MILWAUKEE – There was excitement in the Deer District of Milwaukee on Thursday night, July 7, but this time it wasn’t about basketball. Thursday marked the start of the Deer District Market’s second year, and it will continue every Thursday until August 25th.
There’s something nostalgic about cotton candy on a stick.
“I was really obsessed with, you know, the purple cotton candy or the blue or pink cotton candy that you would see at the fair,” said Cotton Mouth MKE partner Gabi Joseph.
Joseph and his family have turned this nostalgia into a business, but with a different approach.
“We use organic sugars,” Joseph said. “We use organic flavors, and the cool thing is you can kind of mix and match the different flavors we want.”
Cotton Mouth MKE is one of the companies taking over the Deer District on Thursday nights through the end of August in the second year of the market.
The Bucks organization said the idea was to showcase great local food prepared by a variety of people.
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“It definitely gets our name out there,” Joseph said. “It’s kind of hard when you’re just a small business to get your information out there and get people to see you. It’s really, really good that they’re doing this for small businesses like ours .”
Lynette Hopwood, visiting Milwaukee, stumbled across the market on her way to the Fiserv Forum, where the Bucks won a championship.
“I’m glad I stumbled across it today,” Hopwood said. “What a great coincidence. It’s a nice addition to the city, that’s for sure.”
Joseph said she hopes her business will tap into some of that energy.
“It’s pretty exciting,” Joseph said. “It’s pretty awesome. I mean, it’s our team. We love the Bucks.”
The market will run every Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. until August 25.