The second and more popular cheese outlet was MARS' CHEESE CASTLE which was located at 2800 120th Avenue, Kenosha, Wisconsin. This was a HUGE place, with a tremendous amount of products available, including cheeses, wine, specialty chocolates, sausages, specialty groceries, souvenirs and gifts. Mars Cheese Castle has been in business for over 45 years.
They also specialize in boxed gifts such as: "Around Wisconsin" which is advertised as a full pound of eating pleasure. Nestled around a 10 oz. shape of Wisconsin made entirely of Mild Cheddar, is a flavourful quartet consisting of 4 oz. each of Colby, Super Sharp Cheddar, Edam and Brick. This package (#P8809) was priced at $20.50.
Open 7 days a week 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
After our visit to Milwaukee and now on our way to Libertyville to see Deecat, we made a little pit stop to a couple of "Wisconsin Cheese" Outlets. One was TIM & TOM'S CHEESE located on 2614 120th Ave. Kenosha. Just as you walk in, there is a display table with free samples of cheese spreads and crackers. Of course I had to try the different spreads. The Merkst Sharp Cheddar was delicious.
Tim & Tom's also specialize in gift boxes. For example there was #509 "Best of Wisconsin" which includes 1 lb. Cranberry White Cheddar, 8 oz. Merkts Sharp Cheddar, 9 oz. Old Wisconsin Beef summer sausage, 9 oz. Old Wisconsin Beef garlic summer sausage, 1 lb. aged Cheddar round and 8 oz. dried cranberries. This package sold for $45.00 and if you wanted it shipped add another $13.25
Anyone who wants to experience the heart and soul of this town must visit Goldmann's, a 100-year old department store on 10th & Mitchell. This place is a department store of old, complete with a lunch counter and full selection of candies. You will find things here at Goldmann's that will find nowhere else. Period. Need a babuschka? They got 'em. A zoot suit? Got them, too. There are three levels, and each is like a different plane of reality. There's level 2 1/2 (really a full wrap-around balcony) where you will find the things that really have no "department" to belong to. Here you can purchace an old-style telephone, with the ear piece that you pick up, a porcelin John Hancock liquor container, and a full-motion musical doll of Tony Bennett.
You know Angelo's Piano Bar is a great place when you walk in the front door and witness Angelo himself belting out Sinatra tunes with the all of the heart and swagger of old blue eyes. But Angelo has a one-up on Frank: he plays a mean trumpet. This is a tiny bar where a table can be hard to come by on a weekend night. The clientele are mostly old-timers who pass the mike and sing (they all sing very well) Tony Bennet songs and old show tunes to a live pianist. Not karaoke, these guys know the songs by heart and are serious about singing them. There's a poster -size blow-up of Angelo posing with Tony Bennett on the wall.
So you're in Milwaukee and you want to tour a brewery. There's three to choose from: Miller, Lakefront and Sprecher. Miller gives you a slickly produced PR piece at the beginning and free beer at the end. Not bad for the money. But if you want to spend five bucks and get the best beer this side of the Rhine and get a rollicking good time as well, head over to Commerce Street for the Lakefront Brewery tour. This place makes only 3,000 barrels a year of the most tasty handcrafted brews you can imagine. It's housed in an historic Cream City brick building that once housed the repair shops for the streetcar lines. The people who give the tours are hilarious. Unlike Miller, you really get up close and personal to the brewing process. That's really the reason why everyone should go to Lakefront: it's educational.
On the Marquette University campus, you will find an unlikely sight, the St. Joan of Arc Chapel, a lovely 15th century French stone chapel (Chappelle de St. Martin), which was moved stone by stone from Chasse, France to Long Island NY in 1927. In the 1960s the chapel was again dismantled and shipped to Marquette's Milwaukee campus.
The chapel contains a stone on which Joan of Arc prayed before leading her countrymen into battle against the English in 1429. We didn't go inside the chapel as it was already closed but it appears that you can go inside.
On Marquette University's campus, just east of 16th Avenue and south of Wisconsin Avenue.
Located several blocks west of the Pabst Mansion on the same street is the Brumder Mansion. At the time it was built in 1910, the area where these mansions stood was the city's most desirable neighborhood. George Brumder, a wealthy businessman who made his fortune in publishing and banking, built this brick English arts and crafts mansion for his son, George Jr.
