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|03/10/15||Small Business Times Milwaukee
State of the City address
"We are fortunate to have so many dedicated partners who believe in Milwaukee and in building strong, safe and healthy neighborhoods.
"One of these partners is Journey House. Last October, we sold Journey House a foreclosed six-unit property on S. 23rd Street. After rehabilitation, the building will provide housing for youth who are aging out of foster care. Journey House will invest more than $140,000 to make repairs. Funding for the renovation is being provided through a loan and grant from Milwaukee County.
"In January, I helped Sharon and Larry Adams of Walnut Way break ground on the Innovation and Wellness Commons at 16th and North. The first phase of the project will include the Milwaukee Center for Independence, a community business cooperative and a branch of Outpost Natural Foods."
Young Shorewood entrepreneur returns to Sustainability Summit
His original model is a modest globe-shaped container. “That is just called the normal air plant Green Earth Terrarium,” Cole says.
It led to new versions, including a hanging one that has three different kinds of moss with one air plant.
Last month, he branched out into succulents – plants that don’t require much watering. The 16-year-old says he’s responding to demand.
“Yeah, I’ve gotten a lot of requests for succulents because people want more of an actual planted, rooted terrarium, instead of just an air plant sitting on moss,” Cole says.
Cole has also started selling his terrariums to the Outpost Coop on Capitol Drive. He still can’t believe it.
|02/18/15||Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
From rock band T-shirts, couple fashion a growing business
Orchard Street supplies screen-printed shirts and other apparel to dozens of area restaurants, bars and other businesses, as well as nonprofit groups staging festivals and fundraising events.
"Local businesses love to support other local businesses," Julie Teska said. "So we get a lot of customers that way."
It also helps that Orchard Street Press does good work.
Other customers include Beans & Barley, Comet Cafe, La Perla and Outpost Natural Foods, along with Council for the Spanish Speaking, Urban Ecology Center and other community groups, and locally based bands such as Field Report and Altos.
|01/27/15||Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service
The Commons improves prognosis for Lindsay Heights revitalization
“I think it’s going to bring back a sense of pride,” West said when asked what the Commons will mean to the community. Personally, she is looking forward to better access to healthy food.
The groundbreaking marks an important milestone for the Lindsay Heights community. When complete, a major catalytic project identified in the 2008 Lindsay Heights Quality of Life Plan will be realized.
Greenpower Partnership Top 30 Retailers
The Top 30 Retail list represents the largest green power users among retail partners within the Green Power Partnership. The combined green power usage of these organizations amounts to more than 3.6 billion kilowatt-hours of green power annually, which is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide emissions from the electricity use of more than 346,000 average American homes each year.
A sign of commercial revitalization in Milwaukee's Walnut Way neighborhood
"When businesses and social assets close, so did opportunity, jobs vanished and the social fiber of this neighborhood unraveled," she says. "Odds of finding work, owning a business diminished. However, the odds of owning a business are changing again."
The ambitious project has attracted public and private financial partners. Construction on phase one is slated to begin soon, and to be completed late in 2015.
Sharon Adams says its will create more than 20 jobs, and the building will contain a commercial kitchen for people who want to create products from neighborhood gardens and bee hives. Outpost Foods will also occupy a small space, along with a juice bar restaurant.
State provides funds for Innovation & Wellness Commons
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation awarded a $413,750 grant to the city of Milwaukee to help finance a redevelopment project called Innovations & Wellness Commons, which is being coordinated by the Walnut Way Conservation Group.
|01/22/15||Fox 6 Now
“Full of services and opportunity” in the central city: State-of-the-art wellnes
“It will go from blighted and abandoned, to beautiful sustainable features,” said Sharon Adams, Co-founder of Walnut Way Conservation Corp.
The project’s development is being led by Sharon Adams, and the folks with the Walnut Way Conservation Corp., a Milwaukee non-profit.
“Our partnering tenants are Outpost Natural Foods, The Juice Kitchen, Milwaukee Center for Independence is placing, designing — we’ll have a state-of-the-art commercial kitchen and Fondy Food Center,” said Adams.
