Unique Boutique: Just Goods
Milwaukee is filled with hidden retail gems boasting unique collections of housewares, clothing, jewelry and one-of-a-kind gift items. In this series, we're highlighting some of the best of the bunch and giving you all the information you need to shop smarter while supporting local artisans and business owners.
4451 N. Oakland Ave., Shorewood, (414) 737-3745
Social Media: @justgoodsmke
Lisa Castagnozzi opened Just Goods one year ago this week. Her shop is a unique combination of Fair Trade items and handmade pieces by Wisconsin artisans.
"It's a nice mix of global and local," says Castagnozzi. "My background is in Fair Trade work to help small-scale artisans around the world."
Nothing in the shop is constructed with animal byproducts, thus the items are not made from leather, felt or wool. Castagnozzi was a vegetarian for 15 years before becoming a vegan last year.
"It's a personal passion of mine," says Castagnozzi. "I love animals."
The Fair Trade wares come from South Africa, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Ecuador, Mexico, India and other countries. Just Goods features the creations of 40-45 local artists, as well.
"There's just so much talent in Wisconsin as well as around the world," says Castagnozzi.
Find unique gifts for: Open-hearted friends and family, creative types, travelers, animal lovers, kids and babies, appreciators of exceptional oddities.
Treat yourself to: Alice's Garden natural products made by Venice Williams. "Everybody loves these products," says Castagnozzi.
Here are more treasures to discover at Just Goods:
"Fueled by nature" jewelry by Velvadeer
"Story boxes" made from recycled everything by Riproost Building Arts
Hand-sewn and woven backpacks by deaf students in Uganda
Home pride mugs by Joe-Mama Creations
Just Goods is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with special holiday hours, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., every day through Christmas Eve.
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