The Innovations and Wellness Commons opened in October 2015.  The Commons Phase I tenant partnerships focus mainly on healthy food. Phase I is a community of food retail, production, and wholesale tenants. The siting of Fondy Food Center Offices is just the start of increasing healthy options for residents. Fondy Farmers Market creates year-long healthy food options at winter and summer farmers markets. MCFI serves children daily by preparing fresh meals.


Fondy Food Center Admin Office

Phone: (414) 562-2282
Markets: Fondy Farmers Market – 2200 W Fond du Lac Ave (located nearby in Lindsay Heights)

The Fondy Food Center Administrative offices are located at The Innovations and Wellness Commons. Fondy connects Greater Milwaukee to local, fresh food – from farm to market to table – so that children learn better, adults live healthier, and communities celebrate cultural food traditions. From the programs like Fondy Farmers Market on Milwaukee’s Northside to the Milwaukee County Winter Farmers Market to the Fondy Farm – Fondy’s projects work together to improve fresh, local food access for all.

Milwaukee Center for Independence Commercial Kitchen


MCFI is a Milwaukee-based nonprofit that offers life-changing programs and services for children and adults with disabilities, special needs, and barriers to success. The MCFI Hospitality Academy, which is leasing space for a commercial kitchen in The Commons, provides on-the-job training for individuals interested in working in the hospitality industry. MCFI uses the commercial kitchen to prepare fresh, healthy meals for its contract clients – child care centers and schools that serve mainly low-income families. The kitchen provides jobs and paid training opportunities to local residents and offer job opportunities in other MCFI facilities.

Maanaan and JoAnne Sabir Juice Kitchen focus blur

The Juice Kitchen a.k.a. Shindig Coffee

Juice & Smoothie Production (not open to the public)

Phone: (414) 897-8635

Just four years ago, Maanaan and JoAnne Sabir started The Juice Kitchen in Walnut Way’s Innovations and Wellness Commons on 16th and North Avenue, with a big idea: nurture the community with fresh juice. Their passion for health and wellness, and juice has brought lasting vitality to the neighborhood. Over the past four years, the business grew. In 2018, they opened a full-service coffee shop, juice bar and restaurant at the new Sherman Phoenix which offered the space for expansion. The Juice Kitchen/Shindig Coffee on North Avenue is now closed to the public and will be solely focused on production for their Sherman Phoenix location until this fall.

Although we will miss the Juice Kitchen a.k.a. Shindig Coffee, we are proud of the growth of this important business and being a part of its development over the last several years. As owners of the Innovations and Wellness Commons, Walnut Way is very excited about the opportunity to host a new budding business in this location in the future! The highly attractive space with retail storefront and access to an onsite commercial kitchen makes way for a variety of tenants.

Leasing inquiries can go to Antonio Butts,, 414-264-2326 ext. 11.