department stores are shaking things up in Milwaukee. At Southridge
Mall, Macy’s has signed on as a new anchor. The mall is undergoing a
face-lift as well, with renovations to include new flooring and
lighting, redesigned mall entrances, new signage and a fully renovated
Food Court. Construction is scheduled to be completed by the first
quarter of 2012.
The Bon-Ton Stores Inc. — i.e., Boston Store — have partnered with talented menswear designer John Bartlett for a collection that will feature men’s sportswear, furnishings and suiting. Look for the designer’s chic and affordable wares to hit Boston Store shelves in August.
BB Dakota, $78, and KGB bag, $72,
Next Door, Brookfield
This summer’s fashion buzz words? “Bright” and “vibrant.” To that end, this season tribal prints are taking over local boutiques. Go global glam with this multiprint dress (and of-the-moment cross-body bag), which is perfect for warmer temps but can be worn with a cute cropped cardigan to ward off the night chill.
— Hannah Schlei
2011 is the year of acting locally. Think about it: Has there ever been a time in our history when the word “local” has been more of an intricate part of our society? Eat local, shop local, buy local. I recently discovered the “Shop Local” option on independent shop/designer website etsy.com. The site, known for its fab hand-crafted items, vintage finds and quirky home décor, gives shoppers the option of choosing to shop only from etsy stores within their communities. One quick Milwaukee search turned up lovely pillow covers and fabric coasters from Anna’s Fabulous Things (handmade by my friend Anna Kasper), and fun and funky clothing and accessory creations by Fiberous (otherwise known as the über-talented Shannon Lee Molter). More pages turned up the most adorable reversible baby shoes I’ve ever seen (I want them, and I don’t even have a baby) by Weepereas, unique art prints, custom wine labels and more. All made in Milwaukee, all perfect gifts. Go to etsy.com and click on “Shop Local” to think globally, act locally.
One-of-a-kind decorative pillow cover, $62, by Anna’s Fabulous Things, Milwaukee. Enter the code "MMagazine40" at checkout for 40 percent off the entire shop.
Santolina ginkgo leaf screen-printed cotton blouse, $35, by Fiberous, Milwaukee.