Sam Belton, Owner
CITY.NET Café, Milwaukee's passport to great coffee is an abode for the cultured and a hub for the jazz lover. Indeed, CITY.NET Cafe is unique, and its distinctive appeal can be attributed to owner Sam Belton. Mr. Belton encompasses all that his shop represents. CITY.NET Café is in two locations, 306 E. Wisconsin Ave. and the lower level of the Milwaukee County Courthouse.
Mr. Belton is not only a jazz lover; he is a jazz drummer and percussionist. Hence the atmosphere is an extension of him. The walls of the coffee shop are decked with pictures, posters and signs of jazz greats. The air is filled with the captivating sounds of Coltrane, Miles and Hancock. Willingly or not, listening customers are wooed into a world of rhythm and spontaneity as they enjoy coffee or a meal. In addition to the powerful jazz presence, Belton exposes patrons to his experience as a world traveler. He shares this through pictures of skylines in cultural hotbeds such as Philadelphia, New York, and Paris. In fact, Belton explains that the idea for an internet cafe came from his exposure to such cafes during travels to Paris, London and Amsterdam.
Prior to embarking on his entrepreneurial quest, Mr. Belton served the youth of Milwaukee's inner city as a music teacher. Through his tutelage, several students have gone on to become professional musicians. Countless others have been inspired to study and appreciate music as a true form of art. Belton's own educational background is impressive. He has earned a Bachelor's of Music from the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and Master's of Education from Lesley College.
When Mr. Belton is not managing the affairs of CITY.NET Café or playing at local event, he pastors Spirit of Truth World Ministries along with his wife Lazonnie Belton. There he teaches with passion and expresses the importance of a life of discipline, love and faith. And if Mr. Belton's stated multi-dimensionality isn't enough, he is the proud father of three adult children and five grandchildren. Milwaukee is privileged to have a model citizen such as Sam Belton in the community. His altruism is and has been demonstrated through his service on the educational, business and faith-based levels. Mr. Belton's foresight is admirable. His style is irreplaceable. His heart is genuine.
ABOUT THE CAFÉS
CITY.NET Café, is Milwaukee's Jazziest Coffeehouse located in three locations across Milwaukee including downtown at 306 E. Wisconsin Ave., in the Milwaukee County Courthouse and the Rite-Hite YMCA. It allows patrons to escape to a world of easier times.
The melodic harmonies of jazz greats like John Coltrane and Miles Davis fill the cozy space, while the vintage artful pieces on the walls allow guests to stamp their mental passport and travel to beautiful places abroad. Proud owner Sam Belton picked up many of his ideas for the coffeehouse through his world travels to many countries in Africa and Europe as a minister at Spirit of Truth World Ministries. He operated his first coffee shop on 72nd and Burleigh for several years prior to the move on Wisconsin Ave. and currently operates a total of three cafes with an additional location planned for early 2015.
Belton is a drummer and the cafe offers a variety of opportunities for Belton to showcase his passion for music and for people to slow down and connect. Live Jazz night at the Wisconsin Ave. affords guests to unwind on Friday's and hear Sam Belton and Friends, a quartet jam out to soulful original smooth sounds. CNJC is also available for book clubs, live poetry and other groups to meet.