Welcome to the Milwaukee Area Shop Local Guide!
Back by popular demand, this locally-approved Milwaukee Shop Local Guide will simplify your busy life and provide you with unique gift ideas, while encouraging you to spend your shopping dollars right here in our very own Milwaukee community.
This Milwaukee Area Shop Local Guide is a sponsored post. We sourced each featured business included in this guide to shopping locally and also included our very favorite local ideas and companies, as well as some favorites from a bit further away. We’ve cultivated these lists from the favorites from our team, businesses who have wowed us this year, and reader suggestions.
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Festival Foods is your destination for everything you need for an incredible holiday feast!
Get meal ideas or find easy-to-make recipes online at festfoods.com/meals. Stop by Festival Foods in Hales Corners in December and you can take advantage of a great deal — $10 off $100! Shop online or compile your grocery list from our Price Slice offerings at festfoods.com/mke. You can use the deal in the store or online by entering the PLUs from the appropriate week into the notes field at festfoods.com/click.
Dec. 1-8: PLU 70615
Dec. 9-15: PLU 70616
Dec. 16-22: PLU 70617
Dec. 23-29: PLU 70618
Dec. 30-Jan. 5: PLU 70619
Goldfish Swim School - Brookfield
At Goldfish Swim School, we teach children how to swim and be safe in and around the water through guided play in a safe environment – what we call, the Science of SwimPlay. Our swim lesson curriculum has been proven to build confidence while learning how to swim in a fun, child-approved way. From our small class sizes, passionate swim instructors and heated shiver-free pool to our flexible class times and make-up lessons; when you swim with Goldfish, you can expect a GOLDEN experience.
The Packed Picnic Company
The Packed Picnic Company creates the ultimate picnic experience. A special, stylish picnic with the planning details, set up, & clean up all taken care of so you can just relax and enjoy your event. Great for date nights, anniversaries, showers, birthdays, bachelorettes, engagements, photo shoots, and more in the Greater Milwaukee Area.
Wisconsin State Fair
WonderFair gifts for EVERYONE! Whether you are looking for a commemorative 2020 Wisconsin State Fair Ornament, an Ugly Sweater Mask, a shop full of gizmos and gadgets that you can only find at State Fair, we have you covered. Of course, we have the LOWEST PRICES available on State Fair tickets, and fabulous bundles available for every Fair-lover in your family. Don’t delay – these deals will only be around until December 31!
Fred Astaire Dance Studios
Whether you’ve danced before, or think you have two left feet, you’ve come to the right place. Fred Astaire Dance Studios – Milwaukee is the premier dance studio serving the Greater Milwaukee Area. Lessons are offered in private and group format with great weekly and monthly events such as social dance parties, to practice what you have learned! A partner is not required to join us and all dance levels are welcome! Join us and reap the amazing benefits of ballroom dance.
Mention Milwaukee Mom to receive 2 Private Dance Lessons for $39 (for an individual or couple)
Rec Room Craft Co
Rec Room Craft Co. is a Milwaukee-based, mom-owned, small business specializing in colorful, creative DIY craft kits and small-batch handmade goods. Our make-at-home kits come with everything you need to spend a fun afternoon taking a break and celebrating your creativity!
Use code MKEMOM for 15% off your total purchase through 12/31/20!
The Brittish Way
The Brittish Way offers professional organizing services in the Greater Milwaukee area and specializes in decluttering and organizing your home and navigating some of life’s biggest changes. I’ll help you figure out where to start, what to declutter, give you permission to let go, and either start fresh in a new space or establish systems in your current space. I see clutter and chaos as an opportunity to find calmness and clarity and I can’t wait to help you love your space again.
Mention “holidayorganizing” for 10% off a 3-hour organizing session!
Jettset Local supports over 50 local businesses in Milwaukee and the surrounding areas with the Foodie Flight and Fab Flight gift passports. Explore your city with Foodie Flight and take $10 off your ticket at 25 different restaurants, or treat yourself with our Fab Flight passport! Did someone say free haircuts, free yoga classes, 50% off massages, nail treatments and more? Stamp your way through the city while supporting local and saving money.
Use the Milwaukee Shop Local Guide discount code HOLIDAYMOM for a Buy One, Get One Free offer.
Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts
As a multidisciplinary nonprofit cultural arts facility that is recognized as a cultural anchor in the Greater Milwaukee community, it is the mission of the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts to serve as the catalyst for lifelong discovery and exploration of the arts.
AESTHETICS 360 is Milwaukee shop local’s destination MediSpa located in the Historic Third Ward. With solid 5-star reviews and a team of experienced experts, A360 provides a fresh & modern approach to non-surgical medical aesthetics. Whether you’re looking for prevention or rejuvenation, we have products and treatments for all. Reduce fine lines & wrinkles, diminish sun damage & the signs of aging, manage acne, eliminate excess stubborn body fat, or simply refresh your skin…experience natural results that inspire confidence. Experience the 360-degree difference.
FOOD & BEVERAGE
Fava Tea Company
Importer, proprietary blender, and hand-picked of the most fresh and flavorful loose leaf tea in Wisconsin. Started in 2007, Fava Tea is proud to be a Wisconsin based and family-owned small business focused on high-quality loose leaf tea and tea wares with three locations and at www.FavaTea.com.
Use code HOLIDAYMOM for 10% off your first purchase at www.FavaTea.com
Invented by a Milwaukee-area mom and former sommelier, HaloVino shatterproof wine tumblers snap together to make wine taste amazing! Stack & Stash these lightweight, but sturdy tumblers in your purse or backpack for wine on-the-go. Even better, HaloVino is recyclable and dishwasher-safe so you can “Bring it!” for a life with More Wine. Less Waste.
The Wisconsin-based brand stems from the vision of husband and wife duo Nate and Danielle Goss who were overjoyed when they found out they were expecting their first child. Creating KUL MOCKS wasn’t just about the beverages, it was about creating the experience of drinking a cocktail, without the alcohol. Hand-crafted with simple ingredients and natural flavors, KUL MOCKS ready-to-drink alcohol-free cocktails are flavorful and fun! Using natural ingredients with a touch of real cane sugar makes them 50 calories or less without sacrificing any taste. Our mocktails are infused with spirit notes to mimic the traditional cocktail experience. The next time you’re headed out and looking to pass on the booze, grab a refreshing KUL MOCKS and you won’t have to hit snooze!
Featuring locally made, hand-dipped chocolates including cherries, strawberries, toffee, pretzels, turtles, truffles, bear claws, Oreos, nut clusters, turtle corn, potato chips, barks galore, seasonal solid chocolate molds, gift baskets. A fantastic array of event favors, corporate and employee gifts, and gifts to fit any occasion. UPS shipping, curbside or in-store pickup.
Use the discount code MKEMOM2020 to receive 10% off orders over $25!
We deliver organic produce and local artisan groceries directly to your home or office. Help support our local farmers and artisans by having your local farmers market delivered year-round. Gift certificates and gift boxes both available on our website.
Use code HOLIDAYMOM for $10 off your purchase
Milwaukee Pretzel Company
Authentic, handmade Bavarian soft pretzels baked fresh daily in Milwaukee. Our products are baked without preservatives, artificial ingredients, or added sugar in a peanut and tree nut-free facility. This year we are offering unique holiday soft pretzel gift boxes starting at $15 to match any budget. We ship nationwide with free shipping on qualifying orders!
The Real Good Life
Virtual or print gift cards for our meal delivery service are a great way to show you care (with minimal effort on your part… Shh! We won’t tell!) Treat your family and friends to a warm meal ready when they are. We serve a variety of food in one-, two-, four-, and six-serving portions and include at least one dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free, and vegetarian dish per week. The menu changes weekly, but gift cards are always available. Order one for them and one for you and let us take dinner off your plate!
Use code SHOPMKE for 20% off your first order!
The Sherman Phoenix transformed the fire-damaged BMO Harris Bank building located at the eastern gateway to the Sherman Park neighborhood into a high-quality space for small businesses-of-color offering diverse foods, wellness services and cultural activities. Updates to the neighborhood include much-needed community spaces to curate art exhibits, film showings, and cultural events.
Shop local in Milwaukee and meet the following food and beverage tenants: Funky Fresh Spring Rolls, Purple Door Ice Cream, Rise & Grind Cafe, Confectionately Yours, Lush Popcorn, Buffalo Boss, Sauce & Spice Pizza
JUST FOR KIDS
Little Sprouts Play Cafe
Milwaukee’s favorite play cafe features imagination-inspiring play areas and so much more! Families have been choosing Little Sprouts Play Cafe for play, award-winning parties, and high-quality gifts for over 4 years. With the same care that they put into their unique environments, Little Sprouts provides an incredible selection of child-led toys – each intended to nourish your child’s curiosity.
