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Why is it the poets, essayist and social commentators fall all over themselves praising moms on Mother’s Day, but a month later, when it comes time to honor Dad on Father’s Day, they turn snarky or sarcastic? For every sweet poem, quote or saying relating to mom, there are 10 that take a shot at Pops.

It’s nothing new. One of America’s most beloved writers, Mark Twain, got the ball rolling two centuries ago when wrote: “When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant, I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”

And the snark has continued to this day. Comedian/author Jon Stewart puts it bluntly: “Fatherhood is great because you can ruin someone from scratch.”

There is, of course, the traditional teenager’s opinion of Father’s Day: It’s just like Mother’s Day only you don’t spend as much. Well, teenagers–and kids of all ages–get that idea out of your heads.

You can still give Dad a sarcastic card if you wish, but if you stop there, there may be some payback in your future. Remember, at some point you may want to tap the old man for the deposit for your first apartment or to co-sign a car loan. And when your car breaks down in Minnesota, he will drive to your rescue.

So, give it a little thought, and seek out a nice gift for your father. You don’t have to spend hundreds, but you do have to spend a little time. Lucky for you, a number of First Friday Downtown Racine businesses have ideas for you. Check out these gifts for Dad.

Northern Lights Gallery

Father's Day 2018

Northern Lights Gallery is your local source for artisan jewelry, fine art, home decor, and unique gifts. A welcoming and friendly atmosphere, where staff love to help you find something you (or your loved ones) will treasure. For Father’s Day, get 25 percent off Stewart Stand Stainless Steel RFID Blocking Wallets, 20 percent off TokyoBay watches, and up to 40 percent off select men’s Koa wood rings. Northern Lights Gallery also offers layaway, custom framing, gift registry, & complimentary gift wrapping. All sales final and excludes special orders.
423 Main St.Downtown Racine


What’s better than all-day $5 Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas? Why wonder when you can find them all day on Father’s Day at Dewey’s will have $5 Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas all day. You can also Build your own omelet at Dewey’s omelet bar for just $8 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Dewey’s is your Wisconsin Sports headquarters. Bring in Dad to watch your favorite team on one of the 11 big screen televisions and the massive 9-foot screen. Dewey’s family friendly restaurant has something for everyone to enjoy!
600 Main St.
Downtown Racine


Wine-ing about the News Podcast

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 17, and for every day the week before, June 11-17, UnCorkt is having a wine sale! Buy one to five bottles and get 5 percent off, buy six to11 bottles and get 10 percent off, or buy 12 or more bottles of wine and get 15 percent off. If you’re a case club member get an additional 5 percent discount. On Father’s Day, June 17, we are open from noon to 4 p.m., bring your father in and he will get a free glass of wine, a free flight of wine, or a free bottle of beer! Uncorkt, Racine County’s “Best Wine Store!”
240 Main St.
Downtown Racine

Art Metals StudioFathers Day

Art Metals Studio has something for every Dad on your list!  They have titanium watches to fit every style.  If you’re looking to have something personalized, check out their collection of engravable solid Sterling Silver gentlemen’s bracelets.  See their collection of Titanium rings, Meteorite rings, Damascus and Stainless Steel rings, their Mokume Gane collection, and much more!  Mention Racine County Eye and receive $25 off ANY in-stock watch. Shop local, support local artists, and make this Father’s Day a memorable occasion.
332 Main St.                                                                                                                Downtown Racine                                                                                                          262-633-0545


Happy Father’s Day from Vapemeisters! We are located at 420 Main St, Downtown Racine. Come in and discover over 130 e juice flavors to pick from. Give Dad that new Mod or a ew flavor for his special day. Vapemeisters is offering 10 percent off the entire purchase for all the those super Dads. Hurry in we are running this special the entire Father’s Day weekend, June 15,16,17 ONLY!
420 Main St.
Downtown Racine

Twice Baked Pottery

Say Happy Father’s Day with the gift of “man pottery” from Twice Baked Pottery!  Whether it is a traditional coffee mug, our new travel mugs, or the “Dad Approved” microwave bacon cooker, come to Twice Baked Pottery to find the perfect Father’s Day gifts!
320 Main St.
Downtown Racine

RAM Museum Store

On Father’s Day, June 17, Racine Art Museum is treating Dads with free museum admissionGet your Dad a gift at the RAM Museum Store to make him even more good looking and stylish. From June 12 through 17, receive 20% off any regularly priced tie or pair of men’s socks in the Museum Store (RAM Members receive a total of 25% off). The Store will also gift wrap your Father’s Day gift for free.

441 Main St.                                                                                                                  Downtown Racine                                                                                                          262-638-8300                                             

Red Moon

Help dad celebrate Fathers Day with his favorite foods. Red Moon is a shop that specializes in opals, both Mexican Fire Opals, and Australian Queensland Boulder opals. In addition, they offer handmade candles, a large selection of honey from around the world and specialty, gourmet pantry items. Mention this add and receive a FREE bottle of hot sauce of your choice with any $25 purchase!                                                                                334 Main St.                                                                                                              Downtown Racine                                                                                                    262-770-2157

Rex Davenport is a reporter, editor and editorial project manager with more than 40 years of experience in newspaper, business magazines and other content channels.