Little Martin is perfect for dad and son

Published Oct. 18, 2008

While searching for a small guitar to nourish my son's hunger to make music, I ended up buying us both a guitar. Despite being fashioned from high pressure laminates (which means no trees died to make this guitar), the LXME has a warm, bright sound.


Going green with baby

Published April 23, 2008

Kristin Vailliencourt of Sprout baby boutique in the Third Ward, has boosted the presence of environmentally-friendly options in her shop to meet heavy demand from parents. Here are some ways you, too, can make a difference.


Third Ward businesses turn Tax Day into "Tax Free Day"

Published April 10, 2006

For most Americans April 15 has become synonymous with Tax Day, a not always pleasant reminder of the large lump of change we all fork over to the government each year. But for certain retailers in Milwaukee, Tax Day is becoming synonymous with savings.


Foo Foo Bunnies offer cuddly alternative to Easter candy

Published March 23, 2006

Foo Foo Bunnies are the "it" Easter basket stuffer this year. So instead of seeing your kid bite the head off a chocolate bunny this Easter, you can see him play with a soft, cuddly one that won't result in a giraffe-sized sugar buzz.


Cieslik Celek earns two ASID awards

Published Feb. 13, 2006

Milwaukee interior design firm Cieslik Celek won two American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) awards Feb. 9 at a ceremony held at the Milwaukee Art Museum.


Freckle Face dedicated to dapper duds for kids

Published Nov. 3, 2005

Deanna Inniss opened Freckle Face Boutique, 407 E. Buffalo St., this summer. The sophisticated-meets-retro shop specializes in clothing, specialty gifts for kids, books, bedding and footwear.


First kids shop sprouts in Third Ward

Published Nov. 24, 2004

Sprout, a new children's boutique inside the Katie Gingrass Gallery, carries toys and clothes for kids ages 0-6. Most of the merchandise is not available in malls, like bibs printed with sushi rolls, wooden toys from Germany and musical instruments.