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

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 Em

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.

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

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Bid on the opportunity to name the State Fair racing pigs.
Bid on the opportunity to name the State Fair racing pigs.

State Fair Foundation auction offers unique items, experiences

The Wisconsin State Fair Foundation organized an auction called the Fair Necessities Auction. The auction proceeds will benefit the Foundation, an organization that works year-round to support the Wisconsin State Fair with renovations, programming and more.

"In light of the news of the 2020 Fair cancellation, our work is now more meaningful than ever," reads the website. "Every contribution ensures that the Wisconsin State Fair will help future generations to create memories that will last a lifetime."

Here are the packages available for fair fans to bid on:

  • Name the world-famous racing pigs ANYTHING YOU WANT
  • Private, socially-distanced Pat McCurdy concert and dinner for 8 people from Charcoal Grill in your backyard
  • An evening with Alice in Dairyland who will teach you and your small group via Zoom how to make a proper Wisconsin cheese plate
  • Flower talk with the State Fair Gardener
  • Meet the Brothers Osbourne virtually this year and in-person next year during their 2021 Wisconsin State Fair concert (includes VIP tickets to show)
  • 10 pounds of meat sticks and 5 pounds of cheese!

The auctions runs through Wednesday, Aug. 5. To find out more and / or bid, click here.

All the good boys and girls love dog parks.
All the good boys and girls love dog parks. (Photo: Facebook)

Hoof it to one of Milwaukee's dog parks

These days, the benefits of taking your pup to a dog park are greater than ever. Not only is it excellent exercise and socialization time for canines and humans, but it's now an activity that's also a safe choice during the pandemic.

Be sure to adhere to dog park rules and only bring your dog if he or she enjoys the company of others. And for the love of clean soles, pick up your pup's poop.

Peruse this list of local dog parks to find the one that's best for you and your pooch:

Currie Park Dog Park
3535 N. Mayfair Road, Wauwatosa
Features a 10-acre space for large dogs and a 1.5-acre space for small dogs – both with easy access from the Oak Leaf Trail and the parkway.

Estabrook Park Dog Park
4400 N. Estabrook Dr.
Three-acre, fully fenced-in park with a separate small-dog area.

Granville Dog Exercise Area
11718 W. Good Hope Place
This 10-acre park is ideal for larger, adventurous dogs, who are comfortable exploring hills, fields, trails and the river. It is not fully fenced-in and is best suited for owners with voice control over their dogs.

Rover West Dog Park
3243 N. Weil St.
A fully fenced-in dog park in the Riverwest neighborhood with free street parking available along the perimeter of the park. 

Runway Dog Park
1214 E. Rawson Ave., Oak Creek
Runway is Milwaukee’s largest off-leash dog park with 26 acres of fenced-in space. Also has a separate fenced-in area for small dogs, wood-chipped trails, covered pavilion with picnic tables and agility equipment.

Warnimont Park Dog Park
5400 S. Lake Dr., Cudahy
This 5-acre park is fully fenced in and offers wooded trails and a separate small-dog area.

For more information, go to Milwaukee County's dog park page.