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Photo Essay: What Shopping Local Looks Like

“If shoppers go to a big box store, they might get something a little bit cheaper there. But the employees are still going to get their basic wage whether a customer buys something or not. When we buy local from a maker, we can see the quality that goes into it. And the sale makes a big difference because we are supporting their work and helping their business continue to grow.” 

– Ryan Laessig, Milwaukee Makers Market Coordinator

Discovery World and Colectivo Coffee have supported the Milwaukee Makers Market annual event. Thousands of visitors attended this year’s emporium that offered a range of local products that included jewelry, candles, soaps, handcrafted toys and dolls, hats and T-shirts, and artwork like watercolors, digital, and 3-D printed objects.

These images showcase the more than 30 vendors and their locally produced goods, that were on sale during the 2017 Milwaukee Makers Market held at Discovery World on March 25.

About The Author

Lee Matz

Former Creative Director and Photojournalist for the Milwaukee Business Journal, Lee brings his years of international experience as a foreign correspondent in Asia and Europe, with a background in publishing, advertising, and design, to the Milwaukee Independent. His list of awards include three consecutive top honors from the Milwaukee Press Club. Lee proudly uses MCTS as his exclusive mode of transportation, other than walking, for all the news stories he reports about in Milwaukee.


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