Milwaukee is filled with hidden retail gems boasting unique collections of housewares, clothing, jewelry and one-of-a-kind gift items. In this series, we're highlighting some of the best of the bunch and giving you all the information you need to shop smarter while supporting local artisans and business owners.
4451 N. Oakland Ave., Shorewood
Lisa Castagnozzi opened Just Goods a few years year ago this week. Her shop is a unique combination of Fair Trade items and handmade pieces by Wisconsin artisans.
"It’s a nice mix of global and local," says Castagnozzi. "My background is in Fair Trade work to help small-scale artisans around the world."
Nothing in the shop is constructed with animal byproducts, thus the items are not made from leather, felt or wool. Castagnozzi was a vegetarian for 15 years before becoming a vegan last year.
"It’s a personal passion of mine," says Castagnozzi. "I love animals."
The Fair Trade wares come from South Africa, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Ecuador, Mexico, India and other countries. Just Goods features the creations of 40-45 local artists, as well.
"There’s just so much talent in Wisconsin as well as around the world," says Castagnozzi.
Just Goods is the perfect place to shop for open-hearted friends and family, creative types, travelers, animal lovers, kids and babies, appreciators of exceptional oddities.
Here's a sneak peek at a few more of the treasures you will find At Just Goods:
Just Goods is open Thursday - Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and other times by appointment only by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The buusiness also has online ordering with free local delivery: Www.justgoods.org
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