Unique boutique: Oniomania

Published Dec. 12, 2019

Oniomania opened 15 years ago and continues to offer arty, handmade gifts in West Allis.


Swords & Dreams Reptile Rescue stocks 'Stallis with snakes, swords and more

Published Sept. 5, 2016

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.


Hawkins Clock Center stays timely after 45 years

Published April 3, 2016

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.


Tip Top Atomic Shop turns 10

Published April 29, 2012

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.


The frozen yogurt invasion

Published April 27, 2012

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?


Long live Grand Avenue Mall

Published April 25, 2012

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 sells books, cheap, at Gallery Books

Published April 23, 2012

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 shops aim to revitalize Grand Avenue

Published April 22, 2012

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.


National Hardware nails good service

Published April 12, 2012

One of my favorite institutions, and most valuable, is National Hardware, which has a South Side location but which has been Downtown forever.