When you’re finished perusing our up-to-date list of relief fundraisers for Milwaukee bars, restaurants, and venues, why not explore some ways to support a bunch of East Side and Downer Avenue businesses, too? Today, The East Side and Downer Avenue Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) unveiled two pages that let you do just that.

The East Side page—which mainly covers the E. North Avenue area—can be found HERE. The Downer Avenue page can be found HERE.

“I’m sure, like me, you’ve created some cherished memories at our local businesses,” says Elizabeth Brodek, director of both BIDs, in a press release. “Some have become staples in our lives. They’ve been where we go for celebrations and pick-me ups, when times are good and bad. Now’s our time to be there for them. We’ve got to support small businesses now more than ever to ensure they come out of this pandemic.”

In total, the pages cover nearly 50 businesses, from Beans & Barley and Pizza Man to Good City Brewing and that little Henry’s bar around the corner from the Downer Theater where we always get a drink and play Star Trek: The Next Generation pinball before we see a movie. Want to get some carryout or delivery, buy some gift cards, or kick in a few bucks to individual staff relief funds? Click the links above and go nuts. Here’s a press release:

Support East Side and Downer Ave Businesses
New pages on each website are dedicated to directing people to various carryout, delivery, online shopping, and other support efforts.

Milwaukee, WI – As businesses everywhere adjust to new practices necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19, The East Side and Downer Avenue Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) have created pages on how to support your favorite local businesses.

Several East Side and Downer Avenue businesses have been in the community for years, and need our support to remain in the community for years to come. “I’m sure, like me, you’ve created some cherished memories at our local businesses,” says Elizabeth Brodek, Director of both BIDs. “Some have become staples in our lives. They’ve been where we go for celebrations and pick-me ups, when times are good and bad. Now’s our time to be there for them. We’ve got to support small businesses now more than ever to ensure they come out of this pandemic.”

There are several ways to support local businesses, including buy gift cards, ordering carryout or delivery, and contributing to staff relief funds, of which there are several. To assist with curbside pick-up, the City of Milwaukee has allowed for designated pick-up areas to help with convenient parking for customers.

A listing of East Side (E North Ave area) businesses and ways to support them can be found at
https://www.theeastside.org/support-the-east-side

A listing of Downer Avenue businesses and ways to support them can be found at
http://www.downeravenue.com/categories/13-supportdowner

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