For 20 years, Sam Hill has worked in the jewelry industry as a goldsmith, a jewelry designer, and a Graduate Gemologist. Since 2000, he's also owned Rohr Jewelers, a Milwaukee fixture since 1933. Hill imports jewelry crafted from high quality pearls, diamonds, and gemstones from all over the world for customers to peruse.
A charming boutique with a high-fashion eye, Uncommon Items decks its clientele in an eclectic array of handcrafted jewelry, accessories, and distinctive apparel from California designers. Fashion-free fingers can slip into a number of stone-studded vintage rings ($20+), or drape elegant necklaces ($24+) across dreary décolletage and sad-eyed security guards. Twirl-ready dresses ($49+) pair with stylish purses ($35) and scarves ($24) to create an ideal outfit for impressing friends, co-workers, and prissy disco balls. Eye-fetching panoplies of original artwork preside over Uncommon Items' aisles, warming hearts and eyeballs with soul-soothing pastoral landscapes.
The proprietors of Performance Running Outfitters, Trae and Jessica Hoepner, bring 25 years of running experience to their business and understand how best to outfit the feet of competitive and casual runners alike. The paw honchos at Performance Running Outfitters perform a thorough foot analysis to find the right fit for all training needs. After assaying arch type and width, shoes are treadmill tested for proper gait and stability, insuring that everybody leaves bounding in step with their sole-mate. Performance Running Outfitters proffers brand name apparel from respected athletic designers, including Nike running socks ($12 per pair), Zensah arm sleeves ($29.99) and high-quality kicks from Mizuno, Asics, New Balance, and more. Although most running shoes cost more than $50, this Groupon is good for sale items. Scurrying feet can also pick up sustenance by way of nutritional PowerBars, Sports Beans, and Gatorade, or stock up on accessories such as a travel massage stick ($27.49) or sunglasses ($39.99+) to avoid making eye contact with baiting roadrunners.
The varied stock at Urban Laundry, named one of Milwaukee’s Best Women’s Boutiques by CityVoter, bedecks women in contemporary duds from renowned designers. The boutique sets up shop in a restored 19th-century building with exposed Cream City brick and wood-beamed ceilings, from which vintage chandeliers and artwork beam down on a collection of Lola and Sophie blouses and dresses, Free People graphic tops, and denim from 7 For All Mankind. A variety of jewelry and belts accents ensembles, and a selection of vegan handbags basks in cruelty-free materials, daydreaming of bottle feeding baby giraffes.
With iridescent miniature golf courses in malls throughout North America, Glowgolf adds elements of phosphorescent fun to shopping sessions. Courses contain sights such as light-defying blush corals, incandescent animals, and lush foliage reminiscent of the glowing trees on Neptune. Each pass is good for three 18-hole games, giving golfers ample opportunity to get familiar with each hole's obstacles. Equipment is available on the spot, so players won't have to carry around personal clubs or seek out a bioluminescent caddie.
Whether someone wants a custom T-shirt, calendar, or iPhone case, Zazzle helps them get it. The online site helps customers express their personalities through original creations. Customers first select a template, such as a blank mug or even a skateboard, and then add their own designs. They can then choose to upload photos to items; for example, invitations to a child's 9th birthday party can sport pictures of that child's 8th birthday wish not coming true. Zazzle is also a hub where artists can sell their designs for customers to use on blank templates.