Urban Outfitters adds jolt to buzzing 'hood

Urban Outfitters is here. Yes, for years we wished it was true and now it is. However, time has moved on and although I'm sure Urb will do well here in Milwaukee, it's mostly passed its sell-by date for us.

Now that we have a house and a little one, our budget -- which used to have money to spend at the then-non-existent Urban Outfitters in Milwaukee -- is being spent on other stuff.

It's sad to admit, but we're no longer the "target market," and that makes me feel old.

However, I popped over for a visit yesterday to check it out. I like a lot of what they have and I expect I'll make some purchases there. The selection of gifty stuff will certainly come in handy when I need a quirky last-minute present for someone.

I'm also keeping my eye on the USB turntables they sell, because I really want one of those to start converting some of my vinyl to CD, since these days I listen to most of my music in the car or at my desk in the office and I've yet to get a turntable spinning in either of those places.

Who knows, maybe someday I'll also finally get into lomography instead of just thinking about it. Maybe not.

There is no denying, however, that with iNova Gallery, Urban Outfitters, Esselle and Anytime Fitness in the Kenilworth Building, which used to look like dead space in the heart of the East Side, the neighborhood around OnMilwaukee.com's North Avenue office is as vibrant as ever and perhaps more so than ever.

Because, don't forget, we've also got Alterra, Beans and Barley, Shag, Phase II, Envy and other great shops here, too, alongside Landmark Lanes, The Oriental Theatre, Von Trier and all the rest.

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CoolerKing | Dec. 19, 2007 at 8:55 a.m. (report)

It's a good fit for the younger east siders and college students. Some of their gadgets are kinda cool like the USB turntables, the portable ipod PA system and the selection of Lomography cameras. Sounds like they still have some bugs to work out in regards to inventory.

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HeySuburbia | Dec. 18, 2007 at 10:53 a.m. (report)

For me Urban Outfitters has always been one of those stores that has a lot of cool stuff that you don't really need.

I can't count the number of times I've been in one, and although I found tons of stuff I liked I just ended up walking out after I realized that I don't really need any of it.

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brunocarlson | Dec. 18, 2007 at 9:51 a.m. (report)

35104 It is great to finally have the store here. I no longer need to pay for shipping costs. I can just pick up what ever novelty item/clothes I want. Plus, I pcked up the donkey that has cigarettes pop out of it's bum and a few cool books. They relly are a good asset to the community, filling space up with reputable business and drawing good business to the surounding businesses.

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ToBeYoung | Dec. 18, 2007 at 9:38 a.m. (report)

I'm not sure what they charge at UO for it, but I'd guess that you can get it cheaper on Amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/Ion-iTTUSB-Turntable-USB-Record/dp/B000BUEMOO

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T15 | Dec. 18, 2007 at 9:24 a.m. (report)

What do those turntables cost? Do they also have RCA outs?

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