How to Make Your Thanksgiving Table Shine With Milwaukee Finds

Consider this year’s intimate Thanksgiving dinner an opportunity to make your table stand out.

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YOU KNOW WHAT would pair well with that produce you picked up from your neighborhood farmers market for your Thanksgiving meal? Locally sourced home goods. We visited a few of our favorite Brew City boutiques to set the table seen here.

1. ModGEN

211 N. BROADWAY

This Third Ward boutique bills itself as a modern general store. And the label fits: You can find everything from houseplants to plates to puzzles within its Cream City brick walls. And you’ll always have plenty of options to choose from, regardless of what you’re looking for.

Our picks: Hobnail Glasses ($8 each), Red Ochre Placemats ($7 each)

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2. URSA

2534 S. KINNICKINNIC AVE. 

Since its opening in 2017, this Bay View boutique has become a go-to for style-conscious Cream Citizens. They carry many items made by local artisans, too.

Our picks: Ceramic spoon with blue/green glaze ($16), Protea ($25 for a mixed bouquet)

3. Olson House

4326 N. OAKLAND AVE. 

Scandi style is still in the spotlight this season. And Shorewood’s Olson House is a great source for beloved Nordic brands, like Marimekko and Iittala.

Our picks: Lapuan Kankurit table runner in Verso design ($44), Lapuan Kankurit linen napkins ($14 each), Anno Seela oval serving plate ($38), Ekelund Asterrosa kitchen towel ($25).

Box It Up

WHILE WE ALWAYS ADVOCATE BUYING LOCAL, if boutique stoneware or flatware isn’t in your budget, you can find surprisingly stylish, and durable, options at big box stores. These textured white plates ($32 for four) came from World Market, and the stainless steel cutlery ($1.25 per piece) from Target. Grocery stores like Sendiks can also be a great source for decorative gourds and candles.


This story is part of Milwaukee Magazine‘s November issue.

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Lindsey Anderson covers culture for Milwaukee Magazine. Before joining the MilMag team she worked as an editor at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and wrote freelance articles for ArtSlant and Eater.