Inside Tippecanoe Herbs and Apothecary’s New Walker’s Point Boutique

A couple of herbalists are putting down roots – local, organic roots – in Walker’s Point.

Entering Tippecanoe Herbs and Apothecary’s new Walker’s Point shop is like dialing it back a few decades, or maybe even an entire century. Records spin on a turntable, and a stove heats the single room, where wooden hutches hold teas, salves, tinctures, oils, syrups, and jars of organic, local and wild-crafted herbs.

The store is the brainchild of husband and wife team Serena Marinelli and Kyle Denton. Marinelli designs the product packaging, and Denton sources the herbs, looking for local plants with purported medicinal properties.

“I go into the wilderness and get them myself,” he says. “This is … not anything new.”

A veteran of farmers markets and Etsy since 2015, Denton always dreamed of selling botanical remedies in a brick-and-mortar store. “I like to ask people questions so we can get to the bottom of it together,” he says.


Interested in sampling some of their magic?

Here’s what Denton recommends:

“Dreams of Gold” tea blend, $10
Blending chamomile, lemon balm, catnip, skullcap and passionflower, “this is a tea for people who have trouble sleeping,” says Denton.

“Flame Cider,” $15
Spices infused into organic apple-cider vinegar and local honey stimulate digestion. A teaspoon a day helps ward off colds.

“Collected Anxiety Relief,” $15
Motherwort, holy basil, agrimony and blue vervain “help you become present and relax tension in your torso,” Denton says of the tincture, a best-seller.


‘Tippecanoe, and Tinctures Too!’ appears in the February 2018 issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

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A seasoned writer, and a former editor at Milwaukee Home & Fine Living, Kristine Hansen launched her wine-writing career in 2003, covering wine tourism, wine and food pairings, wine trends and quirky winemakers. Her wine-related articles have published in Wine Enthusiast, Sommelier Journal, Uncorked (an iPad-only magazine), FoodRepublic.com, CNN.com and Whole Living (a Martha Stewart publication). She's trekked through vineyards and chatted up winemakers in many regions, including Chile, Portugal, California (Napa, Sonoma and Central Coast), Canada, Oregon and France (Bordeaux and Burgundy). While picking out her favorite wine is kind of like asking which child you like best, she will admit to being a fan of Oregon Pinot Noir and even on a sub-zero winter day won't turn down a glass of zippy Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.