Newaukeean of the Week

Beth Handle

The Bay View resident owns and runs the Milwaukee Kayak Company.

By - Jun 17th, 2013 10:21 am
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Beth Handle

Beth Handle

How long have you lived in Milwaukee and why did you choose to live here?
I grew up in a large family in Brown Deer and now live in Bay View with my husband Dan and dog, Dixie. Went to college across the Mississippi River at Winona State and graduated from Cardinal Stritch. Traveling and road trips have been a passion and Milwaukee has always been home. Being surrounded by family, friends and a strong sense of community is why I choose to live here.

What about Milwaukee makes a place you want to live, work and play?
Milwaukee has a lot to offer. We live in a diverse city, surrounded by water, recreation and lots of potential to grow our city and community. Our different communities and villages each offer something unique, which is great when looking for fun activities and things to do. We also have many locally-owned businesses, which add to the positive environment and culture of Milwaukee.

What is your favorite Milwaukee event?
The Urban Island Beach Party is one of my most favorite events as it brings together people, music, recreation, small businesses, a unique setting and the outdoors. On a personal level, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure has great meaning as well.

What is one thing you’d like to see change about Milwaukee?
Consistent activity and people exploring Downtown Milwaukee.

What do you do?
I just opened Milwaukee Kayak Company – offering kayak, canoe and standup paddleboard rentals on the Milwaukee River. We offer a healthy, safe, fun, relaxing and unique opportunity to explore Downtown Milwaukee and our waterways. It’s the perfect activity for someone looking to explore the city and is great fun paddling solo, with a friend or group of friends. It’s a great team-building experience too.

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