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Get your Milwaukee Coffee Passport today!
Get your Milwaukee Coffee Passport today!

#ShopLocal holidays: Milwaukee Coffee Passport

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With the holiday seasons in full swing, OnMilwaukee.com, our ShopLocal marketplace and Local First Milwaukee have teamed to offer many unique, local items and deals.  It's easy to access these local deals and over the next several days I'll profile seven of the local items. 

Watch our Facebook page for a chance to win many of these local items, and – as I said – read my blog for some cool profiles.

Here's more on our next participant the Milwaukee Coffee Guild

The Milwaukee Coffee Guild was created to help the consumer buy, brew and taste their coffee better. MKE Coffee Guild brings all the local Wisconsin coffee roasters together giving you the opportunity to learn more about what is available and how you can shop local.

Its goal "is to not just connect you to the roasters but to provide the tools and resources you need to brew the best cup of coffee at home." 

The guild's unique holiday offering, the "Milwaukee Coffee Passport," gets you a free 12-ounce drink at participating local coffee shops. Your hop to 11 local cafes/bakeries and this coffee passport is sure to satisfy your coffee pallet or that coffee lover in your life.

It's a great way to shake up your regular coffee routine and sample new places.  It's also pre sale only, and will be delivered to you the last week of January 2015. 

Looking for other local coffee items?  Try the guild's coffee delivery program or regular classes and you'll soon be a bit closer to brewing like your favorite local barista.

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Green and gold ear muffs for your favorite fan.
Green and gold ear muffs for your favorite fan.

#ShopLocal holidays: AJ Ugent Furs team colors ear muffs

This post is brought to you by The Commerce Team. We operate independently of the OnMilwaukee.com editorial department, and if you take advantage of an item or deal we recommend, we get a share of the sale. We read the comments, and we want your feedback.

With the holiday seasons in full swing, OnMilwaukee.com, our ShopLocal marketplace and Local First Milwaukee have teamed to offer many unique, local items and deals.  It's easy to access these local deals and over the next several days I'll profile seven of the local items. 

Watch our Facebook page for a chance to win many of these local items, and – as I said – read my blog for some cool profiles.

Here's one from A.J. Ugent Furs.

Family-owned and operated since 1922, A.J. Ugent Furs and Fashions features an extensive collection of furs, leathers, shearlings, woolens for men and women.

A.J. Ugent Furs is offering all of its standard services out of its store location on Capitol Drive, but also a festive, football themed green and gold item.  Rabbit earmuffs. Warm and cozy, and in team colors.  Unique and priced at $60.  Other team colors including solid red, blue and gold, orange and navy, and red and white also are available. 

Give the gift of kayaking.
Give the gift of kayaking.

#ShopLocal holidays: Milwaukee Kayak Company

This post is brought to you by The Commerce Team. We operate independently of the OnMilwaukee.com editorial department, and if you take advantage of an item or deal we recommend, we get a share of the sale. We read the comments, and we want your feedback.

With the holiday seasons in full swing, OnMilwaukee.com, our ShopLocal marketplace and Local First Milwaukee have teamed to offer many unique, local items and deals.  It's easy to access these local deals and over the next several days I'll profile seven of the local items. 

Watch our Facebook page for a chance to win many of these local items, and - as I said - read my blog for some cool profiles.

Here's the first from Milwaukee Kayak Company.

Beth Handle – the former marketing manager at Laacke & Joys – opened this awesome canoe and kayak rental business two years ago. Handle opened Milwaukee Kayak with 15 kayaks, two canoes and two stand-up paddleboards. The cost to rent a kayak is $25 for four hours and $35 to rent a canoe. Each additional hour is $10.

Paddlers can explore parts of the Milwaukee, Menomonee and Kinnickinnic Rivers for a city-meets-nature excursion. Handle provides a map – laminated and therefore waterproof – which is really helpful.

Of course, it's winter and kayaking isn't happening so MKC wants to prepare you and yours for next season with T-shirts, hats and gift certificates. 

Shop local, wear local and kayak local with these great items

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Want to meet Jabari Parker and sit courtside at a Bucks game?
Want to meet Jabari Parker and sit courtside at a Bucks game? (Photo: Jim Owczarski)

Charity auction includes Braun, Lucroy, Cobb, Jordy and Jabari

The SURG Restuarant Group and owners Michael Polaski and Omar Shaikh have brought together some unique opportunities all to help a friend and military leader with more than 20 years of service. 

Chris "Blazo" Blaszak is a loving father and husband who was diagnosed with stage four Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Mandible. Blaszak sent the majority of his military career in the United States Air Force 440th Unit Military Police, retiring as a Desert Storm and Enduring Freedom military hero, after being deployed to Afghanistan.  Prior to his military career, Blaszk was a homicide detective and lieutenant of the Milwaukee Police Department.

Sadly, since August, Chris's cancer has accelerated, which resulted in four 10-hour surgeries.

Today, SURG launched an auction via OnMilwaukee.com's ShopLocal marketplace that gives you the opportunity to bid on exclusive "once in a lifetime" experiences with the following sports stars:

All auctions begin today at 11 a.m. and end Saturday, Dec. 20 at 11 a.m. 

There's also a full site dedicated to Blazo.  The site accepts donations and further details the auctions. 

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