'Not going down without a fight': Menomonee Falls downtown business owners get creative to get through the pandemic  <font color="#6f6f6f">Milwaukee Journal Sentinel</font>
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Because, she said, business owners are using their most creative ideas, teaming together like never before and working harder than they ever have.

“We are better,” she said.

Reichard said that 77% of downtown businesses have generated income during Gov. Tony Evers’ safer-at-home order.

“(Downtown business owners) are not running the business as normal, and they are making it work,” Reichard said. “They looked outside the box, and it is working.”

Reichard said all the business owners are banding together to create a different downtown feel.

“We love our downtown, Reichard said. “We want everyone to check our downtown first.”

Donating to others, while still struggling

Adam Gegare left his 21-year job in the Department of Corrections in Milwaukee in September to open Slo’ Motion BBQ. He said it has been a challenge to operate a new business and only offer curside pickup — and to try to connect with others. 

But he partnered with a Hales Corners business, Mama Bev’s Bakery. Now, every Saturday, he serves butter cakes and barbecue.

“We are trying our best. I built a lot of partnerships,” he said. 

Facebook Live events. So far, murals have been announced at Poppy & Thyme and Nino’s Italian Bakery and Deli.

The next Facebook reveal for the third location will be revealed at noon Thursday, May 7, through the Menomonee Falls Downtown Facebook page.

cathy.kozlowicz@jrn.com. Follow her on Twitter at @KozlowiczCathy.

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