Our Christmas celebration continues on Sunday!
A special thanks to Guardian Credit Union and Max A. Sass & Son for sponsoring the return of the tree lighting fireworks … and thanks to the South Milwaukee High School music program for bringing the Madrigal Singers, drumline and other special guests for the show.
Bring your family and friends!
My favorite time of year … and it starts next weekend.
Mark your calendars!
This is actually post #15, but who’s counting?
Here’s a thought for a last-minute gift this holiday: Give to one of South Milwaukee’s terrific charities or organizations.
There are too many to list here, obviously, but I’ll give a few …
Or donate some toys that the Brooks family will take to area homeless and domestic violence shelters on Christmas Eve. (We are indeed doing this again this year; if you can donate money or new toys, please comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org).
In other words, there are plenty of ways to give this holiday season. Please consider doing so.
A couple of good options here … including an announcement regarding one popular downtown store.
I Can’t Resist Kids Resale is adding “store within a store” in January — B’s Boutique. The boutique will have unique new items like jewelry, purses, home decor and fun items for the kids at a reasonable price.
The kids’ resale shop will remain, also at 915 Milwaukee. To celebrate the change (and make way for the boutique), Becky is having a clearance sale, where all clothes are 95 cents through 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Stop by and check it out.
And check out their website and Facebook page.
Also, don’t forget Memory Lane Antiques across the street. Lots of cool items there, too.
Shop local this holiday season … and shop downtown!
Horror for Christmas? Why not?
After all, South Milwaukee is home to Graveyard Records & Movie Maniacs, the self-professed largest horror collectibles store in the Midwest.
It’s a really cool shop at 1013 Milwaukee Ave., a great destination business for our city center. And while it’s not for everyone, there is absolutely nothing else like it around this area. You can’t get this stuff at Walmart 🙂
Check out the store’s website here, and see for yourself. Tell Dave I said hi.
Why not give the gift of good health this holiday season?
There are a lot of local options. Moxie Fitness, RockIt Fitness, the South Milwaukee Fitness Center, Planet Fitness (now open). Then there is Sorce Martial Arts, Dowling Community Acupuncture, Drenzek Chiropractic … the list goes on.
And options in Cudahy like the South Shore YMCA, Anytime Fitness and more.
Take advantage of these resources, perhaps with a gift certificate or the gift of a fitness class.
Shop — and work out — local!
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.
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