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Bader Philanthropies to Add Coffee Shop, Wellness Center Near King Drive HQ

September 25, 2019
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Bader Philanthropies Inc. will restore a vacant building next to its Milwaukee headquarters to house a coffee shop by the owner of City.Net Jazz Café, along with a Shalem Healing Inc. wellness center.

That building will be the second Bader Philanthropies has restored on North Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. The foundation a year ago settled into its new headquarters in a rehabbed building at 3300 North King Drive. The move is intended to create closer relationships with the surrounding central city community.

Bader Philanthropies also owns the vacant property to the north, and on Wednesday announced its restoration plan. Bader plans to expand an existing building by about 3,000 square feet, and reopen it in spring 2020. President and CEO Dan Bader said the future uses reflect needs communicated by neighbors in the area.

“Harambee residents are giving a voice to ideas that have the potential to enhance the quality of life, the health and well-being of our neighbors,” Bader said.

Sam’s Place coffee shop will occupy the first floor. It is run by Sam Belton, who also operates the City.Net cafe on East Wisconsin Avenue in downtown Milwaukee. Like City.Net, the King Drive location will have a jazz theme. It also will host live performances.

Belton said he grew up not far from the future home of Sam’s Place, and his relatives formerly ran a restaurant across the street. He said the location is “like coming back home.”

It also will bring at least 25 jobs to the neighborhood, Belton said.

“I’ve been here all my life,” he said. “We want to encourage people in the neighborhood and give them a sense of pride, of knowing they have an establishment in their neighborhood they can go to. They don’t have to go downtown.”

Shalem Healing will occupy the second floor. Currently in the nearby Riverwest neighborhood, Shalem provides holistic health services to about 3,000 people annually, and offers reduced rates for lower-income patients.

“We want to make holistic care such as herbal medicine, acupuncture, food as medicine, stem cell treatment, nutraceuticals, and proper education on seemingly chronic diseases as accessible to the residents living in Harambee and many others who will travel from around Milwaukee,” said founder Robert Fox.

JCP Construction LLC, a minority-owned firm also based on MLK Drive, is the lead contractor. JCP Construction also rehabbed Bader’s headquarters building. American Design Inc. is the architect.