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.
5708 W. Vliet St.
Social media: @BarcelonaMKE
Owned by local artist Lynita Santora Wolf, Barcelona is a quaint shop chock full of a curated collection of locally made items, vintage finds and vintage-inspired new items. You’ll find art, housewares, jewelry and just about everything in between. The shop is open, with a limited number of shoppers allowed inside at one time. Masks are required. Chalk paint and supplies are also available to order online for curbside pick-up.
Find unique gifts for: Creative types and just about anyone who appreciates artistic, handmade finds or unique vintage or vintage-inspired items
Treat yourself to: A new piece of handcrafted jewelry or some Annie Sloan chalk paint or brushes for your next DIY project (due to shipping issues during COVID-19, call ahead if you are looking for specific colors to make sure they are in stock).
Here are just a few examples of the type of items you can find at Barcelona:
Adorable wool animals
Locally made ceramics
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
Gifts for little ones
Handcrafted bags and wall art
Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club.
When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.