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The Experience Milwaukee podcast highlights the people and places that make Milwaukee great. Hosted by Steve Glynn, Adam Derus, and Tia, the trio keeps things light and humorous, often making fun of themselves and the things they share with listeners. Maybe that’s because the podcast is typically (ok always) recorded over a few drinks!
 
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Among many wonderful things, JUNE IS DAIRY MONTH! And in this episode, Adam and Steve serve up two scoops of fun along with Lauren Schultz, owner of Purple Door Ice Cream. Officially celebrating ten years of making ice cream in Milwaukee, Lauren shares how it all started with a childhood dream. Listen in for that story and more including the challe…
 
This episode is full of art. And laughs. Adam and Steve have an absolute blast with Becca and Keighley, two of last year's artists for the East Side Art Lot. Listen in to learn what the East Side art lot is, how it's made, and how you can experience it. Also, the origins of both Becca (spider bite) and Keighley's (concussions) artistic talents. Oh,…
 
As Bittercube's founder Ira Koplowitz explains, bitters are the spice rack of your bar. And as liquid spices, maybe for your entire home! In this episode, Adam and Steve dig into how a unique experience and lots of travel inspired the creation of Bittercube. Along with Ira, they also explore the role of cocktails in building human connection and ho…
 
What do you get when you mix ambition, passion, and a take-action 16 year old? An organization that sets out to give young people a chance to experience and explore the arts! Adam and Steve have a great conversation with their new friend, Contessa Lobley, Executive Director and Founder of the East Side's TBEY Arts Center. Contessa, or Tessa as her …
 
You might think this episode is only for the whiskey lovers. That's only half true. If you like people who make things (or are one) and their stories to bring their creations to life, this episode is for you, whether you like whiskey or not! Why did we go to Evanston, IL? And why does FEW Spirits (and founder Paul Hletko) absolutely love Milwaukee …
 
How can ice cream save a life? You'll have to listen to find out. Join Adam and Steve and their new BFFs Justin Povlick and Dusty Garley, two of the owners at Scratch Ice Cream, for another great Milwaukee story. Get the scoop (ha ha) on how Scratch got started in the back of a frozen yogurt shop, how the company pays attention to the details, and …
 
This might sound like a complicated episode, but it's really not. Jump in with Adam and Steve as they catch up with washbnb founder and CEO Daniel Cruz while getting an Airbnb perspective of the city from Cream City Stays founder John Kroeger. What will you get from this one besides some serious laughs? Daniel's perspective on the washbnb business …
 
Adam is on vacation so Steve goes solo on this one. In honor of Milwaukee Day, April 14 (414, Milwaukee's main area code), the team thought it'd be fun to learn more about the inception of the day that celebrates the city. Steve is joined by Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Milwaukee Day co-founders Andy Silverman and Mocha Harris, Milwaukee Downtown C…
 
In this East Side neighborhood feature episode, Adam and Steve get to know more about Triciclo Peru, including how to properly pronounce the name! Joined by the restaurant's owner, Amy Narr, you too can learn more about her background in the Pease Corps and Peru and back to Milwaukee as an entrepreneur. You can find Triciclo Peru everywhere in the …
 
This is exactly the episode you'd expect after several drinks. And what better day to publish it than April Fool's Day?!? If you were in Milwaukee in your 20's in the 90's, you'll love this one. And if you weren't, you'll still love the laughs and mayhem (also, please share this with someone who was)! Adam and Steve welcome Molly Snyder, senior wri…
 
After 5 years, Milwaukee Makers Market founder, curator, and organizer Ryan Laessig still works tirelessly to keep the events fresh and exciting. Consider that goal accomplished. This week, Adam and Steve learn more about what's in store for the 2021 Milwaukee Makers Market season, how it supports local, small businesses (who make what they sell bt…
 