By the 1920s-1930s, this was no longer the place to live and many of the mansions were knocked down. This mansion survived and was used as a boarding house, a parsonage, and activity center for the Lutheran Church as well as a Christian coffee house and live music venue called The Catacombs in the 1960s.
It is now a bed and breakfast, the rooms look lovely on the attached website.
Located at 3046 W. Wisconsin Avenue
As far as I know there are only two museums in the US dedicated to advertising and design. They are in Portland, Oregon, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Eisner Museum of Advertising and Design is a quality museum in a beautiful and unique architectural space. You will learn alot about the advertising industry from this museum, beyond seeing some great ad designs from the past and present. It's easy to find on Water Street and Buffalo in the Third Ward.
Located in the stretch of Wisconsin Avenue between the Pabst Mansion and the Brumder Mansion, the Tripoli Shrine was designed to resemble the Taj Mahal. It was the first Shrine Temple in Wisconsin, opened in 1928.
Most people who live in the US probably best know the Shriners from either their appearances in parades zipping around on minature motorized vehicles wearing their trademark red fezes or from the Shriner's Circus.
I honestly didn't know much about the Shriners besides that, the attached website says that the Shrine was founded in 1872, originally as a social club which later developed into a charitable organization that raises money to provide medical care for children free of charge.
Located at 3000 W. Wisconsin Avenue.
In 1912, former President Theodore Roosevelt was campaigning in Miwaukee when he narrowly escaped an assassination attempt. I had never heard about this story until I visited Milwaukee and happened across this plaque in the lobby of the Hyatt Hotel.
TR was locked in a three-way campaign for the US presidency with Woodrow Wilson and the sitting President, William Howard Taft. Roosevelt's campaign had brought him to Miwaukee to give a major campaign speech at the Hotel Kilpatrck, located where the Hyatt stands today. As Roosevelt walked to the hotel, a crazed gunman pulled out a revolver and shot him at close range. The only thing that saved him was the fact that he was carrying the manuscript of his speech that evening close to his chest - the 50 page text slowed the bullet and preevented it from entering his heart.
You think this is an old church? Some city building? No, it is the old offices of the Pabst Brewing Company from the time of Frederick Pabst himself. He built this to be one of the largest breweries in the world. If you are out for a walk you can find this old "ghost brewery" that is about to be turned into an entertainment complex.
Just like Chicago's? Just and no - the design of the Water Towers in both cities is similar: both reflecting late 19th century "American Gothic" ideals. But while Chicago's Water Tower is in the middle of bustling North Michigan Avenue, Milwaukee's Water Tower is in a residential neighborhood.
Milwaukee's Soldier's Home is one of the legacies of the US Civil War, as it was created under the auspices of the 1865 "National Asylum for Disabled Soldiers Act," one of the last pieces of legislation signed by Abraham Lincoln before his assassination. Former soldiers from the war first moved onto this site in 1867, forming the nucleus of a community that served as a pioneer for Veteran's Services for the entire country.
The Old Main building pictured here was constructed in the opulent "Second Empire" style at the enormous cost of $211,000, and opened in 1869. At its peak of activity, it was the home to nearly 1000 men. It continued to house veterans all the way down to the 1980s.
The Soldier's Home Historic District was included in the most recent list of the "Top Ten Most Endangered Sites" by the Wisconsin Trust for Historic Preservation. Efforts are underway to save the site by turning it into a historic park and museum. Let's hope they manage to preserve, restore, and re-use this important example of 19th century design.
Located just off National Avenue at US 41, adjacent to Miller Park.
Moved brick by brick from near Lyon, France to New York City in 1927 and then to the Marquette Univeristy Campus in 1966, this is the oldest Gothic structure in the Western Hemisphere. The construction date isn't quite known (I saw many differing numbers while researching this) but inside is a stone Joan of Arc prayed on before doing battle against the English in 1429. Located in the central mall of the University, which is west of downtown, on the other side of I-43.
I like to visit Port Washington, a fishing community maybe 25/30 miles North of Milwaukee along the shore of Lake Michigan. There's fishing for those who fish, and restaurants to eat fish for those who don't. My favorite is the Lake Perch sandwich at Smith Brothers Fish Market.