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Where to Go p. 64

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f you’re in the market for a new dress, business suit – or just about any other purchase – Brookfield likely comes to mind. And with good reason: The suburb is home to 3 million square feet of retail. But don’t limit your thoughts to shopping. Brookfield boasts 150 dining options and numerous entertainment venues, says Nancy Justman, president and CEO of Visit Brookfield. One huge shift is in the number of options after dark. It’s no longer just about movies – although the new 40,000-square-foot Movie Tavern by Marcus is a stunner. The first to open in Wisconsin, WhirlyBall offers games of laser tag, bumper cars and bowling, plus dining, all under one roof. Business groups, too, are attracted to Brookfield for the unconventional meeting space at WhirlyBall as well as (once it opens in April) the Brookfield Conference Center attached to Hilton Garden Inn on the south end of Brookfield Square. With 54,000 square feet that includes two ballrooms, meeting attendees and wedding guests are not far from dining, shopping and other entertainment. Whether you crave a day trip from the city for some shopping – “from big-box stores to boutiques,” says Justman, adding that many offer extended hours come December – or want to meet friends for lunch in a new-to-you destination, definitely look to Brookfield with fresh eyes. – K R I S T I N E H A N S E N

ADD A TASTE OF GERMANY TO THE HOLIDAYS Bringing a touch of a Bavarian Christmas to Wisconsin, the German Holiday Market kicks off Dec. 7 with a tree lighting in the outdoor parking lot at City Hall. This also commemorates Brookfield’s sister city relationship with Seligenstadt, Germany. Shop ornaments and décor from Germany, or kick back with Glühwein (spiced wine served hot).

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THE HOLIDAY GIFT-GIVING GUIDE Find something for everyone (yes, even your picky sister) in Brookfield as you check off items on your list. By KRISTINE HANSEN

FOR YOUR SWEETHEART Score a soft and cozy robe for the person who has your heart at Allure Intimate Apparel, at Galleria West Shopping Center. Not sure what size or color? An Allure gift card solves that problem or can be used to take the hassle out of bra shopping (includes free professional bra fitting).

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FOR THE DRAMA QUEEN IN YOUR LIFE Hand her stress over to Azana Salon and Spa’s masseuses, who will get the kinks out in no time and help her face the holidays feeling cool, calm and relaxed.

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4 FOR THE ARTS LOVER IN YOUR LIFE From live music to performing arts, a gift certificate to Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts lets the culture lover choose an ideal night out.

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5 FOR MOM The reason for your existence deserves a cool statement accessory, no? Twigs has you covered, with gold initial necklaces and necklaces with arrowhead pendants, or a classic link chain. M.E. Lou, at Galleria West Shopping Center, sells everything from Quay sunnies to whimsical socks. 6 FOR THE FASHIONISTA IN YOUR LIFE Scour the racks at Clothes Mentor for consignment designer duds, accessories and handbags, like stylish Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses or a cozy Free People sweater. 7 FOR THE SPORTS FAN IN YOUR LIFE A new set of barstools might be needed to watch the game in one’s home bar, so drop by Barstool Central and then pick up a gift card to WhirlyBall, where the game is always on in the restaurant. 8 FOR YOUR BFF Head over to The Corners of Brookfield and gift a set of pampering, restorative skin care products from Bonness Skincare for your trusty sidekick in life.

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1 FOR THE FOODIE IN YOUR LIFE Pull together a custom gift basket with cute, seasonal fabric napkins from Sendik’s, throw in a chocolate bar and wedge of Wisconsin artisanal cheese, then pick out a bottle of specialty olive oil or balsamic vinegar at From Olives to Oil.

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Plan the Perfect Date Night Whatever kind of fun and sizzle you and your honey are in the mood for, Brookfield has it. If you’re looking for a romantic meal …

If you’re looking to break a sweat …

... try a bottle of wine and New York-style pizza baked in a brick oven (translation: crispy crust) at this offshoot of Brooklyn-based Grimaldi’s, at The Corners of Brookfield, or heaping plates of pasta (lobster ravioli, perhaps?) at Bravo Cucina Italiana at Brookfield Square.

If you’re looking for a new foodand-drink experience …

If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush …

... try pints of beer (selections include Cherry Lambic and Black Rooster, a slightly sour stout) at Biloba Brewing Co. Continue the evening with some of BelAir Cantina’s quirky tacos, like the “Karate Kid” featuring tempura-fried grasshoppers.

... try zipping around in electric-powered Whirlybugs (they’re like bumper cars) at WhirlyBall, followed by ripping up the dance floor to live music at Saloon on Calhoun with Bacon.

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If you’re looking for a wallet-friendly evening …

... try the free shows at Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts’ Ploch Art Gallery, then chat up your impressions over hot dogs, cheese fries and chocolate-cake shakes at the cult favorite, fast-casual Portillo’s, out of Chicago since 1963.

