3rd Street Market Hall’s Getting a New Plant-Based Vendor

You can now get smoothies, boba tea and more at Make Waves.

A new plant-based vendor – specializing in smoothies, boba tea, wraps and more – opens Wednesday, March 30 at 3rd Street Market Hall (former Grand Avenue Mall, 275 W. Wisconsin Ave.). Make Waves is the name of the concept, and it’s part of the restaurant collective Playing in the Plants, which operates On the Bus at Milwaukee Public Market and the doughnut pop-up Sugar Cube

The menu at Make Waves features bowls ($10) like the Green Island (matcha Base, maple granola, vanilla chia pudding, banana, apple, pumpkin seeds, toasted coconut), boba teas ($7) in flavors such as peach lychee green tea, flatbread wraps and toasts ($7-$8) and smoothies ($8) like the Emerald Grove, with mango, banana, the plant known as moringa, kale, spinach and apple juice. There’s also a build-your-own bowl bar with assorted bases and toppings.

“From the food to the artistic design, our team has put so much care into every detail. We’re excited for our plant-based vision to grow in Milwaukee,” said Playing in the Plant’s founder Emily Ware, in a press release.

There are still a handful of vendors yet to open at 3rd Street. Those that opened in the first phase in January include Dairyland, Hot Dish Pantry, Strega and Amano Pan. 

The market is open from 11 a.m. Tuesday-Sunday.



Ann Christenson has covered dining for Milwaukee Magazine since 1997. She was raised on a diet of casseroles that started with a pound of ground beef and a can of Campbell's soup. Feel free to share any casserole recipes with her.