Darn! Although Dawn Adamec’s revamped business plan focuses on attracting an online national audience and expanding the interior design side of her business, it also means she’s closing up shop at Urban Abode. Like her signature style? Better shop quickly because Jan. 30 and 31 (noon-5 p.m.) are the last opportunities you have to purchase anything from her unique collection of home décor and furniture. All at amazing prices. 336 W. Main St., Waukesha, 262-446-0140, urbanabodestyle.com.
Hmm, it seems like just yesterday I wrote up the opening of the Third Ward Quality Candy/Buddy Squirrel shop, and now it’s about to close. Fans of yummy chocolates, fresh roasted nuts, gourmet popcorn and other candies who want to gobble up 50 percent savings on everything better get there quick before the shelves empty out. 215 N. Water St., 414-273-1712, qcbs.com.
Have you visited the new East Side location of Chartreuse yet? Originally located in Bay View, this eco-friendly shop aims for a modern takes when it comes to men’s, women’s and children’s fashions, featuring sustainable cotton, soy, hemp and bamboo as well as recycled plastics and fibers. Great options for home and body as well. 1224 E. Brady, 414-747-8434, hellochartreuse.blogspot.com.
Speaking of moving, because there’s always plenty going on at Fred Boutique, it comes as no surprise that it’s moving to a new, bigger and better shop right next door. The new location will feature a selection of fashions from Fred’s sister store, Luscious, and is expected to add a non-traditional bridal department specializing in rehearsal wear and honeymoon styling. Shoppers can stop by for cocktails and appetizers Feb. 1 and see what all the fabulous fuss is about. 522N. Water St., 414-270-1109; 4407 N. Oakland Ave., 414-967-7760, fredboutique.com.
Because it promises such tremendous bargains, I want to remind shoppers to check out the Jan. 30 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) Boutique Blowout going on at Shorewood’s Atwater Elementary School where great clothing and accessories for women, men and children from B’Tween Friends, Flaire, Lela, Miss Ruby, Molloy’s, (shoo), SHOP, Valentina, FalconandLorena Sarbu (as well as FlorenceEisemanand Bijoux) will be offered at deeply discounted, end-of-season prices. Just be sure to bring cash, as some vendors may not be set up to process credit cards. A $5 admission fee benefits the Shorewood D2D Athletics Initiative. 2100 E Capitol Dr. Parking in the school lot at the corner of Capitol Drive and Murray Avenue.
On Jan. 30, weather permitting, the village of Kohler’s Winterfest, A Taste of the Alps pays homage to its founding father’s Austrian heritage. On the agenda are huge snow sculptures by international artists, complimentary tours of an authentically crafted 1931 Waelderhaus residence, dogsled demonstrations, traditional Eisstockschiessen ice curling, a cooking competition, a chili cook-off, an ice skating exhibition, Polar Bear Club plunges, snowman building contests and horse-drawn carriage rides. In addition, there will be lots of hot chocolate, apple cider and cookies, and plenty of specials and sales throughout Shops at Woodlake. Sound like fun? Better keep your fingers crossed it snows quick. Event packages, including a two-night stay celebrating the alpine cuisine of central and Western Europe, are available. 920-803-4875, destinationkohler.com.
Certainly one way to while away dreary winter hours is by engaging in creative expression. To comfortably ease you into artistic endeavors, build on existing talents or explore new venues, Artist and Display offers comprehensive and fun demonstrations (and classes) on options, including encaustic hot wax painting, Valentine stamping, silver clay jewelry, painting on glass and tile and more. Hey, who knows what hidden talents you might discover when properly coaxed? 9015 W. Burleigh St., 414-442-9100, artistanddisplay.com.
Robot stuff is big. How big? Really big, and American Science & Surplus knows it. That’s why they’re stocked up on lots of fun and intriguing remote control robots, light and sound sensitive pre-assembled robots, robot kits, microbots and robot parts like motors, solenoids and more. Don’t know what a solenoid is? Not to worry, they’ll explain all. Needless to say, everything is priced to sell. 6901 W. Oklahoma Ave., 414-541-7777, sciplus.com.
