Googly eyes. Gas masks. Mannequin arms. Blowguns. Ax-Man Surplus Stores dares crafters, DIY enthusiasts, and tinkerers of all stripes to dream bigger, better, and weirder with an enormous stock of new surplus items. Each shop's collection of oddities and odds-and-ends resides in open-air barrels and on easily browseable shelves. Bins entice shoppers to rummage through metal bits in search of the next piece to a welded sculpture, and other aisles hold several decades’ worth of electronic wiring, fans, speakers, and fuses, perfect for building a robot that every generation can relate to. Frequent shoppers are rewarded with a new truckload of treasures every week, along with an ever-changing collection of signs that artistically warn of the hazards of shoplifting and suggest off-label uses for the merchandise. World Famous Design Junkies praised Ax-Man for its signage and its selection alike in 2009, calling it “the greatest place to buy do-hickeys in the entire world.”
Geneva Discount Furniture clothes naked domiciles with elegant, lifestyle-oriented furniture in a plethora of patterns, colors, and styles. Sofas and loveseats ($695+) beckon behinds to a home's living room, comforting guests and guiding attentions to focal points such as a TV, fireplace, or organ-grinding butler. For large rooms, large families, or lone occupants with 12-foot legs, sectionals ($895+) grant living locales plush, lounge-like ambiance. Unlike a six-piece brass band, a six-piece bedroom set ($895+) offers sleepers opulent tranquility and an absence of late-night oom-pah marathons. Additionally, Geneva’s array of decorative rugs ($139+) boasts intricate patterns and vivid colors, softening rooms and tying together decorative themes with unshakeable bonds.
With shows throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota, Lisa Nelson collaborates with clients to create customer-designed pieces of wearable art ($30–$60 each), fashioned from sterling silver, copper, brass, and gold fill and hand stamped with words and symbols. Celebrate a birthday, anniversary, or first skydiving date with a necklace, bracelet, or pair of lucky ear parachutes bearing amulets in an array of possible shapes and sizes. Once you've selected the base for your body garnish, Lisa will adorn your chosen piece with a name, a pair of names, or a favorite quotation from A Tale of Two Cities. Popular stamps are always on hand to spark inspiration. Call to arrange an in-studio visit to peruse current offerings or craft a signature work.