This is an episode for the future. Or from the past. Or something like that. Anyway, enjoy this fun conversation that Adam and Steve have with former journalist for the Milwaukee Business Journal and Wisconsin Inno, Nick Williams. Learn about what brought him to Milwaukee while getting super insightful perspective on the city's tech and innovation …
 
In this episode, Adam and Steve learn all about Thum from owner Darleen Vanmanivong. Her passion and love for food is inspiring. Located in Crossroads Collective in Milwaukee's welcoming East Side neighborhood, Thum launched in the middle of the pandemic and is doing so well that Darleen recently committed to another two years. Learn more about how…
 
In this episode, Adam and Steve chat with Katie Daly Weiss, owner and Chief Yeti Wrangler at Big White Yeti. What the hell is Big White Yeti? Well, a company that makes seriously good smelling candles with some seriously silly names! Learn how it was named, how they're made (hint: Yeti magic!), how and why to trim your wick, what a cold throw is, a…
 
This is an episode of lies and deceit. Ok, not really. As much as we try to distract you with misinformation, in the end, you'll get all the info you need to find and enjoy this top secret Milwaukee speakeasy. Jump in with Adam and Steve as they interrogate Daniel Dufek, Beverage Director, Hospitality at New Land Enterprises and controller of true …
 
How will Milwaukee capture otherwise lost knowledge and transform regional leadership? Ian Abston, founder of Forward 48 has an answer. This episode, also with Betsy Brenner, former president & publisher at The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, takes Adam and Steve on journey into this new accelerator for leaders. From networking to experiential learning…
 
In this episode, Adam and Steve chat with Adventure Rock co-owner Craig Burzynski. Jump in and learn more about Milwaukee's indoor climbing gym, with three locations for your convenience. From "easier than climbing a ladder" to Spiderman level routes, learn more about how simple it is to get started or keep challenging yourself if you're an experie…
 
In this East Side ON episode, Adam and Steve bring you the story of Celesta Restaurant with its energetic and engaging chef/owner, Melanie Manuel. From creative writing teacher to helping food stamp recipients get their high school equivalency diploma and traveling across the US and around the world, Melanie has seen it all. But what led her to mak…
 
As is often discussed on this podcast, success takes time. For Indeed Brewing, that meant working through the grind of self-distribution from Minnesota to Wisconsin. Several Culver's and Kwik Trip stops later, a beautiful taproom in the Walker's Point neighborhood emerged. Take a listen as Adam and Steve chat with Indeed's Jeff Gray (Sales/Marketin…
 
Wantable, a try-before-you-buy apparel service powered by personal stylists and data science, is experiencing tremendous growth. In this episode, Adam and Steve dig in with founder and CEO, Jalem Getz, and longtime employee and current copywriter, Lindsay Unick, to learn more about how the company is keeping employees engaged in an environment wher…
 
This episode, focused on events planned for St. Patrick's day 2020, was never released. We found it while digging through the archives. We took a listen and realized it highlights so many of the things we love about Milwaukee from a time when we were all out experiencing the city. So, we dusted it off and we're sharing it with you. In gratitude, an…
 
What do you do when you sell your house and walk away from your dream job? You start a successful business, of course. Learn about this and more as Adam and Steve get the scoop from Margaux Chandler, owner of Shred415, a community-focused fitness studio on Milwaukee's East Side. With options for you to join in-person or through live streams, Shred4…
 
Jump in on this one as Adam and Steve learn more about Von Trier, a unique German beer bar and cocktail lounge, from its owner, Mark Zierath. From the history of the bar, which runs deep, to what's new, you'll come to love this East Side establishment! Oh, and listen in to see if Mark felt any pressure taking over such a historic place.…
 
Ever wonder what a complete nerd out on video games would sound like on the podcast? Well, here you go! In this episode, Adam and Steve have so much fun talking with Tommy Ludan, Player 1 at CARCADE (carcadegames.com), an anywhere arcade. Learn how Tommy went from daytime attorney to bringing social entertainment to Milwaukee through engaging park-…
 
