Local Stores Offer a Dizzying Array of Unique Ideas for Everyone on Your List Business


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CEDARBURG – Much ink and airtime has been spent telling Americans that holiday gifts will be more expensive this year and harder to find, due to supply chain issues and potential delays in shipping of online orders.

None of that should be a problem this holiday season, however, when you consider the abundance and variety of gifts available here in Ozaukee County. Distinctive children’s gifts, fresh, local foods, craft beers and wines, and craft gifts only found in local boutiques and shops will make shopping easier and more fun this year.

We’ve only scratched the surface here with a list of gift ideas and broken them down by category. The best way to really experience all there is to see is by visiting the area’s city centers and malls – and don’t forget to visit the Mequon Public Market, the Grafton Arts Mill, and the Cedar Creek Settlement. Shops.

Gifts for children: Buying from a local toy store is about getting personalized service that is not available online or in large retail stores. Those who work in these stores provide one-on-one attention and knowledge about what’s trending and what might be best and safest for the kid on your list.

Locally, check out Cedarburg Toy Company, Itty Bitty Piggies and The Missing Piece LEGO store in Cedarburg and Chickory Wood Products in Mequon, which sells wooden trucks, airplanes, boats and more. toys.

Spirits: Craft beers, wineries, and distilleries abound in Ozaukee County, each with their own unique flavors and flair. For house beers, try Foxtown Brewing in Mequon; the Fermentorium, Rebellion Brewery and Stilt House in Cedarburg; Sahale Ale Works; Water Street Brewery and Milwaukee Ale House in Grafton; and Inventors Brewpub in Port Washington.

The number of wineries has also grown over the decades since Cedar Creek Winery first settled in the Cedar Creek Settlement. Ciselled Grape and Sunshine Winery is also located in downtown Cedarburg; and Vines to Cellar is located in Port Washington. Stronger spirits are also available at the Handen Distillery in Cedarburg, where they offer Handen Vodka and Single Barrel Bourbon and more. The Shinery, also in Cedarburg, is billed as the Wisconsin-born anti-moon liquor company and features its own range of whiskeys.

Local cuisine: There are many unique gifts for the palate available in the county, from specialty meats and cheeses and unique ethnic foods to delicious chocolates. Many stores offer delivery so you can share the taste of Ozaukee County with those across the state or country. For unique meats, try Bernie’s Meat Market in Port Washington, which offers holiday gift boxes, their homemade blood sausage, jerkeys and much more. Other options include meats from Blau’s Saukville, Creamy pork in Cedarburg and Foxtown Heritage Meats in Mequon. Ewig Bros. Inc. in Port Washington offers a variety of smoked fish, including salmon, trout, and whitefish. The Cedar Valley Cheese store in Belgium offers hundreds of cheese choices in its 2,000 square foot store.

Do you know someone who loves Irish food? Try the Irish boutique in Cedarburg, which offers puddings, fries, jams, breads and more. Specialty chocolates are never a bad gift idea and can be found at Cocoa Tree Confectionary in Mequon, Amy’s Candy Kitchen and Ashley’s Confectionery in Cedarburg, Sweettrio in Grafton, and Chocolate Chisel in Port Washington.

Person outdoors in your life: Consistently ranked as the healthiest county in the state, it’s no surprise that Ozaukee County has plenty of stores geared towards outdoor enthusiasts. Depending on your budget, gifts can range from a bicycle lamp, a warm Peruvian hat, to an electric bicycle. Check out one of these local stores: Trailside Recreation or BelgianWerx in Méquon; Extreme Ski & Bike in Thiensville; Erik’s Bike Shop in Grafton; Cedar Creek Outdoors in Cedarburg; or the Zuzu pedals in Port Washington.

A Wisconsin State Park vehicle admission sticker is the gift that gives all year round. The $ 28 sticker provides access to any of the state’s parks and forests throughout the calendar year. You can purchase stickers online or head to Harrington Beach State Park to purchase one and experience the 715-acre park along the shores of Lake Michigan.

Pets: Whether you buy your own furry baby or earn points by remembering someone else’s, there are plenty of stores with unique pet toys and treats. Some also include services, such as aquatic therapy, grooming, and care. There are many choices across the country including Feed Bag Pet Supply and Pet Supplies Plus in Mequon; Pet Stuff from Bentley and Pawsatively Perfect from Grafton; Landmark Feed Seed and Supply in Cedarburg; Pet supply port in Saukville; and One Wag in Port Washington.

For bird lovers, Wild Birds Unlimited in Mequon is a must visit.

Dark horses: Scrubs and Above in Grafton may seem like just a store for healthcare workers, but many will be surprised by its range of unexpected surprises, like unique socks, embellishments, watches, bags, and comfy clothing. Recognition Specialists in Saukville sells more than trophies, but also personalized signs and Christmas decorations. They can also tan baby shoes or other items. Mequon’s Big Frog T will personalize just about any piece of fabric, whether it’s an apron or t-shirts for an entire team. Cedarburg’s Gem Shop is a treasure trove of gems, dinosaur bones, shark teeth, petrified wood, and more.

And if you’re worried about unplugging a particular gift, all chambers of commerce have gift certificates in any denomination available that allow a recipient to buy locally for. themselves.

Of course, shopping in your own community also saves money in the local economy and creates demand for local jobs.

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