Two crazy kids, the redhead and I are, we took off work on Friday for a spontaneous day trip to Milwaukee. We've never taken a day off to just hang out. We had big hopes.
I caught the 24 hour flu bug Thursday afternoon and our plans became tentative. By Friday morning, I was feeling stronger and we hit the road. Little did we know, Friday was Jimmyredhed's day to be sick. Despite his declining health, we enjoyed a peaceful (and cold) day in Wisconsin and poked our heads into a few little digs that I had only previously heard about.
Historical points are our vacation forte so our first stop was the Pabst Mansion on Wisconsin Ave in the heart of the Marquette University district. Boasting 16 rooms and 9 bathrooms, the tour was extremely interesting, a good length, and price ($9/ea), but gave us no opportunity for taste testing! Just kidding. Actually our first stop was The Broken Yolk while we waited for the tour to begin. My stomach was still on the mend so I sampled a simple egg on toast.
A friendor (read: a crafter that's a friend according to jimmyredhed) from Milwaukee hooked us up with a list of local places to hit. We drove over to Sparrow Collective to check out handmade goodness (the owner also sells at Handmade Market).
A few doors down was a Vintageous, a pepto-bismal pink vintage shop. While their displays and products were to die for, the place smelled so heavily of cigarettes, we were in there 5 minutes max. Keeping to our slow and leisurely afternoon, LuLu Cafe caught our eye and our sweet teeth. Jimmy had a chai to soothe his aching throat while I devoured a heavenly piece of chocolate raspberry cheesecake and a gourmet hot chocolate.
Faith Levine (of Handmade Nation fame) set up a pop-up shop in the back of a skateboarding shop. I was confused as to its sparsity. Have they sold all their goods? I dunno.
We were pumped to meet up with our friendors Leah and Matt, from Rustbelt Fiberwerks. They recently purchased a building in the Riverwest neighborhood (only 3 blocks from their home). Leah is shooting to open her storefront with print/sewing studio next summer/fall! So awesome and crafter jealousy right here!
We enjoyed the most delicious vegan burritos at Cafe Corazon (which I ate too quickly to photograph) and popped into the "Tiny Art" exhibit at Art Bar before tucking sickly and shivering Jimmyredhed into the passenger seat for the quick ride back to Chicago. He promptly went to bed and didn't get up until early Sunday afternoon!
Thank you for hosting us Milwaukee! We'll be back before too long!