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With one look at Oro di Oliva's selection of oils and vinegars, it's evident that they know that good food comes from high-quality ingredients. All of Oro di Oliva's oils and vinegars, which hail from across the globe, are bottled upon order to preserve their flavors. Their extensive selection comprises 11 types of extra virgin olive oils from locales including Chile and Sicily. For an added taste bud kick, they press some of the oils with ingredients such as whole fruit, garlic, persian lime, jalapeno, and basil for flavored variants. Their 16 balsamic vinegars are made from grapes and blended with black cherries, pomegranate, and Vermont maple. White balsamic vinegars bear flavors including honey ginger, white peach, and alfoos mango souls. In addition to oil and vinegar sampler packs, the shop stocks goods including cork spouts and black truffled sea salt to complement bottles.
Traditionally, families gather around the Christmas tree to open presents––but at the American Cancer Society Christmas Fantasy House, individual traditions are magnified. The 2009 house, for example, featured not one but five Christmas trees, each draped in ribbons and white lights. Other years' open houses have featured a jolly Santa Claus, dining room chairs hung with pinecone wreaths, and flower-festooned light fixtures. Visitors not only peruse the Christmas-themed home for charity, they can also shop for sweets or enter holiday-themed raffles.
Proceeds from the event go to the American Cancer Society, a volunteer-based program that reaches 3,400 communities nationwide. The ACS supports research, education, advocacy for all types of cancer, and helps a large number of cancer patients, offering phone counseling 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The bottles that make up Thief Wine's diverse inventory are not stolen, but they may as well be. The shop's name—a reference to the long tube or "barrel thief" used to sample maturing wines waiting to be bottled—reflects the air of mischief shoppers experience in encounters with otherwise inaccessible wines that makes each of the shop's selections feel like the product of a thrilling cellar heist. The fruits of Thief's careful wine curation decorate the walls of Thief Wine's two locations with more than 500 selections, which mix familiar labels with artisanal up-and-comers from around the globe. At each location's wine bar, certified sommeliers pare down the hulking inventory to about 30 essential bottles, which slosh into thematic tasting flights or full glasses to flank small plates of cheese and charcuterie.
East Town Spa’s aesthetic teams regularly trek around the country to hone their beautifying expertise and study with experienced Bumble and Bumble and Aveda educators. They then tote their refreshed skills back to Milwaukee, where they set to work inside a historic mansion painted in classic rose tones. The team's hair services range from simple trims for beards and mustaches all the way to smoothing treatments for 4-D strand textures. Facials improve complexions with Aveda techniques, and natural baking-soda crystals provide gentle microdermabrasion. A tangerine-tinged pedicure lounge features a cushioned chaise and footbaths, and waxing sessions leave skin surfaces smooth from head to toe.
Naked Furniture’s eco-friendly emporium boasts 17,000 square feet of heirloom-quality home fittings, carefully crafted from real wood rather than particleboard or tacky popsicle sticks. This month’s new products include a comfy eucalyptus adirondack chair ($215) from the Gardenwood Collection and a sturdy 29-inch entry table ($99), ideal for placing next to a bed to besiege a poorly defended pillow fort. The Bay Harbor Collection’s pine headboard ($199) fits any standard queen bedframe, and the solid pine single-door armoire ($559) lends a touch of elegance to otherwise drab spaceship sleep chambers. Naked Furniture’s artisans can outfit scholarly buyers with semi-custom bookcases in a variety of materials, sizes, and styles, or help customers choose from a vast selection of easy-to-use staining and finishing products while they inhale the store’s wholesome, woodsy aroma.
For more than 80 years, the team at Braeger Automotive has not only matched customers with their perfect Chevrolet or Ford, but also helped them maintain their vehicle's health. When a customer leaves the lot with a shiny new model or an affordable used vehicle, the staff at the dealership stand by to perform any repairs or upkeep in the future, ready to put their familiarity, expertise, range of in-stock parts, and knowledge of the car’s hypnosis trigger word to use. The team offers a service menu that includes major-overhaul work alongside simple car washes and winterization packages, allowing them to check off all vehicle needs in one stop.
Established around 1937, American Science & Surplus, a science-related hobby store, equips curious customers with gadgets that fulfill educational pursuits. For customers working on science experiments, the shop carries lab supplies and equipment such as burner stands, microscopes, and petri dishes. Tinkerers can pick up spare parts for their projects, such as power adapters or wheels to help with building model cars or turning TV remote controls into cat toys. The shop's inventory also includes robot parts, school and art supplies, and home accessories such as flexible chopping mats, cheeseburger-shaped kitchen timers, and desk toys.
