Destination Downtown: Holiday Shopping Made Fun

12/17/2018 - Guest Blogger

Downtown, Shopping
Shop Local in Downtown Kenosha this holiday

With just a week until Christmas, time is ticking for finding the perfect gift to give this holiday. Expectations for great deals and unique finds run high this time of year. After all, major retailers invest millions of dollars to advertise all the discounts you can get this season and consumers are bombarded with ads for Christmas shopping even before Thanksgiving. Online retailers find themselves offering more and more to please the digital shopper - price matches, product suggestions, and free shipping are just a couple perks you find popping up from your internet search. Instant purchasing power has never been more in practice, yet perhaps these types of mass-produced gifts and crazy ads have made shopping less personal and more of a chore around finding something special. 

The truth is, this shopping stress does not have to be the case! Here in Downtown Kenosha, shopping for the holidays becomes an experience all on its own – and a FUN one, at that. Walking through Downtown and peering at the window displays, grabbing a hot cocoa at The Buzz or Common Grounds and eyeballing goodies at boutique shops is a joy – not a hassle. Considering a plethora of gift card opportunities in Downtown alone, you can cover all the stockings that you need to stuff! 

This year the growing gift trend is based on event experience, though. Downtown Kenosha fills that need for you! Dining gift cards are available at the many of the restaurants in the Downtown area, such as Wine Knot, Sazzy B and Boat House. Pair a dining certificate with tickets to the Kenosha Comedy Club at the Wyndham Garden Kenosha Harborside or tickets for a select Lakeside Players performance at the Rhode Center for the Arts, and you have yourself a thoughtful, wow-worthy gift! Other interactive experiences might include a certificate for an art class at a local gallery or museum, or a certificate to create your own art at a place like Alpaca Art Pottery Painting or Peacetree Originals.  

If you need to browse to get ideas, our Downtown area offers truly unique shops, as well. Children will love getting one of the 200,000 comics or pop culture toys available at Inner Child Comics & Collectibles! We’re talking everything from Spiderman to Bart Simpson, plus video games, posters, and more. If you are shopping for the grown-ups in your life, Modern Apothecary is the place to go for quality finds that make shopping for necessities luxurious. The selection includes organic soaps, boutique cosmetics, grooming kits, or essential oils that will guarantee a happy gift recipient! The Lettering Machine has grab-and-go or design-your-own swag! Check out their custom order ideas, ranging from embroidered towels, tote bags, hats and more – you can make something just right for that hard-to-shop-for person on your list!

It’s easy to shop for anyone in Downtown Kenosha, really. Handsome ties and fun socks are the specialties at Mike Bjorn’s Fine Clothing. They even have Hawaiian shirts. Ladies on your list will enjoy beautiful fashions from Bisou Lingerie– who wouldn’t love something with gorgeous pink lace and maybe a chocolate or two on the side? Got a dog that loves to wander with you? K-9 Kibble has you covered with treats and accessories for your four-legged friends. Can’t make it to a party or get together this year? Send something special from A Summer’s Garden Florist in your place! And do not forget the foodies and wine/beer connoisseurs in your life! Sandy's Popper has built a reputation on its popcorn delights - all giftable options that can be shipped out of state, as well. Elsie Mae's Bakery & Cannery makes an art form out of its delicious pies and jams – perfect for hostess gifts and stocking stuffers. Scoops Ice Cream will make everyone feel like a kid again – give a gift card or take a pint to share for dessert! Grab a Growler and fill it with local craft beer from PUBLIC Craft Brewing Co. or Rustic Road Brewing Company! Seasonal brews will make you and your friends embark on future trips to scope out the next tap lineup – it’s the gift that keeps on giving. Wine slushies - need I say more? Ok, so perhaps those can’t be gifted, but you can easily enjoy one of these at Iron Depot Winery as you shop for a nice bottle of wine, or two, to bring to your holiday festivities. 

There are many other shops, restaurants, and boutiques waiting for you to spread holiday cheer this year. The biggest bonus of all, is that Downtown Kenosha retailers provide great customer service. They will help you find anything you are looking for. Add on a midday adventure aboard a historic streetcar, a stroll along the lakefront, a spin around the ice skating rink, or a bite to eat at the indoor HarborMarket this Saturday, and you’ll quickly find that Downtown Kenosha is the place to find what you need to really get into the holiday spirit! Shopping Local has never been so easy or fun!


By: Alexandria Binanti Robinson, Coordinator at Downtown Kenosha Inc. 

Guest Blogger

Contributor to the Visit Kenosha Blog

Guest blogs are produced by visitors to the Kenosha Area, local residents who want to share their hometown with others, business leaders, and other people invovled in the tourism industry.