Use code SHOPLITTLE for 10% off your total purchase through 12/31/2020.
Bug & Goose Play Cafe
Bug & Goose Play Cafe is a spot for children to learn through play and caregivers to form an uplifting community! Designed for children 6 months to 6 years old, it is also the destination for special birthday parties or gatherings of all kinds! Visit us at bugandgoose.com or find us on Facebook and Instagram.
Betty Brinn Children's Museum
Give the gift of play! They’ll love a Betty Brinn Children’s Museum membership or Play in the Cloud Workshop gift card. Family Memberships offer year-round visits to explore the Museum’s interactive exhibits. Workshops come with kits and are taught in real-time by a Museum educator or an artisan from around the world! Give one of each, so they can play now and visit the Museum later!
Memberships support your local children’s museum and will begin the day the Museum reopens in 2021. Play in the Cloud Workshop gift cards are redeemable from anywhere, through the internet.
Baby Jack & Co.
Baby Jack creates tag blankets and toys with our own Learning Lovey Collection of modern designs of hiding shapes, letters and numbers on the fabrics. We offer more gender-neutral designs to bring more STEAM benefits to growing minds. It’s a perfect tummy time toy for babies and a security sensory blankets for toddlers and Pre-K.
Wonder Box MKE
Wonder Box is a beautifully crafted play dough kit that encourages creative and open-ended play for children ages 3+. Each box includes simple items that can be used in a variety of ways, as well as a one-of-a-kind playdough rainbow. Watch as your child moves from curiosity into their own creative play – do your best to let them lead. But most of all? Let them wonder.
NEIGHBOR Art Studio
NEIGHBOR art studio provides families with children 8 months to 10 years a space to explore, play, create and build relationships with their neighbors. We are passionate about open-ended play, getting messy, and helping children increase confidence and independence through art-making. Our new NEIGHBOR shop offers kiddo art supplies, special craft kit collaborations with local makers, & tons of playful gifts for children up to 10 years!
Camp Bow Wow
Camp Bow Wow is the premier provider of doggie daycare and boarding in the Milwaukee area. Pups get to play all day and snooze the night away (R) in our spacious indoor and outdoor play yards! We even have live webcams that you can pull up anytime to watch your pup! We also offer basic grooming and training.
Free Bath and Nail trim with purchase of $50 gift card if you mention The Milwaukee Area Shop Local Guide.
Bay View Printing Co
Bay View Printing is a 103-year-old, woman-owned and operated, design + letterpress print shop in Milwaukee. This holiday season we’re offering custom holiday cards, journals, personal stationery and a slew of other beautiful, handmade paper goods. Our featured product this year is a hand-drawn, letterpress printed Home Portrait – an absolutely stunning and unique gift. As always, a percentage of all sales support organizations in our community.
Use code MKEMOM for 10% off your total purchase through 12/31/2020
Nourish Natural Products
Nourish is an award-winning Milwaukee-based wellness company that offers trusted organic products for the body + mind + home. Our products are handcrafted in small batches and are 100% clean and natural. We believe that what you put on and around your body matters because YOU MATTER.
FREE SHIPPING ON EVERY ORDER! (No code needed)
Locally Inspired is a community-focused retail shop located in downtown Port Washington, Wisconsin. We’ve collaborated with some of the most talented makers across Wisconsin to bring you a reliable selection of high-quality, handcrafted products. Every purchase you make directly supports the artisans represented in our store – your neighbors.
Use code HOLIDAYMOM for free shipping.
