Local shops are the heartbeat of our neighborhood and the spirit of our county. Now more than ever, our small businesses need you to shop local and shop early this holiday season.
Please note this is a starter list if you are looking for businesses in Racine County to support this holiday season. It is by no means a definitive list of those that are worthy of your patronage. We hope this list of local businesses, boutiques, and attractions inspires you to show your love for local and discover the amazing products and services Racine County has to offer.
It's buttery, flaky and thoroughly delicious. It's Kringle—Wisconsin's official pastry. This distinctive oval-shaped treat has been a Racine County tradition since Danish immigrants brought it to Wisconsin in the mid-19th century. Kringle is available at local bakeries, grocery stores and other outlets throughout the area. Our bakers proudly ship their Kringle all over the world—particularly during the Christmas holiday season. You will have no problem finding Wisconsin's official pastry in Racine County!
For the past 60 years, the Milaeger family in Racine County has dedicated its efforts to enrich lifestyles with beautiful collections for all your home and garden needs. Milaeger's offers a wide variety of plants, home décor, clothing, jewelry, accessories, food products, gifts, and more. They specialize in rare Christmas décor and are recognized as one of the nation's top retailers of glass ornaments from prestigious designers. Visit their store today or shop their website.
Borzynski's is an all-American family market with a European flair. Year-round, you will find the freshest produce, a remarkable selection of specialty foods, bakery, desserts, and carefully selected gift items for each holiday. Their Christmas displays are the perfect source for stocking stuffers and gift basket items for family and friends!
Nestled in the heart of Rochester, this cozy shop and unique hideaway offers up fun season décor, unique upcycled furniture, primitives, original antiques, and rustic country finds. They have a selection of wines from Lodi California, Argentina, Spain, France, South Africa and more. They also carry Wisconsin boutique brands and varietals, such as Spirits of Norway, Door County Winery, and Rochester original Ela Orchard Hard Cider Barn Cat and Stone Silo Hard Apple Ciders.
Cultivated in downtown Burlington showcases as many local crafters, artisans and vendors as possible. From their local honey to reusable cloth items, they’ve got just about every base covered. The shop focuses on low-waste, eco-friendly solutions and bulk daily use products. Bring your own containers or buy theirs to reuse. Cultivated also makes custom wood and metal products. Visit their website to learn more.
Gold Bear Trading Company has been offering Native American jewelry, arts and crafts since 1975. They have a large variety of jewelry, pottery, woven baskets, kachina dolls, and artifacts. Their jewelry is handcrafted, authentic Native American in sterling silver from traditional to contemporary designs. They also carry Minnetonka Moccasins and boots, fine Pendleton blankets, southwestern prints and sand paintings, Scrimshaw & Damascus knives, and much more. Visit their store or online shop.
The Waterford Antique Market opened in August 2015 and currently features more than 60 vendors selling a wide array of items, such as primitives, antiques, shabby chic, Amish chocolates, goat's milk soap, local handmade candles, jewelry, barnwood furniture, vintage kitchenware, local art, handmade products, vintage trains and toys, and more. There is something for everyone!
Finders Keepers carries a broad selection of antique and vintage items spanning the 17th to 20th century. Items include pottery, porcelains, china, American Pattern glass, Depression glass, mid-century art glass, home furnishings, décor, lighting, vintage purses, ephemera, ink wells, perfumes, antique and vintage jewelry, and more. Visit their store or online shop.
*Opened November 19, 2021* Reads by the River has everything a book lover could want! Located besides the river in downtown Waterford, you will find your next favorite read as well as unique gifts, games, puzzles, teas, treats, and more for the special people in your life. Gift certificates are also available. Visit their new store or online bookshop.
All In Together Custom Gifts is a leading online store that provides an unparalleled selection of handmade quality products, an easy shopping experience, expedited shipping offers, and exceptional customer service. Check out their online store.
Heart's Desire Glassworks in Waterford is a full-service art glass retail store and studio that specializes in creating distinctive custom designed stained glass windows for private residences. They are the largest and most complete stained glass store in the area with more than 800 types of stained glass and more than 150 kinds of Italian Effetre (Moretti) glass rods for bead making. They also offer a wide variety of classes to individuals and have most products available for sale in their store to help you create beautiful custom art glass.
Lighthouse Gallery & Gifts offers unique treasures for the lighthouse enthusiast as well as a variety of local merchandise and gifts for all. They feature local photography and items made by local artists and craftspeople including patented-process shattered glass art, chainsaw carved art, fused glass, beach glass jewelry, woodcrafts, and more. Their collection of Racine-themed and Wind Point Lighthouse keepsakes, souvenirs and wearable art are designed and created in-house. Visit their online store.
The Racine Art Museum Store (RAM Museum Store) is ready to help kick off the holiday season with fabulous, unique gifts that can only be found there. Whether one-of-a-kind artworks, handmade holiday treasures, or special gifts for hard-to-fill stockings, shoppers will discover incredible options both in-person in downtown Racine and online. View our Racine Art Museum shopping guide.
The Racine Heritage Museum is dedicated to preserving the material culture and telling the special stories of the people of Racine County—their achievements, diversity, inventive genius, productivity, craftsmanship, and entrepreneurial spirit. Their gift shop has Racine heritage-themed gifts, Racine Heritage Museum branded products, and incredible works from Racine area artists. The gift shop is open during museum hours or visit their online shop.
Find gear for the great outdoors in downtown Racine! Johnson Outdoors inspires people to get out there to experience and value the awe of the great outdoors. Their innovative equipment and technology enhance the outdoor experience and encourage a sustainable outdoor lifestyle for generations to come.
Give a gift the entire family can look forward to enjoying next summer! Jellystone Park in Caledonia features luxury cabins, a waterpark, floating obstacle courses on their Bear Paw Beach, and so much more! For a limited time, get a FREE $10 gift card with a $100 gift card purchase, or get a FREE $100 gift card with a $500 gift card purchase! Gift cards can be used at Jellystone Park in Caledonia and Bear Paw Beach & Adventure Island. Click here for details.
Have an animal lover in your life? Visit the Zootique Gift Shop at the Racine Zoo! Shop from their great selection of plush animals such as Ty, playsets, and even crafts and paintings made by the Zoo's animals! The Racine Zoo's gift shop is open daily during winter from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Zoo memberships also make great gifts that keep on giving year-round! Learn about Zoo memberships.
Allison Wonderland features a wide selection of curated unique, fun and educational toys for all ages. The selection of products at this Burlington toy shop are what has made them unique since 1972. You will always be able to find something exclusive and stimulating, no matter the age of the recipient! Their staff is knowledgeable in everything related to toys. Visit Allison Wonderland and you will realize it is your one-stop toy shop! Online shopping is available.
Geared towards older kids and adult hobbyists alike, Burlington Hobbies can be a great introduction to more specialized hobbies such as radio control cars and boats, rockets, models, and more. The hobby store also has a radio control track, which is open for practice during open hours with weekly racing.
Despite the name, this store is not just focused on babies. RG Natural Babies has a full inventory of unique toys and puzzles, stuffed animals and puppets, maternity and nursing gear, children's consignment, and much more. View their online shop.
Twin Dragon Games sells trading card games, board games, Dungeon and Dragon supplies, and collectibles. They offer services from teaching card games, running tournaments, hosting birthday parties, and more. Visit their store to find a great gift for your game lover!