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.
The ping of popping kernels and aroma of simmering caramel drift out of Knights Gourmet Popcorn throughout the day, heralding the arrival of the shop’s latest batches of fluffy popcorn. This commitment to freshly popped kernels has earned Knights Gourmet Popcorn the spotlight on Fox 6 Now, and a devoted following since the shop’s inception in 1952. Popcorn pros coat popcorn kernels in sweet and savory toppings such as cheddar cheese, buttery toffee, and Cajun seasonings. Though the shop specializes in indulgent flavors, health-conscious patrons can veer toward cholesterol-free treats that garnered a nod from the author of The Thin Commandments as the healthiest alternative to sprinting through a corn maze.
Located in the historic Old World Third Street district, the Wisconsin Cheese Mart is a destination for those who want to purchase and depart with flavorful dairy goodies. But within the Cheese Mart's golden walls sits the Über Tap Room, a friendly watering hole where patrons can sample cheeses and sip beers from local and national craft breweries, 36 total on tap with more than 30 of those coming from Wisconsin.
Every day, Breadsmith kneads and breeds made-from-scratch breads, honoring the practices of centuries-old French bakers. The delectable dough sculptures receive the royal treatment, with all delicate yeast bubbles bursting inside of a 6-ton stone-hearth oven. The oven's sweltering heat creates a cushy crust for American-style breads. In the presence of lightning-quick steam injections, European-style breads take on a crisp, crumb-dressed outer core. April's daily bread offerings range from $3.65 to $7.50 a loaf and include french baguettes ($3.65), pepperjack sourdough ($7.50), country buttertop ($5.05), raisin cinnamon ($5.55), and apple pie bread ($6.70). Use today's Groupon to fill up the family with lusciously leavened loaves fresh from the oven—or wait for them to go stale and then wield them as harpoons during the next potato-soup hunt.
Food for people, not for profit! The Riverwest Co-op Café menu is vegan/vegetarian made-to-order sandwiches, soups, desserts, and smoothies, using organic and locally grown produce whenever possible. Fresh vegan and vegetarian bakery (cookies, chocolates, breads) made daily. The Co-op Café takes great pride in using predomi