2010 Shopping & Gift Guide
Set your car's GPS and head out for a day of shopping to pick up our best finds and hidden treasures from the city's one-of-a-kind local boutiques
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NEAR WEST/ Marcia Sparks illustrated rooster postcard set, $7, Zip-Dang
MT. HOREB/ Women's travel tote, $29.50 and "The Sprucer Upper" men's grooming kit, $39.50, Duluth Trading Co.
EAST, WEST & FITCHBURG/ Burt's Bees lip balm tin ornament, $9.99, Target
NEAR SOUTH/ Record album serving tray, $25, The Bohemian Bauble
Wisconsin's Own: Twenty Remarkable Homes
“Not surprisingly, the homes in this book reflect the professional ideals of
their owners. The home of successful entrepreneur Herbert Fisk Johnson Jr.
shows a spirit of innovation and invention. Frank Lloyd Wright’s design for
Wingspread resonated with Johnson because it mirrored Johnson’s adventurous image as a corporate executive who piloted his plane 7,500 miles to Brazil in 1935 to personally see the source of the Carnauba wax that built the company fortune. Likewise, Ten Chimneys’ exuberant stage-set interior formed the perfect backdrop for the daily lives of Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, America's most famous theater couple.
Similarly, capitalists and industrialists used their homes to physically express their business accomplishments. Van Ryn and de Gelke’s design for Cyrus C. Yawkey displayed his success as a lumberman by showcasing the finest available selections of maple, mahogany, walnut, and birch hardwoods in its lavish interior. Industrial designer Brooks Stevens’s streamlined Art Moderne home in Fox Point was wrapped in a sleek shroud echoing the smooth lines and gentle curves that his own hand brought to the design of consumer goods.”
— Excerpted from Wisconsin's Own: Twenty Remarkable Homes, by M. Caren Connolly and Louis Wasserman with photography by Zane Williams, Wisconsin Historical Press, $45
Watchdog: 25 Years of Muckracking and Rabblerousing
“It began with me the way it does with most people: that feeling, I guess you would call it a void. Something was missing in my life. Not just fame, fortune, serenity, a lime-green Ferrari Testarossa, the editorship of The Capital Times, a clear reason for living, etc.—I had reconciled myself to those absences long ago. What I needed was something to care for; something that would depend on me. I needed ... a pet.”
— Excerpted from Watchdog: 25 Years of Muckraking and Rabblerousing by Bill Lueders, Jones Books, $16.95
“I sat for a long time, until the rising wind and afternoon cold drove me back across the fields to the house. I put fresh wood on the embered fire. Then I went to my typewriter. There, I have learned, I can let the fragments of memory flow out through the ends of my fingers and take form on paper. It is when I read those words that I discover where I have been and what my years have taught me. That is how this began. I found Christmas, of course. I found missing pieces of myself. All of it was different than I expected because I began remembering much that I did not know I had stored so carefully inside me.”
— Excerpted from Christmas Remembered by Ben Logan, Voyageur Press, $17.99