have a connection with the communities where they live. I would encourage people new to an area to ask the locals where they shop,” Sasser says.
  14. Better Service—Local business owners do what they do because they are passionate about their products and typically take more time to get to know their customers. “They’ll often go the extra mile to help you and to ensure you’re a satisfied customer,” Sasser says.
  15. Support Future Growth—Our experts agree on the last reason—shopping locally is the best way to show pride in your city and help protect the businesses that make our city unique.


Five Star Shopping in Wauwatosa

With Black Friday shopping right around the corner, it’s time to find the best shopping destinations for the holiday season. Find great deals and an incredible shopping selection in Wauwatosa. Charming and highly walkable, Wauwatosa’s historic European-style Village is filled with one-of-a-kind shops, independent retailers and luxury national brands.

VISIT Milwaukee is teaming up with major brands, such as the Radisson® Hotel and The Bartolotta Restaurants, to provide one lucky winner the ultimate holiday shopping experience. Through Nov. 21, you can enter to win the following prize package:

  • A one-night stay at the Radisson Hotel Milwaukee West
  • A $100 gift card to any Bartolotta Restaurant
  • A Mayfair Mall gift package including a $10 Maggiano’s gift card, $30 Gap Kids gift card and more!
  • $100 gift card to DSW at The Mayfair Collection
  • And a $300 Shop Etc. gift card

To enter to win, fill out the form here.

Holiday Cheer Businesses

The following Village businesses have gathered to bring you cheer this holiday!  With special holiday kick off promotions for Holiday Open House, and promotions throughout the holiday season, they hope you’ll consider visiting for your holiday shopping needs.

Don’t forget to pop by for a visit when Santa Claus comes to town for the Tree Lighting.

Arte Wine & Painting Studio, 1442 Underwood Avenue

Bangles & Bags, 1504 Underwood Avenue
FREE gift with a $20 purchase.

Baskin Robbins, 1417 N Wauwatosa Ave

Beautea Loft by Basali, 1417 N Wauwatosa Avenue

Bodywork, 1502 Underwood Avenue

Bridgetowne Framing Gallery, 7734 Harwood Avenue
Looking to host an event? Bridgetowne will be showcasing their event space – ideal for your holiday gatherings.

Café Bavaria, 7700 Harwood Avenue
Join the Growler Club with several growler options.

Cafe Hollander, 7677 W State Street

Cody & Company, 1457 Underwood Avenue

Harwood Hair Company, 7430 Harwood Avenue

Metcalfe’s Sentry, 6700 W State Street
Taste samples from over 80 local vendors and get ideas for your holiday entertaining.

Niemann’s Homemade Candies & Ice Cream, 7475 Harwood Avenue

Paulina Esthetics Boutique, 7601 Harwood Avenue

Pizzeria Piccola, 7606 W State Street

Phase 2 Skateshop, 7346 W State Street

Refined Boutique, 1430 Underwood Avenue
Enjoy 30% off all merchandise.

Ristorante Bartolotta, 7616 W State Street

Soaps & Scents, 7600 Harwood Avenue
Free Frasier Fir Votice with each $50 Thymes purchase. (Value of $12.50)

The Flower Lady, 1460 Underwood Avenue

The Little Read Book, 7603 W State Street

The Ruby Tap, 1341 N Wauwatosa Avenue

Village Boutique Clothier, 1417 Underwood Avenue

Yo Mama! 1349 N Wauwatosa Avenue
Starting Black Friday, customers will receive one coupon book filled with YoMama deals for every $5 in gift cards purchased.

Holiday Cheer Gift Baskets

Village businesses are offering Holiday Cheer and are working hard to make your seasons bright! Stop by any of the following businesses between now and December 20 for seasonal specials and promotions and to enter to win a holiday gift basket or drawing.

Arte Wine & Painting Studio
Win a creative night out! Use the $70 Gift Certificate for paint bar experience at Arte plus a bottle of win and original painting of the Milwaukee Skyline. Value: $126

Bangles & Bags
Bangles & Bags is offering a cross body bag with a coordinating wristlet, scarf and cap tucked in a poinsettia print holiday box. Value $100

Baskin Robbins
Sweeten your holidays with a $50 Gift Card from Baskin Robbins!

