Friends & Neighbors...


Local First Milwaukee Beans & Barley is proud to be a founding member of Local First Milwaukee, a group of local, independent, homegrown Milwaukee businesses. This group— committed to shameless self-promotion—is dedicated to maintaining a vibrant, thriving, local economy grounded in the strength of local independents.

Anodyne Coffee Roasting Beans & Barley is pleased to be in partnership with these fine importers and roasters just across the Hoan Bridge, in Bay View. They say, "Roasted in Small Batches for Purity and Consistency,"  and we agree!

East Side Association The East Side B.I.D. and East Side Association represent Milwaukee's most exciting retail, entertainment, and residential district. Located between Lake Michigan, the Milwaukee River, Downtown, and UWM, we are actively involved in the conscientious development of an enhanced business district designed for people looking for a dynamic place to live, work, shop, and relax.

OCA (Organic Consumers Association) The OCA is a grassroots non-profit public interest organization which deals with crucial issues of food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, corporate accountability, and environmental sustainability. We are the only organization in the US focused exclusively on representing the views and interests of the nation's estimated ten million organic consumers.

The Pabst, Riverside, Turner Hall Theaters The Pabst and Riverside, and Turner Hall Theaters are local treasures, and integral to the vibrancy of performing arts in the city of Milwaukee.  They, along with a number of others, have partnered to increase awareness of the many original, locally owned and community focused businesses here. Accross the country, local independents face daunting competition from chain and "big box" stores.  At the same time local businesses like Beans & Barley, Outpost Natural Foods, Alterra Coffee, and the rest of the "Our Milwaukee" members are keeping the local economy and cutural scene healthy. Join us!

Urban Ecology Center Living in the city doesn't mean being out of touch with our natural environment. In their roles as both students and teachers of Urban Ecology, these folks are a priceless resource for Milwaukeeans. Visit the Center, along the Milwaukee River, just south of Riverside High School at Oakland& Locust.

The Yoga Society of Milwaukee This center right here in the neighborhood has study and classroom facilites. Started a couple of years before Beans & Barley, focusing on the teachings of Sri Swami Rama.

Outpost Natural Foods Beans & Barley and The Outpost are siblings, having appeared on the Milwaukee health food and co-op scene (can you say "hippie"?) at about the same time. Both started out very modestly, and grew as customers demanded. Though having grown in different directions over the years, today we enjoy a very comradely relationship, and we encourage you all to stop by.

Riverwest Co-op We at Beans and Barley admire what Riverwest Co-op has contributed to the community over the years. Taking "Food for the people and not for profit," as their motto, they have grown from modest beginings and have added a cafe to there ever expanding store. We really love being neighbors with this business.


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