Hoping to surprise your Valentine with something special this year? Why not RSVP to learn the finer points of seduction with an Art of the Tease Burlesque Dance Class at The Tool Shed Feb. 7 (5-8 p.m.). Tantalizingly taught by Bella Sue Devianti, the cost is $35 per person. 2427 N. Murray Ave., 414-906-5304, toolshedtoys.com.
Embrace the recycle/reuse concept sweeping the country and attend the Jan. 30 and 31 Rummage-A-Rama! where you can sniff out bargains galore. You can also give and get back a little as the $4-per-person admission drops to $2 with the donation of two non-perishable food items. Kids under 12 are always free. Wisconsin Products Pavilion, 640 S. 84th St., 414-899-0893, rummage-a-rama.com.
When it comes to pampering pets, Spa Paw & Tail takes the cake. Case in point, the premier pet resort and day camp has recently added a VIP Valet Service to its menu of special services indulgently addressing the emotional, physical and grooming needs of its furry clients. 5055 S Emmer Dr., New Berlin, 262-784 PAWS, www.spapawandtail.com.
Ever the voracious reader, I’m a huge fan of the city’s incredible library system. Honestly, it thrills me that whenever I hear of a book I’d like to read, all I have to do is go online, make a request and they’ll send it to the library of my choice plus notify me when it’s ready for pick-up. So I’m happy to pass along that the Friends of Milwaukee Public Library now have a book cart set up in the Public Market. With a slew of new and used books priced as low as a dollar, they’re practically free. 400 N. Water St., 414-289-3107, milwaukeepublicmarket.org.
Good fortune and savings can figure strongly in your future as Juxt and Gracie’s on Harwood pair up Jan. 29 (5-9 p.m.) for a fun evening that includes psychic readings ($10 each) by the “amazing” Annette, wine, snacks, sweet treats and evening specials. Please RSVP at 414-257-1710. 1504 Underwood Ave., 414-257-1710, juxthomebaby.com; 7487 Harwood Ave., 414-258-2265.
If you’re looking for elegant, feminine fashion at trimmed-down pricing, head to Lorena Sarbu for the boutique’s 50 percent off seasonal sale. Find amazing deals on European, high-end fashion, including furs, cashmere sweaters and silk dresses as well as knock out accessories such as handbags from Paris and Swarovski crystal, embellished belts. 310 E. Buffalo St., 414-273-9779, lorenasarbu.com.
Regardless of your personal style, as long as it’s trendful and exciting, you’ll find plenty to doll up your closets at 50 percent off during the dual Winter Sale at Falcon & Valentina boutiques. 315 N. Broadway, 414-271-9100, falcon315.com; 1505 W. Mequon Rd., 262-241-4122, evalentina.com.
On Jan. 28, Faye’s flips its entire inventory of fall and winter clearance clothing, accessories and jewelry over to its Mequon store for a final consolidation sale. Listen, with prices marked 75 to 90 percent off, even if you’ve checked the racks once, look again. 1505 W. Mequon Rd., Mequon, 262- 241-8386; 18900 W. Bluemound Rd., Brookfield, 262-432-0070, fayes123.com.
Oh, dear. Jan. 27 is the very last day Vieux et Nouveau Boutiquewill take special pre-orders on Fidji spring and summer shoes (available in whole and half sizes 5-13). Regularly priced at $229, order now and save $30 per pair. Made in Portugal, these unique, colorful, ultra comfy shoes (perfect for finishing off dresses, skirts, pants and denim), feature wooden heels and fine Italian leather. Layaway plan available. 1217 E. Brady St., 414-287-9049, boutiquemilwaukee.com.
On Jan. 29 (5-8 p.m.), Neroli invites the public to an open house to scope out its newest East Side salon location. Enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres, beverages and enter a raffle for Neroli gift cards. 1919 E. Kenilworth Pl., 414-227-2888, nerolispa.com.