Oniomania opened 15 years ago and continues to offer arty, handmade gifts in West Allis.
Tom McNeil combined his passions for swords, knives, exotic animals and Native American art when he opened Swords & Dreams in West Allis. The business, although currently for sale, is still in full swing, offering a mindbending melange of merchandise - some of which molts.
Walking into a space stocked with more than 4,000 clocks of all shapes and sizes - and all set to different times - makes for a surreal experience. Such was the case when we walked inside Hawkins Clock Center and were greeted by ticking, tocking, binging, bonging, chiming and chirping.
Bay View's Tip-Top Atomic Shop has sold vintage items and retro reproductions for just over a decade. Owner Jim Ducther says it hasn't always been easy, but approaching the business in new ways has made a difference.
So many frozen yogurt shops have opened in the past year in Milwaukee, with more on deck for this summer. What's the deal? Wasn't frozen yogurt a product of the '90s?
The Shops of Grand Avenue, formerly called Grand Avenue Mall, is once again reinventing itself. And for Dave Begel, it seems promising. The mall is far from dead.
Frank Mente is a bookseller who doesn't read very often. He appreciates the weight of each word as he reads, making it too time consuming, but he loves books for their colors and variety and sells them, cheap, at Gallery Books in Bay View.
Pop-Up at The Shops of Grand Avenue is a new concept that will allow vendors and artists to own space together at an affordable rate. The mission is to generate retail growth both in the mall and in Downtown Milwaukee. An open house will take place Thursday, April 26.
One of my favorite institutions, and most valuable, is National Hardware, which has a South Side location but which has been Downtown forever.
There are several dull and under-used spaces and parks in greater Downtown. Let's pop up some playgrounds.