Near Milwaukee’s downtown, Brady Street offers a diverse community within easy walking distance of Lake Michigan. Among the many great food options, you can find some hidden shopping gems. Stop and shop at Glorioso’s Italian Market for gifts, cookware, drinkware, and some fun Italian-themed merch. Find something quirky and fun at Art Smart’s Dart Mart & Juggling Emporium like juggling props, kites, boomerangs, and yo-yos.
Bronzeville is the historic and social heart of Milwaukee’s African American community. Start your shopping spree at Bronzeville Collective which features products made by Black creators. You’ll immediately feel the creative spirit and collaboration after walking through the door. Next, stop at Birdsong’s, a.k.a. “the oil people.” There you can indulge yourself with some premium body oils, lotion bars, soaps, and so much more. Speaking of indulging yourself, treat yourself or someone you love to lingerie for the full figured, from Voluptuous Secrets. And if you want to shop where the NBA Champs buy their clothing and shoes, pop in to Bouchards. After getting your clothing fix, grab something tasty at Glorious Malone's Fine Sausage, a family-owned business specializing in a variety of head cheese and rag bologna. In the mood for a good read? Niche Book Bar specializes in selling Black literature, as well as coffee, tea, wine, and baked goods.
While walking the streets of the Historic Third Ward, you can find some hidden gems among the classics. For those that are 21+, stop and experience 2A Wine Merchants, where you will be assisted in finding that perfect bottle of wine. Keep the good spirits going by visiting Lela Boutique where they sell clothing with a story. Just as its name suggests, Mod Gen, puts a modern twist on the classic general store. Milwaukee Public Market is a year-round market selling the freshest food and drink, as well as artisan and ethnic products that can only be found in Milwaukee. Broadway Paper is a unique store that sells a curated selection of paper, gifts, greeting cards, and more. Harleys Co. is an acclaimed full-service men’s clothing store with two in-house tailors. Keep strolling to find more indie boutiques selling fashion, homeware, and more.
The Westown neighborhood serves as home to the NBA champions, our beloved Milwaukee Bucks. Make sure to stop at Fiserv Forum to get some Bucks gear. After that, head to Best Place at Historic Pabst Brewery to get one-of-a-kind new and vintage brewery merch.
West Vliet Street is a neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side featuring walkable shops and dining. JazzyRae' Jewels & Accessories keeps up with all the women's fashion trends while maintaining reasonable prices. Stop at Swoon to grab handcrafted gifts, toys, jewelry, and more. Head west to find the picture-worthy book mural at Rainbow Booksellers. This bookstore will cover all your children's book needs, so be sure to check their hours. Rooted MKE is part maker's space, part children's bookstore specializing in the sale of stories by Black, Indigenous and people of color. Recharge with a caffeine boost at Valentine Coffee Co., where the beans are roasted in Milwaukee.
HISTORIC MITCHELL STREET
On Historic Mitchell Street, you can find a wide variety of shops while strolling down the road. Stop by Dulceria Alice for an extensive assortment of Mexican candy and party supplies. Add a pop of color in your style by visiting Dutti Fashion Clothing Store. Speaking of color, Real Tinsel is a contemporary art gallery that tells a story through its many exhibits. Lopez Bakery & Restaurant serves up savory Mexican food in a hip setting. Las Palmas Western Wear meets all your western wear needs.
Article originally published on 3/23/2023