I just love this place! There's something here for just about every artistic person in my family. I bought my mom an easel, several different sizes of stretched canvases, new brushes and a bunch of disposable palettes for her acrylic painting hobby. For my dad, I bought high quality sketch pads, charcoals and cray-pas (colored oil chalks). I bought my daughter-in-law a collection of beading accessories. And for me, they have a great selection of yarns, threads, and knitting & crocheting pattern books. They have much more crafting items, but these are the ones were are most interested in. Prices range from very reasonable to kind of high.
Right on Oakland Ave on the east side, and convenient to UWM. They don't have as many high powered, high quality copy machines as Kinkos, but they also don't have as much of a crowd as Kinkos. For small jobs you want to copy yourself, they are quick and easy. For big jobs that you leave with them, their turn-around time and prices are competitive.
CONS: limited parking on the east side makes it sometimes difficult to get in
Drycleaning is drycleaning and you can drop your things off just about anywhere and get them back cleaned and pressed. But Han's is a Mom & Pop drycleaning business with old fashioned values. They greet the customer immediately, stopping whatever else they are doing to be sure they acknowledge you with a smile. They are happy, friendly people who make you want to come back just to see them. Prices are mostly competitive but some things can be a bit high. If you value good service, then it's well worth paying a bit extra for some things.
Ruhama's is an upscale yarn and needlecraft shop right in the center of Whitefish Bay's shopping district. They have some of the most beautiful yarns around. This is a knitter's paradise, and just about everything in the store is on my wish list because I can't afford to buy much at one time. This is a place to come back to time and time again.
We loved this quaint, old-timey shopping mall in the Center of the Old Cedar Creek Settlement. It was like stepping back in time to another century. More than shopping, it was like a museum type experience. Many of the shops had exposed log beams and plank floors, and a variety of gorgeous hand crafted country items were on display and for sale. We bought way more than we could carry and had a long walk back to where we parked so we could load the stuff into our trunk and go back to finish shopping.
PROS: It's an experience that will totally immerse you in the sights and scents
CONS: Bring lots of $$$ because it's almost all more expensive than you think
This is THE place to go if you like Brewer's stuff. You can find just about anything Brewer related here for the fan on your gift list, or to add to your collection of Breweriana. Like walking into a candy store, it was so hard to choose! We bought my nephew some t-shirts, a hat, and several cards he'd been wanting to add to his collection as a birthday present. We'll come back here to buy him gifts for other occasions as well.
PROS: They've got it all
CONS: bring lots of $$$ -- this stuff is not inexpensive
I love going here to shop for my knitting and crocheting supplies. They have such a variety of brand names and colors of yarns and threads. Plus a plethora of pattern books. They just need to tone down the religious talk. I'm there for craft items but whenever I go there, some of their staff members are always trying to preach to me. When I mentioned it to the manager, he said "Well, we ARE a Christian company." I personally don't think that is an appropriate response unless I went into a church...
PROS: Excellent selection of items
CONS: Prices are kind of high, and staff will try to "talk Jesus" to you
This Pharmacy/Eye Care Center is inside the Shopko discount store. Friendly and helpful staff replaced the nose pieces on my eyeglasses, tightened the stems, and polished the lenses. All free of charge. They treated me as well as if I had purchased the eyeglasses from them.
This fully equipped grocery is small enough to be able to go through it quickly without encountering crowds of people. Check out is quick also. Feels as close to a neighborhood "mom & pop" as we can probably get these days.
They have all sorts of uniforms and accessories for sale here, for postal workers, firefighters, EMTs, police officers, chefs, etc. Prices are very reasonable, and there was a sale rack for jeans.
I took my son in to buy a chef uniform for his new job. The owner was super friendly and helpful. During the conversation he had with my son, he asked who the new employer was. Later, when he rang up the sale, he automatically gave us a discount because of an arrangement he has with that employer. We didn't have to mention it or ask for it. Also, his tailor was off on vacation for the week so he hemmed my son's pants himself, while we waited, at no extra charge. Then thanked us for the sale and wished my son happiness in his new job.
PROS: They go the extra mile