Speaker Spotlight: Meg Hopkins, La Terre

Meg Hopkins became owner of Third Ward furniture shop, Elements East, in 2017. Just two years later, she joined forces with her former business partner to conceptualize La Terre specifically for Mequon Public Market.

Meg describes her store as an open-air, European-style market, offering fresh floral arrangements and one-of-a-kind gifts sourced from around the world.

When asked about what she has learned as a business owner, Meg said, “Going from corporate retail into owning my own businesses… my largest learning curve was about finding the balance between leaning on the experience of others while letting my own vision guide the way.”

To hear more about Meg’s vision for La Terre, and the experiences of other female business owners within Mequon Public Market, purchase your ticket here!

Speaker Spotlight: Wendy Mireles of Café Corazón

Today’s Speaker Spotlight shines on Wendy Mireles of Café Corazón Mequon! George and Wendy Mireles opened the first Café Corazón a decade ago in Riverwest with the goal of bringing fresh, Latin cuisine to Milwaukee. Today, their priority is providing locally-sourced food to customers by utilizing urban gardens and local farms at all three restaurant locations.

We asked Wendy to reflect on her business ownership journey and she told us, “I am proud that Corazón is celebrating 10 years, with 3 locations, 120 employees… We have never wavered from our intention to develop leaders within our staff, provide excellent customer service, support local farmers, and reduce our industry footprint when we expanded from Riverwest to Bay View and now in Mequon.”

Hear more from Wendy at She Stands Tall: Women of Mequon Public Market on October 14!

The Tandem’s owner, her ankle shattered, makes appeal for help running restaurant

Chef and owner of The Tandem, Caitlin Cullen, shattered her ankle and is unable to manage her restaurant for the next 1-2 months. An injury, like Cullen’s, is one of the most significant challenges a local, small business owner faces when trying to keep up with day-to-day operations. Spread the word! Cullen is looking for experienced cooks and waitstaff to help run her restaurant while she recovers. For more info: Contact Carol at carol.deptolla@jrn.com or (414) 224-2841. Follow her on Twitter at @mkediner or Instagram at @mke_diner. Read more.