has much to offer discriminating shoppers. Visitors and natives enjoy
exploring the city's
neighborhoods, and intriguing "finds" also
await in the areas outside the city limits.
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MILLER BREWING COMPANY'S GIRL IN THE MOON GIFT SHOP located in the tour center of Miller's landmark Milwaukee brewery, N. 42nd and W. State Sts., is a great place to buy distinctive gifts. The shop is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Call 931-BEER.
SUBURBAN MOTORS Harley-Davidson & Buell, north of Milwaukee at 139 N. Main St. in Thiensville, is the world's largest Harley-Davidson parts and accessories dealer and a great place to get a real dose of the Harley-Davidson tradition. Visit or call (262) 242-AHOG.
SPRECHER BREWERY, 701 W. Glendale Ave., is Milwaukee’s original micro-brewery. Shop the brewery’s gift shop from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. Sprecher direct ships it unique soda across the country. Brewery tours 4 p.m. Fri; 1, 2 & 3 p.m. Sat. 964-2739.
CREAM CITY MUSIC, 2505 W. Bluemound Rd. in Brookfield calls itself the #1 tourist destination for guitarists and backs the claim with more than 700 new and vintage instruments on display. Cream City also boasts one of the largest selections of rare vintage guitars. Open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. , 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat.
The shop at THE MILWAUKEE ART MUSEUM, 700 N. Art Museum Dr., offers distinctive gifts and items emblazoned with images of the Burke Brise Soleil–the architectural treasure that now symbolizes the city of Milwaukee. No admission ticket is required to shop. Open daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Thurs. until 8 p.m. or visit www.mam.org/store.
Inside the MILWAUKEE PUBLIC MUSEUM at 800 W. Wells St., the Museum Marketplace also can be visited without admission. Browse through a unique collection of handcrafted jewelry, apparel, and decorative items gathered from around the world and educational toys and games. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. and noon-5 p.m. Sundays or shop online at www.mpm.edu.
The new HARLEY-DAVIDSON MUSEUM, 400 W. Canal at S. Sixth St.,, has an extensive gift shop for the rider in your life. It’s just across from the museum under the brick wall that says 1903 and is open from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. weekends.
The shop at BOERNER BOTANICAL GARDENS, 9400 Boerner Dr. in Whitnall Park, Hales Corners, holds a treasure trove of gift ideas. The shop is open daily from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
DISCOVERY WORLD MUSEUM, 500 N. Harbor Dr., offers a diverse array of products in its gift shop, from unique science kits found nowhere else to nautical items and handmade items produced by local artisans. On Dec. 5, the shop will host an arisan and entrepreneurs market, highlighting 25 local artists and vendors. The shop is open during museum hours -- 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tues.-Fri., and 10 a.m.- 5p.m. Sat. & Sun.
Enter the Shops of Grand Avenue complex through the eye-catching portal at Old World 3rd Street and Wisconsin Avenue.
Visit BOSTON STORE, a full-service department store dedicated to serving Milwaukee residents and visitors for more than 100 years. In addition to the Shops of Grand Avenue store in the heart of downtown Milwaukee, Boston Store meets fashion needs with the latest styles at other locations throughout the metropolitan area.
The perfect Milwaukee souvenir can be found at BREW CITY. Shop Brew City stores at Southridge and the corner of E. Buffalo and Milwaukee Sts. in the Historic Third Ward, as well as in the Shops of Grand Avenue.
DALY’S PEN SHOP is the only store in Wisconsin exclusively devoted to pens and writing instruments. This intriguing shop also is one of the city’s oldest retailers.
Just south of Downtown, this vibrant former wholesale and manufacturing district is enjoying a sparkling renaissance, with shops, galleries and restaurants (www.historicthirdward.org).
At EAST TOWN WOMEN’S SHOP on the first floor at 159 N. Broadway, you’ll enjoy Milwaukee’s finest resale shop as you browse through designer and name brand fashions. Find something “new for you” to update your wardrobe.
Right next door at 159 N. Broadway is BANGLES & BAGS, a jewelry, handbag and accessory boutique catering to women looking for an affordable way to accessorize. The clever arrangement of items in color groupings makes this a fun as well as budget-friendly stop for gifts. Bangles & Bags also has boutiques in Cedarburg, Delafield, Waukesha and Wauwatosa.
BREW CITY BEER GEAR has set up a new shop at the Milwaukee Public Market, 400 N. Water St. While the market has always been a great place to eat like a cheesehead, you can now score a Wisconsinite “look” as well.
At 320 E. Buffalo St., SACHEN CONTEMPORARY IMPORTS pulls its name from the German word for “things.” Inspired by European designs, this is the place to find functional items – from toys to teapots – that adorn your home with style and practicality.
Just south of the Historic Third Ward is another former manufacturing and residential area known as Walker’s Point or the Fifth Ward. Shops and restaurants are opening daily in this area.
