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Crazy for Cedarburg
Praise and presents for mom and shopping local.

With the glorious weather last weekend, I dropped everything but Kippee and took off for a window-shopping excursion to Cedarburg. As I stroll around the town Forbes Magazine named one of the 11 prettiest in the country, I feel like I’m on vacation. Planning your own mini-vacay? First stop is Boulangerie du Monde for one of their incredible croissants or pastries, and one of their delish breads to take home. Next is Java House for a freshly brewed coffee, espresso or cappuccino to sip while people-watching on Washington Avenue or enjoying lovely views of Cedar Creek just steps away.

 
Weeds
Now it’s time to hit shopping full throttle. You’ll find a bevy of boutiques all within easy walking distance. Popping in and out of the Shops of Cedar Creek Settlement can keep you busy exploring all day. Never been? Here are a few of my favorites.

Material Matters is a must. With thousands, yes thousands of bolts of fabric for anyone with a passion for quilting. I love poking around in Lillie’s for interesting and current fair trade fashions, gifts, toys and accessories. Weeds is loaded with wonderfully cool and stylish organic home and gardening stuff like the hydroponic fresh basil growing kit made from a recycled wine bottle I picked up to set on my kitchen windowsill.

If you’re in the market for just about anything to pamper yourself, pop into Savon Nouveau. To polish off outfits with panache, see what Posh and the new Bangles and Bags boutique have in the way of handbags, jewelry and fashion accessories.

Looking for fabulous vintage lighting options? Heritage Lighting is the place to go. To add personality to your entertaining or gift-giving, check out A Little Pizzazz. Cedar Creek Clothing is a terrific stop for comfy yet stylish boutique fashions. And located in an old peaked-roofed gas station, you’ll find the work of the talented designers at Pagoda Fine Jewelry. No matter what your gardening needs, chances are you’ll find it at Garden Goodies.

If you get to Cedarburg now through May 22, check out the interesting mix of new and vintage home accessories, fashions and more this season’s temporary “theme” boutique Cedar Chic (cedarchic.com) has to offer.

 
Candy apple from Amy's Candy Kitchen
But no matter when you go, don’t skip Amy’s Candy Kitchen where you’ll find some of the best homemade caramel apples around.

Go to Schwai’s butcher shop for excellent homemade hickory wood-smoked summer sausage and hot sticks. Trip hint: Plan your day to arrive at the shop in time to enjoy one of their homemade grilled bratwursts for lunch. I did, and it was delicious. For specific information on all area shops, visit cedarburg.org.

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Because my mom got sick and died too young, here’s a quick reminder that all across town, there are plenty of ways to show yours you care on Mother’s Day, May 8.

Stephanie Bartz will work her magic on kids of all ages May 7 (10 a.m.-2 p.m.) at Juxt. RSVP now for a spot to put your best face and pose forward. A $25 fee ($5 of which benefits AWE – Artist Working in Education) pays off big with professional “photo booth” strips bound to make mom smile. (1504 Underwood Ave., Wauwatosa, 414-257-1710, juxthomebaby.com, sbartzphotography.com).

Or head to The Home Market’s Spring Preview on May 7 (10 a.m.–5 p.m.) and May 8 (noon–4 p.m.), where you’ll save a whopping 20 percent on all purchases (222 E. Erie St., 414-755-2165, thehomemarket.net).

How about a trip to Past Basket for some charming new products like delightful teapots from Mackenzie-Childs? If that’s not your cup of tea, the shop also has beautiful Yves Delorme Souffle bedding and bath linens on sale for 30 percent off during the entire month of May as well as offering a free Shelburne posy vase with every Simon Pearce purchase more than $150 that includes a vase (383 W. Brown Deer Rd., 414-247-9976, pastbasket.com). Whether you stop by the studio or hit the website, when it comes to moms, you’ll never go wrong picking up any of the beautifully designed scarves and pillows by Grotta & Co. (207 E. Buffalo St., 414-273-8066, grottaco.com).

Mother or not, ladies of all ages are invited to participate in the Historic Third Ward’s Diva Night on May 12 (5–9 p.m.). First order of business: Drop the guys off at Chili Lili's where they’ll enjoy drink specials during the evening’s stag party (5–8:30 p.m.). Then it’s all about you as you pick up a Diva punch card at participating retailers and collect punches throughout the evening while taking advantage of the evening’s savings and store specials. Bring your card to Chili Lili’s at 9 p.m. to win some fabulous raffle gifts donated by area shops. The first lucky ladies to show up with eight or more punches qualify for free “swag bags.” For more info, visit Historicthirdward.org.

And guys ... how about heading to the Cinco de Mayo Trunk show May 5 (noon–8 p.m.) at Mark Pasch Ltd.? Enjoy a tequila bar with Mexican appetizers while you shop, and save on a preview of summer, fall and winter offerings from Donald Pliner men's shoes, Eton of Sweden shirts, Coppley custom clothing and Jhane Barnes sportswear. 333 W. Brown Deer Rd., 414-351-5634, markpaschlimited.com.

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Finally, let me just remind you that May 1–7 is Milwaukee’s Choose Local week. Check out specials listed on ourmilwaukee.net like a free Citrus Ginger Chocolate Bar on website orders of over $15 from delish Indulgence Chocolatiers, a savings of 10 percent off the purchase of any fur, leather or cloth coat at Ugent Furs & Fashions, 20 percent savings on all eco-friendly toys at Bella-Boo Organics’ 20 percent discount on all live greenhouse plants at Bliffert Lumber & Hardware, 20 percent off jewelry, bags and hats at Boutique Vieux et Nouveau, 20 percent off all jewelry, scarves and clothing at Fair Trade For All, 10 percent off all purchases at Four Corners of the World, 10 percent off clearance sale pricing at Kashou Carpets, free piece of jewelry with purchase at SHOP and much more.

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