Four Small Wisconsin Towns With Great Small Business Shopping

While Black Friday may have better deals, Small Business Saturday does a bigger one. difference:

  • $68 of every $100 spent at a local small business stays local (compared to $43 spent at national chains).
  • 99.4% of all businesses in Wisconsin are considered small.
  • Almost half of all Wisconsin residents work in a small business (a business with less than 500 employees).

Convinced to buy small? Great!

Wisconsin tripthe state’s official tourism website, has compiled a list of four not-to-be-missed small towns with famous shopping scenes.

Here are his picks…

1. Spring Green

Where is it: 40 miles west of Madison

Why it is known: His relations with Frank Lloyd Wright (Taliesin, for example) and the American Players Theatre. The main street area of ​​Spring Green also offers great shopping!

Or buy : The Spring Green General Store. The former 1910 cheese warehouse is now a brightly painted cafe and retail space selling clothing, gifts, toys and gourmet food. Prairie Flowers & Gifts sells jewelry and has a floral cooler for customer flower arrangements. Convivio specializes in household items, as well as gourmet products and a selection of wines. Bookworms will love Arcadia Books, and art lovers should check out the Jura Silverman Gallery.

Don’t miss: Nina’s department store offers a bit of everything: pharmaceuticals, kitchenware, a large selection of toys and old-fashioned treats.

2. Cedar

Where is it: 20 miles north of Milwaukee

Why it is known: Over 200 preserved buildings of historical significance. A must stop is the Shops of Cedar Creek Settlement, a collection of specialty stores and restaurants in a former woolen mill!

Or buy : The Olive Sprig specializes in exquisite olive oils and aged balsamic vinegars. Bohemia sells handmade gifts by some of the region’s most notable artists and artisans. Up The Creek sells a mix of vintage products, as well as modern homewares and smart signs. The Alpine Gift Haus has beautiful European blown glass ornaments!

Don’t miss: Cedar Creek Winery, a local business that offers tours, tastings, and of course, great gift ideas at their made-in-Wisconsin wines.

3. Delafield

Where is it: 40 km west of Milwaukee

Why it is known: Its walkable downtown with easily accessible colonial buildings with timeless charm.

Or buy : Element Style presents the latest trends (blankets, scarves and fringed handbags, anyone?), while Oliva Di Vita is perfect for food lovers who appreciate a fine olive oil, an aged balsamic vinegar or a vinegar of specialty. Clear Water Outdoor specializes in outdoor clothing and equipment – check out their “gear» filled with equipment for kayaking, cross-country skiing and stand-up paddleboarding.

Don’t miss: The The Hidden Staircase Bookstore is a hidden gem and features beloved book series like Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys and Dick and Jane as well as New York Times‘ bestsellers, cards and gifts.

4.Kohler

Where is it: 60 miles south of Green Bay

Why it is known: Its serene landscape, as well as the exquisite The American Club, Whistling Straits and The Shops at Woodlake.

Or buy : ARTspace, which also has an associated gift shop in nearby Sheboygan, is full of handcrafted items made by North American artists. Movers & Shakers Kids Toys is stocked with plush toys and books, while With Child offers maternity items as well as baby shower gifts and apparel. The Kohler Gardener is filled with – you guessed it – gardening supplies. And stop by Scentualities for luxury apparel, jewelry, and bath and body products.

Don’t miss: The Wisconsin Trader, a Midwestern celebrity. Find home decor, made-in-Wisconsin food, and Sconnie-themed clothing!

Do you want to continue? Discover even more destinations for spectacular shopping in small towns.

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