If you are an antique lover, RIVERVIEW ANTIQUE MARKET at 175 S. Water St. hosts 30 dealers from throughout Wisconsin. A special "shabby chic" section even offers funky items and collectibles from the '50s and '60s.
Stroll down Old World 3rd St. and you can sample some of Milwaukee's finest foods. Perhaps the area's most-visited food retailer is USINGER'S FAMOUS SAUSAGE, 1030 N. Old World 3rd St. Located at the same site since the 1880s, Usinger's adheres strictly to the original family sausage recipes. The toll-free number for the gift department is 800-558-9998.
KLOIBER JEWELERS, 411 E. Wisconsin Ave. across from the Pfister Hotel, is one of Milwaukee's most respected jewelers and a perfect spot to find a special holiday or corporate gift. Open 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.
GEORGE WATTS & SON, 761 N. Jefferson St., is Milwaukee's landmark retailer, offering gifts for any occasion since 1870. Now part of Watts on the corner of Mason and Jefferson streets is DeLind Gallery of Fine Art, one of the city's oldest art galleries which also offers appraisal services.
Bay View is a diverse and eclectic neighborhood, located just a short ride south of downtown Milwaukee. Visit a great collection of restaurants and bars, as well as a growing number of coffe shops, boutiques, hair salons and other services. John Endries at Hair Experience, 2215 S. Kinnickinnic Ave, has more than 42 years of experience in men’s hair cutting, including razor, clipper, and shear cutting techniques, Endries is sure to give a look you’ll love, and is recommended for his friendly disposition and attention to detail.
Street on Milwaukee's near east side is just a short ride from downtown
hotels. Known for its eclectic array of shops, galleries,
coffee houses, night spots and restaurants, Brady Street also
is home to the
Passeggio, a complex of special boutiques and places to eat on
the corner of Brady Street and Arlington Place.
Just on the other side of the city of Milwaukee’s border and featuring Lake Michigan shoreline, picturesque Shorewood has it all, from fashions to florals, fine and casual dining, coffee shops, beauty salons, specialty boutiques, gourmet foods, professional services and more.
The first European settlers in the mid-1880s established the look and feel of the Village of Wauwatosa and the charm remains today. This pedestrian-friendly area along W. State Street in the heart of the metropolitan area offers diverse shopping opportunities, galleries, dining and plenty of free parking. The village is reached from the west via the Watertown Plank Road exit on U.S. 45, or the North Avenue exit east to Wauwatosa Road (76th St.) and south to the village. From the south, take the N. 68th Street exit north from I-94.
ORO DI OLIVIA, 7606 Harwood Ave, is your fresh olive oil and gourmet vinegar source. Taste free samples of olive olis and vinegars from around the world. Your selection is bottled fresh while you wait and (great for visitors) they ship.
HEINSIGHT LEATHER BOUTIQUE, 7609 Harwood Ave., is a unique shop featuring a selection of leather accessories, jackets, handbags and belts, plus a knowledgeable staff. One-of-a-kind apparel and custom work is our specialty.
MAGPIE JEWELRY & METALS STUDIO, 7613 Harwood Ave., offers shoppers custom-designed jewelry and unique gifts in a wide range of prices.
For a break from the holiday rush, stop by THE LITTLE READ BOOK, 7603 W. State St., a full-service, independent bookstore dedicated to “the fine art of browsing.” Another restorative stop is LUNA, a day spa at 7601 Harwood Ave. Beauty and wellness services offered include massage, facials, waxing manicures and wraps.
West Allis, formerly the heart of the Milwaukee-area’s industrial district, changes daily as former factory buildings are converted into office complexes and restaurants and shops develop to meet the needs of office workers and visitors to events at Wisconsin State Fair Park and nearby Miller Park.
On the east side of West Allis is ART ‘N ODDITIES, 5833 W. Lincoln Ave. One of the best spots to find unique furnishings for outside or inside the home, this shop also is home to Bowzr, an artistic version of a Wheaton Terrier that is available in several sizes from keychain to more than life size.
Brookfield, just minutes west of downtown Milwaukee, is home to many of the area's major hotels, as well as a broad array of retailers and restaurants. Brookfield Square at N. Moorland Rd. and Bluemound Rd. is one of the area's largest shopping malls. Many other shopping and dining opportunities are available along Bluemound Road, to the north along Capitol Drive and in other areas of Brookfield and Elm Grove, just to the east. Brookfield’s Convention and Visitors Bureau can be reached at 800-388-1835 or by visiting www.visitbrookfield.com.
PACIUGO GELATO AND CAFFE can be found at Brookfield Square and at Mayfair Mall in nearby Wauwatosa. Made with all natural ingredients, the gelato averages 70% less fat than premium ice cream. Dairy, non-dairy, soy-based, water-based and no-sugar-added options, and the hot chocolate and coffee drinks are sublime!
Located at the corner of Capitol Drive and Brookfield Rd., 18905 W. Capitol Dr., this sparkling new shopping area with a village atmosphere has an array of stores, from a gourmet food market to specialty boutiques.
goo goo gaa gaa offers a vast range of distinctive items for babies and toddlers. Find apparel, home décor, gifts, toys and books. This is the place for something unique and timeless.
