Mayor Tom Barrett today celebrated the opening of 9 new minority-owned businesses along a stretch of National Avenue from 31st to 37th Streets, known as ‘InterNATIONAL Avenue’ in the Silver City neighborhood. The area features an array of businesses owned by people of different ethnicities including Hmong, Laotian, Thai, Vietnamese, Hispanic, and African-American. A group of current businesses owners and Alderman Robert Donovan joined Mayor Barrett in his walk along ‘InterNATIONAL Avenue.’
The new Silver City businesses include:
- A banquet hall specializing in Asian food
- A sound mixing studio, which recently recorded an international blues artist and will now be used by Hal Leonard music publishers to record their music
- Auto sales and repair
- One of the only Hmong jewelry stores operating in Wisconsin, offering custom jewelry for Hmong cultural events
- A 24-hour day care center that teaches drama and art
- A clothing store
- Mexican restaurant
- Hispanic business offering multiple services: travel agency, translations, money transfers, notary public, etc.
- Satellite dish service, language services to the Hispanic community
“There’s strength in numbers and these new businesses have not only created jobs, they will help keep ‘Silver City’ on the upswing,” said Mayor Barrett. “The many ethnic restaurants and shops make this a wonderfully diverse area.”
The name ‘Silver City’ dates back to the days when more than 3,000 people were employed in Menomonee Valley and were paid in silver coins. Workers would walk from the valley to a neighborhood south, Silver City, and spend their coins.
“We’re bringing back the days when workers spend some of their earnings right in Silver City, just as we are working to bring employment back to the Menomonee Valley,” said Barrett.
The City of Milwaukee fosters growths in neighborhoods, such as Silver City, in part through its financing and grant programs. More information about business incentives can be found by visiting the Department of City Development website.
Mayor Barrett also commended Layton Boulevard West Neighbors, Inc. (LBWN) for its collaboration with area merchants and residents to revitalize ‘Silver City’ along National Avenue. In January 2004 LBWN forged a partnership with the city to implement a Targeted Investment Neighborhood project called the Silver City TIN. The TIN program provides forgivable loans (grants) to homeowners for home repairs and to abate code violations. Homeowners must live within the Silver City TIN target area (from W. National Ave. to W. Scott, S. Layton Blvd. to S. 39th Street) and earn income within certain levels to be eligible. Over the past three years, LBWN has worked with homeowners in a previous TIN to invest more than $1 million in home repairs. The Wells Fargo Bank has provided an additional $5,000 for low-income senior homeowners residing in the TIN to make home repairs.
New Businesses in Silver City:
Rice Palace Banquet Hall
3730 W. National Ave
Exchange Sound Studio
3710 W. National Ave
Latino Auto Sales and Repair
3705 W. National Ave
3630 W. National Ave
Milwaukee School of Drama and Art (Daycare)
3616 W. National Ave
New Era Clothing
3516 W. National Ave
Mis Amigos Restaurant
3514 W. National Ave
3430 W. National Ave
Telecom International Services
3430 W. National Ave