Beautea Loft by Basali


Bridgetowne Framing Gallery

Café Bavaria
Cafe Bavaria is offering the Growler Club Gift Basket. The basket includes a punch card fort he Growler Club, One Lowlands Growler, 2 ceramic 1 liter Steins, a Bavaria t-shirt and one voucher to have the growler filled. Value: $74.

Cafe Hollander
The Hollander gift basket contains 2 Cafe Hollander coffee mugs, 2 Cafe Hollander Tulip glasses, and 2 Belgian biers (Rochefort 6 and a Rochefort 10). Rochefort is a Trappist Brewery in Belgium. The basket value is $55.

Cody & Company

Harwood Hair Company,

Metcalfe’s Sentry
Metcalfe’s has assembled a gorgeous gift basket brimming with tasty treats all by local vendors. Value: $75.00







Niemann’s Homemade Candies & Ice Cream
A holiday tray with a selection of our most popular chocolates and holiday favorites! Not too mention our hand-pulled candy canes and sea salt chocolate bar! In addition, this basket includes a $15 gift certificate to use for that special treat! Total value: $50

Paulina Esthetics Boutique

Pizzeria Piccola
Pizzeria is offering 2 Pizzeria t-shirts, a baseball cap, a 6 pack if pelligrino flavored water, and two $10.00 Piccola gift certificates. Value: $50.00

Phase 2 Skateshop
Who doesn’t want a skateboard under the tree this year?!

Refined Boutique
A dainty silver chain necklace with a small black circle pendant. As well as a beautiful and popular gold string breathe bracelets.

Ristorante Bartolotta

Two bottles of red wine, a bottle of olive oil, a bag of dry pasta and a 4 pack of artisanal Italian soda. Bellissimo!


Soaps & Scents

Soaps & Scents invites you to warm up with “Frasier Fir” a Tradition That Feels Right at Home. $95 Value

The Flower Lady
A Flower Lady gift basket estimated value 75.00 dollars. Includes a reed diffuser, scented hand soap and a candle all from our voluspa line.

The Little Read Book

The Ruby Tap

Village Boutique Clothier

Yo Mama!
Yo Mama! has you set with a Yo Mama! t-shirt, water bottle, some of our favorite toppings – gummi bears and M&Ms – chocolate dipped treats and a $25 gift card. Value: $45

TOSA Watch, October – December 2014

Tosa Watch is Wauwatosa’s Neighborhood Watch Newsletter. In this issue:

  • Tosa’s Night Out 2014
  • Thefts from vehicles
  • Comparative Incident Analysis
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
  • Did you Know
  • FREE Home & Business Security Surveys
  • Prescription Drop Box
  • Better Business Bureau Online Shopping Tips
  • Looking for a Few Good People
  • Trick or Treat Safety Tips
  • TNO Coloring Contest Winners
  • Wauwatosa’s 20th Annual Tosa’s Night Out
  • Wauwatosa Thanks You!

Click here to read Volume 23, Issue 4 of Tosa Watch

State Stree Construction Discussion

Last week, the Village BID board of directors meeting heard from City Dept. of Public Works about several sequencing scenarios for the reconstruction of State St.  Bill Wehrley from DPW outlined several options for reconstructing State St. in the coming years. Most of the timing options discussed are influenced by other factors such as the Zoo interchange, Milwaukee Ave. project, and the Milwaukee County reconstruction of Menomonee River Parkway in 2015. The goal of the meeting was to share the various construction cycle options, provide an overview of the process, and garner feedback on preferred timing.

The consensus of those present is to move forward with a reconstruction of State St. that will be scheduled for 2016 construction season. Some phases of the project may not be completed until 2017 but the bulk of the work will be in 2016. I’ve linked a map of the construction area for your consideration.

We will keep you updated about this significant project as 2015 will be an important year for planning streetscape improvement via the project and working on all the public relations and access planning we will have to do for area businesses during the construction process in 2016.