Whether it’s a day of retail escape or a run for essentials, you’re covered.


Gift Store

MOD GEN: A Modern General Store

Just one of the great reasons to stop in regularly is to browse the selection of exotic houseplants and funky pots. With a wellcurated selection of kitchenware and barware, candles, greeting cards, books and even presents for pets, this modern general store makes gift-buying so much easier.

211 N. Broadway; modgenmke.com

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The Waxwing

The store to embrace your hometown pride. Owner/artist Steph Davies packs the store with diverse wares created by local artists and makers, everything from cutting boards shaped like the state of Wisconsin to T-shirts that spread the gospel of MKE wherever you travel.

1800 E. North Ave.; thewaxwing.com


Home Goods Store

Cream City Restoration

Midcentury modern and Scandinavian furniture are the bread and butter of this Third Ward shop, which also does restoration and reupholstery services. The bright, airy showroom also displays a nice selection of rugs, accent pillows and other decorative items.

201 N. Water St.; creamcityrestoration.com

 


Vintage Shop
Retique

Hidden gems are waiting to be found at this specialized Goodwill branch focusing on higher-end men’s and women’s clothing from brands like Tory Burch and Banana Republic.

190 N. Broadway 

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Women’s Clothing

Faye’s

For women who want to look polished and on-trend (but not trendy), Faye’s is the place – and has been for nearly three decades. Owner Faye Wetzel says it’s all about relationships with customers, and that seems to be the case: Her staff is known to send photos of new items to clients, and will sometimes swing by their homes so they can try on an outfit that interests them.

18900 W. Bluemound Rd., Brookfield; fayes123.com


Men’s Clothing

Harleys

This store, known for customsized shirts and impeccable tailoring, balances its reputation for old-style service with an eye for modern (dress and casual) fashion and a great select ion of shoes. After 71 years in Shorewood, the shop is making a big step by relocating to the Third Ward’s Marshall Building.

207 E. Buffalo St.; shopmodernman.com/pages/harleys


Pet Supplies

Bark N Scratch Outpost

Staffed by knowledgeable pet lovers, this one-of-a-kind outpost has an impressive selection of high-quality foods, treats and supplements for dogs and cats – foods that cover all the nutrition bases. The shop also sponsors events for area shelters and nonprofits, so giving back is key to its mission as well.

5835 W. Bluemound Rd.; milwaukeepetfood.com


Lawn & Garden Store

Stein’s Garden & Home

This local chain of superstores offers a knowledgeable sales team to help answer questions and offer guidance, particularly when it comes to choosing the right plants for your yard. The selection of outdoor furniture is of particular note.

Multiple locations; shopsteins.com


Grocery Store / Market

Sendik’s

The venerable Sendik’s Food Markets (with 17 locations) cater to their customers with from-scratch deli items, fresh baked goods, top-shelf meats and fresh produce. The brand also continues to evolve. In October, a 5,000-square-foot expansion of the flagship location in The Corners of Brookfield will debut, offering a Sendik’s home store, a bistro serving beer, wine and small plates, and a grilling station.

Multiple locations; sendiks.com


Bike Shop / Repair

Wheel & Sprocket

This beloved shop – created by the late cycling enthusiast Chris Kegel in a small Hales Corners location in 1973 – is still operated by his family and continues to cater to passionate riders with its selection of bike models and accessories, its repair shop and commitment to bike advocacy.

Multiple locations; wheelandsprocket.com

Photos Courtesy of: Cream City Restoration; Faye’s; Wheel & Sprocket

Readers’ Choice Winners & Runners-up

Vintage Shop

Retique
Tip Top Atomic Shop
Plume

Home Goods Store

Cream City Restoration
Restoration Hardware Outlet
Pabst Basket

Grocery Store / Market

Sendik’s
Glorioso’s Italian Market
Milwaukee Public Market

Men’s Clothing

Harleys
Moda3
Mark Berman & Son

Women’s Clothing

Faye’s
Twigs
The Navy Knot

Gift Store

MOD GEN: A Modern General Store
The Waxwing
Sparrow Collective

Pet Supplies

Bark N Scratch Outpost
Happy Tails Pet Supplies
The Feed Bag

Bike Shop / Repair

Wheel & Sprocket
Erik’s
Ben’s Cycle

Lawn & Garden Store

Stein’s Garden & Home
Minor’s Garden Center
Bayside Garden Center


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