Basia Rose Designs Owner, Basia Spencer

Fashion Boutique Grand Opening at The Commons

Milwaukee native, Basia Spencer, has been designing, creating, and selling her stylish dresses since 2015 and is moving into her first brick and mortar store at The Innovations and Wellness Commons, Walnut Way’s development project. Join in celebration at Basia Rose Designs Boutique, Saturday, December 8th, at its Grand Opening Trunk Show from 2:00 p.m to 6:00 p.m. at 1617 W. North Avenue (formerly The Outpost Natural Foods Learning and Event Center Space).

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A Letter from Executive Director, Antonio Butts

Jeff knew he wanted to work with his hands. He came from a family of builders. He couldn’t see his dream or realize his vision because he was isolated, unemployed, and nearly homeless. In the Lindsay Heights community, a common barrier for men seeking long-term employment is a lack of social support. When Jeff joined the Men’s Wellness Group at Walnut Way, it was his first step towards becoming well. Through the course of two years, Jeff engaged in programs at Walnut Way that focus on supporting community members through the building blocks of Wellness, Work, and Wealth.

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Angela’s Story: Widening the Circle of Wealth

Angela Smith has a deep commitment to wellness – physical, emotional, and spiritual that stems from a journey towards being her better self. Looking for alternative ways to ease her back pain, Angela  found an alternative health clinic that made a wellness plan. It included a prescription of herbs from a Chinese Medicine doctor, massage therapy, reiki and acupuncture. She was really excited with the results and the new methods she learned to strengthen her body and reduce pain.

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Jeff’s Story: A Springboard of Wellness

Jeff didn’t know a knock on his door in the fall of 2014 would be a “game changer” as he calls it. He was down on his luck, depressed, staying at a family member’s home that was almost condemned. Unemployed and still recovering emotionally from a recent stint in jail, life was bleak. But then two men from Walnut Way – Terron Edwards and Maanaan Sabir – knocked on his door, introduced themselves, and invited him to the next Men’s Wellness Peer Group.

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