Get the inside scoop on Milwaukee's shopping scene from local style expert Jordan Dechambre. We asked her a few questions about the best places to shop in town and what made her choose Milwaukee.
Where are your favorite places to shop in Milwaukee?
Asking about my favorite places to shop in Milwaukee is like asking me to choose a favorite pair of shoes! For Milwaukee mainstays, I know I can always find something I love for a special occasion at Lela — amazing dresses and unexpected, almost artful pieces. Stephanie Horne is a go-to for me for denim and fabulous sweaters. I think Luci does an amazing job of offering the hottest trend pieces at a low price point, so I am constantly picking up a few fun things there. I also think Spruce has been a much-needed addition to our retail landscape, with European designers like Maison Margiela who aren’t offered anywhere else in Milwaukee. And when you add in all of our talented emerging design talent, we’ve got a pretty terrific fashion scene!
What’s something that surprised you about Milwaukee?
I’ve lived here for nearly 20 years, by way of Door County. I never imagined myself staying in one city for that long. But there is this special magic about Milwaukee that you don’t find in many places. The city has a magnetism that is mirrored in its people. I live in the Third Ward, and I cannot walk my dog without seeing someone I know and getting a wave and smile, or a stop and chat. I can walk to some of the best restaurants in the Midwest. I can shop at posh boutiques steps from my door. Everything from my gym to the Milwaukee Public Market to my new obsession Warby Parker are steps away from my condo. Before I moved here, I didn't picture Milwaukee like that. But downtown is made up of true neighborhoods, mixed with world-class culture and offerings. You just can’t beat that.
What’s one thing that everyone who visits Milwaukee should see or do?
I think there are probably a few “musts” for this city, and it’s what I do with any friends who come in to visit from out of town. First, the Milwaukee Public Market is just about my favorite place in the world. You will find me there almost daily getting either soup from The Soup Market, salad from Green Kitchen or (perhaps) a chocolate chunk cookie from C. Adams Bakery. I am also an all-season walker, and I love the RiverWalk — especially the lesser-known Third Ward extension that takes you from Water Street all the way to Lakeshore State Park. The city is so stunning from that park! Kickapoo Coffee is another favorite haunt, and I take clients there all the time. And for dinner, I am all about BelAir Cantina — I am addicted to their tacos. For brunch, the new Sweet Diner is my pick for most beautiful diner in Milwaukee; I could live in that space. I could literally go on forever!