P.ink: Connecting Breast Cancer Patients & Survivors with Artists

Cancer often leaves a number of permanent marks—scars that remind you of who you once were, but who you no longer are. P.ink connects breast cancer survivors with design ideas and artists who can help them move on. To reclaim some of the personal property that breast cancer stole.

On October 9th, The Iron Horse Hotel will host four incredible women who faced breast cancer and amazing tattoo artists from Chicago and the Milwaukee area. The hotel will serve as meeting grounds for the women and four artists. As a follow up to this exciting event, we will host a party for the general public that will allow people to come and participate in raising funds for P.ink on November 6th, 2014 from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Appetizers and passed champagne will be served along with a signature drink for the entire month of November. All proceeds from the sales of this signature drink will go directly to P.ink.

P.ink Day 2014 is the international day of healing—with tattoos. It’s in 12 cities, including Milwaukee, and on October 10 and Libby Castro and Jeni Tate are your local leaders. Contact jeniotate@me.com and libby@lpwstudios.com to see how you can get involved.

Enjoy the Dog Days of Summer

This summer, the perks of pet ownership are hitting a high note at The Iron Horse Hotel. Well known as Milwaukee’s premier destination of pet lovers, we’ve decided to take our love of the four-legged variety one step further. Now through September when you check into the hotel with your dog, you will automatically be entered to win a complimentary Big Dog Package add-on with your next stay. No paperwork, no hassle. Check in, and win. Three winners will be selected, one at the end of July, August and September.

Plus, our pet amenities are dog-gone amazing. From your dog’s name on the lobby welcome chalkboard to a lobby water dish and treats, “Doggy-in-Room” door hanger and doggy in-room dining menu, it’s a venerable pet paradise. And you can take your V.I.P. pooch experience to the next level by getting social. Post a photo of your dog livin’ it up with us to your Twitter or Instagram account, tag us in the photo and watch for your pet’s celebrity status on our Stories page.

Fido just scored you a freebie.

Bike Night, Sunday Sounds & More

This month we’re kicking off our uber-popular weekly outdoor summer programming: Tuesday Tastings, Thursday Bike Nights and Sunday Sounds. New summer cocktails — and the debut of Smyth’s seasonal regionally inspired menu, created by top chefs Suzy Crofton and Bradford Shovlin — make Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays with us “can’t miss” days for drinks, food, music and people-watching all summer long. (Seriously, where else would you want to be?) Check out Tuesday Tastings, a free rotating tasting event that features a variety of craft beer, spirit and wine vendors, from 6 to 8 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month. Bike Nights are held every Thursday night June 5-Sept. 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. — rain or shine — and are a celebration of the culture of the motorcycle, from Triumphs and Ducatis to Café Racers, vintage bikes and Choppers. Plus, local bikers and hotel guests alike love to show off their trusty steads in our up-front-and-center motorcycle parking lot. Wake up your lazy Sunday at Sunday Sounds, which features some of Milwaukee’s most popular acts during a free event from 2 to 5 p.m. Check out the full lineup of Bike Nights and Sunday Sounds performers. P.S.: Your summer calendar is officially filling up.

Smyth Menu Spring’s Ahead

What do you get when you take two former Chicago culinary colleagues at a Michelin-star restaurant and let them play with a talented hotel kitchen team and a bounty of Wisconsin ingredients? A fresh and exciting spring menu. That’s what The Iron Horse Hotel Executive Chef Bradford Shovlin and Aparium Hotel Group Executive Culinary Director Suzy Crofton are excited to unveil to visitors and locals this week at Smyth. Starters like Smoked Whitefish Brandade (American sturgeon caviar, brioche and quail egg) and Wisconsin Smelts (grilled fennel, tangerine, parsley coulis and espelette) tease the palate. Getting hungry? Savory main courses like Great Lakes Walleye (wild rice “skin,” cured turnip, French beans and caper cream), Duroc Pork Chop (rainbow chard, bacon and local maple syrup) and Gnocchi (fine herbs, spring vegetables, ricotta and verjus) satisfy veggie-lovers and carnivores alike. View the full Smyth lunch (including the Branded Burger, Iron Horse Brat and Lake Perch Po’Boy that can’t be beat) and dinner menus at smythrestaurant.com. Make a reservation or call us at 414.831.4615. Your taste buds will thank you.

Welcome to SideCar

This month, we’re not only launching Sidecar — a dynamic blog that’s your insider’s guide to Milwaukee, highlighting the people, places and events that make this city great — but also a new, cutting-edge website. In our inaugural edition, you’ll meet an “Ink Master” contestant who opened the first tattoo shop in a Harley-Davison dealership, and get your art, music and drag show fix. The enhanced theironhorsehotel.com is a true lifestyle destination, with social sharing, the stories that happen everyday an expanded photo gallery and so much more. The one-of-kind “best of Milwaukee” travel itineraries offer carefully curated suggestions for fashionistas, foodies, motor-heads, cultural aficionados and pet lovers. It’s The Iron Horse Hotel, 2.0.

Ink Master

In the past 12 years, tattoo artist Jim Francis has come a long way, both figuratively and literally. Behind him are his days as a Southern California hell raiser whose drug addictions and lifestyle brought him into repeated conflicts with law. After “learning his lessons the hard way,” Jim got married and relocated to Milwaukee in 2009. These days, Francis is one busy guy with a spot on the Spike TV series, “Ink Masters” and as the new owner of Milwaukee Ink Tattoo, the first tattoo studio authorized by Harley-Davidson to be housed within a dealership. Best known for his Japanese and photorealism tattoos, Francis has been profiled in dozens of national magazines and won numerous trophies for his work. It was his work and exposure to the national audience that brought him to the attention of the producers of “Ink Masters,” a competition-based reality TV show hosted by musician Dave Navarro. While Francis was certainly grateful for the opportunity to be on the TV show, leaving his newly launched shop was not easy. Built inside Milwaukee Harley-Davidson at 11310 W. Silver Spring Road, Milwaukee Ink is the first external retailer or vendor to be granted permission to operate within the confines of a Harley-Davidson dealership. “The merging of a tattoo shop with a Harley-Davidson dealership is such a natural fit. Both of these entities are built on the concepts of individuality, personal freedom and rebellion. I knew the business model could be a huge success,” he says. For appointments and more information, call 414.461.4444 or visit mkeink.com.