The week kicked off with a great celebration on the Beerline Trail. Guests were transported from their parking spot by pedi-cabs provided by Cream City Rickshaws. The party location showed off one of the district’s charrette sites and made for a beautiful night in the city. Rickshaw tours of the Beerline Trail Extension were also available. Local caterers Mamasitas and Centro Cafe served the food and custom cocktails while the Kevin Hayden Trio played live jazz all night.
On Wednesday the many in attendance heard keynote speaker Jessica Banks share her story and ideas regarding possibilities for Riverworks to realize the potential of being Milwaukee’s Creative District. The Dolphin Pool was also a part of the program and six entrepreneurs competed to advance to Saturday’s final round.
Over 20 business and community leaders boarded a bus on a rainy Thursday afternoon to discuss, promote, and explore the development opportunities shared by Riverworks, Shorewood, and Glendale. The tour ended with a networking session held at the Estabrook Park Beer Garden.
Roller printing in the street, a busy Makers’ Market, a live iron pour demonstration, food trucks and the Art Bar filled out a busy lead-up to the Dolphin Pool finale on Saturday, where the contestants made it tough on the judges to single out a winner. At the end of it stood Ben Caya and his company Spike Brewing as the first ever Riverworks Dolphin Pool champion.
Thousands of passers-by saw our bright pink cubes measuring six-feet-squared throughout the district and beyond. The cubes were used to promote the week’s schedule, and the people that make Riverworks such an exceptional place to do business. The response to our cubes was tremendous – so much so that we will be using them again throughout the coming year.
Many new people attended the various events and were impressed to find a number of services and opportunities offered by Riverworks. Our staff made valuable connections to the real estate community and the growing creative entrepreneurial businesses that were courted as potential new businesses in our district.
For more information about locating your business in Riverworks: Milwaukee’s Creative District please contact either Amy Rohan or Chris Grandt at our offices, (414) 906-9650.