Small Business Saturday has been giving Black Friday a greater run for its money each year since 2010, when it was conceived by American Express. Supporting local businesses helps to keep main street communities, like those Ozaukee is made of, vibrant and unique. We are so lucky to have so many independent businesses to choose from when it comes to holiday shopping in Oz, and we'd like to highlight some of our favorites!
Lakeside Music & Naturals This interesting little shop — one part music store, one part natural children's boutique — began as Creekside Music in Cedarburg, then Grafton, and now has found itself in downtown Port Washington, hence "Lakeside." Inside, you will find everything a musician might need, from reeds to microphones to ukeleles, along with cloth diapers and wooden toys. Aaron Rossmiller and Kat Chronis, along with their soon to be two children, run this delightful and eclectic shop. Kat is heavily involved in the Ozaukee Chapter of the Holistic Moms Network, and will offer Music Together classes for young children beginning in January.
Pear & Simple This delightful little gift shop has a wonderful collection of personalized gift options, Port Washington-themed items, and a great selection of ornaments for all tastes. Head over to their sister store across the street, Coca Lena, for some holiday candy.
Cedarburg Toy Co. This delightful little independent toy store in the heart of Cedarburg has been a hit with the community and visitors, alike, for years. Find American-made toys, games, puzzles, and more, for all ages, and get them wrapped, to boot!
Weeds and Lillies Focusing on Fair Trade and Locally-Made goods, Weeds is the place for homegoods, while Lillies is where to go for clothing and jewelry, as well as an excellent children's section. You can cover just about anybody on your shopping list within these two stores!
The Arts Mill Located on the Milwaukee River, The Arts Mill is an amazing and unique collection of goods by local artists that you won't find anyplace else. If you miss them for Small Business Saturday, be sure to join them for their Holiday Open House on November 29th.
Riveredge Nature Center The gift shop in Riveredge Nature Center is full of wonderful things for all ages, including Riveredge's own maple syrup, and what could be better for the nature lover in your life than a Riveredge membership?
Glaze Pottery Glaze makes it easy to make your own Christmas gifts. Located in historic Thiensville, WI. Glaze is a hands-on art studio offering various types of art medium including pottery, glass fusing, raw clay, wine glass painting, silver clay & acrylic painting. Walk in or schedule a group outing for the whole family!
Where to get your Christmas Tree in Oz
Speaking of shopping small, why not get your Christmas tree from one of the many wonderful farms and small businesses throughout Oz? Here's a great selection to choose from!
Useldings Christmas Trees on Western Rd. in Cedarburg, just west of Washngton Ave.
Stumpf Tree Farm in Cedarburg (cut your own)
Noffke Tree Farm in Mequon (cut your own)
Trees for Less Nursery in Mequon and Grafton (cut your own)
Gene Fransee & Sons Nursery in Port Washington
First Congregational Church in Port Washington
Buechler Farms in Belgium
Greenview Tree Farm in Random Lake (cut your own)