Sheila Julson

Sheila Julson is a freelance writer who enjoys capturing the stories behind Milwaukee’s happening food, beverage and urban farming scenes. She also pens articles about holistic health, green living, sustainability and human-interest features. As a long-time fiction writer, her novel, Thorn, placed in the General Fiction quarterfinalist round of the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest. When she’s not hammering away at a computer keyboard, she enjoys hiking, gardening, vegetarian cooking, sewing, making homemade wine (and drinking it) and any other urban homesteading pursuits that catch her interest. She lives on Milwaukee’s South Shore with her musician husband and a spoiled hound dog.


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Winners in the Retail Food and Drink category for Best of Milwaukee 2019 including subcategories like Best Liquor Store, Best Farmers Market, Best Grocery Store and more. Read more

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From baking cakes for the kids she cared for to opening a brick-and-mortar bakery, Johanna Ortiz made her Puerto Rican recipes a Milwaukee favorite. Read more



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She has a doctorate in genetics from the University of California-Davis and has created UW-Madison’s first industrial hemp course, which begins on Monday, Jan. 27. Read more

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Agronomist Bryan Parr educates farmers in all aspects of industrial hemp production for grain and fiber through educational materials, presentations and conferences. Read more

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After four years of construction—along with an arduous process of legally joining two buildings together for licensing, tax and insurance purposes—Don Krause opened Wonderland’s doors in October. Read more

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Yulia Koltun and Jon Marrone of Miltown Eats personally deliver customized meals with locally sourced ingredients in the Milwaukee area. Read more



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Jennifer Polak was a respiratory therapist until she joined the family of Wisconsin CBD business owners with Canna Infuzions. Read more

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Since opening last summer, Mexic 103—owned by restaurant industry veteran Gilberto Isidoro and his wife, Ericka Martell—has carved its own identity in Cudahy and become a neighborhood favorite. Read more

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Looking for classic, old-school dill pickles like grandma use to make? Hippie Wayne offers pickled goods and a commercial kitchen in Appleton. Read more


On Saturday, May 4, the store opened, specializing in beauty care and cosmetic products such as facial cleansers and eye toner infused with CBD. Read more

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University of Wisconsin agricultural experts have launched hemp projects this past spring as part of a $35,000 grant offered last year. Read more

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PRESS is a hard seltzer water containing 4% of alcohol, low calories, low carb and low sugar. Read more



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In a recent report titled “Most Vegetarian & Vegan-Friendly Cities,” Milwaukee ranked among the top 20; Celesta could be one of the reasons. Read more

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The Newport is a well-established corner tap that maintained its authenticity along with more modern offerings, Packers parties and craft brews. Read more



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Shawna Falk discovered CBD helped with her inflammation problems, leading to the opening of Good Vibes Oil, in Wauwatosa, where she shares her experience. Read more

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The city’s first food truck park builds networking and community. Read more



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Looking for something outside of beer and wine this holiday season? Whether you’re entertaining or seeking a unique gift, these Milwaukee-based beverage companies have got you covered with alcoholic and non-alcoholic options. Read more



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Next door from her chiropractic practice, Julie Vance opened a CBD shop with her brother. Read more

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Best known for its mushrooms, River Valley Ranch met the challenge of growing hemp alongside other crops. Read more

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Corner taverns are cultural icons of Milwaukee, reflecting our brewing heritage and a time when the city was an industrial powerhouse, and several of these homey places are still around. Read more