I work for MillerCoors, so I need to get a shoutout in for our local liquor stores this holiday season …
Here is a list …
- King’s Row, 1202 Milwaukee Ave.
- Chicago Avenue Liquor, 309 N. Chicago Ave.
- Marquette Liquor, 1123 Marquette Ave.
- G&K Liquor, 1508 Rawson Ave.
- B J Liquor Store, 2411 5th Ave.
And here are a few recommendations …
- Coors Light and Miller Lite. You can’t go wrong with the country’s best light lagers. Coors Light is all about refreshment as Cold as the Rockies, and Miller Lite is the light beer that started it all — and now it’s in its cool original white packaging.
- Redd’s Apple or Strawberry Ale, or Redd’s Wicked Apple. Three of our great-tasting innovations – worth a try if you haven’t tasted them already.
- Leinenkugel’s Snowdrift Vanilla Porter. This winter seasonal is really, really good.
- Crispin cider. Our craft cider company has a number of terrific fresh-pressed apple and pear varieties. Try mixing it with Leinenkugel’s Cranberry Ginger Shandy or Blue Moon Belgian White.
South Milwaukee is home to two very cool downtown game stores … about two blocks from each other.
Why not stop at both and get some local holiday shopping done?
- Pink Bunny Games, 1204 Minnesota Ave., specializes in Magic: The Gathering events and items, but it also offers Yu-Gi-Oh and board gaming events. It also does a brisk online business; learn more here.
- Board Game Barrister continues to ramp up toward a formal opening at 1007 Milwaukee Ave. and offers games, toys, puzzles and more. It now has hours Monday through Saturday. Welcome to South Milwaukee!
Please support both of these unique destination businesses — two we should be proud to have in our fair city.
Continuing to shine the light on local businesses this holiday season …
Why not give the gift of food or drink this Christmas?
MKE City Sippers, Azteca, Nona’s, China Chef, Wild Flour Bakery, Emerald City Creative Catering — those are just a few of our great local restaurants that are worth a trip, perhaps for a gift certificate, or a hot drink while out shopping.
Of course, I can’t list every restaurant in town … just a few of my favorites.
What’s your favorite? Post your comments below!
I try and shop local whenever I can for Christmas … and sometimes that means a local chain.
My favorite? Ace Hardware. It truly is the “helpful hardware place,” with customer service that you simply can’t get at the big-box home improvement stores, Walmart, etc. And it’s convenient.
I’ve never believed that shopping has to be an “either-or” argument when it comes to chain and local retailers. It’s “both-and.”
Our local Ace is the best of both worlds.
- Address: 1009 Marquette Ave. (Sunrise Plaza)
- Website: http://www.acehardware.com/home/index.jsp
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/acehardware?ref=br_tf
My favorite local artisan — a real undiscovered gem for many — is Studio One Art Glass.
Kim and company do a lot first-class custom work, so check them out if you’re interested in a new stained glass window, door or cabinet. They also have a terrific retail shop full of sun catchers, candle holders, clocks and other items at variety of price points.
The best part: It’s likely Kim made made those products right in the basement of the building, the former YMCA.
Stop by and discover Studio One, if you haven’t already. It’s a great example of the type of destination retail business I’d love to see more of in South Milwaukee.
- Address: 1333 Milwaukee Ave.
- Website: https://studiooneartglass.com/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Studio-One-Art-Glass-Inc/70344882825
The Brooks house is a NASCAR house. Our favorite driver: Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford. (We like local favorite Matt Kenseth, too.)
That’s why we’re really lucky to live in South Milwaukee, home of perhaps the only NASCAR collectibles store in the area.
Didn’t know about Green Flag Racing? You should stop by. It’s located at 1218 Milwaukee Ave., and it has some terrific gear for race fans of all ages.
Diecast cars, clothing, signs and more — this is the kind of stuff you can’t get at other stores, making this just the kind of destination retail business we should focus on attracting to this city.
People drive to South Milwaukee just to go to Green Flag Racing. We need more of that. Stop by and check it out.
The local Christmas shopping list continues …
This time, it’s a shoutout for our terrific local children’s book author, Janet Halfmann.
We’re the happy owner of several of her books, and I highly recommend many of her titles.
Learn more on her website. Janet also has a Facebook page.
P.S. I also want to call out a really cool new book written by a friend and colleague of mine, Tom Ryan. It’s called “Peeve, My Parents’ Pet,” and it’s a funny story about the interactions with his young son. Buy it on Amazon.com.