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When you step into Àvia Cakes, the aromas of caramel and red-velvet cake emanating from the ovens represent more than a sweet ending to an upcoming celebration. For owner Telashay Swope-Farr, they are reminders of dessert recipes and a passion for baking that have been handed down through generations of women in her family. She named the company after her grandmother, and hopes to invoke customers' own happy childhood memories with her homemade delicacies.

You can find an assortment of her 18 cake flavors at the Fondy Farmers Market, including unusual varieties such as Mountain Dew or 7-Up. In addition to peach cobbler and cheesecake cookies, Swope-Farr designs personalized cakes for birthday parties or soft-filling pies ideal for celebrating a graduation from clown college.

2200 West Fond Du Lac Avenue
Milwaukee,
WI
US

"You will have fun here." That's the prediction of one Shepherd Express writer who visited Ashley's Que, a Walker's Point barbecue joint operated by a trio of seasoned pit-masters. It's true, the atmosphere here seems geared toward laid-back fun; blues songs drift from the speakers, guests sip draft beer next to a fieldstone fireplace, and bartenders mix drinks such as the nutmeg-laced bourbon milk punch. And we haven't even gotten to the food yet.

This is definitely comfort food. Stacks of tender, saucy ribs and piles of beef brisket fill diners' plates, accompanied by sides such as deep-fried corn on the cob or twice-baked potatoes. Although most of the menu sticks to barbecue classics, there are some outliers, including the gyro sandwich.

1501 W Center St
Milwaukee,
WI
US

Whether capturing a family portrait or immortalizing a wedding or graduation, Cloud 9 Photography seeks to blend a knowledge of the technical side of photography with a knack for evoking beauty from its subjects. During each session, whether on-location or in-studio, a professional photographer works with clients to create ideal images that encapsulate important life events.

3452 North 17th Street
Milwaukee,
WI
US

In business since 1953, Koss immerses listeners in crisp, clean sounds with its range of full-size, portable, earbud, and wireless headphones, all safeguarded with a no-questions-asked lifetime warranty. Full-size headphones, such as the UR50 ($49.99), cover the earlobes with cushy padding and a smooth, isolated sound and the small KEB40 earbuds ($29.99) sustain enough stealth and sound to maintain a disguise while drowning out other Revolutionary War re-enactors. Keep your coif uncluttered with Sportclip stereophones ($9.99–$249.99) such as the KSC35, which clip cleanly to the ears and come with a convenient carrying case, keeping sound in and wet willies out.

4129 West North Avenue
Milwaukee,
WI
US

Scrub A Dub carwash and oil-change centers have been popping up around the Metro Milwaukee Area since the company's origins in 1947. A team of AOCA-certified lube technicians mans each garage, expertly administering professional oil changes and a wide range of transmission, radiator, and other automotive repair services. Each center is home to an advanced automated carwash system, which uses gentle cleaners, conditioning waxes, and premium polishes to gussy up automobile exteriors.

2930 W Capitol Dr
Milwaukee,
WI
US

5 O'Clock Steakhouse: A User’s Guide

Award-Winning Steak House | Classic Surf 'n' Turf | Live Entertainment | Californian Wines | Supper-Club Decor

Sample Menu

  • Appetizer: shrimp cocktail
  • Entree: bacon-wrapped fillet with blue cheese
  • Drink: Rodney Strong merlot from Sonoma

When to Go: Try to plan your dinner for a Friday night around 8 p.m. That’s when musicians hit the adjoining Alley Cat Lounge stage, playing everything from oldies and jazz to modern rock and R&B.



Inside Tip: Show up hungry. All meals come with a salad, relish tray, and sourdough bread with butter and honey. A side of butter-sauteéd mushrooms also accompanies every steak.



Media Mentions: Over the years, 5 O’Clock has drawn national attention. The Travel Channel featured it on the program Steak Paradise, Saveur magazine named it one of the best steak houses in the country, and Travel + Leisure said it has a "Mad Men vibe."



Behind the Name: According to the restaurant's lore, the steak house got its name from an alarm clock that would ring every day at 5 p.m., alerting customers that it was time for a free drink.



While You’re in the Neighborhood
Before: Tour the Tripoli Shrine Center (3000 W. Wisconsin Avenue), a replica of the Taj Mahal and a member of the National Register of Historic Places.

After: If the entertainment at the Alley Cat Lounge isn't to your taste, head over to The Coffee House (631 N. 19th Street), which offers acoustic music and poetry performances.

2416 W State St
Milwaukee,
WI
US