A Milverine spotting is a must-post-to-social-media encounter.
A Milverine spotting is a must-post-to-social-media encounter.

The Milverine has a new dog

Milwaukee's favorite shirtless, street-strutting superhero of sorts, The Milverine, has a new dog.

While waiting in line in her car to donate clothing to Bay View's Goodwill, television personality Jessica Tighe spotted the Milverine – aka John Hamann – walking with a small, furry, four-legged friend.

"I put the car in reverse and drove to the road ... to meet him," says Tighe. "It was fun to meet our local legend, but more so I was happy to see him with a new pup!"

The Milverine was spotted with a dog in the past, but that one belonged to a family member and, sadly, passed away last year.

Tighe learned the dog's name is "Princess," she's 13-weeks old and came from a local breeder.

"She was adorable and super sweet," says Tighe.

A backyard fire is a safe, fun social event.
A backyard fire is a safe, fun social event.

Backyard hangs are hot; here's where to buy firewood

For obvious reasons, people are spending more time at home this summer – a trend that will undoubtedly continue in the fall. Many Milwaukeeans are sprucing up their patios, decks and backyards to take their yard hangs to new levels and are hosting socially-distant bonfires with friends or family.

Thus, where and how to buy firewood is a common question on social media these days. Grabbing a $5 bundle from a grocery store or gas station works for the occasional fire, but for those who want access to an abundance of wood for frequent fires – and maybe even the occasional rager – here are six recommended spots.

If unsure how much to order, keep in mind a "full cord" of firewood fills a space equal to eight-feet-long-by four-feet-high-by-four-feet-deep. A "face cord" is equal to a single stack of firewood that measures four-feet high-by-eight-feet-long by however deep the depth of the firewood is. (Log length in a face cord of firewood varies.)

Best Burn Firewood, New Berlin
(262) 746-7416
Best Burn, run by brothers, delivers 100 percent Wisconsin, guaranteed-to-burn firewood from a 1/2 face to a full cord.

Green Man Tree Services
(414) 301-9807

Green Man delivers dry mixes of wood to Milwaukee and Waukesha. Loads range from 1/4 cord to 3 1/2 full cords. Go here to order online. 

J.W. Kolp Tree Services, Cudahy

(414) 263-1490

J.W. Kolp delivers firewood to your yard and is recommended by Angie's List. Call for more details.

Landmark 1850

5905 S. Howell Ave.

Pre-cut firewood is available for pick-up behind this bar, which is temporarily closed. Cash only, $20 – put money in "honors system" metal box next to the pre-sorted piles.

Premium Plus Total Tree Care, Mequon


(414) 239-0160

Premium delivers seasoned and ready-to-burn firewood from a single face cord to two cords, which is currently on special. Financing is available for large orders.


Clocktower Antiques is now open!
Clocktower Antiques is now open! (Photo: Kelly Sims)

Former Dragonfly owner co-opens Clocktower Antiques

A new antiques collective called Clocktower Antiques is now open on the main floor of the Walker's Point Antique Center, 1134 S. 1st St.

The collective is comprised of seven seasoned sellers, including Annette French who owned Dragonfly on Brady Street for 16 years. The eclectic merchandise includes vintage, quality furniture, housewares, jewelry, books, clothing and decorative items.

"It came together so beautifully," says French. "It's a really pretty store."

Due to the coronavirus, Clocktower Antiques opened quietly over the weekend and adheres to strict health and safety practices.

"Down the road we are looking forward to being active in the community and hosting gallery night events, parking lot pop-ups and lots of fun stuff," says French.

Clocktower Antiques will be open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Follow the shop on Facebook here.

BLM masks by Orchard Street Press. Buy one and the company donates one to MKE protestors.
BLM masks by Orchard Street Press. Buy one and the company donates one to MKE protestors.

Where to buy masks locally

Wearing a mask to slow the spread of COVID-19 is mandatory now in most public places – click here for more information – and to meet the need of the community, many local designers, artists and makers are selling or donating masks.

Please note some of these makers are producing small runs and / or finding it difficult to receive the materials needed for mask-making, so please be understanding.

Here is a list of local mask-makers to check out:

Artery Ink

Women-owned Artery Ink has two designs – hearts and lungs – and are selling masks here for $13.

Brass Rooster Hat and Mask

The Bay View hat maker is now making more than 100 masks daily to donate and sell. Many styles available; pattern created by shop owners John and Kate McLaughlin. The masks can be shipped anywhere for an extra $5. Large-volume orders accepted. To order, send an email to TBRMASKS@mail.com.

Dad's Shop

This family-owned alterations business located in Cudahy sells many different styles of masks. Check it out here.


Artist and maker Tiffany Miller, owner of FlyBlooms and a member of the Bronzeville Collective, is making colorful masks for $5-10. Find out more here.

Gold Gable Studio

A portion of proceeds are donated to food pantries.


Bay View maker Stacie Cherubini, owner of Halo Artisan Skin Care, has pulled back on skin care production to make fabric masks and hand sanitizers. They are available through Halo's Etsy shop and curbside pickup. Mask styles come in tie-style or fitted for men, women and children. Order here.

The Letter Emsarxecrxtdufrxcbwtxftessaxd

Local, woman-owned business makes customized masks with your company logo or personalized message. 10 percent off in July. Order here.

Milwaukee Bucks

Face coverings are now available through the Milwaukee Bucks and all proceeds will go directly to Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin. Check them out here.

Cinch Tailoring Company

This Riverwest-based tailor is making masks. To find out more, click here

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