Today at lunch, The Piege, Trevor and I went out to take a walk and take some pics of a building being demolished next to our office. LOOK WHAT HAPPENED!

Explosion today
…After a little Photoshop skill was applied, that is…

by Heiderino on the June 18th, 2006

Originally uploaded by Heiderino.

The Domes are an obvious landmark in Milwaukee. This is horticultural heaven, with the Tropical, Arid and Floral Show domes. It’s kind of funny, because they have been there for my whole life (or at least since I was two) and I went on numerous family visits and school field trips there, but I haven’t been there now for probably (gulp) 16 or more years.

I was taking the kids down to meet my parents for lunch at our favorite Mexican place, Botanas, and by some freak of nature was running early. I didn’t really want to get to the restaurant and drag them in to sit there by myself, and Drue just happened to spot the Domes from 35th Street.

For fun, I decided to drive over to them for her to see. She was in awe – fascinated by these things. I couldn’t believe how EXACTLY THE SAME they were – particularly the zig-zaggy entrance way. Just driving up there brought back a flood of memories, including what I can even imagine the smell was inside.

I’m glad we saw the Domes that day – next time we’re looking for something fun to do, we are going there! It’s a great photo-op heaven, and I’m always looking for those!

To get an even better idea of the domes, and because I can’t (YET) provide my own photos of them, check out the “official” web site.

Tonight, my friends and I decided to check out Soho7, an upscale “ultra-lounge” type establishment in the Historic Third Ward of Milwaukee. 

What goes on in there...

We arrived relatively early (about 9:30) and were welcomed by well-dressed, neatly-pressed bouncers. We immediately admired the surroundings as we ordered our drinks. Particularly impressed by a floor-to-ceiling mirror, we debated exactly how large the truck was that delivered it, as well as how in the hell they got it into the place.  Large-scale, substantially framed prints of Audrey Hepburn and circular, gold-cast lighting contribute to the subdued environment.

Immediately, we were impressed by the music – an eclectic blend of “stuff we grew up with,” (okay – that’s late eighties and early nineties) as well as some older-school favorites and more modern hits.

As the night went on, the place filled up rapidly with a very interesting blend of people.  For the most part, the crowd was over thirty.  People were dressed in different attire, but for the most part a bit more dressed up than you’d typically see on Water Street. 

People were, on the whole, generally much more sober than the Water Street demographic as well.  It is true that when I went to the bar and tapped a fellow on the back, asking if I could please “get through to close out my tab,” he thought I called him “an ass.”  I quickly (and loudly and clearly) repeated my earlier statement, and was given a hearty hug.  I never caught his name, but think we are supposed to go on a date next week some time. 

The bartenders were friendly, fast and made every effort to keep things flowing at the bar. 

I give Soho7 bonus points for having an amazing W’s room as well.  Hair products, a long mirror and good lighting made it the perfect place for us ladies to run off and do “whatever it is we do in there.”  With that, I leave you with a little secret. (See photo.)

This is my first review of a local establishment.  I hereby award Soho7 FIVE stars out of five.