Best of the ‘Burbs 2017: Shopping

Get out your wallets, Milwaukee. The suburbs have some of the best shopping around, and there’s something for everyone.

KitscheCoo Art and Craft Shed
Photo by Moriah Bame
KitscheCoo Art & Craft Shed

So many great local artists, all in one place. In addition to handmade gifts from jam and jewelry to prints and pottery, KitscheCoo offers classes in jewelry-making, painting, glass art, tea-blending
and more.

Copper & Pearls

Oak Creek
Housed in the old Hilldale School, Copper & Pearls is an art studio and consignment shop featuring handcrafted or up-cycled home goods from local makers. It’s where you’ll find bold furniture pieces that have been given a new life.

Yellow Wood

Whitefish Bay
These are not your average flannel-when-it’s-trendy outdoors people. They seriously know the technical pros and cons of all their gear and can help outfit you (for a pretty penny) for just about any adventure. Added bonus: They feature dozens of vendors that are committed to sustainability.

French Connection jacket
Photo courtesy of French Connection
Leather bag from Faye's
Photo courtesy of Faye’s

Mequon, Brookfield
Catering to women 16-60, Faye’s sells hard-to-find (in Milwaukee) luxury brands like Tory Burch, Longchamp, Theory, Missoni, rag & bone and Diane von Furstenburg. The store’s longevity – which is becoming increasingly uncommon – means owner Faye Wetzel knows her stuff.

The Mayfair Collection

A bargain-hunter’s paradise, Mayfair Collection’s Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Nordstrom Rack and J. Crew Mercantile appeal to the fashion-forward crowd with a Top Ramen budget. A full slate of dining options – like Pizza Man, Holey Moley, Corner Bakery and more – serve as rejuvenation stations when those Maxxinistas need a break from the hard work of sifting through stocked racks. Careful not to spill on your new duds.


Weeds is as green as you can get. Home and garden products are organic, recycled, reusable and biodegradable, and many are locally sourced.

Cattywampus Design

Displaying more than 30 local artisans, this adorable shop features up-cycled and refurbished furniture, home décor and vintage finds.

McNabb & Risley

Come for the furniture (a grand and stylish selection), stay for the accessories and jewelry. It’s an odd but enjoyable mix at McNabb & Risley.

E-Collectique Luxury Resale

While they’re not a huge store, they pack it full of vintage goodies. Think high-fashion treasures from Chanel and Alexander McQueen, plus a well-organized mix of contemporary and vintage women’s clothing, shoes and accessories.

Lake Effect Surf Shop
Photo by Will Skaggs

Lake Effect Surf Shop

Milwaukee’s first surf shop offers boards, accessories and rentals. They also sell skateboards for those who prefer terra firma. And how about witty T-shirts capturing boarder culture near and far? Oh, yeah. “Wi-loha,” anyone?

Robin’s Nest

Menomonee Falls
This women’s retailer has lasted over three decades by offering some classics – like Pendleton – alongside funkier apparel options. They’ve also got a solid accessories department and are known for their ultra-friendly customer service.

Plowshare Fair Trade Marketplace

WaukeshaPlowshare Fair Trade Marketplace
Do some dual-purpose shopping at Plowshare. The marketplace, which offers gifty items, decor, jewelry and more, seeks to promote peace, a living wage, sustainability and organic farming. Be kind to your conscience and wallet.

Drexel Town Square

Oak Creek
It’s not often that a ’burb gets a new downtown, but that’s what’s happening in booming Oak Creek. Drexel Town Square, at the corner of Drexel and Howell Avenues, is not just retail, although there’s plenty of that. The self-contained mini-town has apartments, a public library and city hall – all brand new and, actually, quite pretty. Drexel Town Square is still a work in progress, but the Bel Air Cantina and Pizza Man are already hosting hungry crowds. Anchored by a Meijer superstore, the development also has specialty stores like Mode women’s boutique and Performance Running Outfitters, in addition to services like Forward Dental, Roots Salon and Martinizing Dry Cleaners. Charming amenities like brick walkways, a clock tower, splash pool and ice rink make this Milwaukee’s newest destination, south of the city center.