Clarion Hotel Airport
5311 S. Howell Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53207
Phone: (414) 481-2400
Fax: (414) 481-4471
Tip Top Atomic Shop is the go-to place for all things from the 40's, 50's, 60's and beyond. The store has trinkets galore from yesteryear, household products from the 50's 'modern' kitchen, Hawaiian shirts and hula girls perfect for your dashboard. Some of the furniture and other rare items can be a little expensive, however this is craftsmanship and quality that is hard to find nowadays. It is definitely another one of Milwaukee's many great mom-and-pop shops.
Clinton Street Antiques in the hip Walker's Point neighborhood has all kinds of kitschy items for your home or to give as a gift. The store sells items that range from turn-of-the-century nostalgia to 80's gadgets and everything in between, all at the right price. Items include posters, kitchen utensils, old fashioned lunch boxes and other assorted products for the home and garden. If you are there during the summer, they have an immaculate Koi pond and garden out through the back door that you shouldn't forget!
Science buff or not, American Science & Surplus is a must visit. Among their bizarre inventory are robots, batteries, lasers, hardware, electronics, industrial fixtures, educational items and rare findings. Innovative minds have used their supplies to make homemade telescopes, do-it-yourself costumes, as well as science models and experiments. Browse through their aisles and make that quirky to addition to your collection.
The Lost World of Wonders seems to have cornered the comic market in Milwaukee with its hefty selection of items housed in 5000 square feet of space. From traditional series and Manga to and specialty comics, visitors are always delighted with the choices the shop has to offer. Besides comics, they also sell other items like T-shirts, rare toys, kitschy Milwaukee comic related products and the prices are especially reasonable for a specialty shop. The staff is also pretty relaxed despite the oft maligned comic book dealer stereotype; these guys are always willing to help.
Here at Vino 100, visitors can come in and find the perfect Zinfandel or that specific Montepulciano d'Abruzzo for dinner. This wine shop/bar is located in the Historic Third Ward and focuses on the business model of "100 wines for under 25 dollars". If you choose not to buy the entire bottle, you can sidle up to the bar and have one of the many varietals on the shelves. It is a perfect place to start the evening with a glass or two before exploring the Third Ward.
Located inside the Milwaukee Public Market, Breadsmith is a popular bakery that prides itself in its use of old-fashioned baking techniques and class recipes. Breadsmith considers itself more than just a bakery, it is an experience. Savory favorites include the cheddar jalapeno sourdough, the beer bread and the Mediterranean herb. Sweet favorites include cinnamon swirl, chocolate cherry bread and honey raisin pecan.
Located in the Historic Third Ward, the Milwaukee Public Market is open seven days a week and features what seems like an innumerable amount of vendors. Visitors can find everything here, from cheese, baked goods, candies and produce to flowers, meats, wine, ethnic foods, organic products and specialty items. The Milwaukee Public Market should be a stop on everyone's list. It's the perfect place to take a coffee break or to pick up a few items for dinner. The market hosts various festivals focused on food, music and spirits, in addition to the cooking classes offered on-site.
The Spice House, located inside the highly popular and deliciously European Milwaukee Public Market offers the freshest and rarest of spices available. All of the local chefs come here to stock up on herbs and spices, and if that new recipe you're eager to try calls for an obscure spice, the Spice House will surely have it. Even if you're not looking to buy, stop in to breathe in all the wonderful fragrances and to appreciate all the vibrant colors.
Downtown Book Bought & Sold is exactly that, here you can buy as well as sell your used books. The shelves are stacked from floor to ceiling with hard-to-find titles and they also have a section for comics and records. The prices vary depending on what you are looking for, and if you still have a VCR player, they have an innumerable amount of VHS tapes. It is easy to spend hours perusing the tomes and the narrow aisles have all types of nooks where you can sit and read them.
The Grand Avenue Mall is located in Milwaukee's downtown area, a prime location. There are numerous stores covering women's and men's apparel, shoes, sporting goods, video games, and electronics. There are also numerous restaurants and cafes. The Wild Flour Bakery makes delicious, fresh pastries, and Applebee’s is great for a sit-down lunch with family and friends. The mall offers something for everyone, and even if you're not in the mood to shop, pop in to escape the summer heat of Milwaukee.
Milwaukee denizens need to look no further if they are looking to fill their humidors with quality tobacco. Uhle's has been in business since 1939 and today they continue the family tradition in their storefront as well as online. In addition to fine cigars and tobacco, they also supply e-cigarettes and have a smoke room where you can puff away until closing time. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and you can sniff different brands of tobacco before you can buy. Uhle's truly is a great place for seasoned smokers or those who just enjoy the occasional cigar.
Since 1879, this impressive old shop has provided Milwaukee with another special little gem to claim as its own. It is still run by the same Watts family and within its doors you'll find all types of hard-to-find, unique items for your table, bath, bar, kitchen and garden. Most of the brands here are from independent designers that pride themselves on handcrafted workmanship and quality. Another special addition to this superb shop is the tea room upstairs that serves traditional English afternoon tea as well as lunch and breakfast. Check their website for full menu and special online items.