On Friday night in Milwaukee, there was only one place to be: the Sherman Phoenix. We’ve all been waiting and watching and she spread her wings at last.
We were all witnesses on the night it burned. We gathered in Sherman Park the day after the unrest–and day after that and the day after that. We had our reasons for coming there: we were angry, hurt, wanting to help, wanting to show support for Sylville’s family. It was hard to know where to go from here.
And then JoAnne Sabir and Juli Kaufmann had an idea that led us all.
Sabir & Kaufmann had a vision to create something from the ashes and the idea of the Sherman Park Phoenix was born. They renovated the fire-damaged BMO Harris Bank into a food hall, community gathering place and entrepreneurial hub. It is now home to 29 black-owned businesses featuring coffee and counseling, yoga and cupcakes–and the stuff dreams are made of.
The Phoenix holds more than great businesses though. It holds hope for Milwaukee.
The full listing of businesses and services can be found here. The Sherman Phoenix is located at 3536 W. Fond du Lac Ave. According to a post on their Facebook page, each business will set their own hours, but the building is open daily from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.