Here are more South Shore headlines …
And NOW has published a new police blotter.
Today is Small Business Saturday, and what better time to join me in committing to shopping local this holiday season?
Be sure to like the Shop Local South Milwaukee Facebook page and maybe …
- Buy gift certificates from some of our great local bars and restaurants, from Azteca to China Chef to Barbiere’s to Paisano’s to Muskie’s Gourmet House to Spirts Pub & Grill to the new Tap Room – and many, many more. How about giving the gift of burgers and custard at the beach, in advance of Ferch’s returning next summer?
- Local coffee makes a great gift from MKE City Sippers or Nomi.
- Give the gift of fitness and health at Moxie Fitness, the South Milwaukee Fitness Center, Sorce Martial Arts, Dowling Community Acupuncture, Drenzek Chiropractic … the list goes on.
- Buy one of the limited-edition South Milwaukee Community & Business Association holiday ornaments. This year, it’s the city logo.
- Games for Christmas? Absolutely! Shop downtown at Board Game Barrister or Pink Bunny Games for traditional family board games, Magic: The Gathering gear and more.
- Get a beautiful stained glass piece from Studio One Art Glass. (We have one hanging in every first-floor window of our home.)
- Buy some unique wood art from Larry Oleson, the man who built all of the Little Free Libraries this fall.
- And speaking of terrific wood pieces, Wolfgang Calnin, the retired high school choir director who owns Urbanwood Studio, also does one-of-a-kind work using rehabbed local wood, including the cool Ecophoniq smart phone speaker.
- Buy Rocket or South Milwaukee apparel from one of our downtown t-shirt shops, Styled Aesthetic or JB’s Tee Shirt Factory.
- Have a NASCAR fan in your house? Green Flag Racing downtown is the only store in the area (state?) focused on selling items only for auto racing enthusiasts (like me).
- Staying with collectibles, check out South Milwaukee-based MEARS Online Auctions, which has one-of-a-kind vintage sports gear, toys, and military items up for bid as we speak. Troy has also opened a military collectibles store at 723 Milwaukee Ave. (the former Voice Journal building), with the candy store to come soon.
- Like horror? Graveyard Records & Movie Maniacs bills itself as “the Midwest’s larger horror collectibles store,” and Dave’s store at 1013 Milwaukee Ave. doesn’t disappoint. This is very cool (and somewhat macabre) stuff you can’t get anywhere else.
- Shop at the South Milwaukee Christmas Market on Saturday, December 5. Around 90 local artisans are expected — 90!
- Give the gift of performing arts with tickets to an upcoming show at the South Milwaukee PAC.
- Nothing says “happy holidays” like jewelry, right? Jewelry from Donn Powers, that is.
- Pick up some holiday flowers or a centerpiece from Parkway Floral.
- How about antiques? Check out Memory Lane or Grandma’s Attic in the Fenno Building, 916 Milwaukee Ave.
- Buy a bandanna, jigsaw puzzle, notebook and other HANmade item — designed by South Milwaukeean Colleen McCarrier.
- Enjoy a children’s book from award-winning local author Janet Halfmann.
- Buy a new chair, sofa or bed from Galaxy Furniture, Grant Park Plaza’s newest tenant.
- Keep your vehicle running right with the gift of an oil change or three from a local car care center in our fair city.
- Cater your holiday meal from a local caterer like Emerald City or Charlie’s Catering. Pick up a pie, bread or cookies from Wild Flour Bakery.
- And don’t forget holiday beer, wine and spirits — I’ll put a plug in here for Leinenkugel’s Snowdrift Vanilla Porter, Blue Moon Gingerbread Spiced Ale, Redd’s Apple Ale or a nice Miller Lite or Coors Light — from local liquor stores Chicago Avenue Liquor, Marquette Liquor, King’s Row, G&K Liquor or BJ’s Liquor.
- Give the gift of golf this Christmas, with a free round or three at Grant Park or other county courses.
- Know a disc golf fan? Stop by Acetime Disc Golf.
- Give the gift of a clean pooch at Fancy Paws Dog Grooming, 1200 Milwaukee Ave.
- How about a VISA gift card from one of our local financial institutions?
- Get a loved one (or you) a new hair style, with a gift certificate from one of our local salons.
- And, finally, let’s not forget local chains, many of them owned by local franchisees — small business owners themselves. If you’re going to shop at a chain store this holiday season, please do so at places like Ace Hardware, Planet Fitness, Pick ‘n Save, Aldi, Cousins, Subway, Dairy Queen, Pizza Hut, Toppers, Walmart, Napa, Speedway, Walgreens, Dollar General, Dollar Tree and others that all our city home.
What did I miss? Post your comments below … and shop local!
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 email@example.com).
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!
Check out these South Shore headlines, including a really nice piece from NOW on three South Milwaukee football stars …
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