STARFIRE JEWELRY is a must-visit for that perfect piece of jewelry that expresses your style, or makes a unique gift. 262-781-1601
Famous for its historic limestone buildings, Cedarburg today provides a small town getaway, only 20 minutes north of Milwaukee. At the corner of Washington and Spring is the General Store Museum, which includes the CEDARBURG CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & VISITOR CENTER. For more information, call 262-377-5856 or 888-426-7382.
Visitors entering Cedarburg from the south should stop at the STAGECOACH INN, one of the area's most popular bed and breakfasts. All rooms have private baths and central air, and there are several whirlpool suites. 262-375-0208 (toll free 888-375-0208) or visit.
MAIN STREET GALLERY, W62 N546 Washington Ave. in the Cedarburg Cultural Center is operated by the Cedarburg Artists Guild to showcase original artwork of members. Group shows change every two months., Cedarburg.
Also in the heart of downtown Cedarburg is the historic WASHINGTON HOUSE INN bed & breakfast. With elegant guest rooms featuring antiques, whirlpool baths and fireplaces, the Inn offers guests a continental breakfast of homemade muffins, cakes and breads baked in the Inn's kitchen from authentic turn-of-the-century Cedarburg recipes. 262-375-3550.
We love the W63 N6672 Washington Ave., Cedarburg, location of BANGLES & BAGS, a boutique that also has shops in the Historic Third Ward, Delafield, Wauwatosa and Waukesha.
FRILL, at W63 N680 Washington Avenue, specializes in a collection of eclectic handmade personal accessories, home decor and gifts by U.S.-based artisans. The shop caters to those who love unique products, unparalleled customer service and quality to be found when you venture beyond national chains.
While the PINK LLAMA GALLERY has a Wahington Avenue address agt W62 N580, you actually enter the gallery through the building's back porch, located across the street from the pagoda jewelry store. "Cool" and fun art is the focus here, with a special emphasis on Wisconsin artists. Explore the wide range of items, media and style that ensures there is something here for every taste and budget.
Directly across Washington Avenue from the Cedar Creek Settlement is OLIVE ‘N VINNIE’S MARKET. Discover 60 gleaming stainless steel tanks filled with the freshest and finest extra virgin olive oils along with an array of flavored Balsamic vinegars from around the world and much more.
Visit this renovated 1864 woolen mill and adjacent buildings at the corner of Washington and Bridge Sts.
On the first floor, CEDAR CREEK WINERY can provide visitors with the perfect souvenir of their visit. Wines are available in gift box collections, by the bottle or by the case. Call 262-377-8020 for a truly Wisconsin gift.
CEDAR CREEK POTTERY offers a vast array of handmade pottery and fine craft. "An elegant blend of art and function" rules, giving you the chance to find a perfect gift for yourself or others.
On the second floor, LEAP OF FAITH GALLERY will inspire you with its relaxing atmosphere and works of all kinds from around the world. It's just the place to find a truly unique gift. At LA DIVA, find casual yet trendy t-shirts to hand-beaded blouses for party wear. Accessories include designer handbags, silk scarves, hair ornaments, hand-crafted jewelry from around the world, and much more.
Grafton’s revitalized downtown highlights its Paramount Records blues legacy. There’s a one-of-a-kind Walk of Fame tribute to blues artists who recorded at the Grafton studio in the late 1920s, unique fountain and stage area. A number of distinctive restaurants and shops can be found in the downtown area. Visit the GRAFTON AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Web site for more on this growing area just 20 minutes north of Milwaukee west of I-43.
Just north and east of Cedarburg, about 30 minutes from downtown Milwaukee, Port Washington enjoys a beautiful setting on Lake Michigan. The city's historic district boasts the largest collection of pre-Civil War buildings in Wisconsin and a strong maritime heritage. For more info, stop in at the Port Washington Tourism Council office at 126 E. Grand Ave., in the "Pebble House," covered entirely with smooth colored stones from the Lakeshore.
ZING: A TO Z ACCESSORIES and SAFARI GIRL have combined to create Port’s “premier fashion house.” Conveniently open every day of the week, this is the place to find the perfect accessory to complete a casual look or a special occasion ensemble. Or, explore the exciting collection of fashion forward clothing. Creating even more fun is the Fashion Happy Hour Friday evenings – for one hour only (5:30-6:30 p.m.), earrings are “Buy-one-get-one.”
GERMAN GLASS & GIFT IMPORTS, a popular spot for a broad range of German and European collectibles and unique Christmas ornaments, has moved 2.5 miles north of its long-time Germantown location. Coming north from Milwaukee, take Exit 167E from Hwys. 41 & 45, go west to Hwy. 175 (the old location) and north 2.5 miles to the Richfield Square Shopping Center. Southbound, take Holy Hill exit 167W west to 175 and south. 262-628-7100.
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