Housed inside the old Gas Light building in the Third Ward, Tulip Restaurant combines an Old World menu of Turkish and Mediterranean fare with a chic industrial aesthetic. Cream City brick walls provide the backdrop to framed pattern prints and an onyx bar with colorful lighting. Amid the dining-room tables, a pair of comfy couches and a coffee table surround a red fireplace that provides a place to warm hands or interrogate uncooperative chestnuts. Turkish dishes include succulent lamb chops, while Mediterranean fare ranges from fettuccine with sautéed shrimp to homemade ravioli.
Snap Fitness, bustling with cardio and strength-training gear, throws open the doors to its facilities 24/7. Before exercisers put sneakers to treadmills or lift their first weights, staff meet with them to talk about their fitness goals before suggesting personalized fitness plans based on clients' strength, cardio condition, and bionic-limb manufacturers. The gym keeps members motivated with regular check-in calls and demystifies healthful eating with custom online meal plans designed by nutritionists. Staff also forestall exercise-routine boredom by working individually with clients on a routine basis.
Skaters circle around Slice of Ice in Red Arrow Park—part of the Milwaukee County Parks system—amid trees strung with lights and the arched façade of the 1000 North Water Street building. The refrigerated oval rink accommodates 100 skaters at a time, making it ideal for family outings and confusing games of super-hockey. And inside the rink’s warming house, visitors can hide from the chill with a cup of coffee.
The Exclusive Company—a Wisconsin-bred music-and-movie retailer—has given the gift of song since 1956, earning a Best of Milwaukee award from Shepherd Express readers in 2011. Passionate staffers guide visitors toward sprawling collections of rock and jazz and bins brimming with DVDs, Blu-Ray discs, and loose 8mm slides from Kenny G's summer vacation. In addition to peddling new vinyl releases such as El Camino by the Black Keys and Revolver by T-Pain, the shop functions as a trading post, helping to find loving homes for preowned films and music. All used discs are carefully buffed into shape before meeting their new owners, and each comes backed by a money-back guarantee, which promises store credit if a preowned item exhibits biting tendencies. Most used CDs, DVDs, and vinyl cost less than $20.
The Admirals is a pro hockey team that has been in the American Hockey League for nine years. Games are played in the Bradley Center, with mid-deck seats located in the front center sections that span the length of the ice rink. With an Admirals hockey game, spectators can enjoy puck-filled action that doesn't involve Shakespearean nature sprites, or simply kick back and hope to meet mascot Roscoe. Choose from the following game options:
Forty years of fermenting wisdom cement The Purple Foot as Milwaukee's premier emporium for the personal vintner. The introductory kit contains nearly all the equipment—a two-gallon plastic primary fermenter with lid, a one-gallon glass secondary fermenter, an air lock, a straining bag, and more—necessary to brew your own adult fruit juice. Stew three gallons of wine from your choice of fruit (not included); try combining strawberries, raspberries, rhubarb, grapes, or jazzleroot with the provided ingredients according to the provided instructions, and let guests of your next dinner party delight at your new craft, at the hyper-local vintage, and at the unusual colors that emerge when it's mixed with resin.
Viktor Viktoria outfits women with an eclectic stock of club wear and avant-garde garb such as leg warmers and mini dresses. Shimmy into a pair of bootie shorts ($19.99), whose silver sequins will dazzle under disco balls or traffic lights. Slightly sheer mini dresses ($17.99) leave just enough to the imagination and rhinestone anklets ($14.99) inspire fashion-forward house arrests. Shop an array of bracelets ($21.99), or for a bit of vintage flair boxy fit Rock N Roll tees ($58) pay homage to fashions past.
In business since 1953, Koss immerses listeners in crisp, clean sounds with its range of full-size, portable, earbud, and wireless headphones, all safeguarded with a no-questions-asked lifetime warranty. Full-size headphones, such as the UR50 ($49.99), cover the earlobes with cushy padding and a smooth, isolated sound and the small KEB40 earbuds ($29.99) sustain enough stealth and sound to maintain a disguise while drowning out other Revolutionary War re-enactors. Keep your coif uncluttered with Sportclip stereophones ($9.99–$249.99) such as the KSC35, which clip cleanly to the ears and come with a convenient carrying case, keeping sound in and wet willies out.