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Juice Kitchen

Both times I visited the Juice Kitchen, 1617 W. North Avenue, there was a steady stream of customers, forming a line most of the time.  But everyone I spoke with seemed to agree — it is worth the wait.

The Juice Kitchen is part of a new healthy food development in the Lindsay Heights neighborhood — the Innovation and Wellness Commons — led by nonprofit organization Walnut Way Conservation Corp.

The juice bar occupies the front part of a formerly vacant building, which has been extensively and sustainably rennovated, and offers a menu of whole food fresh juices and smoothies.

On the other side is an Outpost Natural Foods mini-store, a commercial kitchen operated by the Milwaukee Center for Independence, and upstairs, the administrative offices for Fondy Food Center.

The development represents a broad community partnership, said Walnut Way Co-Founder Sharon Adams.

“We went through a process of inviting business, neighbors, interested parties to form a partnership,” Adams said.  “As we looked, [we learned] we needed to create a food hub.  And this is a food hub.”

Since Walnut Way formed 15 years ago, Adams said her vision has always been to restore North Avenue to the commercial corridor she, a nearly lifelong resident, witnessed in her childhood.

“The point is that in any vibrant community, you have choices.  And we just didn’t have enough choices.”

With Phase I of the project complete, the focus now turns to the second phase.  Plans are being developed for a new-construction community health project on site of a nearby parking lot, Adams said.

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