What do you do with an old pharmacy that got its start in the 1930's? Well, you turn it into the most awesomest, badass food hall, of course! Jump into this chat where Adam and Steve learn more about Crossroads Collective from Emily Chirillo, Director of Operations for New Land Enterprises. Including how Crossroads Collective is, in many ways, an i…
 
With all of the changes to remote environments this year, technology has been at the core of extending work and education. But what do you do when thousands of students don't have the connectivity hardware and software needed to keep up? You innovate. In this episode, Adam and Steve learn more about that and all the other things the MPS Foundation …
 
You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll shake your head. But if you love beer, or have a beer lover in your life, this is a must listen! In this episode, Tia, Adam, and Steve preview the Milwaukee Honey Barleywine from Indeed and the Tiki Bay Milkshake IPA, Kringle Monster, Existence Grand CRU, and Sour Golden Ale from MobCraft. It gets wild. It gets craz…
 
What to do you get when you mix home-grown passion, enthusiasm, and a genuine love and appreciation for life? You get Elizabeth Kay, morning show host at 99.1 The Mix, podcaster, 1:1 coach, mom, wife, and more. In this episode, Adam and Steve dig into Elizabeth's journey to today. From delivering newspapers and what she learned at First Stage, to g…
 
In this episode, Adam and Steve continue their exploration of Milwaukee's East Side, this time stopping to chat with Andie, the owner of Little Monsters children’s boutique. If you're looking for fun, you've found it! From clothes to puzzles and toys and everything in between, Little Monsters has that something special you're seeking for the kids i…
 
In this episode, Adam and Steve chat with Brian Sammons, founder of Twisted Path Distillery. Do we talk spirits? Yes. Do we talk about how Brian was making rum in his kitchen? Hell yeah. We also talk about so many other Milwaukee places that Brian collaborates with. From running counter intelligence operations in the CIA to creating certified organ…
 
In this episode, Steve and Adam have a lively discussion with Kellie J. Sigh, Executive Director of College Possible Milwaukee, an organization making college admission and success possible for students from low-income backgrounds through an intensive curriculum of coaching and support. It's positively impacting the lives of so many young people in…
 
Love. Ghost kitchen. Gooey butter cake. And chicken. Put them together and you have all the ingredients for success. All in the Fiserv Forum. Listen in as Adam and Steve chat with some of the Milwaukee Bucks and Cream City Cluckery crew to learn more about how they worked together, adapted to the circumstances, and brought this idea to life. Also, …
 
Ok, before we get started, this is NOT episode #90 as Adam and Steve proclaim in this episode. It's episode #103!!! And this is a good one. Jump in for a fun chat with Jim Neumeyer from Beans & Barley. Get the incredible history on this long-standing East Side establishment that's been a unique, important (and delicious) part of Milwaukee's fabric …
 
In this episode, Adam and Steve sip and chat with Katy McHugh, owner of Sip & Purr Cat Cafe. As Katy explains how she didn't know how much she didn't know about cats, we learn all about her journey in launching the cafe, choosing the East Side, and how one navigates the cafe and the lounge, even if you're allergic to cats!…
 
Keep it simple. That's the focus of the conversation Steve has with Nate Arkush, founding partner of FreshFin Poké. As the first poké bowl restaurant to open in Milwaukee in 2017, Nate and his team have quickly expanded from the East Side to across the city. And Nate's journey goes from Las Vegas to Chicago and back. Listen to find out more about F…
 
In this episode, Adam and Steve chat with Julie Brandenburg, owner of beSOUND music studio. beSOUND goes beyond your average music lesson as a safe, welcoming place to help people become more creative. The three talk more about how Julie got started, why she launched the studio, and Adam's dream of singing and being in a jam session. Super fun, as …
 
