Tired of all the “stuff” buried in his basement and attic, Chuck Niles created a forum for neighbors and friends to swap their unused belongings with one another. Since its foundation in the late 1950s, Niles's forum has grown into a 40-acre farmer’s and flea market known as the 7 Mile Fair. Chuck's son Scott has since taken over operations, and the fair has expanded into both an indoor and outdoor space for vendors to sell everything from electronics and clothing to locally grown produce and real Wisconsin cheese. Shoppers can pick-up “As-Seen-on-TV” products, auto parts, and gift baskets every weekend of year—rain or shine—before strolling into one of several restaurants on the grounds, including the same coffee and donut shop that once fed Chuck and his pals.
At Chapmans’ Frame & Gallery, archival experts wield 18 years of experience to snugly fit photos into custom frames, and an assortment of artwork and accessories awaits to adorn bare walls, alcoves, and limbs. Patrons can shorten holiday shopping lists with a variety of small gift items. Small prints or handmade earrings stuff stockings with artistic style, and easels proudly display shoppers' masterpieces or still-lifes that double as impeccably detailed grocery lists. Pulling from a large selection of customized wood and matting ($50—$200), Chapmans’ framing fanatics preserve beloved photos or precious works or art, creating custom pieces that may be as simple or as opulent as the customer deems fit. Staff border an 11"x14" print with a two-inch double mat, a black wood frame, glass, backing, and finish ($100) before returning it ready for display above a mantel or inside the refrigerator.
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.
At Ceramics Plus, the only limitations are the bounds of one’s imagination. With more than 14,000 ceramic molds and figurines lining the shelves, the studio is primed for perusal. Simply pick out a piece of bisque, decorate it to your liking, and then allow your piece to be fortified in the kiln. And when you’re looking to mix it up, the Ceramics Plus staff can share other artistic insights through jewelry-making classes or parties for special one-off gatherings such as girls’ night out or boys’ afternoon inside the mind of a pottery painter.
For over 30 years the name Shabahang has been synonymous with quality rugs, distinctive designs, and warm friendly service. Since the company's early years, it has evolved into a one-stop source for high quality hand-knotted rugs and professional rug cleaning and repair service.