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"The Adventures of Bob and Downtown Milwaukee" is Shawna Nicols' tribute to the late Joe Weirick.

Shawna Nicols' book pays tribute to the late Joe Weirick

Local DJ, fashion designer, former Badgers basketball player and now author Shawna Nicols has partnered with Graydient Creative on a new book in honor of Nicols' late stepfather Joe Weirick, who passed away last year at the age of 58.

"The Adventures of Bob and Downtown Milwaukee: A Tale of Tails" follows Bob – the Weirick family dog – as she explores Downtown Milwaukee, sniffing around at the Intermodal Station, the Wisconsin Center, Hilton Milwaukee City Center, The Shops of Grand Avenue, Milwaukee RiverWalk, the Bronze Fonz, Pere Marquette Park, InterContinental Milwaukee, Cathedral Square Park, Milwaukee Public Market, The Pfister Hotel, Betty Brinn Children's Museum and Milwaukee Art Museum.

"Joe Weirick's enthusiasm for Downtown Milwaukee inspired me to write a book about the city my family and I love so much," said Nicols, whose mother Beth Weirick is CEO of Milwaukee Downtown, BID #21.

"I hope to honor his legacy by furthering the initiatives he was so passionate about."

Proceeds from sales of the book will benefit Key to Change, a Milwaukee Downtown, BID #21 effort to battle chronic homelessness. Joe Weirick was passionate about Downtown and was a board member of the BID and of the Riverwalk District.

You can read more about Key to Change – which has already raised more than $16,000 – here.

You can purchase the book for $25 at select Downtown shops or online.

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