Happy Small Business Week! Because we have so many great locally owned establishments in and around Racine, we asked you to tell us your favorite small business and what makes them so special.

Gretchen Campbell Berthiaume Lazy Daisy Salvaged Creations, 1137 Hayes Ave. I love Lazy Daisy because they take salvaged items and repurpose them into one of a kind art for your home and garden. These ladies are so creative! The store is as cheerful and welcoming as it’s owners!

Veronica Thurmann Greentree and Rustic massage downtown Racine. My niece owns it and they are the number one and two best massage therapist voted in Racine.

Nikki Lui Javier’s Cuisine! Excellent food and great drinks, but most of all… the owners and their staff. They treat their customers like family and make you feel welcome every time you come in.

Rachel Keller Kaplan Sticky Rice has the best food…i have had almost everything on their menu and have never been disappointed. They remember their regulars even if some time has passed since last being in there and they are very friendly.

Ivanhoe has good food, good atmosphere, they have a lot of events and the owner is very community minded (sponsors/contributes to events and participates in them.)

Laurie Zuelke Grapes to Glass, Daniel Chiropractic, The Vines – They take the time and effort to make you feel that you are more than a client/customer.

Anthony Wood “For Your Convenience” on the corner of Arthur and Kinzie ave. Great little start up store, very friendly owner and best of all convenient.

Jennifer Hansen Funky Hannah’s bead shop on Main St! They have a great selection of beads– everything from Swarovski crystals to stone beads,glass beads, and Pearls and all the other supplies needed to create whatever you want. They also offer classes on fashion forward and unique jewelry. The employees are knowlegable and very friendly and helpful.

Sara Hanson Pinkalla Auto Solutions; Very friendly, honest people. Fair prices and quality work. I take my car there and have always been happy with the service i have gotten. I recommend them to everyone.

Emily Ackerman Copacetic! They have awesome product and the cutest dog that is sure to steal your heart!

Nicole Braun Cameron Industries – commercial cleaning company. Amazing crew! They do a
Really great job cleaning area businesses. Great people.

Tanya Eastman Mbs Auto on Lathrop Ave. They are honest great mechanics and they like helping out people in the community.

Phillip Ontko Castle Lanes; Named one of the coolest bowling Alleys in America by Travel & Leisure Magazine. Great Service, Low Price and the atmosphere is totally Wisconsin Dells.

Dave Lui Wells Brothers – the pizza of course.

Lorraine Hansen Sweet Flames – Downtown Racine – Sweet Flames sells local honey, handcrafted candles, soaps and jewelery!! Not to mention the owners are just great.

Dawn Reynolds Lornacopia! Downtown Racine! Top notch employees! They go out of there way to help! Although it is a resale shop it has quality stuff at reasonable prices!

Terri Renguette RG Natural Babies… the staff is so very friendly and helpful. I can always find something of quality for my granddaughter. They even sell a soft teether by lifefactory that is made in Racine that I now always include in baby gifts.

Raymond E. Venegas II Annette’s Cafe in sturtevant. Great food and great wait staff. Always friendly and the atmosphere is always cheerful and upbeat.

Ann Kranitz Lautz Javier’s because they always treat you like you’re family whether you go there all the time or only once in a while.

Emily Ackerman – Almost Home Academy – Because they were the first daycare center in racine to reach 5 stars. They have friendly staff and passionate teachers. Wouldn’t send my kids anywhere else.

Jim Tyyska CopyCat Music Aquarium and Pet Supply … because how can you NOT love a music store that’s also an aquarium & pet supply store??

 

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