Foodies around town rave about the delicious, dry cured pork products made by Riverwest’s Bolzano Artisan Meats. Available at local shops and farmers markets, the recent opening of a new company store makes it easier for everybody to find out what the fuss is. Want to delve a little deeper into the history and details […]

Foodies around town rave about the delicious, dry cured pork products made by Riverwest’s Bolzano Artisan Meats. Available at local shops and farmers markets, the recent opening of a new company store makes it easier for everybody to find out what the fuss is. Want to delve a little deeper into the history and details of the process? The company holds gratifying, informative Charcuterie School classes, which include generous tastings of their products like Speck Prosciutto made from heirloom Hereford hogs, raised locally without steroids or antibiotics. Classes ($20 each) are held every Saturday through April 10 at 6 p.m. Please see Web site for more info and store hours. 3950 N. Holton St., 414-431-1866,

Fittingly, pieces from LA designer and former Shorewood resident Lizz Wasserman’s Popomomo line can be found at SHOP in her old neighborhood. Featuring organic and sustainable fabrics, signature strong geometric details and cutout shapes, this exclusive offering represents a cool, refreshingly new approach to fashion that is uniquely inspired by the post-postmodern movement. 1918 E. Capitol Drive, Shorewood, 414- 962-4030,

Anyone on the hunt for a truly memorable, one-of-a-kind gift to round out a wedding, shower or other special social event might want to inquire about Past Basket’s exclusive Seda France Custom Design offer. It works like this. Order 49 or more beautiful candles from Seda France and make them your own with a choice of eight intoxicatingly natural scents, 24 box designs, an array of colorful ribbons and lovely monogram styles plus the option to design a label logo yourself. Very special indeed! 383 W Brown Deer Rd., 414- 247-9976,

Dog lovers Jaci and Sam Sumner, owners of Gloss Photography Studios, really walk their talk. Not only did they rescue their puppy Stella, they’ve also paired up with the Wisconsin Humane Society to create charity in her honor to benefit other animals. On March 27 (3-7 p.m.), the studio encourages community participation with a special Open House. Stop in for snacks and refreshments and the opportunity to bid for a full array of great stuff from SHOP, Aala Reed, Harleys, Lorena Sarbu, Chartreuse, Bijoux Jewelry, Rishi, Samara Studio and The Tool Shed, along with Pabst Theater tickets, lots of Fossil watches and gift baskets for pets and people. Those giving a standalone donation of $50 to the Wisconsin Humane Society can make appointments to get an 8” x 10” pet portrait taken at a later date. 3805 N. Oakland, 414-332-0195,

Learn how to spruce up your house naturally during the Spring Cleaning Event going on March 20 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.) at The Home Market. As the store introduces a new line of Caldrea products known for their quality plant-derived ingredients and essential oils, shoppers can enter to win a bucket stuffed with all sorts of the company’s soaps, lotions and cleaning supplies. Printed Spring Cleaning Tips and product samples will also be handed out all day. 222 East Erie, 414-755-2165,

Fans of nationally renowned Florence Eiseman children’s fashions won’t want to miss the company’s fifth-floor factory sale taking place March 19-21. On Friday (10 a.m.-5 p.m.), shoppers will have the best selection and save 50 percent off retail pricing. On Saturday (10 a.m.-3 p.m.), shoppers save 60 percent, and those waiting till Sunday (10 a.m.-3 p.m.) will have less to choose from but can save 65 percent. No matter what, with an assortment of discounted designer fabrics and trims also available, it’s all good. 342 N. Water St., 800-558-9013,

Get the low down on decorating, home improvement, landscaping and garden trends during the March 19-28 Realtors Home & Garden Show going on at the Wisconsin Expo Center at State Fair Park. You can also take in daily educational seminars and demos, a Garden Market, grilling tips from Mad Dog & Merrill and more than 10,000 square feet of garden displays. While you’re there, be sure to scope out the art, antiques and collectibles set up in the lobby of the Wisconsin Expo Center. If you see something you like during this advance look of what will be sold during Channel 10’s Great TV Auction (April 23-May 1) you can always put in an advance bid. 8200 W. Greenfield Ave., West Allis, &