Adams explains ultimately the different entities will rely upon each other to create a neighborhood which grows, sells and consumes its own healthy food while educating and encouraging residents to make positive moves.
“You have chosen a valuable place to live. You have chosen a place to live that is full of services and opportunity,” said Adams.
|01/22/15||CBS 58 News
Big redevelopment underway on Milwaukee's north side
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch stood together in Milwaukee's central city to announce a redevelopment. A new Innovation & Wellness Center is taking two lots, one vacant and another with a vacant building and creating a meeting spot. It'll include a spot where people can go buy fresh food from local retailers, while also helping local producers.
Phase one will include renovation of an existing building that's vacant. There will be an Outpost Natural Foods store, the Juice Kitchen, along with a commercial kitchen providing meals and training in food service.
|01/21/15||Milwaukee Business Journal
Outpost pop-up store in Lindsay Heights to open in summer
A vacant Lindsay Heights building being renovated into a pop-up store for Outpost Natural Foods, a start-up juice bar and job training is expected to open this summer under a project led by Walnut Way Conservation Corp. and Fix Development.
The project includes two phases, the second of which includes a construction of a roughly 10,000-square-foot building at West North Avenue and North 16th Street where Outpost would run a grocery, said Juli Kaufmann, president of Fix Development LLC of Milwaukee. The first phase will renovate an existing neighboring building for multiple food-related and nonprofit uses.
|01/15/15||WI DNR News
From Wisconsin waters to your plate: DNR announces fishing for dinner initiative
People who have never fished have the opportunity to learn basic fishing skills, find fishable waters near their home and prepare their catch for the dinner table, as part of the Fishing for Dinner Initiative. The Department of Natural Resources is cosponsoring a five session community education class with the Urban Ecology Center, UW-Extension, Hunger Task Force, Outpost Natural Foods and Sea Grant Institute.
|12/16/14||Milwaukee Business Journal
Outpost Natural Foods Co-op to open Lindsay Heights store in 2015
Outpost Natural Foods Cooperative will locate its first 'pop-up' store in Milwaukee's Lindsay Heights neighborhood, a space designed to help an underserved area access healthy foods.
The store will be located between North 16th and 17th streets on West North Avenue, at the new Innovation and Wellness Commons, the Milwaukee natural and organic grocery chain said in a press release.
Downtown Kitchen welcomes Holey Moley and a number of local partners
Downtown Kitchen, operated by The Bartolotta Restaurants, opened in the U.S. Bank Center in September. The space, which serves the 4500 tenants of the building, as well as the general public, offers a warm, urban environment to enjoy breakfast, lunch or grab-and-go snacks.
Breakfast and lunch items include a wide variety of items including sushi, salads, deli-style and artisan sandwiches and entrees, including world-inspired cuisine and pasta. A large salad bar offers customers the opportunity to build their own salads, or partake in four or five different hot soups.
Offerings from other local partners include Valentine Coffee, Hissho Sushi, Outpost Natural Foods, Rocket Baby Bakery, Indulgence Chocolate, Sprecher and Milwaukee Pretzel Company.
|12/9/14||Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
North side development would include Outpost store
Outpost Natural Foods Cooperative would be among the tenants in a new commercial development planned for Milwaukee's north side.
The project, known as Innovation and Wellness Commons, has two planned phases, with the first stage to convert a 5,500-square-foot, two-story building, with a planned 500-square-foot addition, at 1615-1617 W. North Ave. into a juice bar, commercial kitchen and a small Outpost store, said Sharon Adams, director of programs at Walnut Way Conservation Corp., which is leading the development.
|11/11/14||Co-op Stronger Together
Co-op addresses hunger for the holidays and beyond
It was 1999 and members of the Outpost Natural Market staff had been filling bags of food with holiday fare. “Buy A Bag” was a brand new program; shoppers at the Milwaukee co-op were invited to contribute $20, which the co-op would match and then use to put together bags filled with green beans, potatoes, apples, canned pumpkin and other items—the makings of holiday meals for families in need.
And then it snowed.
- See more at: http://strongertogether.coop/voices-from-the-field/co-op-addresses-hunger-for-the-holidays-and-beyond/#sthash.RMnq8ZIT.dpuf
InBiz Celebrates Community Spirit
Outpost wins first InBiz Green Guru award!
