Do you have a passion for arts and crafts? Somehow, the state of Wisconsin has become synonymous to this handmade, homemade, and artisanal movement that now employs thousands of locals and has created an attraction for tourists from all over the United States. More than just about sales, the craft market in the state has become an all-year round community movement. There’s almost always a pop-up of some sort happening in the winter, summer, spring, or fall. Many of these crafters even found homes in commercial malls, which is a testament to just how strong the crafting community here is, and the shopping community of buyers that support them as well. Here are some of the best shopping malls in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin that show the best of their heritage and culture.
1. Wisconsin Dells Craft Mall
Wisconsin Dells Craft Mall is the largest craft mall in Wisconsin that is open all year round. With over 300 vendors, you’ll find everything that you’ll need in the craft and collectible category including rustic relics, farm house supplies, bird houses, furniture, quilts, bear and deer mounts, and so much more. The mall also has business affiliated tied to crafts outside or just beside the mall including Carver in the Dells, a (you guessed it) carving led by Tony, a Hungarian who moved here to specialize in chainsaw carving. There’s also Red Letter Roasters, a specialty coffee shop, and Broken Bottle Winery. Every year, the mall also hosts an art and vintage market with over 60 pop-ups, held during the popular Who-Za-Wa Days in Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Dells Craft Mall
Address: S2269 Timothy Ln, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965, United States
Website: Wisconsin Dells Craft Mall
Opening hours: 10am - 6pm Mon-Thu / 10am - 8 pm Fri - Sun
2. Lorraine's Mini Mall
What started out as an intimate mom-and-pop shop on South Park Street which sold artisanal candles and homemade gifts is now a mall that has expanded to create its very own gift department with a huge jewelry line. The gift shop has since moved to the corner of Main and Park and is now called Lorraine’s Mini Mall. Lorraine’s Mini Mall was remodeled in 2007 to house a US Cellular and Home Theater and a Radio Shack, the latter of which was remodeled back in 2014. The anchor store is Lorraine’s Gold Store Crown which houses Hallmark cards, tumblers, Milhouse candles, and some garden items. Lorraine’s Gold Store Crown is where many crafters can splurge on some beautiful hand-picked items. Enjoy!
Lorraine's Mini Mall
Address: 297 East Main St., Reedsburg, WI 53959
Website: Lorraine’s Mini Mall
Opening hours: Mon - Tue, Thu - Fri: 9:30am - 6pm; Wed: 9:30am - 7pm; Sat: 9am - 5pm (closed on Sun)
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3. Outlets at The Dells
If you’re looking for major savings from some of the most globally recognized brands, then make a day out of visiting Outlets at the Dells. The collection of 43 stores has some of your favorite brands like Adidas, American Eagle Outfitters, Banana Republic, Carter’s Babies and Kids, Coach, Crocs, Levi’s, Nike, Skecher’s, and Under Armour. Those are just some of America’s beloved brands. Spend a day to discover all of them. And because Wisconsin is full of talented crafters and artisans, Outlets at The Dells also prioritizes this market of suppliers and customers by creating a pop-up shop specifically for local artisans. It’s double the fun when you can shop for both international and hyperlocal handcrafted items in the same space.
Outlets at The Dells
Address: 210 N. Gasser Road, Ste 105 Baraboo, WI 53913
Website: Outlets at The Dells
Opening hours: 10am - 6pm (daily)
4. West Towne Mall
West Towne Mall was the first enclosed shopping mall in Madison, having started operations in the 70s. Since the purchase of the mall by CBL properties, it has since been refurbished with a modern skylight, new seating and flooring, and family restrooms insired by the Wisconsin State Capitol with high chandeliers and wooden chairs. It also now includes West Towne Crossing to its immediate west which has a Kohl’s, Best Buy, Shopko, Nordstrom Rack, and Office Max, making it more convenient for those in need of quick errand runs in between and after work. While many of the favorite stores like Sear’s have come and gone through constant reacquisition, you’ll be happy to know that the new replacements like a Total, Wine & More, and a Dave & Buster’s add a touch of newness and freshness to this veteran mall.
West Towne Mall
Address: 66 West Towne Mall, Madison Wisconsin
Website: West Towne Mall
Opening hours: 9am - 8pm (daily)
5. Northridge Plaza Portage
Northridge Plaza is an open-air commercial corridor in Portage. Covering 8 acres (4,047 square meters) with a 51,000 square-foot (4,738 square meters) parking lot, the plaza is home to big anchor brands like Walmart, McDonald’s, Festival Foods, and ALDI. You’ll also find a lot of convenient retail stores that cater to the quick lifestyle market such as Anytime Fitness, Asian Express, Check n’ Go, and Dollar Tree. While the corridor plaza has been a staple of Portage since 1998, the stores are well-maintained and a great linkage to different bus routes, going to employment centers and residential neighborhoods.
Northridge Plaza Portage
Address: 2830 New Pinery Rd, Portage, WI 53901, United States
Website: Northridge Plaza Portage
Opening hours: 8am - 8pm (daily)
6. Hilldale Shopping Center
The mission of Hilldale Shopping Center is to capture the beauty of Madison, Wisconsin, in one setting, and so far, they’ve tried their best to achieve this in their offerings. The shopping center considers itself a community platform for meetings, weekly spin classes, and charming speakeasies during the weekend. Another highlight is its weekly farmer’s market called Metcalfe’s located behind L.L. Bean, off of Segoe Road. Hilldale Shopping Center also has old shopping favorites like Ace Hardware, Anthropologie, and a Kate Spade New York. But if you feel like going for local tenants, there are small shops like Cafe Hollander, Gigi’s Cupcakes, and a Pasqual’s Cantina. Yehey for diversity!
Hilldale Shopping Center
Address: 726 N Midvale Blvd Madison, WI 53705
Website: Hilldale Shopping Center
Opening hours: 9am - 8pm (daily)
Celebrating the best of Wisconsin
Malls have become more than just bargain bins in these trying times. For those in Wisconsin, they also represent the best of their community spirit even if, and especially if, times are rough. More than just the en masse stores the rest of America has, make sure you also check out the old heritage brands and the novelty shops that only Wisconsin can offer. From the craft malls to their newly refurbished 70s plazas, there’s definitely something for the wise and practical shopper, as well as for the indulgent spender, in this state. Cheers to these top malls in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. Happy shopping!
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