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.
Today, some love for our local jeweler …
You have a lot of choices on where to buy your jewelry, and I encourage you to shop local this holiday season and pay a visit to Donn Powers Jeweler.
You get a nice selection, along with terrific customer service with an expert staff — in fact, chances are you’ll run into Donn if you stop in. And they do some great specialty pieces.
- Address: 2110 10th Ave.
- Website: http://www.donnpowersjeweler.com/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DonnPowersJewelers?ref=br_tf
Next up in “12 Days,” an anchor businesses of downtown South Milwaukee … Parkway Floral.
Why not give the gift of flowers this Christmas? Or maybe pick up that perfect poinsettia.
We’re lucky to have such a first-class florist in town. Please support them this holiday season — and all year long.
- Address: 1001 Milwaukee Ave.
- Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Website: http://www.parkwayfloralinc.com/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ParkwayFloral
Give the gift of performance art this Christmas!
Perhaps a St. Nick stocking stuffer to one of the great Christmas shows coming up …
Or tickets to another show that is part of the PAC’s 10th anniversary Performing Arts Series … learn more here.
- Address: 901 15th Ave.
- Website: http://southmilwaukeepac.org/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SMPAC.Arts
Happy to kick off another “12 Days of South Milwaukee Christmas” series — an annual look at some of our best local shopping options …
And I start with information on a couple big “shop local” events this Saturday.
First, there is the annual South Milwaukee Christmas Market, set for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at South Milwaukee High School. It’s a full house once again, with more than 60 vendors selling terrific locally made gift items. Live music is also scheduled throughout the day.
Learn more on the market Facebook page.
I also want to call out a special event presented by the South Shore Chamber of Commerce. Check out the flyer above, and like their Facebook page for more.
And shop local!