"The heart and soul of a local economy can be just as valuable as growth and profits. 'There are people who go into business, for example, to improve the local environment or help to revitalize a particular neighborhood,' Fortis continued. 'There are quirky independent businesses that give our city its character. That’s what we’re here to celebrate.'"
|11/3/14||Bay View Compass
Outpost donates $20,000
Outpost Natural Foods announced that it donated $20,000 to the City of Milwaukee Office of Sustainability’s “HOME GR/OWN Milwaukee” program. The money is earmarked for neighborhood initiatives that transform vacant or abandoned city lots and spark economic development and entrepreneurship that supports local, healthy food production. - See more at: http://bayviewcompass.com/outpost-donates-20000/#sthash.J53jqJEW.dpuf
A Natural Order - Feature Story
|10/15/14||Fox 6 Now
Promoting healthy eating: Outpost donates $20K to HOME GR/OWN Milwaukee program
Outpost Natural Foods, a consumer-owned co-op of over 20,500 individuals in the metro Milwaukee area, has granted the city of Milwaukee Office of Sustainability’s “HOME GR/OWN Milwaukee” with a check for $20,000 to be earmarked for neighborhood initiatives that transforms vacant or abandoned city lots and spark economic development and entrepreneurship around local, healthy food production.
|08/27/14||Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Eat local offers doable challenge with no ice
Not into the ice bucket challenge? There's another option.
This one comes with no potential for brain freeze, no required posting on Facebook, no rules, even. Just two weeks of consciously trying to focus your diet as close to home as possible.
This is the 7th year for Milwaukee's Eat Local Challenge, scheduled for Sept. 1 to 15. For two weeks, diners in southeastern Wisconsin are asked, at the basic level, to practice "mindful eating." READ MORE
|08/21/14||WI Clean Cities
Outpost recognized for its WI Smart Fleet initiatives
"Wisconsin Clean Cities is excited to offer fleets the opportunity to participate in the WSF program," said Lorrie Lisek, WCC Executive Director. "We look forward to continuing our partnership with fleets throughout Wisconsin and assisting them in the implementation of alternative fuels and technologies, bringing us one step closer to reducing our nation's dependence on petroleum-based fuels and cleaner air for everyone." READ MORE
|07/30/14||Green Retail Decisions
87 Retailers Make EPA Top Green Power Partnership List
The Green Power Partnership tracks companies that use electricity from clean and renewable sources. Kohl’s, Whole Foods Market, Walmart, Staples and Starbucks rank highest on the Top Retailer list ranked by the most annual green power usage in terms of total kilowatt hours. However, when measuring green power as a percentage of a retailer’s total electricity use, MOM’s Organic Market in Rockville, Md., ranks the highest with its green power totaling 215 percent of its total power use, followed by Whole Foods Market and The North Face at 107 percent, Staples at 106 percent and Kohl’s Department Stores at 105 percent.
In addition to MOM’s, Whole Foods, North Face, Staples and Kohl’s, five other retailers achieved Leadership Club designation with 100 percent of green power, including Frontier Natural Products Co-op, Metcalfe’s Markets, Outpost Natural Foods, REI and Wheatsville Food Co-op.
Outpost Natural Foods Adds A New Store
The Outpost has always been a bastion of healthy, green living long before it was trendy. Once staffed by volunteers and lofty dreams, the Outpost has grown a lot since its humble 1970s origin as a simple food co-op. Today the Outpost brand has evolved into two cafés and a thriving chain of four stores, including a new venue in Mequon (7590 W. Mequon Road). The Outpost’s popularity has been fueled by its ability to remain true to its ideals of “wholesome living” and sustainability. This commitment, while demonstrated throughout Outpost’s growth, has never been more obvious than at the new Mequon store, which opened May 12. Click HERE for more on this story from ExpressMilwaukee.com.
|05/13/14||WUWM - Lake Effect
Thought Outpost was green before? New store makes super strides in sustainabilit
In the loading dock, store receiver Ryan Miracle and manager Tom Knueppel are admiring their new, gigantic green baler. They’re too excited to be quite certain who picks up the baled cardboard boxes after their contents have been removed and displayed on the store’s shelves.
