Wisconsin Dells Visitor & Convention Bureau

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April 15, 2010

Would you be surprised to learn that the #1 travel expenditure among visitors to Wisconsin Dells is shopping? It’s true, which means there are a lot of folks doing a lot of shopping when they visit the Dells. For some, the intent is buying gifts for giving. Others go in pursuit of the perfect souvenir that they’ll keep for themselves. Either way, Wisconsin Dells has the goods.

Gift Giving with an Artistic Flair

Kris Draper, owner of the Dandelion boutique, which recently moved just around the corner from its previous location to new digs on Oak Street, tells us her retail philosophy is to have items that are easy gifts to give for thoughtful gift-givers, as well as gifts to treat yourself. She changes merchandise often, staying right in step with trends. And she buys hand-made, artist-made, and fair trade items whenever possible. "It's a way to support more than just ourselves," Draper explained. Perennial favorites at her shop, which has been in business going on a decade now, include jewelry of all sorts and garden art from Wisconsin artists. One item that continues to fly off the shelves is jewelry made by local glass artist Steve Selchow. "He actually made jewelry and sculpture pieces right here in the store while people shopped", said Draper.

  • For Mom -- She'd love a special piece of jewelry, or perhaps a handbag or scarf. "Artwear" reading glasses are fun to receive too.
  • For Grandmother -- You'll hit the mark with grandma by buying anything that has a quote about family on it, whether it's a piece of jewelry or a home décor item.
  • For Dad -- A bottle of Wisconsin wine and a barbeque how-to book would be a nice pairing.
  • For Teenage Son – Toss in a sports themed board game for the teenage boy on your list.
  • For Teenage Daughter -- Candles, charms, and posters are the must-haves for any season.
Downtown Wisconsin Dells Shopping - Dandelion

On the Search for Souvenirs

The Borcher family knows a thing or two about the retail business. Ben Borcher is a fourth generation retailer in the community. His great grandparents came from Germany and settled in what was then known as Kilbourn City, now known as Wisconsin Dells. With continued sage advice from his father, Arnie, he keeps the Winnebago Gift Shop and Bailey's Landing store stocked with gifts that people like to buy for themselves, namely souvenirs.

His two shops are moccasin-central. Just watch how many people leave with a box of Minnetonkas tucked under their arm. There are the traditional styles that never go out of style, as well as new styles that tweens and teens turn into their own fashion statements. At Bailey's Landing, shoppers enjoy browsing through the extensive selection of handcrafted Native American jewelry.

Of course, Wisconsin Dells logo apparel is one of the most popular purchases at many of the stores in Downtown Dells. A hoodie or t-shirt is that badge of honor that tells the world you visited "The Waterpark Capital of the World!®"

Wisconsin Dells Shopping


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Wisconsin Dells Visitor & Convention Bureau

701 Superior Street, PO Box 390
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965-0390
(800) 223-3557
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