Have you been to Pop's Marketplace yet?

Published July 24, 2020

Earlier this month, Pop's Marketplace opened in Muskego and features creative gifts, traditional and gourmet foods and of course Pop's award-winning popcorn.


Unique Boutique: Form & Specter

Published Nov. 30, 2018

While Form is a shop fixated on plants, gifts and unique goods to decorate your space, Specter aims to provide artifacts that illustrate the process of life and create feelings of nostalgia and growth for customers.


Who remembers Wicks 'N' Sticks?

Published Aug. 29, 2017

In 1978, Dawn Bersch was 10 years old and her parents, Sam and Liz Armato, bought a franchise called Wicks 'N' Sticks inside the Northridge Mall. It was open until 1990.


Milwaukee All-Star: Hot dog vendor and therapist Mike Bate

Published Oct. 18, 2015

This week's All-Star is Mike Bate: A hot dog vendor for West Allis Cheese and Sausage Shoppe, a therapist through the Wisconsin Early Autism Project and a candle maker. He also admits his guilty pleasure out loud for the first time.


Bay View couple discovers home-grown success with Big White Yeti candles

Published April 30, 2015

Just a few years ago, all Katie Daly knew about candles is that they smelled nice, and she liked having them around the house. Her boyfriend, Cody Weiss, didn't disagree. But Daly, always a self-admitted "type-A antsy person" found herself bored and browsing Pinterest one day, when she saw a how-to guide to making soy candles in Mason jars. The corporate trainer melted some wax on the stove, adding some lavender oil - and found herself surprised when the candle actually burned.


Local candle maker pours with purpose

Published Sept. 1, 2012

More than a decade ago, Brandy Glass-Lucchesi started making candles for herself and as gifts for friends, many of whom were so impressed with her abilities that they suggested she sell them. Today, she runs a small candle making business called Brandy's Candles.


"Man candles" make scents for dudes

Published Sept. 17, 2008

Two eCommerce sites sell all sorts of man-themed scents -- like campfire, sawdust, pigskin, bacon, stripper and beer. Here's the story behind the wonderful world of "mandles."


Corona's candles bring the garden party indoors

Published Aug. 12, 2004

"My mother was a candle freak, and so I turned into one, too," says Chris Corona, owner of The Garden Party, which specializes in all-natural soy aromatherapy candles, wholesale candles and supplies.