"Milwaukee is a historic city with a young heartbeat."
Tierney Konitzer has worked at Palermo’s for three-and-a-half years and offered these answers to our questions:
What makes your role great?
Palermo’s is an organization that truly cares. Giving back to our employees, the community and the environment is important to our owners and to employees. As the Stewardship Coordinator, it is my responsibility to keep us on track with giving back. The greatest part about my role is that I get to give back to our community every day.
How long have you lived in Milwaukee and what brought you here?
I’ve lived in Milwaukee almost my entire life. I was six months old when we moved here from Iowa. Thank you, Marquette University, for accepting my Dad and getting us here!
What neighborhood do you live in and why do you love it?
It took some research to find the name of my neighborhood. I am happy to say that I live in Johnson’s Woods, a beautiful old neighborhood located near the Pettit National Ice Center. My family and I live in a 1920s-era house that my mother purchased 23 years ago. We have recently taken it off her hands. Johnson’s Woods is a wonderful neighborhood that is close to everything. I hope the boys love it as much as I do.
Milwaukee is a historic city with a young heartbeat. It’s big enough to be interesting and diverse, but small enough to feel like home. How can you pick one thing you love when what you love most is the city itself.
What is your favorite Milwaukee tradition?
The Wisconsin State Fair. My mom and I never missed the fair and when we moved to our Johnson’s Woods home we could walk there. This year I was able to keep up the tradition of tired legs and feet as my family and I walked to and from the Fair.
What does your ideal Milwaukee weekend look like?
It should always include a Bloody Mary, because let’s face it, Milwaukee is the best at those. I love to hike at local parks and do that most weekends all year long. Whitnall Park and Hoyt Park are two of my favorites, but thanks to the Urban Ecology Center I recently found Riverside Park and I want to explore it more.
What’s your favorite hidden gem or secret fact about the city?
The Hank Aaron State Trail is my favorite hidden gem in Milwaukee. I love how it connects the quiet neighborhoods to the hustle and bustle of the city. On a quick walk, you can see the historic VA buildings, Miller Park, Three Bridges Park and much more. It’s a treasure hidden between the trees and the tracks of Milwaukee.