Saturday, May 7, 2011

Discover Milwaukee

Last week I went to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to visit friends and family. For those of you who are not familiar with Milwaukee it is known as "a great place, on a great lake", it is called "cream city" (because of the color of the bricks used on many old buildings) and use to be the home of countless brewery's, to include Schlitz, Pabst Blue Ribbon and many others.

Now a days Milwaukee is know for the first American commission of Santiago Calatrava, a beautiful addition to the Milwaukee Art Museum; Summerfest, which is a 10 day music festival on Lake Michigan where there are over 700 bands, on 11 stages over 11 days;  and of course the Milwaukee Brewers and Marquette University ( I earned my Masters Degree there).

There are so many great things to see and do in Milwaukee, from a Major League baseball game, to Buck's basketball, to the Florentine Opera, the famous Milwaukee Ballet or the Milwaukee Symphony. There are numerous museums, churches, shopping and parks just to name a few activities!

On this trip I visited the Milwaukee Public Market, which is a great place. This is not your neighborhood mall food court. The Public Market houses twenty specialty food vendors where you can eat anything from a fresh made salad, to delicious  falafel and Egyptian rice, to fresh baked bread, and cookies and  local chocolates to homemade soup. And as a bonus, you can listen to some great music and maybe even purchase a few books from the Milwaukee Library for $1.00!

Milwaukee Public Market

Yummy Chocolates!

Wisconsin Cheese

Free Music
The Milwaukee Public Market  is in the old Third Ward, it is an area that was formerly full of warehouses and in the past 10 years has enjoyed a reincarnation as a nice place to live, enjoy a great meal, shop and go to the spa!

Down the street from the Milwaukee Public Market is a fabulous  Anthropologie store which is always a source for inspiration and a place for great finds and ideas!

Love the displays

Excellent Books

Beautiful Clothes

In addition to Anthropologie we went to Retique. It is a Goodwill boutique that you have never seen the likes of, they sell Jimmy Choo, Kate Spade to name a few designers, artwork, jewelry and it is all sold in a beautiful boutique with helpful sales people. I love this place.

Retique Goodwill boutique

Goodwill boutique

Lela boutique

Dressing Room inspiration

Lela boutique
And finally Lela, which is a really cool women's store that sells both new and vintage clothes, after which we headed to the Lake front to Alterra coffee house for a late afternoon snack and a little people watching.

I hope that you too can enjoy all of the great sights Milwaukee has to offer!

1 comment:

  1. I would love to visit an Anthropologie store. I don't think we have them in the UK!
    Warm wishes


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