Looking for a gift that says “Green Bay” this holiday season? Broadway is agood place to start. Dec. 15, 2016.
Jeff Bollier/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin
GREEN BAY – There’s still time to bring a little bit of Green Bay home for the holidays.
Throughout the Green Bay area, businesses large and small, new and old have a lot of options for anyone looking to give a gift that exemplifies “Green Bay” during the holiday season.
Local companies offer classic options such as chocolate and cheese, as well as less-common products, such as organic cosmetics and hand-made jewelry.
On Broadway Inc. Executive Director Brian Johnson said a variety of local retailers and businesses have been drawn to the Broadway business district, helping to create a strong concentration of independent local retailers. Johnson said residents and visitors have taken note of the changes and similar efforts across the Fox River in downtown Green Bay and the Olde Main arts district.
“More people are looking for that local option,” Johnson said. “People like unique offerings, and every business on Broadway takes pride in the local products and services they offer. Businesses and shoppers want to be here, and that’s our long-term goal.”
But essential Green Bay gift options can be found throughout the area. Here’s a look at several ideas suggested by Press-Gazette readers on Facebook and Twitter.
Nothing may epitomize the Green Bay spirit more than the New Community Shelter’s Cheese-scarf. Part homage to the Green Bay Packers, part cheese-inspired, part fundraiser for one of the area’s homeless shelters, the Cheese-scarf can be yours for as little as $10. Custom embroidered options cost up to $30.
Alternate: Let’s be honest: There isn’t a Green Bay Packers fan alive who wouldn’t be happy to see a Packers Pro Shop gift box or gift card under their tree.
Locally made holiday cheer in 12- and 16-ounce servings can be found at any of Green Bay’s five craft breweries: Badger State, Hinterland, Leatherhead, Stillmank and Titletown. Prices usually start under $10 for four- or six-packs, but it also doesn’t hurt to ask about limited-run specialty beers for the aficionado of the family.
From aged cheddar to football-shaped party platters, the Green Bay area has no shortage of artisan cheesemakers to hit up. True turophiles will want to check out The Cannery Public Market’s farmstead cheese made from milk from a Kewaunee County Farm as well as Ron’s Wisconsin Cheese in Luxemburg or BelGioioso Cheese from Green Bay.
Alternate: If you want to satisfy your cravings for award-winning sausage and cheese in one shop, look no further than Maplewood Meats in Howard.
In Green Bay, there are only two words to know when looking to satisfy your sweet tooth: Beerntsen and Seroogy’s. Seroogy’s started back in 1899 in De Pere. Beerntsen’s Candies opened in December 1925 across the street from its current location on North Broadway. The candymakers were some of the first businesses mentioned when the call for ideas went out.
Alternate: Craft candy is apparently a thing now and North Broadway-based Jac B Caramel has brought the trend to Green Bay with its artisan caramels and chocolate candies. Prices start at $9 for six caramels.
Organic, nontoxic, paraben-free, gluten-free cosmetics might not be the first thing you, your friends or your loved ones might think of when you think of Green Bay. But Au Naturale Cosmetics’ founder Ashley Prange and her team in the Olde Main district are rapidly changing that. Lipstick gift sets start at $33, while Prange’s personal favorites are on sale for the holiday season. The company’s products are available at multiple locations in the Green Bay and Appleton areas.
Alternate: Long Rifle Soap Co. features locally made soap, beard oil, and shaving products for the guys on your list.
With prices starting at $20 for some Wisconsin-themed items, The Gift Itself, on Broadway, offers a smorgasbord of locally made artwork, jewelry and other creative crafts. Owner Rachel Sowinski produces much of the jewelry herself from a variety of metals, natural gemstones and other materials. She said pendants cut in the shape of Wisconsin or the Great Lakes have been flying off the shelves as the holidays approach.
Alternate: Vintage silverware doesn’t stand a chance once Misty Nagan gets her hands on it. The De Pere resident hammers artisan jewelry out of old knives, forks and spoons. Her SilverWear by Misty has become a must-see at the Farmers Market On Broadway and has gained a following on Etsy.com.
Green Bay’s love for the performing arts is well documented. From stars of the stage to filmmaking to the local music scene, there’s all kinds of options to explore. Stores such as the Exclusive Company, on Dousman Street, and Rock N’ Roll Land, on Military Avenue, have you covered for local music that ranges from local punk legends Rev. Norb and the Onions to groups such as Holly and the Nice Lions.
Alternate: The Meyer Theatre has shows ranging from $20 to $60 coming up in January. On Jan. 23, Monty Python alum John Cleese is coming to the Weidner Center. And if you enjoy the improv comedy scene, check out Comedy City’s weekend performances for $12 at the Green Room in De Pere.
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