In 2009, South Milwaukee native Colleen McCarrier started Thriftique, a business that gave used dishes, linens and baskets new life by creating gift sets with them.
While selling her sets at markets, she noticed how many tourists visited the Milwaukee area.
"There was just a point where I was like, 'Milwaukee doesn't have anything with little icons of places, points of interest, and things to see and do," she said.
She came up with the idea to create a Milwaukee version of 1950s souvenir tablecloths. "All it was was an idea," she said. "I knew you had to somehow get this on cloth, but I didn't know anything about that."
In 2011, Hannah Jablonski of Shorewood, a graphic designer and McCarrier's second cousin, came to an open house for Thriftique.
McCarrier told Jablonski about her souvenir idea, and showed her a piece of cloth and a book in the style she was looking for.
"I liked the '50s artworks and style," Jablonski said. So, they started HANmade Milwaukee, a souvenir business.
Established in: 2011
Based in: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Products made: United States