Rebel Green, a brand of plant-based household cleaners, USDA Certified Organic Laundry and USDA Certified Organic Gentle Baby Detergent, Carbon Neutral Tree-Free Toilet Paper and Paper Towels made from Bamboo. Our Fruit and Veggie Clean contains Organic Citrus Extracts. Sulfate Free Fresh Hand Soap and Super Deluxe dish soap. Try our brand new hand sanitizers in lavender and in peppermint. All products are Free from Sulfates and Free from Synthetic Fragrances. Lightly scented and kissed with essential oils. We are a Certified Women-Owned Business and a Certified B Corporation based locally in Mequon, WI. With every bottle of select Rebel Green products, when you buy a bottle, we’ll plant a tree. We partner with great organizations on climate action work such as The Paradigm Project to help supply clean cookstoves to people in the developing world who are still cooking over primitive stovetops. Safer for your family, Safer for the planet. Vegan and Cruelty-Free. Check out our family of products and learn more at rebelgreen.com
Use the discount code REBELGREENMOM20 to receive 20% off site wide and a free mask with purchase! Code expires on December 31, 2020.
MKB Jewelry specializes in custom fine jewelry for engagements, gifts, and all of life’s special moments. From heirloom-quality wedding sets to stud earrings, pendants, and bracelets; we offer unmatchable quality at unbeatable values.
Mention this ad for 10% off your total purchase now through 12/31/2020!
Inclusive Books & More
Inclusive Books and More features the work of Milwaukee native Shawnta Smith Sayner. Her children’s books address crucial topics like loving ourselves, helping others, overcoming challenges, celebrating diversity, and championing inclusion – in a way that makes them accessible, understandable and engaging for even the youngest learners. Shawnta’s empowering multicultural picture book series, Let’s Share!, is full of special stories designed to spark conversation and connection, making each the perfect addition to any and every book collection.
Brew City Brand
EST. 1986 | Brew City Brand is a Milwaukee based clothing company that designs and prints Incredibly Local products. We are the original Milwaukee store!
Milwaukee Shop Local Guide Discount: Use the discount code HOLIDAYMOM for 19% off your order!
(not valid with other offers)
Grow Plants and Home
We started Grow Plants and Home in 2019 so we can provide others with what our plants provide for us: a beautiful space where the lines between home and nature are blurred. We want to help you create inviting, calm and warm spaces in your home and office. Whether you are a beginner plant owner or an expert plant professional, we have what you need to add that special touch of life to your own amazing spaces.
Use code HOLIDAYGROW for 15% off your purchase
Covered Bridge Crafts
Covered Bridge Crafts is a Cedarburg based small business specializing in knit and crochet items. I come from a long line of women who craft and am honored to carry on the tradition. We aim to bring you handmade pieces that are cozy, practical, and stylish!
Use the Milwaukee Area Guide Shop Local discount code MKEMOM for 10% off your total purchase!
Based out of New Berlin, Wisconsin, Callisters Christmas is a family-owned business founded by three sisters and is happy to now include a second-generation family. We carry over 5,000 unique ornaments for all ages and interests. Have your ornaments personalized to commemorate the many milestones of 2020. Personalization is always Free! You can shop our local store at Mayfair mall this holiday season or shop us online year-round at Callisterschristmas.com. Follow us on social media for ornament gift ideas and upcoming sales.
Use code MKEMOM10 for 10% off your order!
Whether you are looking for a gift for someone else or for yourself, there’s no better place to find something perfectly pretty than Kendra Scott! By shopping local, at the Color Bar, you can create a unique piece of jewelry perfectly suited to you or someone special in your life.
Wantable is an online fitness and fashion retailer for women and men. Every aspect of Wantable is built around our customer’s individual tastes, needs, and wants. It’s the ‘personal touch’ that’s the foundation of the Wantable experience. When you shop locally at Wantable, you’ll find products you love and you’ll have the freedom to try on in the comfort of your home before you purchase.
Big White Yeti
Big White Yeti is a small batch home fragrance company started in the Bay View neighborhood of Milwaukee, Wisconsin led by wife and husband team Katie Daly Weiss + Cody Weiss. Their soy candles are 100% soy wax, pure fragrance oils and undiluted essential oils, and cotton wicks. Seriously good fragrances with seriously silly names like Kitten Toots, Sexytime Yeti, and Cosmic Cactus. Have you smelled a Yeti?
In an automated fast-fashion world, we are trying to bring back handcrafted home decor and accessories. Our local Milwaukee products use ancient techniques of block printing from India to create slow fashion, artisanal throw pillows, table runners, and scarves. Each outfit is hand-printed and manufactured locally in Milwaukee. AMU uses wooden blocks that are hand-carved by artisans in India. The fabric and inks used are sourced from wholesalers across the USA.
