Retailers to host holiday shopping events


Several area business groups will host holiday shopping events to encourage residents to buy their gifts locally.

The Historic Third Ward will be participating in Small Business Saturday on Saturday, Nov. 29, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Retailers will offer special deals for shoppers during the event, and free parking will be available in the structure at 212 N. Milwaukee Street.

For more information and a list of participating stores and their deals, visit

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The Vliet Street Business Association will host its annual West Side Holiday Happenings event at several retailers on Vliet Street and North Avenue in Milwaukee on Friday, Nov. 21, from 4 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event will include holiday-themed open houses, crafts and activities. On Saturday, Santa will be visiting stores participating in the event. Stamps will be given at each business visited, with a gift basket raffle entry for each stamp on attendees’ “tool belts.” Restaurants will also feature seasonal menus.

Participating businesses and more information are available at

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“West Side Holiday Happenings is an opportunity for folks to come out and explore all the shops, restaurants and galleries that make the west side such a special part of Milwaukee’s culture,” said Lynita Wolf, board member of the Vliet Street Business Association and owner of Barcelona – Artful Living. “We’re looking forward to what will surely be another fun-filled weekend ringing in the holiday season with our small and local businesses on Milwaukee’s west side.”

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