The technicians at Natural Cleaners revivify garments while respecting the earth's delicate ecosystem, eschewing traditional petroleum-based solvents for GreenEarth, a nontoxic formula made of silicone derived naturally from sand. Five Milwaukee-area storefronts bustle free from fumes and pollutants as suits, dresses, and coats shake off dirt during dry or professional-grade wet cleanings. Wedding-dress cleaning and preservation primes gowns for years of heirloom storage or Miss Havisham costume contests, and an in-house seamstress alters hemlines and cuffs to create dashing silhouettes. Household textiles also kowtow to Natural Cleaners' expertise as draperies, bedspreads, and feather pillows return home spic and span.
Brimming with Matrix fitness equipment, free weights, and muscle-toning cable machines, Nova Gyms inspires guests to build well-rounded workouts that incorporate strength training and cardiovascular conditioning. Friendly staffers welcome exercisers of all levels with gratis equipment orientations, teaching them how to board stair-steppers safely and reason with surly dumbbells. Fitness seekers customize presses and lifts at the functional trainer, which lets them add or subtract weights at their convenience. A half-dozen elliptical machines help members trace low-impact circles with their feet, and three recumbent bikes simulate rickshaw-based limbo contests. Guests can also gallop on treadmills equipped with 15-inch personal TVs to keep their minds occupied while their bodies get sweaty.
The assiduous staff at Wolf's Cleaners, which has more than 65 years of experience, wields odorless, nonhazardous chemicals to expunge wardrobes tarnished by lingering smudges and stains, leaving clothes pressed and pristine. With an eco-friendly petroleum-based solvent at hand, a destroyer of dirt purges filthy shirts ($2.30), skirts ($6.92), and blouses ($6.92), erasing common at-work accidents such as coffee spills or ink stains caused by a lost quill duel. Wolf's Cleaners can also return dresses ($12.74) and suits ($12.74) to spotless condition in time for special occasions, and rid muddied sport and polo shirts to prep them for the field ($3.31). For those with busy schedules, Wolf’s Cleaners also offers free pickup and drop-off services right to your office.
Since 1851, the Wisconsin State Fair has annually showcased the state's finest resources, stuffed fairgoers with an aromatic selection of world-class foods, and entertained guests with live bands and terrifying tractor flyovers. In between hot-stepping to the Steve Meisner Polka Band on August 9 and singing along to "Cracklin' Rosie" with Eric Ebert's Tribute to Neil Diamond on August 11, fair browsers will get their choice of day to frolic manfully among a ton of food stalls, games, thrill rides, outdoor events, interactive activities, and competitions. If your trio of the fair's famous cream puffs—whose airy creaminess is just as legendary in this reality as it is in alternate realities where Wisconsin won the Civil War—doesn't fill you up completely, test your gut's maximum occupancy with August 9's brat-eating contest (4 p.m.), which is best washed down beforehand with the root-beer-float-drinking contest (3 p.m.). Kids, meanwhile, can plummet down the fair's 200-foot giant slide, take splatter-art to messy new places at the Kohl's Color Wheel, or watch the state's fastest pigs race for the coveted frosted oatmeal cookie.
Mammoth Comics offers an extensive selection of obscure comics as well as current titles from publishers such as Top Cow, Wizard, DC Comics, and Marvel. Snag back issues ($2.50 each, or five for $10) or uncover a hidden gem to complete your neighbor’s Pineapple Man collection. Although Mammoth focuses mostly on comics, they also stock posters, cards, and action figures and statues for mild-mannered shelves. Mammoth's helpful, informed staff will also special-order more-obscure comics still in print, as well as offer recommendations.