FDL Guide 2020
Jenelle Bruno Realtor, First Weber Fond du Lac
“I would encourage someone to openly share their experiences spending time and money in the Lake Winnebago Region. This area has wonderful retail variety that continues to grow; these retailers are our neighbors, our friends, and our family. When we support our small businesses, we support the health and growth of our community.”
Photo courtesy of Todd Dacquisto.
#2 – The Plaid Squirrel is a fun place with pieces from local artists. It’s a relatively large store and a unique destination. Notably, in early fall The Plaid Squirrel partners with other galleries to create a driving tour of neighboring galleries. This studio tour is a great opportunity for shopping, too. “It gets people to go to places they wouldn’t necessarily go to organically.” #3 – The Downtown cluster of dynamic art spaces, including Ubuntu Art Space , Riverwalk Art Center , and Langdon Divers Community Gallery , offers artistic retail finds. Closing out the day is a must stop at Ledgerock Distillery . Specializing in small-batch spirits, this destination has generated considerable buzz in the short time since opening in June 2018.
Having lived all over the country, most recently on the east coast and in Florida, Jenelle and her family made a choice four years ago to call Fond du Lac home. “There’s nothing like the Midwest. The people are warm. The pace of life is enjoyable. Everything is close and accessible, and to me, that’s what makes Fond du Lac desirable.” When describing the perfect day to explore Lake Winnebago Region’s retail treasures, Jenelle mapped a ‘round the lake trip with three distinct stops, ending in a vibrant Downtown shopping district that is home to clothing boutiques delivering big-city fashion with exceptional personal service. #1 – LaClare Family Creamery , known for the evening goat milking ritual that kids of all ages enjoy, the creamery has an on-site cafe and shoppe selling artisanal soaps and cheeses that make a perfect gift for any discerning recipient. “They take care of and love on [the goats], and we can love on them, too. Our kids just love it here.”
THE LITTLE FARMER N9438 Highway 151, Malone 10 miles N of Fond du Lac on Highway 151 on Lake Winnebago 920-921-4784 mytlf.com
LACLARE FAMILY CREAMERY W2994 County Road HH, Malone Just minutes N from Fond du Lac off Highway 151 920-670-0051 laclarefamilycreamery.com Our retail shoppe features the cheeses of LaClare Family Creamery and Saxon Creamery, goat milk caramels, and goat milk soaps and lotions. We also offer ice cream, wine, and a variety of Wisconsin specialty foods and gift items. Cheese sampling is done every day! Mon–Sat 9am–5pm.
Walk through our original 1880s farmhouse, which includes a coffee shop and selection of gifts. The Apple House has many gifts and home items along with our own fresh apples, squash, and other seasonal fruit. It also houses the bakery, caramel kitchen, and the apple bagging area. The Craft Barn is located in the hayloft of the old barn with local consignment artwork and deck, where visitors may enjoy the scenery of the orchard, barnyard, and play area.
Photo courtesy of Patrick Flood.
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