Top Ten Items Purchased at the One Stop Elf Shop

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The One Stop Elf Shop has a large variety of products for sale this holiday season. Luckily we have the inside scoop on the bestseller as kids make their purchases for their loved ones this year.

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10. Bean Boozled

These awesome Jelly Beans are not your everyday flavors, and require a daring individual. While two Jelly Beans may look the same, they aren’t. One is a normal flavor while the other is wacky. Would you rather have a lime or grass clipping Jelly Bean?

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9. Gourd Critters

These colorful critters catch the eye with their unique design, colors and detail. These trinkets are the perfect for nearly any family member.

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8. Holiday Mug

Who wouldn’t love a mug with Santa’s rosy cheeks on it? These holiday mugs are the perfect gift for mom,dad and grandparents!

7. Rock Ball

It’s week four of the One Stop Elf Shop and the rock balls are all sold out! A cute little crystal ball perfect for any family member.

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6. Legos

What kid doesn’t love legos? The classic gift of legos rings in number six on our list. The affordable yet practical gift is perfect for any shopper.

5. Jelly Belly

Candy has been a popular sell at the One Stop Elf Shop! A perfect gift for any family member.

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4. Supernal Tortoise

This little guy has a free floating head, legs and tail that wiggle when you shake it! Not only is he adorable but it also looks like he is swimming!

3. Rubber Fish

Being that the fish were an affordable yet cute item, the rubber fish sold out in the first three weeks.

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2. Mustaches

A stick on mustache never fails when looking for a giggle or two. The perfect present for a sibling or cousin!

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1.  Rock Hearts

Cute and affordable, the rock heart is our most popular item sold at the One Stop Elf Shop! A nice little reminder to let mom and dad know that you love them!

Authentic Mexican Food at Antojitos Mexicanos

IMG_3478.JPGHave you experienced the authentic Mexican food at Antojitos Mexicanos yet?  They have been in business for 8 ½ years and have recently relocated to Downtown Appleton.  They love the atmosphere of their new location and are really building their customer base.  Antojitos chose their new location, because of all the events downtown.  The interior of the restaurant is also very unique and brings in lots of new customers.  They decided to change the vibe of their restaurant by straying away from the typical colorful walls in favor of a more urban look.  Outside the door, are two eye catching, statues of mariachi band players.  They are very original and make great photo props! 


Antojitos Mexianos’ most popular dishes are chimichangas and burritos.  They also have several signature margaritas including cucumber mint, anchorite, and BMW.  The newest edition to the cocktail list is a “margarita flight”.  This is for those who can’t decide on just one flavor, allowing you to try several at once. 


Gift Certificates are available for purchase.  This is a great gift with the holidays just around the corner.  Walk-ins are also welcomed.  The staff is very friendly and ready to assist you during your experience.  Antojitos Mexicanos would also love to help you and your coworkers celebrate your annual holiday party.  They have plenty of space to accommodate you.  Call or stop in today to inquire.  While you’re there, try one of the menu’s dishes and wash it down with a cold margarita!

Located at: 204 W College Ave

Phone: (920) 380-0244

Hours: Mon-Thur 10:30AM-9PM
Fri 10AM-10PM
            Sat 10:30AM-9PM
Sun Closed

Voice of the Wind Book Signing at Farm Market

12341085_10153229787626700_89402132143514349_n.jpgThis week at the indoor Downtown Appleton Farm Market! Give the Gift of Nature! Nature and garden writer Robert Zimmer will be appearing at the Downtown Appleton Indoor Farmers Market Saturday, December 12, with copies of his beautiful new book “Voices of the Wind: Four Season in Wild Wisconsin.” He will be signing and selling books as well as his new “Shadows and Light” hosta calendar. Stop by and pick up this wonderful book for the nature lover or gardener on your list.

The indoor Downtown Appleton Farm Market is held inside City Center from 9 am to 12:30 pm through the Winter season.

Get in the Holiday Spirit at Cleo’s Tavern

IMG_3513.JPGGet in the holiday spirit by making a trip to Cleo’s Brown Beam Tavern.  There is no place that makes it feel more like Christmas.  Cleo’s has been established for 45 years.  It has been at its current location since 1997.  Decorated in holiday décor 365 days a year, its primary holiday is Christmas.  The original owner, Cleo, loved Christmas.  Even her house was decorated in all Christmas décor year round.


It is a tavern known around the globe, and people travel from all over to experience the ambiance in Cleo’s.  Their motto is “Where it’s always a holiday”.  At any given day this is the vibe you will get as soon as you enter.  They want to keep the traditional cocktail lounge feel.  You will not find any games or loud music here.  You will find a great crowd of people, ranging in age, having great camaraderie. 

