Lake Country Family Fun’s Shop Small Holiday Guide

Local businesses listed here have paid to be listed, but each one has been recommended by Lake Country Family Fun readers. 

Welcome to the annual Lake Country Family Fun’s Shop Small Holiday Guide!

If it isn’t painfully obvious at this point, we love Lake Country – we love Waukesha County and the surrounding area, and of course, we love Wisconsin. The area is full of fun events, the people are absolutely outstanding, the food can’t be beat, and we have some of the greatest small businesses around.  I always try to shop local and shop small when possible. It helps another small business owner provide for their family, lets their dreams flourish, and it is what makes us unique here in our area.  As a Mom with an action-packed schedule, I love to stop for what I need instead of going through mazes of aisles.  This holiday season and throughout the year, let’s skip the big box store when possible and head to these businesses to support our local businesses and neighbors and get to know our community a bit better.  Gift cards are the perfect gift for your hard-to-buy-for relative and friend.

All the business featured below have been recommended and approved by Lake Country Family Fun followers! (Click the image to be taken to their website for more information.) Follow Lake Country Family Fun on Instagram and Instagram stories to see the fun we have when shopping local 🙂

Feel free to comment below with where you like to shop!

Lake Country Family Fun has all your Holiday needs.

Check out our Holiday Fun Guide.

Plus more Shop Small opportunities in our Holiday Craft Fair Guide!

Happy Holidays from Lake Country Family Fun!

Boutiques and Specialty Shops

Agape Art Creations

With a passion for human/pet relationships, Agape Art Creations is celebrating our furry companions one cherished painting at a time. Based in Pewaukee, WI, artist Deb Phelps creates custom, hand-painted pet portraits from your photo. Over 30 paintings of dogs, cats and even horses have found their way to new homes. Celebrate your beloved companion, or give the most unique, personal gift this Christmas season. Gift certificates available! Special offer for Lake Country Family Fun readers 15% off through 12/31/18.

BlackBear Children's Boutique

BlackBear Children’s Boutique™ offers a finely curated collection of baby and children’s clothing and accessories for 0 to 12 years. Combining simple, everyday luxury with timeless design, this selection is sure to please parents and children alike. Enjoy 10% off your order through December with code: LCFAMILY18. Shop online or visit our showroom by appointment in Shorewood, WI. Thank you for supporting local! | Follow us on Instagram @blackbearboutique

Books & Company

Books & Company is an independent bookshop serving the Lake Country and surrounding areas for 34 years. They are proud to carry on the independent bookselling tradition by offering books and unique gifts, personalized reading recommendations, author events, a monthly storytime for children ages 3 – 6, and free services for book clubs. Their knowledgeable, experienced booksellers are dedicated to finding the right book for the right reader. Find your next favorite read at Books & Company.


Cadorah jewelry has been featured in fashion blogs such as Living in Yellow, on actresses such as Beverly Mitchell and available at boutiques such as the Barn Owl in Delafield and Hyde and Chic mobile boutique. Local jewelry designer, Jen Maciejewski, has made quite a name for the Cadorah brand. Jen’s design style focuses on the “every day” woman who wants to add a stylish element to whatever they wear with the mission to inspire women to feel confident and beautiful. Give a truly unique hand made gift to help inspire the women in your life. As a two time breast cancer survivor, Jen donates from each Cadorah sale to the National Breast Cancer Foundation so you can feel good knowing that your gift will also inspire countless other women. Consider a diffuser bracelet for the lover of essential oils in your life! Now until Friday, December 14 2018, save 15% on your total purchase with coupon code HOLIDAYS15 Shop at

Cloud Nine Soap Co.

Based in Hartland, Cloud Nine Soap Co. is All-natural, eco-luscious Bath and Body Essentials formulated by a former R.N., inspired by a passion for healthy living.


Mama Said Tees is now EveryKind! They are a company run by 2 mamas on a mission to instill messages of love & kindness. Join the kindness campaign with their tees, bags, and cute sayings today.

Fray Knickknacks and Clothing Racks

Fray is a women’s clothing boutique located in the heart of downtown Oconomowoc. Specializing in handpicked clothing for women of all ages, accessories, gifts & home decor. Owner, Morgan Krueger, looks forward to meeting you at the shop!

Homespun Collection

Homespun Collection began as a simple idea between friends and their shared love for a thoughtfully put together home. Many collection items are vintage, handmade, or ethically sourced, meaning there’s a story to be discovered in each unique piece. The goal is to bring beautiful, functional home goods, made to be used, treasured, and handed down. Holiday Specials: Enjoy purchasing a ready -to- go gift for this holiday season. Homespun Collection has handpicked gift bundles that will come with beautiful holiday wrapping. $25 Gift Set: 1 Medium Bees Wrap, a dish cloth & tea towel, everyday wooden dish brush $65 Gift Set: Boxwood wreath, zinc vessels, a set of beeswax candles, and a plant mister

Hush Little Lanie: A Baby Boutique

Hush Little Lanie is located in Merton just three miles north of Hwy 16. They offer a variety of mostly handmade gifts for baby (and mom!), First Birthday gear, Big/Little sister/brother shirts and girls boutique clothing up to size 7/8. They invite you to check out their NEW WEBSITE (click the photo/link above) and VISIT during their Holiday Open House 11/23 thru 11/25 when they will have special offers and be giving away to one lucky customer FREE OUTFITS FOR A YEAR! Be sure to “like” them on Facebook so you can see the cuteness they post daily! Designs Design makes one of a kind onesies, youth & adult tees & sweatshirts as well as tote bags, wristlets and santa sacks. Keep your beverages cold/hot with a custom stainless steel insulated water bottle, travel mug & wine glass. Have a saying, name, monogram or design you would like on a t-shirt or water bottle? We can design it and create it or check out our design gallery of ready-made designs. Find them on Facebook ( and Instagram (@ k.jodesign )

Katie Geis Fine Art

Katie Geis is an Oconomowoc based artist and event painter available for special occasions including weddings, corporate events, and other intimate gatherings in the Milwaukee area. She also specializes in commissions for interior artwork to match your home, figure portraits, wedding portraits, and landscape paintings. She has prints and originals for sale on her website. Use code: LCFF for 15% off prints 11/8 through 12/31/18 and follow her work on Facebook at Katie Geis Fine Art! Start your art collection here!

