These small-town downtowns offer art and one-of-a-kind treasures
This year, get out of the ordinary holiday shopping grind. Head to one of Wisconsin’s small-town Main Streets and discover interesting shops and galleries and some truly unique gifts.
Wisconsin’s small-town Main Streets are eclectic. You’ll find mom-and-pop shops as well as sophisticated galleries and boutiques. Many businesses feature works by local artists, from paintings and jewelry to housewares and furniture. You’ll find something for everyone.
Small-town shopping is a pleasure. Strolling down the sidewalk, you’ll enjoy decorated streets and storefronts. When you feel your shopping enthusiasm starting to wilt, just stop in at a coffee shop or restaurant – small-town downtowns generally have several dining options.
Here are three of Wisconsin’s best small towns for holiday shopping.
Boulder Junction is a resort town located in the Northwoods. It’s surrounded by 194 lakes and is famous as a fishing destination. It’s also one of the best places to shop in the northern Wisconsin.
Boulder Junction’s Main Street is lined with interesting shops. Most notably, Boulder Junction offers five different art galleries. At Wiley Miller’s Wildlife Images, you’ll find paintings, prints, carvings and even chainsaw art. Firemouth Potter & Gallery displays the works of Bill Karaffa as well as the works of other artists. Arlene’s Pottery & Gallery features a wide variety of handmade stoneware.
The largest gallery in Boulder Junction is Moondeer & Friends, which offers an exciting mix of artwork from artists from around the Midwest and the world.
On your way into or out of Boulder Junction, stop by Molly’s Homestead, located five minutes south of downtown Boulder Junction on Hwy M. The gallery features the works of more than 40 artists and offers totem poles, fish decoys, carvings and antiques.
Rhinelander is one of the commercial centers of northern Wisconsin. The bustling community’s downtown is home to a long list of shops.
Mel’s Trading Post is one of the best sporting goods shops in the Northwoods, selling everything from bikes and canoes to fishing tackle and hunting rifles. Spice of Life sells an array of spices, sauces, rubs, mixes and salsas.
Fun Factory Sweet Shoppe will satisfy any sweet tooth. If you have an aspiring magician on your list, head to Cliff’s Magic Shop. And stop by Peggy’s Antique Garden to look for that truly one-of-a-kind gift.
For dining, Downtown Rhinelander presents a lot of choices. Choose from nine different taverns and nine restaurants.
If it’s on your list, you’ll probably find it in Downtown Rhinelander. Don’t miss this lively neighborhood. Find complete information about the Rhinelander area.
Located in the center of the state, downtown Stevens Point is a lively neighborhood full of shops and restaurants. Its Main Street is one of the healthiest in the state. Holiday shoppers will love this charming downtown.
You’ll find a delightful variety of gifts along Stevens Point’s Main Street. Gepetto’s sells classic toys that will stand the test of time. Fudge Utopia has some sweet gifts. Clay Corner Studio gives you a chance to craft a Christmas gift with your own hands. Kindred Spirit Books sells books, music and gifts for the body, mind, heart and soul. And Call it New/Call it Antique breathes new life into secondhand treasures.
If you have any artists or crafters on your Christmas list, be sure to stop by Herrschner’s at 2800 Hoover Road, an outlet shop for one of the world’s largest craft catalogs. Find a complete list of Stevens Point area shops and galleries.
Here are two more Wisconsin holiday shopping destinations:
- Outlet Shoppes at Oshkosh – Shop more than 40 brand-name outlet stores.
- Onalaska – This community on the Mississippi offers the largest shopping district in a nine-county region.