Inside the store, where everything seems to gleam, Luis Santiago is giving café tables another once over. He’s brand new to the Outpost team – and seems excited to join the kitchen staff.
“It’s a brand new job for me and I’ve never worked in a kitchen. This is my final day of training,” Santiago says.
Marketplace Monday: Outpost in Mequon
Local, organic, community, sustainable and cooperative may seem like the latest buzz words, but Outpost has been embracing all of those concepts since their start in 1970 on East Kane Street in Milwaukee. Now, 44 years, three stores, two cafes, and over 18,000 owners later, they’re bringing it to Oz.
[GREAT PICTURES btw!]
|04/30/14||Fox 6 | WITI
Outpost moving into new community
Outpost Natural Foods Cooperative will open its fourth store on May 12th in Mequon. The store on Mequon Road will include a stone hearth pizza oven, local beer, fruit and nut orchards, gardens, a charging station for hybrid vehicles and an outdoor pavilion. The store will create about 80 jobs.
CLICK HERE for more on this story via the Milwaukee Business Journal.
|03/19/14||Real Milwaukee | Fox 6 | WITI
Make a healthy burger with ingredients from Outpost
Outpost's nutritionist, Judy Mayer, helps Chip make a better burger - using ground turkey!
City Business: Outpost Natural Foods
Outpost Natural Foods will be 44 years old in April. It opened in 1970 when a small group of food lovers and idealists created the Kane Place Food Co-op, located near the corner of N. Humboldt Ave. and E .Kane Pl.. That original building is no longer there, and the co-op soon relocated to Riverwest, first in a facility on E. Clarke Street and later to Locust Street, eventually settling on the Outpost name.
|01/7/14||WI Smart Fleet Press Release
Outpost one of 29 businesses in initial WI Smart Fleet
The Wisconsin State Energy Office (SEO) and Wisconsin Clean Cities (WCC) announced the official launch of the Wisconsin Smart Fleet program and website, www.wismartfleet.org, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014.
The Wisconsin Smart Fleet program provides fleets with a planning tool and outlines different options to help Wisconsin fleets meet their internal economic goals while reducing their carbon footprint. The Wisconsin Smart Fleet program is initially inducting fleets with three or more vehicles.
|12/17/13||Business Journal of Milwaukee
Outpost extends stock sale after raising a quarter of its goal
Outpost Natural Foods Cooperative has extended its deadline to buy private stock to April 30 after raising about a quarter of its goal, general manager Pam Mehnert said.
The Milwaukee-based cooperative is selling the stock to help finance its fourth store in Mequon. It hopes to raise $750,000, but it has only raised about $190,000 so far, she said. Read more.
|11/14/13||Local First Milwaukee
LFM encourages consumers to pledge and shop local
Local First Milwaukee, an independent business alliance, is urging consumers to “Shift Your Shopping this Holiday - Pledge to Shop Local”. The pledge asks consumers to shift at least 10% more of their shopping from chains to local independent businesses. The group hopes to spread awareness of the benefits of supporting local retailers, artisans, and restaurants. "Making the shift to local is one of the fastest ways to build strong local economies, create jobs, and a build more vibrant community,” said Nancy Quinn, Managing Director of Local First MIlwaukee.
Outpost is a proud member and founding organization of Local First Milwaukee.
|08/19/13||Business Journal of Milwaukee
Serving up pay raises at Outpost Natural Foods
Milwaukee-based Outpost is giving raises to its current unionized employees, about 80 percent of its staff, of 70 cents an hour on average starting Aug. 25, according to a news release issued Monday. Starting wages will increase $1 an hour.
|08/19/13||Small Business Times
Outpost to boost wages for employees
Moving forward with its 2022 Vision plan, Outpost Natural Foods Co-op today released phase-one of its forward-looking strategy with a new overall increased wage structure for union employees.
