a robust vibrant local economy
When you buy from Designaway and our partner sites your purchase directly supports the creation of local jobs, allowing community residents to both live and work in their neighborhood. This not only strengthens the economic health of Lindsay Heights, but steady employment and decreased commutes also mean residents experience improvements in their overall quality of life.
a thriving business corridor
Your purchase represents an investment in Milwaukee’s near Northside where due to years of disinvestment commercial properties are currently 50% vacant.
Designaway operates in a beautifully restored storefront and former social hall owned by Walnut Way on 16th Street and North Avenue, called "The Commons." Designaway’s success at this location will enable Walnut Way and our trusted partners to continue the work of rebuilding Lindsay Height’s business distinct into a thriving commercial center.
a flourishing community of
artists and partner organization
Your purchase dollars help us create and maintain the online stores of the artists and organizations that partner with Designaway. As a result of physical distancing requirements associated with COVID-19, the virtual storefronts and fulfillment services provided by Designaway often serve as a critical revenue stream for our partners.
a strong network of
Designaway works with prominent Milwaukee-area academic institutions including University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM), Marquette University, and Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) to develop and sustain business practices that are innovative, economically sustainable, and promote social justice. Your purchase helps us nurture and grow these vital relationships.
When we lift up our community we are honoring our culture, stories, legacy, and impact in society. Thank you for supporting our work.