In this episode, which is not about politics, Steve and Adam sit down with Jason Rae, Secretary of the Democratic National Committee. Jason shares more about how he got the role, how and why Milwaukee got the Democratic National Convention, what the DNC wants the people of Milwaukee to know about the decision to go virtual, AND his favorite Milwauk…
 
In this episode, Adam and Steve talk with Steven Wroblewski, owner of glowmke, a company that designs Milwaukee icons in vintage, glowing neon light. A transplant from Texas, Steven LOVES Milwaukee! He shares more about how glowmke came to be, his fav city spots to brainstorm, his desire to partner with local artists, and more. Take a listen, then …
 
In this episode, Adam and Steve talk with the team behind Milwaukee's FOR-M program, an initiative of the Milwaukee Tech Hub Coalition (and powered by We Pivot and The Commons) to support and grow Milwaukee's tech startup ecosystem (www.for-m.org). FOR-M is FREE and takes a community-based approach to offer tech startup founders the guidance, conne…
 
All the feels in this one. If you like making art in a fun, inviting environment, this is a must listen! Adam and Steve sit down with Alex Zens, owner of NEIGHBOR art studio on Milwaukee's East Side. Alex shares her journey to launching NEIGHBOR, her go to art tools, and more. Oh, and they all discuss something about Floafers, but you'll have to li…
 
We love, love, love this episode! Adam and Steve are in awe after chatting with Sara Arenas from Judy's On North. Sara brings passion and positive energy to running the restaurant, welcoming "family", and making the experience extra special. Learn more about how the family took over what was formerly Jalisco's, what's behind (or inside) their famou…
 
In this episode, Adam and Steve have a lively and humorous conversation with Nick and Cary from Third Space Brewing. In addition to the story of the origins of the brewery, including how Nick and Cary got hired, you'll also learn about how beers are named, upcoming new beer releases, Wisconsin IPA Fest, and BREAKING NEWS about their Instagram show,…
 
In this episode, Adam Derus and Steve Glynn learn about poke from Andy Zheng, owner of Fusion Poke. From his inspiration to starting the restaurant, to his focus on the customer experience (and his LOVE for Milwaukee), you'll get all the info you need to jump in and enjoy Fusion Poke. For those of you already familiar, you'll truly enjoy Andy's pas…
 
In this episode, Adam Derus and Steve Glynn chat with Jesse Masche, owner of East Side Pilates and Phlox Boutique. After growing up in an entrepreneurial environment, it was no surprise Jesse ditched the 9-5 to pursue what keeps her active, motivated, and growing mentally and spiritually. Learn more about her journey and her tenacity in getting thr…
 
In this episode, part of the East Side ON series, hosts Adam Derus and Steve Glynn sit down with Peter Dietrich, co-owner of Tavolino (wine, pasta, pizza & more!). It's true you can spot passion a mile away and Peter is full of passion for building relationships through amazing experiences. Learn more about the origin story, challenges over the pas…
 
In this fun episode, Tia, Adam, and Steve sit down with Elise Strupp, Event & Programming Manager at MobCraft Beer. Elise, a former English teacher, shares her journey into beer, how MobCraft found its way to Walker's Point, how crowdsourced beer actually works, MobCraft virtual pairings (including donuts+beer just in time for Father's Day - visit …
 
In this episode, hosts Adam Derus and Steve Glynn have a hilarious conversation with Mama's Boy Salsa owner Chris Koncki. This is officially the first episode to be recorded virtually while everyone was physically in Greendale. World record. Look, this is some darn good salsa. So jump in and learn more about how it came to be (selling salsa at the …
 
In this episode, Steve Glynn and Adam Derus take a virtual road trip to visit FEW Spirits' founder Paul Hletko in Evanston, IL. Why? Because of damn good bourbon. In full disclosure, FEW is now the official bourbon of the podcast. That said, it’s one of the best bourbons we’ve tried. In fact, one of their whiskeys recently won world’s best. Listen …
 
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