Milwaukee is filled with hidden retail gems boasting unique collections of housewares, clothing, jewelry and one-of-a-kind gift items. In this series, we’re highlighting some of the best of the bunch and giving you all the information you need to shop smarter while supporting local artisans and business owners.
Antiques on Pierce
1512 W. Pierce St.
Antiques on Pierce has three floors packed to the gills with a stunning array of items. Booths are rented out to folks who often specialize in a single area (i.e. sports memorabilia, vintage clothing, etc.) and so the selection is not only wide, it’s also deep.
Find unique gifts for: History lovers and folks who treasure unique objects of all kinds. Don't miss the third floor, which is filled with so many incredible items from Asia that it feels like a museum, except that everything is for sale.
Treat yourself to: A free cookie and coffee while you browse.
Here are just a few of the items you can find at Antiques on Pierce:
Beautiful stained and leaded glass windows
Vintage Milwaukee photos and collectibles
A more than 160-year-old cart from China’s Shan Xi Province
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.
He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.
With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.
He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.
In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.
He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.