In this week’s mentions, make note of some great fashion and professional services available here in the city, as well as a couple of tips on how to get healing touches and a sound night’s sleep. I’m also remembering the demise of a wonderfully unique artisan cheese that I miss to this day, like a […]
In this week’s mentions, make note of some great fashion and professional services available here in the city, as well as a couple of tips on how to get healing touches and a sound night’s sleep. I’m also remembering the demise of a wonderfully unique artisan cheese that I miss to this day, like a favorite cat that’s gone missing. In short, a reminder that because sometimes what we buy can be life enriching, maybe even irreplaceable, it’s important to support the work of local artisans and small retailers – no matter how small their customer base or marketing budget. Sermon over.
I love that nestled into the Bayshore Town Center, Aversa stands as a local retailer with the style to go toe to toe with the boutiques of Milan or Manhattan. Offering a treasure trove of fun and sophisticated clothing and accessories for women of all ages (in addition to an exclusive on Giorgio Armani’s Collezioni), Aversa carries collections from international designers that you simply can’t anywhere else in the city. And with the revamping of Bayshore, expect to find even more – like meticulous Italian fashions from PASERICO and BRUNELLO CUCINELLI masterfully crafted of luxurious fabrics and tweaked with playful feminine details. Of special note is a simply wonderful white poplin blouse. Perfect with a pair of terrific capris or a freshly styled skirt from GUNEX. Another Italian import is FUZZY, whose funky, playful collection of printed stretch tulle separates travels beautifully. 5800 N. Bayshore Dr., 963- 9963.
If you wear glasses at Bronze Optical, licensed optician Bronze Quinton only has eyes for you. Frustrated with 20 years of witnessing countless people rushed through the process of eyeglass fittings in various chains and private optical shops, he decided he’d had enough and was going to do something about it. Caring enough to take the time to do it right, Quinton gives each and every client in his own shop his full attention. (He doesn’t take phone calls while he’s doing a professional consultation and fit.) And as for frame selection? From $40 for reasonably good quality functional frames to $400 for premier fashion lines. 1568 N. Farwell Ave., 221-7055; www.bronzeoptical.com.
If tossing and turning all night has got you feeling tense and tired, maybe a sub-standard or just plain worn-out mattress is to blame. Why not stop in Verlo Mattress Factory Store to find out for sure. They’re currently offering a set of super-smooth 350-thread-count, Egyptian-cotton sheets free with each purchase of a premium mattress set. Plus no additional cost for delivery and set up. Not sure what’s keeping you up? Sleep on it; their offer is good till Sunday, February 4. 201 N. Water St., 298-9701; www.verlo.com.
The Couples Massage Class January 27 at A Woman’s Touch may just be the ticket for learning how to spend quality time with your mate, all the while helping them feel better. Using the power of touch, you’ll master the basic massage techniques to relieve head, neck, shoulder and back pain. (Just think of all the money you’ll save at the spa.) This is fully clothed class, so dress comfortably and don’t be afraid to ask questions. The class is sized to ensure individual attention. 1–3 p.m.; $50 per couple. Pre-payment and pre-registration required. 200 N. Jefferson St., 221-0400.
Attention moms (and dads) looking for a little cash to finance wardrobes to accommodate the next growth spurt. Freckle Face, that fun and sophisticated children’s boutique in the Third Ward, is collecting spring consignment fashions during business hours Jan. 16-30. Items must be designer label, clean, pressed and in excellent condition. If everything passes inspection, you can expect to receive 40% of the selling price. 407 E. Buffalo, 414-298-1488, www.frecklefaceboutique.com.
Truth be told, I’m am still mourning the fact that after generations of production, Mossholder Farm’s incredible artisan cheese*, made in Appleton and recognized by expert Stephen Jenkins as a veritable “American treasure” in his acclaimed Cheese Primer is, tragically, no longer being made. But maybe I’ll uncover another hidden gem at the “Cheeses from the Underground” tasting event at the West Allis Cheese & Sausage Shoppe (inside Milwaukee Public Market) this Saturday, January 27. After all, it’s free and, with the opportunity to meet and speak with the cheesemakers, bound to be interesting. If nothing else, we can lament the passing of a giant together. 400 N. Water St., 336-1111; www.milwaukeepublicmarket.org/cheesemakers.shtml.
*You want to know what happened? Working on a Wisconsin cheesemaker story, I’d learned of a cheese hand-crafted for generations in an Appleton farmhouse basement. Tasting it, I became an immediate fan, ordering it by phone until the day there was no answer at the farm. Later I learned that, due to unending roadwork tearing up the road that brought customers to their door, the cheesemaker retired, sold the farmhouse and the cheese was no more. I’m thinking of that cat again.
Colleen Heather Rogan chats about shopping on WKTI 94.5FM every Wednesday morning at 7:30 a.m.