The change will increase all existing union employee's wages by an average of 70 cents per hour, and new starting wages will increase $1 per hour for all classifications over the previous wage structure.
|07/24/13||Huff Post: Food Informants
A Week In The Life Of Jay Gilbertson & Ken Seguine, Hay River Pumpkin Seed Oil
3:00pm: Outpost Natural Foods Capitol Drive location. We had set up a demo (sampling) for our pumpkin seed oil. It is fun to meet people, we always sell product for our retailers and get to introduce the American public to this treat. Common in Austria, where they are the world’s largest producers and consumers, we are proud to sell, “America’s first pumpkin seed oil™”. Generally it is most people’s first taste of the rich, nutty and unique flavor.
Shopping for health foods at Tosa's Outpost store
I'm sitting down to a dinner of free-range chicken enchiladas. They taste restaurant quality and I didn't even fill up on chips and salsa first.
The Mexican dish — made by Brookfield–based Cocina DeLeon — was part of my purchase during my first time shopping at Outpost Natural Foods. Outpost has been on my list of places I've planned to check out for a long time. An effort to eat healthier finally got me through the doors of the State Street store.
|05/20/13||Business Journal of Milwaukee
Outpost Natural Foods plans July start, 80 jobs for Mequon store
Outpost Natural Foods Cooperative has closed on the purchase of a site in Mequon for its fourth store location, expected to create 80 jobs, and is aiming for a July start to construction.
|05/20/13||Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Mequon Outpost Natural Foods set to open by summer 2014
A new Outpost Natural Foods supermarket planned for Mequon is scheduled to open by summer 2014, after the Common Council this week approved city financing assistance for the project.
|02/15/13||Milwaukee news media outlets
Outpost to open Market Cafe in Healthy Lifestyles Village in Brown Deer
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|01/25/13||Today's TMJ4/620 WTMJ Newsradio
Hiring Our Heroes
It's not easy to get a job these days, but the task can be especially difficult for veterans. That's why we've helped in an effort called ''Hiring Our Heroes.'' Learn more about the story behind the effort.
Outpost Wins Zoning Change from Mequon Plan Commission
Mequon - Outpost Natural Foods is one step closer to moving into Mequon.
|11/16/12||Local First Milwaukee
Local First Milwaukee launches new website
Local First Milwaukee, a membership alliance committed to supporting local, independent businesses and organizations, recently launched a new website – www.localfirstmilwaukee.com – creating a hub of local retailers, restaurants, service providers and more.
Visitors to the site can be certain that all business and organizations listed are truly local, and if they choose to support them, more of their money will stay in the local economy. [A recent study showed] if Milwaukee consumers shift 10% of their shopping and dining from national chains to local businesses, they would create $311 million in new economic activity in our local economy. A summary of the study can be read here.
Outpost plans to open Mequon store
Outpost Natural Foods Cooperative plans to open its fourth store in late spring 2014, in Mequon, the company said Monday in a news release.
Outpost has secured nearly 2 acres at the northeast corner of Mequon Road and Wauwatosa Road for a 16,000-square-foot store, pending city approval, the release said.
Outpost Natural Foods Opens Cafe
It is the first of its kind for the co-op, which has been serving the metro Milwaukee community since 1970.
Outpost’s Market Café offers a variety of signature made-from-scratch Outpost prepared food items including bakery, sandwiches, soups, salads and entrees. The kiosk also offers hot coffee and tea, juices, a limited selection of fresh and non-perishable staple grocery items like milk and dairy, eggs, produce, bread, bulk items, convenient center aisle foods and bagged coffee. As with Outpost’s three full-service grocery stores, many of these items will come from Wisconsin growers and producers.
Outpost opens cafe at Aurora Sinai
Outpost Natural Foods has opened a new Outpost Market Café at Aurora Sinai Medical Center in downtown Milwaukee.
Outpost cafe-market opens in Aurora Sinai
Healthful foods in a health care setting: The Outpost Market Cafe opened Monday in the main lobby of Aurora Sinai Medical Center, 945 N. 12th St., a joint venture between the hospital and the Outpost Natural Foods grocery co-op.