Lake Effect Co.

Lake Effect Co. is a brand that celebrates the beauty and adventure of lake living, driven by the tagline “Long Live Lake Life.” Founded by Hartland native and current Milwaukee resident Katherine Gramann, Lake Effect Co. is a community, uniting us over a shared sense of adventure and desire to savor the beauty many find so restorative about the beloved lake life. The shop features clothing for babies through adults (the most adorable onesies!) and goods such as boat totes, hats, tea towels and custom WI-made soy candles, all designed and produced locally. Jump in!

Polished Patina

Welcome to the cutest little boutique in downtown Waukesha! Polished Patina hand selects an assortment of new and vintage finds including clothing, jewelry, accessories, home decor, painted furniture and so much more! They also proudly support local artisans by making their passionately handcrafted items available to you including candles, lotions, soaps, pet accessories, etc. A must stop boutique for all your gift giving, including gifts for yourself! Be sure to shop downtown Waukesha’s 12 Days of Holly-Days-Savings. More details here:

The Purple Giraffe

The Purple Giraffe is a children’s boutique in downtown Oconomowoc. Their offerings are varied–toys to delight, special outfits for babies to big kids and everything in between–but the mission is simple: to make you feel appreciated, welcomed and comfortable every time you shop at The Purple Giraffe.


Weagan Art

“An Illustration artist who practices pen and ink. Rooted in Christianity, she expresses her clean style with precision of nature and her clarity of craftsmanship in the beauty of simplicity.” With my art I wish to tell my story as a wife and mother, a sister and a daughter, a Midwestern naturalist, an old soul, an art enthusiast, and most importantly a Christian. My illustrations are delicate and detailed, inspired by vintage botanicals and the simple beauty that God created. – Sale: Currently all hand painted ornaments are on sale (personalizing available), many fine art prints on sale, and a NEW 2019 year calendar!

Classes and Services

Goldfish Swim School Brookfield

Goldfish Swim School provides swim instruction to children ages 4 months to 12 years-old in a state of the art swimming facility designed to enhance learning, fun and safety with highly trained instructors, small class sizes (max 4:1 student to teacher ratio), and a shiver-free 90-degree pool.

Lake Country Fine Arts and Gallery

Lake Country Fine Arts School and Gallery offers gift certificates for classes, workshops, camps and birthday parties including; Pottery, Sculpting, Drawing and Glass Fusing. The gallery offers unique fine art and fine craft gift items including over 40 different artist’s including: pottery, painting, jewelry, blown glass, metal sculpture, drawings, photography, baskets, greeting cards and more.

Lovejoy Travel Agency

Where your destination begins. Lovejoy Travel Agency is a professional travel company offering leisure and corporate travel services while valuing relationships among clients and suppliers.

The Scizzory Hair Design

The Scizzory Hair Design is a full service salon servicing women, men and children, located in downtown Merton. Their highly skilled team and impeccable customer service set them apart from the rest. Mark your calendars for their Holiday Open House on December 6 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. 20% off all products, including Aveda! Plus, other local vendors will be present as well as food and drinks. Come get pampered! More at


Snips and Giggles

Snips and Giggles is located downtown Oconomowoc. It is a full service hair salon for children and adults. They offer a variety of services, including hosting birthday parties. Check out their November Mommy and Me Holiday Hair events and the new The Lounge at Snips!

Other favorite classes and services:

Board and Brush

Cool Joyce Studio

The Green Rabbit Clay Studio


Yummy Eats

Sweet P's Pantry

Sweet P’s Pantry is located in downtown Oconomowoc. Every confection is made with natural, high quality ingredients to create the most delicious toffee and chocolates that you ever tasted! Sweet and Savory Personal and Business Gifts for any occasion. They ship nationwide!

Outdoor and Active Shops

Endurance House Delafield

Endurance House Delafield is a retail experience redefined. It is a place for endurance sports enthusiasts to learn, shop, and congregate. Join their free Tuesday night runs! They carry all items running, biking, and swimming related. Print this ad or show it in store and save $15 on your next pair of shoes!


Sherpers is located in downtown Oconomowoc and also has a store in Hales Corners and Port Washington. They carry everything from camping and hiking gear to tactical gear – and everything in between! With the recent addition of their online store, you can shop local at home for all your outdoor adventures.

Other favorite Outdoor and Active Shops:

Clear Water Outdoor

Performance Running Outfitters

Wheel and Sprocket


Don’t forget that gift cards to Local Coffee Shops
make great gifts 🙂


Our favorite shops are: Mama D’s Coffee Birch and Banyon Pink Mocha Cafe & Coffee House Brewer’s Two Cafe Steam Yard Coffee Roots Coffeebar and Cafe Whelan’s Coffee and Ice Cream This Great Coffee Place

Lastly, Craft Fairs are great ways to Shop Small as well!

Holiday Craft Fair Guide

Find more places to shop small at the various craft fairs this November and December 2018, sponsored by Brown Street Emporium.