Because it’s big, here’s a heads up. Friday, Nov. 23 is Black Friday in the Historic Third Ward. More details to come in next week’s web column but here’s a hint – lots of sales and hundreds of dollars in gift certificates to be shared by three lucky winners. Learn more at Every third […]

Because it’s big, here’s a heads up. Friday, Nov. 23 is Black Friday in the Historic Third Ward. More details to come in next week’s web column but here’s a hint – lots of sales and hundreds of dollars in gift certificates to be shared by three lucky winners. Learn more at

Every third Thursday of the month the cool and collected Stephanie Horne boutique steps up with a 6 – 9 p.m. Girls Night Out fun shopping experience. Attendees this Thursday can expect to be treated to a made to order festive beverage, a fish bowl full of store discounts and the chance to win a gift certificate to Mo’s Irish Pub. The store is also hosting a heartfelt Holiday Fashion show Thursday, Nov. 29 to benefit The American Heart Association (be forewarned, tickets are limited so, reserve now). The evening begins with cocktails at 7 pm, moves on to a runway show and finishes with some special shopping of hip formal fashions which the store has purchased in limited quantities to ensure when you show up looking fabulous, you won’t run into any one else mimicking your style. With 100 percent of all ticket sales and 10 percent of the evening’s sales donated to the cause, this is charity at its finest. (159 N. Broadway, 414-223-1662.)

Dip into fall fashion at Decibel Friday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. for a Fall Fascination Fashion Show. Along with lots of autumnal style and professional occasion wear provided by the always trendful Ess Elle Style Studio, get a glimpse of why the nation’s buzzing about Kathryn Kerrigan’s cool Italian made (sizes 6 – 15) flats, sandals, pumps and boots. Co-sponsored by Pink Vodka with a silent auction tossed in for even more fun, it’s bound to be an exciting event. And best of all, it benefits Dress For Success, which helps women of need enter the work force in appropriate style. $7 at the door and any donations of gently used clothing are of course, very welcome indeed. (1905 E. North Ave., 414-272-Deep, )

Also of note to fashionistas, the absolutely one-of-a-kind, Valentina boutique is hosting a Couture Combats Crohn’s and Colitis fashion event Nov. 15 at the Woman’s Club. Mark your calendars for Nov. 15 which kicks off an event with an 11 a.m. reception, followed by lunch, then a fabulous fashion show featuring the collections of Carter Smith, Catherine Bacon, Grown Beans, Mark Heister and Susan Green before finishing up with a bit of not to be missed shopping where 10 percent of all sales will benefit Koss Foundation. Best of all it’s all free. (262-789-7759,

Jamie Wilke Interiors, known for great contemporary to traditional taste as well as an experienced staff of interior design professionals, is marking its much anticipated arrival of a 9,000 sq. foot Historic Third Ward location with style during a Grand Opening Sale. Shop now and get a third off all merchandise the entire month of November. Oh, and while you’re there, be sure to sign up for a $5,000 Dream Give Away contest. (174 N. Broadway, 414-271-1234,

Get a jump on your pet’s holiday season Nov. 15 between 6 and 9 p.m. at Metropawlis when they’ll be loaded up with lots of celebratory stuff for pets and pet owners. With pooch in hand, lap up some refreshments and remember to sign up for their VIP (Very Important Pet) email list for even more savings on holiday items. (317 N. Broadway, 414-273-7387,

Looking for something to wear and hoping to get it at less than you might otherwise? Check out for loads of stylish women’s apparel at discounted prices. Brothers and former Milwaukeeans, Keith and Jeff Anderson who currently reside in California (the nation’s largest manufacturing region for women’s apparel), have established firm industry connections which in turn give them the opportunity to buy up loads of stylish “remainders, broken sizes, job lots and off-price goods” from reputable design lines which they ship all over the country from their warehouse in Menomonee Falls. Word has it their prices even beat With holiday parties right around the corner, it’s certainly worth a visit, no?

Addressing the dilemma of what to serve with next week’s Tom Turkey, Waterford Wine Company steps up with its usual expert advice at a ‘The Wine, The Turkey and You’ tasting event Monday Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. Since it addresses taste, cost and variety, if you’re expecting a crowd, you’d probably be wise to attend. Please make reservations in advance. $40 per guest. (1327 E. Brady St., 414-289-9463.)

If there’s something Freckle Face understands it’s kids and on Saturday, Nov. 17 between 10 am and 12 p.m., they’re hosting yet another fun event to give them something to do while parent’s shop. Bring in little ones three years old and up for a Make Your Own Turkey Hat event where all the supplies are ready to go, including some pre-assembled bits for the youngest participants. (407 E. Buffalo St., 414-298-1488,

Admit it, unless you’ve stuck to your regime or have been graced with the right genes, you’ve probably got a big gut or big butt so finding great fitting jeans could be a bit of challenge. Well, after years of research, Lane Bryant, the world’s largest plus size apparel retailer, steps up with revolutionary Right Fit denim designed to offer a customized fit to a variety of plus sized booties. With a special size 1 – 8 color-coded system, whether you’re straight through your waist and hips, slightly curved or are trying to coordinate a tiny waist with ample hips, they’ve got you covered. Marketed under their ‘Venezia’ line the jeans are available in classic, flare and boot-cut styles sized for petite, average and tall women in light, medium and dark washes. For big-bottomed gals this is nothing short of a godsend. For more info visit