The Deals and the Dish on Where You Need to Shop
Sep 3, 2010
01:47 PMWindow Shopping
A Celeb Sighting, Store Openings and More
When he was in town a month ago performing at Overture Center (I’m sorry for just putting this on here now!), Steve Martin (you know, the actor/comedian/musician??) stopped in at least two local retailers, storeowners tell me. Pat Blake, owner of (shoo) (read my Window Shopping column on shoo here!) on State Street reported that Martin stopped in and purchased: “a pair of Timberlands for him and two pair of Poetic Licence shoes for his wife. Also got a Wiskullsin t-shirt!”
Ryan Huber, co-owner of Context on King Street, told me that Martin strolled in and went straight to the wall display of Kenton Sorenson Leather custom-fit belts on the wall. Huber said he measured Martin for the $130–$140 belt (the belt is custom-punched to fit and according to your measurements), which Martin bought as well a few other items for his wife.
If you’re interested in seeing a photo, Blake posted a photo of himself with Martin on (shoo’s) Facebook wall on July 27. What a surreal day to be working and see “that wild and crazy guy” himself walk in!
Absolutely Art was awarded the “Best Promotional Event” award by NICHE Magazine, a trade publication for independent retailers that sell fine crafts in North America. The store/art gallery’s Re-Art Swap was recognized—the swap invites customers to come and bring their unused or slightly used craft items to be traded with others. Old fabric, buttons, paints, posterboard and the like are exchanged between crafters to reuse again.
Great job, Meghan and the staff of Absolutely Art!
Absolutely Art, 2322 Atwood Ave. 249-9100. Absolutelyartllc.com
Duluth Trading Co., long known for its durable and rugged workwear for men and women, is opening a retail location in November 2010 at 100 W. Main St. in Mt. Horeb (the former home of the Mt. Horeb Mustard Museum). The store will also have a little twist: it’ll be home to the “Wally Keller Tool Museum” as well. The museum is a “tribute to the hands-on passion of renowned local folk artist, sculptor and Industrial Era tool collector Wally Keller,” reports a press release.
Duluth Trading Co. was founded in 1991 and has only been available via catalog and online. Products include men’s and women’s workwear, outerwear, gear, footwear, tools, workshop, car and truck organization, bags/totes and holiday gifts. I think Mt. Horeb will be the perfect location for this utilitarian one-stop shop, especially given its close proximity to all of that agricultural landscape outside of Madison.
For now visit the website for more info: duluthtrading.com
On the total opposite end of the spectrum, and I mean total opposite: Katherine Bice’s La Lingerie shop is in full swing. Bice specializes in fitting customers for the perfect “foundation garments.” Those who appreciate fine undergarments will like that Bice carries premier lines Chantelle, Fantasie, Natori and Wacoal. Bice’s store is appointment only. Stay tuned as I’ll be connecting with Bice soon on her shop!
La Lingerie, 845 E. Johnson St. 630-9294. Lalingerieshop.com
Sales and Events
Fair Indigo Sale
When: Now through Labor Day (Sept. 6)
Where: 570 N. Midvale Blvd.
Details: Get thirty percent off everything at Fair Indigo’s Hilldale Store! With all of these crazy Labor Day sales going on you might as well pop over and do some shopping on your day(s) off.
More info: 661-7662
Labor Day Sale at Johnson Creek Outlets
When: Now through Sept. 6
Where: Johnson Creek Outlets, 575 W. Linmar Ln.
Details: From the Adidas store to the Tommy Hilfiger store and every one in between find lots of great deals. My eye is on the Polo Ralph Lauren store, where everything in the entire store is thirty percent off the lowest ticketed price! Prepwear, here I come.
More info: http://www.premiumoutlets.com/outlets/outlet.asp?id=53
Lady Moxie’s 4th Birthday (Consignors only)
When: September 10, 5–9 p.m.
Where: 6106 Odana Rd.
Details: To thank loyal consignors owner Corey Burger is throwing a party after store hours. Consignors receive thirty percent off everything in the store. If you’re interested in her store but aren’t a consignor, stop in during her normal business hours during the week and check it out!
More info: ladymoxie.com
Charity Fashion Show
When: September 16, 7 p.m.
Where: The Pendleton Store in Hilldale Mall, 702 N. Midvale Blvd.
Details: This yearly event is a fundraiser for the Wisconsin Ovarian Cancer Alliance which is quite appropriate, because September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. The fashion show will feature mens and womenswear modeled by cancer survivors, their friends, relatives and caregivers. Ten percent of proceeds will go to the WOCA. Like to shop? Come between 5 and 9 p.m. to purchase items.
More info: The Pendleton Store, 231-6755.