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Spring Into Sale Action
Revvin' up for Easter and then some.

There is LOTS of store stuff going on this week so rather than chatting, let’s take a look at what’s going on around town.

Easter eggs

If you work Downtown and think you’ve outgrown the fun of an Easter egg hunt, think again and hop to the annual Downtown Grown up Easter Egg Hunt April 18-20 (11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.). Sponsored by McDonald’s with cooperation from Milwaukee County Parks, 3,000 eggs will be hidden over the course of three days. Tucked within each egg is a coupon for a free McDonalds item plus a raffle ticket for a chance to win a drawing for  one of 35 gift certificates donated by Downtown boutiques, restaurants, hotels and spas as well as a Golden Egg grand prize drawing held at the Cathedral Square Park Egg-travaganza event April 21 (12 p.m.). Prizes will also be awarded to winners of a playful Rabbit Relay egg race and Chick-a-Boom egg toss. Limit one egg per person (18 years and older) per day.  For more info, call 414-220-4700, or visit milwaukeedowntown.com.

On the hunt for Easter fun for the kiddies? There are still reservations available for Breakfast with Benjamin Bunny and Jemima Puddleduck, which is held each year in the George Watts Tea Shop (RSVP for either April 16 or 23 at 9 a.m.). Along with enjoying a delicious meal, children and adults will be charmed by Martie Watts’ reading of this delightful childhood classic by Beatrix Potter. Each child will also receive a keepsake photo and a free gift. $20 for adults, $16 for children. 761 N. Jefferson St., 414-290-5720, georgewatts.com.

And What would Easter be without chocolate? Luckily Milwaukee’s own Indulgence Chocolatiers steps up with some of the best. Order handmade chocolate sea salt bunnies, eggs, frogs or butterflies now through April 17 and get free ground shipping on all orders more than $20. Also to help raise money for the relief efforts in Japan, check out a limited edition trio of fabulous Japanese-inspired truffles they’ve created. Sold online only, flavors include Wasabi, Sencha Green Tea and Citrus Ginger. For a full list of stores where you can find these decadently good chocolate bars, visit indulgencechocolatiers.com.

Stone eggs

And for those searching for something special to drop in an Easter basket, Embelezar has gathered up an egg-cellent selection of decorative eggs from all over the world. Uniquely fashioned, you’ll find jasper and orange ammonite stone eggs, gorgeous frosted glass goose eggs, scented African sandalwood eggs and beautifully painted soapstone eggs from Kenya. 241 N. Broadway St., 414-224-7644.

Guys hoping to don their Easter Sunday Best would do well to head over to Mark Pasch Ltd. April 15 (10-6 p.m.) for Dress up Day. Here’s the deal, all you have to do is show up in a suit, shirt and tie or sport coat and slacks to get a discount on the purchase of any new suit, sport coat or pair of slacks. 333W. Brown Deer Rd., 414-351-5634, markpaschlimited.com.

Celebrating the store’s move from Mequon to Downer Avenue, Olive Fine Organic Living holds its grand opening April 16 (11 a.m.-7 p.m.). Enjoy appetizers from Via Downer as you check out all sorts of hip, modern and organic spring apparel for the entire family as well as a terrific selection of home goods, beauty and body products, stylish shoes and more. While shopping, be sure to enter to win a $100 gift card. 2624 N. Downer Ave., 414-332-2710, OliveOrganic.org.

Rebel Green yoga mat spray

Speaking of natural, you’ve heard about the growing problem of sports equipment riddled with fungus, viruses and bacteria, right? Well given that there are millions of yoga enthusiasts across the country, Milwaukee’s own eco-friendly Rebel Green has introduced a new aromatic yoga mat spray cleaner. Made with certified organic essential oils chosen for their cleansing and therapeutic properties, the spray is a natural solution to avoid dirty or sweaty exercise mats. Available in three enlightening mood scents - Bliss (with hints of pink grapefruit, bergamot and lavender), Clarity (with the lift of peppermint and lemon) or Wisdom (laced with the appeal of frankincense and pine) - each is perfect for going from ‘Icky’ to ‘OM’ in seconds. Available at Whole Foods Market and Yoga One. For more info visit rebelgreen.com.

And finally, in a country that finds itself somewhat short-listed when it comes to students pursuing a career in the sciences, American Science & Surplus star parties offer a great way to spark interest in astronomy. Especially as they’re often hosted by some pretty big names in the world of solar system study. For example, on April 15 (8-10 p.m.) at a Star Party co-sponsored by I-Max, Bob Bonadurer, director of the Milwaukee Public Museum’s Daniel M. Soref Planetarium, will be joining Astronomer Paul Chapman to guide young and old on a fun tour of the cosmos. Seriously, having produced and directed more than 20 award-winning astronomy shows and films including the recent Galileo: The Power of the Telescope, when it comes to eclipses, meteor showers and solstice celebrations, this guy knows his stuff. Bring your telescope or take a peek through the professional ones in the store’s parking lot, and if you’d like some one-on-one instruction, stop in early for the learning and troubleshooting workshop (6-7 p.m.). This free family event includes complimentary drinks and munchies, and kids shopping the store chock full of incredible stuff at unbelievable prices will receive a pocket microscope with every $5 purchase they make. 6901 W. Oklahoma Ave., 414-541-7777, sciplus.com.

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mjor Posted: 4/18/2011 10:36:10 AM
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I can't wait to check out the new OLIVE organic store on Downer!
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