Celebrating Small Business Saturday on the Avenue of Angels

Molly B and Me Celebrates Small Business Saturday with us and wrote a great blog about their shopping experiences.


We strolled down the Avenue of Angels on Small Business Saturday, tasting, shopping and, once again gloating about the magic pull of our downtown.

Anchored on one end by Lawrence University, home of a world-class music conservatory, and on the other by the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, our downtown celebrates art in every form. There’s Makaroff School of Ballet, a nondescript coffee-scented building that is a training ground for grace and discipline, and Heid Music, a nearly 70-year old musical hub, offering quality instruments, lessons and, most recently, a rock school.

Midway through the downtown grows the Trout Museum of Art, an expanding display of visual art, jazz music and rotating exhibits including the current Katharine Hepburn “Dressed for Stage and Screen.”

A pottery, mosaic and glass fusion studio, the Fire, offers opportunities for hands-on creation, while coffee houses like Harmony Café and Copper Rock allow young…

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There's so much to like about Downtown Appleton. Thanks to its 60+ distinctive shops ... 50+ casual, fine dining and ethnic restaurants... nearly 30 pubs, clubs and live music hot spots ... a leading performing arts center and world-class visual arts gallery ... family-friendly activities and attractions ... a variety of coffee shops and gathering places ... PLUS Northeast Wisconsin's best events, Downtown Appleton is a favorite destination for many -- and it just keeps getting better and better!

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