Dear Dad, Love MKE Small Businesses

Melissa Hoppe

Small Business

For the dads in your life, who consistently want nothing (yea right), Milwaukee small businesses have you covered! As small businesses are opening back up, there's no better time to show your love, not only for Dad this Father's Day but for local small businesses in Milwaukee. 

We've compiled a list of locally sourced gift ideas for every kind of father figure in your life. 

FOOD & SNACKS 

Heirloom Food Truck- Looking to blow dad’s taste buds away? Say hello to the Heirloom food truck! This farm-to-truck operation creates delicious food that allows a community to come together and grow with one another. Grab a bite with your dad this Father’s Day or even sometime this summer. From their fried chicken sandwich to braised beef ribs, they will serve you something that tingles your taste buds. 

LaFinca Coffee Shop- Check out this local coffee shop that has faraway flavors. La Finca Coffeehouse focuses on direct trade, sourcing the coffee beans from their family coffee farm in Oaxaca, Mexico. Try their house creations or other drinks they are sure to make your taste buds tingle. Order from their temporary drive-thru service. Walk-ups and bikes are welcome at the window!

Lazy Susan - Want to treat your dad to a nice meal? Look no further than Lazy Susan. This neighborhood staple is opening its doors this month for in-person dining. Their menu covers it all and will not leave anyone disappointed. 

Lush Popcorn  This gourmet popcorn is a must-have! It takes popcorn to the next level with its large variety of flavors and high-quality kernels. Get your dad the 1 gallon two flavor tin for $25 so she has the best of both worlds! Or take a look at their other gift sets and tins too.

Milwaukee Food Tours Help your dad cherish his Wisconsin roots with this taste of Wisconsin basket. Get their gift basket that includes the best of Wisconsin for $68. It includes Wisconsin cranberries, Jelly Belly beans, Door County cherries, bloody mary mix from The Spice House, and much more. 

Miss Molly's Cafe Show how much you love your dad by making him a delicious meal at home with one of Miss Molly’s dinner meal kits this Father’s Day. Eat great food and make wonderful memories. Each meal is designed to be family-friendly, easy to reheat, and assemble and feed either two or four people. Plus every kit comes with a sweet treat, mini salted chocolate chip cookies. Place your order up to 24 hours in advance and pick up the night of between 4-6 pm (cut off is 4 pm the day prior). 

Purple Door Ice Cream- I scream, dad screams, we all really scream for ice cream, especially from Purple Door!  Dad will be begging for more of this ice cream the second he tastes it. Make his gift last the whole year by getting him a membership to the pint club. You will receive 4 purple door pints 4 times a year shipped directly to your door every few months. 

 

GIFTS 

Bay View Printing Co. – Who says moms only craft? Take dad to Bay View Printing for an opportunity to design and print using their letterpress equipment, ink, paper, from an expert printer. You can make a poster or a greeting card, personal stationery, personalized journal, there is an assortment to choose from. Set up a time slot for 2 hours of fun for $150. Learn more about this great experience on their website. You’ll leave with great artwork, memories, and knowledge of printing. 

Cracked Designs Want to put a smile on his face? Get your dad a witty card to show him how much you love him. Check out their Cool Pop card, it's sure to bring a laugh. 

Modern Makers Home + Bath Provisions Let’s admit it, men need pampering too. Treat your dad to a home + bath provisions box. Each box lets you pick a flavor/scent of a divine tin candle, travel linen+room spray, shea butter soap, and a hand+body wash for $39.99.

Raising Good Love your dad and your city? Come take a look at the beautiful typographic shirts Raising Good has to offer. They have a variety of shirts and sweatshirts that help you represent your origins and your dad's title as a father. The shirts and sweatshirts include Cream City, MKE Dad, Beer Chaser, and other Wisconsin-themed shirts. Help keep him stylish this summer by getting him one of these tops. 

Shovel + Spade Does Dad need a beer sweater? Then Shovel + Spade has got you covered with an insulated wool beer sweater! He will be sipping his cold beer in an eco-friendly and fashionable way. 

Sparrow CollectiveShirts, beer soap, beard oil, hats, socks, glasses, belts, oh my! Sparrow Collective has got you covered this Father’s day. Shop their Father’s Day collection and your dad could be rocking with style in any of their shirts. 

Swoon LLC- Find a variety of gifts in their Father’s Day collection. Cards, mugs, shirts, socks, a candle, you’ll be sure to find something for your dad. 

Tactile Craftworks Help your dad represent MKE by getting him his own 414 keychains for $12. Or check out their park series that supports the National Park Foundation. Their product line includes journals, passport wallets, flasks, clutches,  travel mugs, and more. You won’t be disappointed! 

The Spice House- Add some spice into dad’s life with a gift set from The Spice House. These amazing spices will have your food tasting and smelling divine. Check out their Father’s Day gift ideas. Got yourself a grill master? Check out their barbeque collection. 

The WaxwingDoes your dad have a beard? Help him keep it stylish and fresh with this lovely Men’s Beard Grooming oil. It is crafted with botanical oils and has a variety of scents. Scents include sitka, woodsmoke, lumberjack, and meadow. 

 

ACTIVITIES

Estabrook Beer Garden- Grab a drink with your dad on the banks of the Milwaukee River. The beer garden is set on a bluff just above a waterfall. Estabrook Beer Garden features beers imported from the Munich Hofbräuhaus. A $5 refundable deposit is required for the use of a mug. Because the beer garden is truly a public place, visitors are welcome to bring picnic baskets with their favorite fare and soft drinks. Don’t forget to check out the awesome disc golf course nearby. 

Humboldt Park (the vine Humboldt)- Is your dad more of a wine kinda guy? Take him to the Vine in Humboldt Park in Bayview to enjoy some wine and make memories. Don’t forget about their food menu, which features empanadas and Pete’s Pops (yummy!!). All profits go to supporting future park projects, so you can have a good time and give back to the community. 

Milwaukee Kayak Company- Does your dad love the outdoors? Book a family trip to kayak, canoe, or paddleboard. See the river and Milwaukee skyline with your family as you enjoy the fresh air and make memories. Book a trip here.

Stag Barbershop- Treat your father to a one-of-a-kind experience at Stag Barber. They offer a balance between old-school sophistication and innovation and charm to create a classic yet contemporary home for modern gentlemen. Get him a gift certificate so he can leave feeling and looking better than ever.

South Shore Terrace- Enjoy the view of Lake Michigan and Milwaukee skyline while at the South Terrace Beer Garden. Come check out their yummy variety of beers and food, you won’t be disappointed. If you like fresh food and a good time, take a trip to the South Shore farmers market while you're there, they open Saturday, June 19th, 8 am-noon for the summer. 

The BackYard Oasis- Food trucks, a beer garden, and live music, you’re sure to have a good time. It's located on the Oak Leaf Trail in Brown Deer with lots of outdoor parking. You can even bring your four-legged best friend! Check out their food truck lineup and their drink menu, there is sure to be something for everyone.

Melissa Executive Assistant

Melissa has helped run large organizations for close to a decade and is excited to bring her mad organizational skills to the Brainchild Team. Melissa helps keep Brainchild’s engines running smoothly behind the scenes. When she’s not working, Melissa enjoys playing with her three kids, and occasionally finds time for some gardening and indulging in binging on BRAVO television shows. Don't judge.

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