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For those among you as are getting sick and tired of the same shoobie-trap T-shirt nonsense, here's a shop as should up your alley: Plenty of selection when it comes to outdoor sport and supplies, plus some interesting advice.
Stocking only the best names in outdoor adventure sport, among them MSR, Chaco, Rocky Mountain Sunscreen, Seals, ThermaPedic, Sigg Switzerland, even Kona trail bikes.
They can even book kayak excursions on the Wisconsin River as launch upstream from Wisconsin Dells.
What to buy: With them, it's hard to say.
But, according to management, they do suggest as "must-haves" the likes of:
*ThermaPedic self-inflating comfort pillows (which deflates down to but a quarter of their full size, with handy little storage pack);
*MSR's super-absorbent Packtowls (which they especially recommended for the waterparks, as opposed to more conventional beach towels); and
*Sigg Switzerland water bottles (which, considering their brushed-aluminum construction, may actually be much better than those Nalgene plastic bottles which can only harbour algae, germs and yuk over time).
What to pay: Quality doesn't come cheap, so expect to pay accordingly with them.
But then again, they're members of 1% for the Planet, which supports worthwhile environmental causes.
Updated Jul 16, 2008
Address: 933 Hwys. 12/16 North, Wisconsin Dells
From Memorial Day to Labour Day, Phoenix-based caricaturist Dave Riggs (motto: "No Face Too Ugly!") has his HQ in front of 38 Broadway (yes, that's the actual name of a gift shop in Downtown Dells), prepared to do top-quality caricatures of tourists so inclined.
Using felt-tip marker and oil crayon, Riggs produces caricatures that are bound to make one proud of their visit in Wisconsin Dells from morning until evening.
When your caricature is finished, you can just go inside 38 Broadway to find the frame for showing same off "back home" with pride.
DEFINITELY worth your time.
What to pay: Single person: $13 black/white, $23 colour.
Two people: $20 black/white, $30 colour.
Occupation, hobbies or fantasies available at no extra cost.
Updated Jan 9, 2007
Address: Just inside MonkeyBiz
It's pretty much right at the "crossroads" of Downtown Dells (i.e., at The Broadway, River Road and Superior St.), your basic tourist-trap souvenir shop with T-shirts and all manner of inevitably tacky souvenirs.
Equally legendary is that oversized troll as is known to belt out Louie Armstrong's "What A Wonderful World" every few minutes (although it was out of commission when I was there last, alas!).
What to buy: For one, a T-shirt. Just as long as it's tasteful and decent; I've heard where there have been crackdowns called for on the sale of "tasteless" T-shirts as tend to overdo it on the provocative or the suggestive. To play it safe, I'd recommend something like the cartoon character du jour....
Written Oct 23, 2002
Address: Broadway and River Road
Right downtown, it's pure candy-lovers' heaven.
It's free to watch, and I assure you that you can expect to see fudge, nut brittles, caramel-coated popcorn or caramel-dipped apples made on the premi at any time in season.
They've even got pound and half-pound boxes of fudge ready to enjoy, or you can have a box made up for you.
Plenty of salt-water taffy, liquorice, even penny candy to be found.
What to buy: In addition to the more plebian fudge varieties of vanilla, chocolate and maple, Wisconsin Dairyland Fudge happens to have some rather eclectic flavours as are worth trying, among them S'more, Dreamsicle, Chocolate Mint Marble, Cappuccino and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.
What to pay: $9.95 for a pound of fudge; will vary for other candies.
Written Oct 23, 2002
Address: 216 Broadway
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