Brush up on spring fashion while helping battle domestic abuse with a ticket to the AWEAR Fashion Show. Benefitting Sojourner Family Peace Center, it is March 25 (5 p.m.) at the Harley-Davidson Museum. Evening festivities include both a live and silent auction, plenty of tasty appetizers and loads of fashion from Miss Groove, Aala Reed, Detour, Goldi, M.E. Lou, Simon Oliver, Lorena Sarbu, Zita and Harley-Davidson MotorClothes with hair & makeup by Neroli. Tickets $95 per person, $700 for an exclusive runway table seating four. For tickets call 414-643-1777,

Feeling extra quick on your feet? Save loads on value-priced shoes by entering to win a Shoe Crazy Shopping Spree during the March 20 grand opening of Famous Footwear in Waukesha’s Shoppes at Fox River. If your name is pulled during one of the hourly drawings held between 1-4 p.m., you’ll have 30 seconds to dash around the store grabbing as many shoes as you can from the more than 9,000 pairs on hand. Not up for all that running around? Simply shop 10 a.m. till noon to save 20 percent off just about everything in the store. 1240 W Sunset Drive, 262-542-4045, Waukesha,

Besides taking excellent care of urban locks, Salon Nova has a complete offering of spa services like massage, skin care, waxing and Medical Spa treatments. In fact, after building a national reputation by educating other aestheticians in the art of applying eyelash extensions, one of the salon’s owners has even created his own Liquifan Eyelash Extension System. Haven’t been there yet? Visit for an exclusive invitation to save 25 percent off any one spa or salon treatment. 1437 E. Brady St., 414- 455-1079.

Wisconsin Trailsmagazine named Cedarburg “the best place to spend the day shopping.” Find out why with an easy spring drive to the 20th-annual Cedar Creek Winery & Settlement Open House on March 20 and 21. With all the live jazz, cooking with wine demonstrations, food sampling, wine tasting, store specials and sales, you’ll find plenty to do, all of it focused on this year’s theme of products and art “Made in Wisconsin.” 800-827-8020,

And finally, this is just for fun. Despite the economy, a bit of fashion fancy is about to be revealed at Miami International Fashion Week when Beirut designer Jad Ghandour reveals his “Danasha Luxury Gown” valued at $1.5 million. Billed as “the world’s most desirable red carpet gown” designed to dazzle with taste rather than flash, sparkling with fine diamonds set weightlessly in 18k gold, it will be walked down the runway by an as-yet-unnamed celebrity. Just don’t expect to see it at T.J. Maxx anytime soon.


Right now at Mr. Shoe: A huge spring sale can save men and women up to 80 percent on already value-priced shoes, boots and sandals. 1433 N. Farwell Ave., 414-277-0660,

For St. Patty’s Day at Lush: Celebrate the holiday by going green (and clean) with eco-friendly products such as Cynthia Stout Shampoo (yes, made with real Irish Stout). Sober up bathing with a Too Drunk To…Emotibomb laced with stimulating fennel and peppermint oils, and rid yourself of green hair dye with Squeak Green Solid Shampoo (good for at least 75 washes). Mayfair, 2500 N. Mayfair Rd., 414-443-1177,

Every Tuesday at Eva Luna Day Spa: Book an hour (or 45-minute express) Dermalogica facial (normally $75) for just $50. 8653 N. Port Washington Rd., 414-455-0262,

Every Friday in March at Oro di Oliva (Wauwatosa location): Bring a pal to the shop and you’ll each receive $5 off your flavorful purchases. 7606 Harwood Ave., 414-256-8066,

March 17 (10 a.m.-8 p.m.) at Lela: A roll of the dice on St. Paddy’s Day can save you up to 60 percent on everything at checkout. 321 N. Broadway, 414-727-4855,

March 17-21 (Brookfield store) at Faye’s: Pick up plenty of beautifully made, pretty polished and practical fashions perfect for play, work or going out to dinner at the Pink Tartan Trunk Show. 18900 W. Bluemound Rd., 262-432-0070,

March 19 at Wine Styles (6-7:30 p.m.): RSVP to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day playing the Blind Wine Tasting game of Options. Your first clue? All of them are organic. $10 per person, $5 for Wine Club members. 17000 W. Bluemound Rd., Brookfield, 262-792-9463,

March 19-21 at Goldi: Shop the Jambu Trunk show for stylish sustainable shoes with extra-comfy, partially recycled rubber soles inspired by the beauty of the rainforest and engineered for peak performance. 4114 N. Oakland Ave., 414-431-4832,

Through March 20 at Past Basket: Receive free matching shams with purchase of a Yves Delorme flat and fitted sheet or duvet cover from the company’s lovely new 2010 collection. 383 W. Brown Deer Rd., 414-247-9976,