Rosie Mollica

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Where do you work and what makes your role awesome?
I first heard of WWBIC when I was working my previous job with MillerCoors. It was an event where WWBIC had a panel featuring 3 of their clients and The Gouda Girls were one of the panelist. Gouda Girls had worked with WWBIC to secure a commerical kitchen where they could operate their food truck ” The Gouda Girls” out of. After securing their location, they opened the space up to other food trucks in the area who were also needing the same facility. After hearing that, along with the other panelists stories I started to follow WWBIC and checked out job openings and within 2 months of that event, I found my way to WWBIC. Everyday, I get to help put peoples dreams to work, from start to finish, and I honestly can’t put to words how great it is to see WWBIC businesses thrive and succeed all across the state.

What do you love most about MKE?
Milwaukee, has so many great things about it and it is way to hard to even choose one thing I love, but I’m pretty sure Milwaukee’s Riverwalk may be my most favorite thing. You can start your walking journey from Lakefront Brewery, and walk as far as Harley Davidson, and in that 3 mile or so walk you are going to see and smell everything Milwaukee has to offer! Beer, sausage, patios, art, cheese, ice cream, and even the Bronze Fonz! I would recommend walking it at night, when the city is live and bright, and make sure to take it all in when you are stopped at the rising bridge from when the boats pass under.

What is one word that you would use to describe MKE?
Under-appreciated. Milwaukee really has so many great aspects to every single neighborhood. Our parks, attractions, and businesses are all great but the locals really make Milwaukee what it is. Milwaukeeans are some pretty friendly folks. Even when I’m traveling, it amazes me how little people know about Milwaukee. I hope that any one traveling to Milwaukee will encounter a local who will point them in the right directions to our great local spots!

What local restaurant is at the top of your list?
I love pizza. My first day at WWBIC my supervisor took me Transfer Pizza and recommended the garlic pizza. From that point, I learned what my life was missing. This pizza guys, was just everything I loved, garlic, cheese, crust, sauage, pepperoni. When you are reading this, I would just pack up now and go check it out.

What is your biggest hope for this city?
I really hope, Milwaukee as a whole will be less segregated. Every community has great restaurants and business, that could be thriving if visitors and even locals felt more welcome and comfortable going into new areas. I’d like to tell people to buck up and try that awesome corned beef place over on that side of Milwaukee but I get it, not everyone wants to take the risk and thats okay! We have ubereats now!

What’s your favorite hidden gem or secret fact about the city?
I think our water treatment plant, Jones Island is pretty awesome. In highschool I took a fieldtrip to the plant, and was blown away, not by the smell but how the waste is treated and then birthed into Miloganite which probably fertilizes the hops for the beer we drink.