Outpost to open retail kiosk at Aurora Sinai
Milwaukee-based Outpost Natural Foods, one of the largest natural foods cooperatives in the United States, announces that it will open a new 225 square foot retail space in the lobby at Aurora Sinai Medical Center at 945 N. 12th St., Milwaukee.
|11/24/11||Fox Point Bayside Patch.com
Small Businesses Hope for Busy Holiday Season
In southeastern Wisconsin, 192 small businesses are members of Local First Milwaukee, a coalition that promotes shopping local for the economic, environmental and social effects on a community.
“We’re not saying it’s wrong to buy things at a chain store. It just means so much more when you buy it locally,” Local First Milwaukee President Pam Mehnert said. “That money stays in Milwaukee and creates jobs here.”
Outpost grants $55,000 to local organizations
Outpost Natural Foods recently granted $55,000 to local organizations, including a $30K grant to Walnut Way Conservation Corp.
Regional products redefine "local" foods
Outpost Natural Foods started carrying Ray's Polish Fire just within the last two months.
In the middle of 2010, Outpost also started carrying Crapola granola. Crapola is a cranberry apple granola blend. A second flavor, called "Number Two," will be available at Outpost soon and Crapola's next flavor, which is purportedly top secret, is due out in summer 2012.
|11/4/11||The Business Journal
Group promoting local firms rolls out new name, logo
The organization formerly known as Our Milwaukee believes a new name and logo will better reflect the group’s mission of promoting local, independent businesses in the Milwaukee area.
Outpost Natural Foods - Community Owned and Community Supported
A lot was happening in our country - and in Milwaukee - in 1970. Specifically, it was a time of great unrest for our farms and our food. Big business was pushing out the family farmers, and the use of agricultural chemicals was becoming more common on our fields and in our food.
|02/22/11||Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Outpost manager Pam Mehnert enduring full year of no convenience food
For 12 months - 365 long days - the general manager of Outpost Natural Foods Co-op vowed to make everything (or nearly everything) she ate from scratch and chronicle her experiences in a blog of the same name.
|02/9/11||Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Outpost's sales, profits and memberships shoot up
"People are coming home."
That's how Outpost Board of Directors Treasurer Terry Rindt sums up a report on the coop's increase in sales in an interview with the Journal Sentinel's Doris Hajewski.
|01/14/11||The Business Journal
Outpost plans remodel of Wauwatosa store
Outpost is planning a major remodel of its Wauwatosa store, a company official said today.
|09/7/10||Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Outpost's café offerings get the spotlight.
Milwaukee's Eat Local Challenge
With a recalll of a half a billion factory produced salmonella-tainted eggs in the headlines, Milwaukee's Eat Local Challenge couldn't arrive at a better time.
Outpost magazine comes to an end
Eat Local Milwaukee Challenge
Egg Recall Boosts Sales for Local Farmers
|08/24/10||Natural Foods Merchandiser
Outpost Natural Foods Co-op keeps promotions fresh
|08/20/10||Bay View Compass
Outpost Natural Foods says their eggs are not part of the Wright County recall
Outpost organic bulk pistachios are good to eat!
Outpost featured for committment to local products
Outpost provides produce for Wisconsin Humane Society's Wildlife Di
More green fills Outpost's till
Outpost is noted for its progressive sick leave policy
|05/18/08||Credit Union Magazine
Taking a closer look at the partnership between Outpost and Brewery CU.
|04/28/08||Milwaukee Biz Blog
Outpost has "Influential Authenticity"... cool!
|12/7/07||WUWM's Lake Effect
GM Pam Mehnert, Outpost's and WUWM's Jane Hampden discuss Our Milwaukee
|11/30/07||The Business Journal
Pam Mehnert, Outpost's general manager discusses Our Milwaukee
Tug of War: Milwaukee Merchants in the Pull to Keep it Local
|08/29/07||Journal Sentinel Online
Midwest co-ops join in flood recovery efforts
|08/29/07||WUWM's Lake Effect
GM Pam Mehnert talks about the flood relief fund sponsored by Midwest co-ops
|04/7/07||Journal Sentinel Online
Local businesses band together
|03/26/07||Journal Sentinel Online
Facing super-sized competition, local food co-op predic
|11/23/06||WUWM's Lake Effect
A discussion of the changing face of Milwaukee's grocery market.