local vegan or vegan-friendly companies in milwaukee
Vegan Essentials - We are so lucky to have this award-winning vegan super store just outside of Milwaukee in Waukesha. In addition to food, they have dog and cat foods/treats/accessories and tons of other vegan products. Most of their sales are done online, but if you contact them, they may be able set up an appointment for you to pick up your order at their warehouse.
East Side Ovens - Vegan bakery, wholesale to several local retailers as well as special orders. They also participate in several local farmer's market--check out their site for details.
Simple Soyman - This local maker of tofu and soy-based products (sloppy jos, pizza, hummus, various sweets and more) doesn't have it's own store, but they do sell at many local retail outlets. Check out their site to get a full listing of products and retail outlets.
Blooming Lotus Bakery - All-vegan, grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, peanut-free, egg-free and cane sugar-free bakery. They have breads as well as desserts.
Tabal Chocolate - Located in Wauwatosa and markets around the area, all of their chocolates are vegan and their mission is: "Help our customers enhance relationships through the sharing and enjoyment of high quality, socially responsible chocolate."
Saralou's Sweets - A local Milwaukee woman creates everything from cookies to wedding cakes.
Molly's Gluten-Free Bakery - Located in Pewaukee, WI, this bakery specializes in gluten-free baked goods, but they also have a decent selection of egg and dairy-free items as well. Keep an eye out for the chicken/cow symbol to see which are available vegan-style. They also do catering!
Halo Soap - The majority of their bath and body products are vegan and they have a great variety of soaps, lotions, bath bombs, scrubs, skin care and more. They have a shop located in Cudahy and one in Bay View and sell online as well. I LOVE their crack stick vegan lip balm--my total favorite and I have tried a ton of lip balms in my time!
Peninsula Soap - I just found this soap company by accident doing a Google search--It's always great to find another local vegan business. They make all-natural vegan soaps that are available at a couple local retailers.
Perennial Soaps - Vegan soaps, lip balms and shaving soaps created in Racine, Wisconsin. They have an Etsy store, but it looks like they do some wholesale and markets as well. Keep an eye on their Facebook for details.
The Workshop Soapery - They craft vegan, palm oil free and cruelty free soaps and bath products. They are located in Sussex, WI and sell in Menomonee Falls and Waukesha and you can find them at various markets throughout the year.
InspiredAlchemyLLC - Based in Madison, they sell vegan superfoods truffles on Etsy.
Arbonne - Sarah Boardman-Miller, Executive Area Manager - Arbonne is an all-vegan cosmetics and skin care company that has "400+ Vegan Certified Products, Gluten Free and made with no hormone altering chemicals or mineral oil." They also have vegan nutrition and weight-loss products. You can order online or have a party where they demonstrate products.
Beauty without Cruelty - With their American headquarters in Twin Lakes (Kenosha area), Wisconsin, this company is a trailblazer in vegan beauty products. Their products include skin and hair care, cosmetics, and more. Although they don't have a retail location in Wisconsin, you can order online and find them at several other online stores.
LUSH - Located in Mayfair Mall, Lush is a bath and body products company with tons of vegan items. They are very vocal about their stand against animal testing, which is awesome! They carry everything from bath bombs and soap, to hair care products and perfumes--ask them to point out the vegan products.
Natural & Ethnic grocery stores
Milwaukee has a number of local co-op and ethnic grocery stores, as well as larger chain natural foods stores--get a full listing here.
Looking for vegan-friendly caterers? Find a list of bakers, restaurant catering and independent catering options here.
Salons & Spas
Find a Milwaukee area salon or spa that offers vegan products.
Monkey Bar Gym in Milwaukee promotes a plant-based diet along with their workouts: "We eat a Plant-Based Diet to have a healthy body and reduce impact on the planet. Embracing Plant-Based Nutrition will get you lean and reduce inflammation. You will learn the skills and knowledge needed to eat right for you. The goal of Plant-Based Nutrition is to feel light and energized."
Vegan Tattoos in Milwaukee
It's hard to find a great place where you can get a tattoo and know that the ink doesn't contain any animal products, but we've got one right here in Milwaukee! Saints and Sinners Tattoos on Brady Street uses vegan inks and has some fantastic artists working there. The only thing they don't have is vegan aftercare products, but if you plan ahead, there are many available online.
VEGAN-FRIENDLY BED & BREAKFAST
Ye Olde Manor House in Elkhorn, WI is perfect for getaways and gatherings of all kinds. You can reserve one or more rooms or the entire Manor. It is also an idyllic location for intimate weddings and a great venue for meetings and retreats of all kinds. YOMH has eight well-appointed guest rooms with private baths. YOMH is vegan, vegetarian and gluten free friendly and a full breakfast is served each morning. Located on three landscaped acres across from Lauderdale Lakes, YOMH is near hiking, biking and ski trails, golfing, boating, antiques, alpine valley, and a semi-private beach. It is located approximately 15 minutes from Lake Geneva, 45 minutes from Milwaukee and Madison and 90 minutes from Chicago. www.yeoldemanorhouse.com; 262-742-2450. The innkeepers, Karen and John, are vegan and also own The Elegant Vegan, a socially responsible food product company based in Wisconsin. Their products are currently sold at The Piggly Wiggly in Elkhorn (yes the pig is selling vegan products), at Outpost in Milwaukee, at Whole Foods in St. Louis, and at Perelandra Natural Foods in Brooklyn.
Local Vegan Stock Photography
Fotosearch.com - Looking for some photos of vegan food or art for your website or blog? This local Waukesha company boasts over 19,000 vegan photos starting at just $9. (If only VegNews knew about this before the whole meaty stock photo debacle!)
Can Stock Photo - Another Waukesha-based stock photography company boasting over 36,000 vegan related images starting at $2/ea.
Go Graph Stock Photography - Another great stock photography site based in Waukesha with over 43,000 vegan-related images.