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... try Vinyasa or Bikram class (5 and 5:30 p.m. Fridays) at Hot Yoga Milwaukee’s Brookfield studio, followed by a cool-down dinner of spicy tuna bowls (ahi tuna with sriracha aioli, tobiko and jalapeño) at FreshFin Poke at The Corners of Brookfield.

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BROOKFIELD BUSINESS DIRECTORY Allure Intimate Apparel 18900 W. Bluemound Rd. 262-641-1080 allurefits.com A lingerie boutique selling high-quality bras for women of every shape, size, and age in a variety of well-fitting styles. The store also carries pajamas, robes and shapewear. Azana Salon and Spa 200 N. Moorland Rd. 262-784-4700 azanaspa.com If you need some

pampering, Azana has your body covered, from hair to nails to waxing, massaging and facials. Barstool Central 13665 W. Capitol Dr. 262-754-8989 barstoolcentral.com This family-owned and -operated business showcases a large selection of barstools, counter stools and pub tables. BelAir Cantina 250 High St. 262-784-4938 belaircantina.com The tacos served here are in the style of L.A. taco trucks; the margaritas are made with freshly squeezed lime juice.

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Bravo! Cucina Italiana 95 N. Moorland Rd., A 147 262-785-0858 bravoitalian.com Bravo’s distinctive Roman ruin décor provides a relaxed setting for the madeto-order Italian dishes.

Biloba Brewing Co. 2970 N. Brookfield Rd. 262-309-5820 bilobabrewing.com

Catch up with friends in the taproom and fill your growler at this microbrewery focusing on crafting unique beers.

Bonness Skincare 20107 N. Lord St. Suite H103 262-505-6622 bonnessskincare.com The certified skin care

Clothes Mentor 18000 W. Bluemound Rd. 262-784-2650 clothesmentor.com/ brookfield This upscale women’s resale store will pay you immediately (unlike consignment shops)

for gently used clothes and accessories. From Olives to Oil 17125 W. Bluemound Rd. 262-786-3000 fromolivestooil.com Along with its exquisite collection of olive oils, the store sells balsamic vinegars, sauces, seasonings and beauty products. Holiday gift boxes are available. Galleria West Shopping Center 18900 W. Bluemound Rd. shopgalleriawest.com Here you’ll find a mix of shopping: boutiques, crafts, gourmet treats and more. Don’t forget to check the flavor of the day at Kopp’s.

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M.E. Lou 18900 W. Bluemound Rd., Suite 115 262-782-1212 facebook.com/ melou.brookfield The locally owned specialty women’s retailer offers distinctive clothing and accessories from casual to occasion. Its employees provide an informative, comfortable and

honest approach, leaving you feeling confident and beautiful. Saloon on Calhoun with Bacon 17000 W. Capitol Dr. 262-783-0222 saloononcalhoun.com Often called the “Cheers” of Brookfield, this sports bar and restaurant also hosts live music. And yes, expect plenty of bacon-infused food and drink. Sendik’s at the Corners of Brookfield 20222 Lower Union St. 262-439-8930 sendiks.com A recently opened expansion of the

grocery store’s flagship location in The Corners includes a mezzanine lounge and a bistro area, as well as a 7,000-square-foot Sendik’s Home store. Sharon Lynne Wilson Center 19805 W. Capitol Dr. 262-781-9520 wilson-center.com The Wilson Center showcases performances by world-renowned artists in theater, music and dance. It also offers arts education opportunities and curates an art gallery. showing national and Wisconsin-based fine artists.

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Grimaldi’s 20119 Lord St., J-101 262-785-1115 grimaldispizzeria.com The pizzeria uses fresh ingredients, a secret sauce and a coal-fired oven to dish out tasty New York-style pies.

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Chocolate and Banana Bread Brownie. You can customize the label for the appropriate gift-giving occasion.

are bowling lanes, laser tag and a full-service restaurant and bar to keep you fed and entertained.

Warren Barnett Interiors 14755 W. Capitol Dr. 262-790-1111 warrenbarnett.com Award-winning interior designers handpick high-quality furniture and accessories to create living spaces that suit your style.

Wisconsin Vision 285 Market St. 262-785-9393 wisconsinvision.com The eye care center welcomes new patients and walk-ins on weekdays and Saturdays. Or you can schedule an appointment online.

The Jar 200 N. Moorland Rd. 262-649-4480 thejardesserts.com From-scratch delightful desserts in 4- to 16-ounce containers include Turtle Brownie Cheesecake, Death by

WhirlyBall 185 S. Moorland Rd. 262-786-7777 whirlyball.com This team sport is a fusion of bumper cars, hockey, lacrosse and basketball. If WhirlyBall isn’t your thing, there

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The Corners of Brookfield 20111 W. Bluemound Rd. thecornersofbrookfield. com The Corners is home to 400,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, anchored by Von Maur and Sendik’s. It also hosts numerous outdoor events throughout the year, including food truck tours, music and viewing parties.

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