The Innovations and Wellness Commons opened in October 2015. Please join tenants, The Juice Kitchen, Fondy Food Center Offices, MCFI, and, coming soon, Basia Rose Designs, that have invested in the North Avenue business corridor at 1617 W. North Avenue.

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 The Juice Kitchen, and housing the Fondy Food Center Offices is just the start of increasing healthy options for residents. The Juice Kitchen serves thousands of healthy food options to customers annually. Fondy Farmers Market creates year-long healthy food options at winter and summer farmers markets. MCFI serves children daily by preparing fresh meals.


The Juice Kitchen a.k.a. The Shindig

A Juice & Smoothie Bar…and now serving coffee and prepared salads too!

Phone: (414) 897-8635
Hours: M-Sat, 7:00 AM-3:00 PM

The Juice Kitchen is a locally owned business that produces and sells a variety of fruit and vegetable juices and smoothies. The Juice Kitchen has reopened as The Shindig and now offers their own brand of coffee and salads. Owners Maanaan and JoAnne Sabir, leaders of The Sherman Phoenix Market, have created a vibrant social center bounded by a culture of caring for one another’s well-being. They use fresh ingredients to create nutrient-rich, healthy food. Be sure to ask for a ginger shot to inaugurate your first visit!

Basia Rose Designs

Phone: 312-767-3275
Hours:  Monday – Saturday 10am – 6pm. Sundays By Appointment only.

Basia Rose Designs Boutique provides dresses for ladies. The location also sells small gifts and accessories made by local vendors. Services includes alterations and custom designs for men and children as well. Seamstress will be available to accommodate all sewing needs and styling recommendations. Occasionally, make up artists will be on site to service ladies for there big day.  There will be events throughout the year including coat drives, trunk shows, and sewing classes.

Basia Spencer

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.