By Amy Guckeen
Long lines, overcrowded dressing rooms, screaming children, and a scarcity of parking spots; when it comes to shopping on the weekend, we’ve all been there, done that and lived to tell the tale. We know that we’d like to avoid such experiences whenever possible.
With weekends packed with to-do lists and social events, shopping can take on a frantic pace. To restore leisure and a little fun to this very-necessary activity, consider a weekday getaway to Johnson Creek and Delafield where shopping is king and there’s a store for everyone’s taste. The benefit?; a dressing room with your name on it, cashiers just waiting to help, and perhaps best of all, plenty of room to spread out, breathe and browse.
For a one-stop shopping no-brainer, look no further than the Johnson Creek Premium Outlets. Sixty outlet stores including Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Tommy Hilfiger and Coach promise shoppers great savings. Join the VIP Club for exclusive coupons and updates on sales and events.
Aching, instead, for an antique? Two stops in the Johnson Creek/Delafield area take you back in time. Early American and painted furniture is a specialty at the Antiques Center at Wales.
Furniture from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries blends with folk art and paintings in the multi-dealer shop. Rickety Robin Antiques, in nearby Delafield boasts everything from jewelry to sterling to pottery.
When it comes to new goods, find all you need at Wal-Mart, Target and Kohl’s – all in the area. But for unique finds, look no further than downtown Delafield. Mainstream Boutique brings the latest fashions from across the nation; shoppers can purchase everything from jeans to tie-dyed apparel to scarves – all at an affordable price.
If you’ve got kids, be sure to stop in at Tadpoles. The unique boutique clothes newborns and kids alike with stylish children’s fashions. When you’re done dressing them for success, sit them down for a haircut – Lake Country’s only kids’ salon is also located here.
Indulge your passion for knitting at Knitch. Find yarn, books, patterns and needles here. Never knitted, but want to try? Sign up for one of their classes or book a session with your own personal knitting trainer. Classes are available for beginners on up.
Planning a wedding, party, or pregnant? Touch of Whimsy offers personalized stationery, invitations and gifts for every occasion.
Adoring fans of M.A. Hadley Pottery, won’t want to miss Hidden Staircase. The charming shop specializes in these hand-painted pottery pieces, such as mugs, bowls and pitchers.The store also specializes in quilting and cross-stitch, plus children’s books, both new and out-of-print.
Once you’ve reached shopping overload, refuel at one of Delafield’s many dining establishments. Fishbone’s Cajun & Creole Restaurant brings the spirit of Louisiana to Wisconsin, while the Milwaukee Street Traders keeps it simple with soup and a sandwich.
There – wasn’t that easy?
Amy Guckeen is the assistant editor of Wisconsin Trails. Content produced in cooperation with Wisconsin Trails, www.wisconsintrails.com. For a free trial issue of Wisconsin Trails magazine, please go to https://www.kable.com/pub/wtrl/subAll.asp.