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.
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.
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.
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.