The staff is trained in making specialty cocktails, and they carry a winter and summer cocktail special menu.  Cleo’s is also rotating their drink specials daily.  The drink they are most known for is their Dirty Snowball.  If you have not tried this icy drink, it is a must.  They also take pride in their old fashioneds and have them on special during happy hour Monday-Saturday. 


The staff at Cleo’s loves Downtown Appleton, because it is so vibrant.  There is always a constant flow of people and traffic.  They love how all the businesses work together to make it “One Great Place”.  The Mile of Music Festival and the Christmas Parade are their favorite events. 

December is the busiest month of the year at Cleo’s with sales more than double any other month.  This is why they started an event of their own.  They are getting into the spirit with an Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest.  This will be held this Thursday, December 10th, with sign-up at 8PM.  Judging will be at 10 PM.  There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place and drink specials all night.  So throw on your ugliest sweater and come join the fun!

Located: 203 W College Ave
Phone: (920) 739-2288

Hours: Mon & Tues- 2PM-1AM
Wed & Thur- 2PM-2AM
Fri & Sat- 2PM-2:30AM
Sun- Closed

Written by April Tylla, ADI Intern and Fox Valley Technical College Student

Explore Freckles Garden at the Indoor Farm Market

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Freckles Garden has a variety of creations to explore, depending on the season; just like a garden! FG offers one-of-a-kind sewn or crocheted creations made with LOVE, including:

  • Headwraps – Wide Headbands
  • Baby Hats, Booties, Sweaters in Crochet
  • Crocheted Hats & Mittens for ALL ages
  • Kitchen and Bath Scrubbies, Soap Savers and Wash Clothes
  • Crocheted Fleece blankets
  • Kid Dresses and Retro shirts
  • Reflective Winter Headbands/Ear warmers in Crochet
  • Flower pins/Clips
  • Granny Square Scarves
  • Barefoot Sandals……and so much more

Stop down and see what’s blooming in Freckles Garden at the winter market, in front of the Escalators.


Meet the Owner –   

Screen Shot 2015-11-30 at 4.09.15 PM.pngChris grew up with red hair and freckles in Appleton.  She learned needle crafts and sewing, by watching her Mom, at age 5. By combining her strengths and Love of creating anything with fun colors, organizing, and playing in the garden, FRECKLES GARDEN was born!

Chris holds a degree in Fashion Design, and has worked in Los Angeles as a Fabric Technician and Pattern maker.  Her goal is to continue to create, be happy and support her single parent family, while doing the things she loves.

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#Giving Tuesday Downtown Appleton

Holiday-PlacePin-2015alternate-blue snowflDowntown Appleton is home to 39 non-profits.  Each of these organizations rely on donations from individuals like you!  Thank you!

By participating in #GivingTuesday you help to ensure their success.

#GivingTuesday is one globally recognized day of the year designated to call for action and celebrate the generosity of our communities!

There are many ways to support  #GivingTuesday this year; you can make a donation, volunteer your valuable time, or simply help us get the word out!

Creative Downtown Appleton was established last year and is working at creative placemaking in Downtown.  We are currently seeking additional Placemakers and accepting donations to restore additional cross-sections for the Avenue of the Angels.

Articulture is an outreach of Creative Downtown and still has art shares available.  These would make a great gift for the art lovers on your list or for yourself!

Click here to visit our website to learn more, make a donation or buy a share!

Below is a list of the other downtown non-profits who would welcome hearing from you today or any day:

Appleton Boychoir

Appleton School District

Appleton Yacht Club

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley

Building For Kids Children’s Museum

Christian Cooperative PreSchool

Christ’s Church of the Valley

Community Outreach Center/Valley Packaging


First English Lutheran

First United Methodist Church

Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce

Fox Cities Performing Arts Center

Fox Cities Regional Partnership

Fox Valley Chorus of Sweet Adelines Intl

Fox Valley Literacy Council

Fox Valley Symphony

Fox Valley Vietnam Vets. Assoc

Fox Valleyaires Barbershop-Appleton

Friends of Appleton Library

Friends of Hearthstone, Inc.

History Museum at the Castle

Lawrence Academy of Music

Littlest Tumor Foundation

Make-A-Wish Foundation

Mission Church


Paper Discovery Center

Riverview Gardens

The Salvation Army

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church

Thompson Community Center

Trout Museum of Art

WisconSibs, Inc

Wisconsin Public Radio

Wisconsin Public Televeision

Wriston Art Gallery – Lawrence University

YMCA of the Fox Valley