The Corners of Brookfield
The cornerstone of fashion, living, and dining. The Corners of Brookfield is an incredible destination located right off I-94 where Milwaukee area families can enjoy a unique shopping experience, activities, and dining all in one place. Retailers like Kendra Scott, Von Maur, EVEREVE, Sendik’s and Anthropologie, and more make for a holiday treat. Plus, you can get your mani/pedi at Anthony Vince Nail Spa before heading over to enjoy tacos at Bel Air, a bier at Cafe Hollander, or grab a workout at Cyclebar or in the Market Square with Lululemon.
There’s so much to love at The Corners of Brookfield!
Cedarburg Threads is an online store specializing in high-quality apparel and accessories that help you to show your love for Cedarburg and now by popular demand-Wisconsin! We believe things like home, family, getting outdoors and going Up North are what keep us sane during trying times. We also believe being comfy is pretty dang important and we want to help with that part. We also have a great selection of locally made artisan goods like hats, jewelry and ceramics.
Use code MOMSROCK for 10% off your total purchase.
WINNERS have been randomly selected and contacted via email! Happy Holidays to you all!
Milwaukee Shop Local Giveaway Bundle #1
Goldfish Swim School – $50 Swim Lessons Gift Certificate
Ultimate Confections – $50 Ultimate Confections Gift Card
Little Sprouts Play Cafe – Petit Collage Animal Play Sets, a Little Sprouts Activity Kit, and a holiday balloon bouquet. ($62 value)
Close to the Heart – Pajama set from Little Sleepies! These buttery soft pajamas are soon to become your favorite pair. Pajamas are $58 in value.
Rebel Green – 5 Pack Gift Box includes Rebel Green top-selling products: Fruit and Veggie Clean, Fresh and Clean Hand Soap, Super Deluxe Dish Soap, Fresh Laundry, or Gentle Baby Detergent, All-Purpose Spray.
Inclusive Books and More – A complete set of all four paperback titles in the Let’s Share! book series, plus bonus items. This includes the new release A Holiday Story, as well as bonus activity sheets and a special note from the author to the recipient(s) of your choosing!
Grow Plants and Home – Christmas Cactus Kokedama with a $20 gift card to Grow Plants and Home Approximate retail value $55.
Covered Bridge Crafts – A Mommy & Me hat set in the favorite little heart pattern! The hats are hand-knit and finished with a faux fur pom pom and faux leather tag. Set valued at $58
Your Siesta Wellness Center – $100 massage services gift certificate
Betty Brinn Children’s Museum – Two (2) Betty Brinn Children’s Museum Play in the Cloud powered by GLOMADO Workshop Tokens valued at $30 each. Good toward creative, hands-on, virtual workshops led in real-time by a Museum educator or an artisan from around the world.
Jettset Local – Foodie Flight and Fab Flight. $55 retail value EACH
Neighbor Art Studio – Neighbor Art Studio Favorites Set (Kwik Stix Paint Stix, Mrs. Grossman’s Three Roll Sticker Box, Beloved Pop-Bead Pouch, Combo 3-in-1 Paper Pad) Retail value $50
Milwaukee Shop Local Giveaway Bundle #2
The Packed Picnic Company – A Gift Certificate for $50 toward any package booked with The Packed Picnic Company
Wisconsin State Fair – Santa’s Sack Holiday Bundle, est. value: $115
Fred Astaire Dance Studios – One Complimentary Private Dance Lessons at Fred Astaire Dance Studios (Value: $110)
Cream City Print Lounge – Free Private Print and Sip Party
Fava Tea – Fava Tea Box
Brewers Organics – Four free standard produce deliveries – ($143 Value)
Camp Bow Wow – Two Free Days of DayCamp and a Free Bath and Nail trim ($90+ value)
Bay View Printing – An 11×14 letterpress print of the iconic Milwaukee City Hall building. $65 value
Locally Inspired – $50 Gift card to Locally Inspired
Brew City Brand – Milwaukee Jazz Hoody in mint green. Try to name all the Milwaukee landmarks embedded inside our sweatshirt design. Choose your size: S-XXL
Nourish Natural Products – Serenity Oil Roller Holiday Trio Gift Set ($65 Value)
Wonder Box MKE – Enjoy a $50 Wonder Box MKE shop credit
Jettset Local – Foodie Flight and Fab Flight. $55 retail value EACH