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One- and two-hour delivery are now available in Milwaukee via Amazon's Prime Now service.
One- and two-hour delivery are now available in Milwaukee via Amazon's Prime Now service.

Amazon brings one-hour delivery to Milwaukee

Today, Amazon announced that it's expanding its Prime Now one-hour delivery service to Milwaukee. No word yet on whether or not it will use drones or teleportation or cuddly Yetis to get you the goods so quickly, for $7.99.

Two-hour delivery will be free via the Prime Now service, details of which are here. Both options are available only to Amazon Prime members.

When it comes to books, I prefer to do my own less-than-one-hour run to Boswell Book Co., but I can see where Prime Now could come in handy when I need something quickly that Boswell or another local retailer doesn't have on hand.

In most cases, I rarely need something within an hour or two, but for folks who use Amazon for a wider variety of products, it could come in handy, since the super-fast delivery option is available for everything from milk to diapers to Kindles and beyond.

I think of this as an emergency service, but Amazon is branding it more as a time-saving convenience.

"Not only does Prime Now offer customers convenient delivery of tens of thousands of items, the service is really about giving time back to Prime members to do the things they really want," said Stephenie Landry, vice president of Prime Now worldwide, in a news release.

"Sometimes you don’t have time to make it to the store or maybe you just don’t want to. Prime Now is your one-stop shop for everything from cereal to pet food to an Amazon Echo all delivered right to your door with free two-hour delivery."

The $7.99, one-day delivery is available from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m., seven days a week, in Milwaukee, which is now one of more than 30 U.S. cities offering the service.

This is definitely a potentially handy option; just please remember your local retailer, too.

The Jerry Garcia Band's November 1991 Bradley Center gig is now available on CD.
The Jerry Garcia Band's November 1991 Bradley Center gig is now available on CD. (Photo: Bob Minkin)

Dave Matthews' label releases Jerry Garcia live CD recorded in Milwaukee

When Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia took the stage at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee on Nov. 23, 1991, there had recently been a bit of a stir among his fans.

The show has just been released in a double-CD set, called "GarciaLive Volume Eight: November 23rd, 1991 Bradley Center," from ATO Records, a label started by Dave Matthews.

According to Dean Budnick, editor of Relix magazine for Deadheads, "A Rolling Stone interview with Garcia published in October 1991 had provided consternation for Deadheads, as he expressed some qualms about the state of the Grateful Dead."

Wrote James Henke in that Rolling Stone piece, "Garcia admits that these solo jaunts are often more entertaining than his work with the Dead, and one gets the feeling that if he felt he could easily extricate himself from the Dead and his attendant responsibilities, he might just do it."

But the 49-year-old Garcia still appeared to be enjoying the ride, telling Henke, "It's still fun to do. I mean, even at its very worst, there's still something special about it."

And Garcia was also clearly enjoying himself with his eponymous band, too – then on its first proper tour since 1984, according to Budnick, who says in his liner notes that the positive vibe is clear in these 26-year-old recordings.

"(Garcia's) performance at the Bradley Center ... captures his joy and comfort within a musical environment that grants him the freedom to explore more spiritual expressions in his performance and repertoire," Budnick writes. "If at times the Grateful Dead could be something of a turgid Russian novel: convoluted and labyrinthine yet mostly rewarding, the Jerry Garcia Band during this era was more of an Elizabethan sonnet: breezy, emotive and luminous.

"The crowd at the Bradley Center clearly concurs, and one can hear their energy and enthusiasm through the board feed."

The discs capture 15 performances from that night. The eight-song first set – with a broad array of covers, ranging from Eric Cla…

Manpower has committed $200,000 over four years to assist City Year MKE in its work in MPS.
Manpower has committed $200,000 over four years to assist City Year MKE in its work in MPS.

Manpower donates $200k toward City Year's work in MPS

Just days after Meralis Hood took over as executive director, at City Year Milwaukee, the AmeriCorps group of young people that works to help kids in Milwaukee Public Schools succeed, ManpowerGroup has announced it is giving the group $200,000 over the next four years.

The contribution will help fuel City Year’s Whole School, Whole Child (WSWC), which aims to boost the number of students who stay in school and graduate from MPS. Currently, 100 City Year/AmeriCorps members work in 11 MPS schools. The goal is to reach students in 38 schools.

"We are pleased to support City Year Milwaukee to give young people a strong start for sustainable careers," said Jonas Prising, chairman & CEO, ManpowerGroup, which has had a partnership with City Year nationally for even years.

"Upskilling young people and getting them work-ready requires deep partnerships between educators and employers. Half of the people we place around the world are Millennials, so we know exactly how to nurture young people’s learnability so they have the desire and ability to keep learning new skills that help them stay employable throughout their careers. ManpowerGroup people are glad to bring their expertise to City Year and we’re all proud of the commitment and positive impact on youth here in our Milwaukee community."

Hood hopes ManpowerGroup’s commitment will spur others to follow the lead and support the organzation’s important work among Milwaukee children.

"This year, City Year Milwaukee celebrates our seventh year working with local students, schools and communities. We know students are making significant gains in academics, behavior and attendance." said Hood. "And that is why this commitment is so important. We hope others will feel compelled to contribute as well."

The grant was announced this morning at City Year Milwaukee’s 18-Minute Networking Event, which brings together 100 AmeriCorps volunteers with Milwaukee-area professionals, held at ManpowerGroup global headquarters i…

Is this a "shame" or did the front help save the back?
Is this a "shame" or did the front help save the back?

Urban spelunking: Wisconsin Avenue's hidden mansion

In the past, I’d noticed that German Renaissance Revival mansion peeking up over the low retail space on the northeast corner of 26th and Wisconsin. But until yesterday, I hadn’t realized that they’re actually connected.

Up front, right at the sidewalk, there’s a two-story retail space that houses Boost Mobile, Golden Chicken and a check-cashing business. This building wraps around onto the west side of the property, too, along 26th Street.

I had assumed the entrance to the mansion, designed by Crane & Barkhausen and built by A. Kroening & Son in 1897 for distillery owner and wholesaler Gerhard Winner, was behind the retail structure. In fact, the retail structure – designed by Schneider & Schaefer – was added in 1952 as a used car showroom, something I learned from a great article John Gurda wrote about the building in 2014.

Thanks to a Facebook post of the images you see here, which I snapped yesterday, I also learned that the retail space for a time housed the wonderfully named HiFi Fo Fum, owned by the Jack Rosenberg.

A newspaper article published around 1897 – and shared by Greg Buscher – included a rendering of the mansion as it presumably originally appeared (it was drawn by the architects, and buildings sometimes looked a bit different by the time they were complete).

The article called the home, "one of the most completely appointed and beautiful residences to be erected this summer. ... The brick work will be in a dark brown, pressed brick. The outside trimmings for the first story (which we can no longer see) will be of Portage Entry red sand stone. Above the first floor the trimmings will be of terra cotta. The roof will be of slate with copper ridges and flashings. The interior will be finished with hard woods throughout."

Among those woods were curly red birch, quartered white oak and red oak, sycamore, gumwood. There were also Italian marble, nickel and other materials used in the interior details. It’s unclear what might sur…