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One Stop Elf Shop just for Kids!

Elf ShopWritten by: Matt Ten Haken, Director of Sports Marketing
The Appleton Farmer’s Market is always great place to find a unique gift for that hard-to-buy-for loved one. With the One Stop Elf Shop, that holiday shopping experience has gotten a little easier for kids too. Last Saturday, our family stopped in at the Elf Shop for our two girls (ages 2 and 5) to buy gifts for each other. We were greeted by a host of friendly elves, that escorted our girls around the shop and helped them each spend their money. There were plenty of unique gifts to choose from featuring items from many of Downtown Appleton’s favorite retailers. In no time, our girls found the perfect gifts for each other and were checked out. Then, they were able to decorate a gift bag for their presents. Located at the far west side of indoor farmer’s market, the Elf Shop has a little bit of something for every shopper.
Elf Shop3Overall, it was a great experience for the girls and a rare stress-free shopping experience for the parents! The One Stop Elf Shop will be open on Saturdays from 9am-1pm in City Center until December 19. BONUS: Mrs. Claus made an appearance on Saturday morning and stopped and talked with the girls for a bit. The girls had wide eyes listening to how many cookies Mrs. Claus needs to bake for Mr. Claus!

Keeping it Local with Holiday Gift Baskets

Written by: Jeni Strom, Marketing and Visitor Services Coordinator

Tis’ the season to start your holiday shopping and gift baskets are a great way to give a little bit of everything! The Fox Cities has plenty of places that offer pre-made or customizable gift baskets full of great locally made products that are sure to please everyone on your list! Not sure where to start or what your options are? No worries, we’ve done the work for you!

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Simon’s Specialty Cheese – Offering 15 different pre-packaged gift baskets to suit any taste! Choose from local cheeses, sausage, beef sticks, crackers and fudge. Baskets starting at just $11.50.

Lamer’s DairyLamers gift basket.jpg Choose from 12 different pre-packaged gift baskets with an assortment of local cheeses, salsas, sausage, crackers and nuts. Starting at just $18.

Kerrigan Brothers Winery – Choose from their large selection of wine and they’ll package it beautifully! Available in 2 or 3 bottle crates. Or feel free to create your own basket with wine and gifts and they’ll make it for you!

wilmars candy caneWilmar Chocolates – Gifts boxes in all sizes at a wide range of price points  filled with their signature assortments.

Vande Walle’s Candies – Choose from their pre-made gift boxes or customize your own with their wide variety of chocolates, nuts, candies and gifts.

Olive Cellar gift Olive Cellar – Offering pre-made or customized options. Choose from vinegars, olive oils, pastas, sauces, seasonings, jams, and wine.


If you’re feeling extra creative or maybe you want to personalize your own homemade gift basket, you can visit a number of local businesses that offer products made right here in the Fox Cities! Restaurants and shops such as; Blue Moon Emporium,  Fox River Brewing Company, Stone Cellar Brewpub, All Things Jerky, Mudd Creek LLC., Sunset HIll Stoneware, Carmella’s Italian Bistro, and Valley Popcorn, just to name a few, all sell locally made products that would be the perfect addition to any gift basket!

Christmas ParadeGet into the holiday spirit and head out for the 45th Annual Downtown Appleton Christmas Parade coming up on Tuesday, November 24. The parade starts at 7pm. Full of lights, music, holiday cheer, and of course Santa and Mrs. Claus! Check their website for details.

Thanksgiving Weekend Family Fun!

Looking for some Thanksgiving break fun for you and your kids? Whether you’re a Fox Cities resident or here visiting family, the Fox Cities has plenty of weekend specials and fun events going on to keep you and your family busy!

arcadeBadgerSportsPark_AppletonWI1102Badger Sports Park is offering special pricing on their Utopia package. With laser tag, mini bowling, inflatables and more. This package is sure to please!

Funset Boulevard
has special pricing on wristbands, game tickets and food!

Let the kids jump out some energy! With trampolines, laser maze, rock climbing walls and more, Xtreme Air trampoline park is fun for kids of all ages!

Kaukauna Public Library’s Schools Out, Fall Crafts event. Let the kids tap into their creative side with arts and crafts!

Paper Valley Model Railroad Club, Open House –  A free event for the whole family. Come check out built to scale model trains in action!

Holiday Drop-in Studio at the Trout Museum of Art – Stop in and make your own holiday crafts, featuring upcycled Christmas ornaments! Free!

Fang’s Holiday Extravaganza! – Head out to Fox Cities stadium for some holiday fun with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers mascots Fang and Whiffer! Plenty of kids activities and visits from Santa and Buddy the Elf!

One Stop Elf Shop Kids Market – Let the kids pick out gifts for parents, siblings, or grandparents with the help of their own elf shopper!

Last but very not least…pay a visit to the big man himself! Head out to the Fox River Mall to visit and get photos with Santa! Click here for schedule and details.

Visit our website for more events!


Fall Fashion in the Fox Cities

Written by: Mary Rhode, Marketing & Communications Manager

Those of you who read my spring fashion blog post know that I LOVE to shop! With the weather now changing and the crispness of the new fall season upon us, I thought it’d be the perfect opportunity to blog about some of the fall fashion trends. I once again reached out some of the stores right here in the Fox Cities for the up and coming trends for the season.

You can find all of the below-mentioned stores on Facebook or store websites. I encourage you to check them all out as you are looking to be cozy and on-trend this fall. Happy shopping!

Chic to Chic, LLC, A Women’s Consignment Boutique – 301 N. Mall Dr, Appleton  Chic4

The trends that Jill Nelson, store owner, saw for this fall season are fringe which you’ll find everything from bags and skirts skirts to shoes!

Watch for the rich and sophisticated color known as Bordeaux. It’s sure to compliment every skin color and almost every store in town will have some variation of it on their racks.

Suede will be really big this season. Whether it is faux or otherwise,  you’ll find it on shoes, dresses skirts or handbags.

Long cardigans will be a seasonal staple. Chunky knits and long cardigans are taking center stage and the longer, the better.

Vintique -131 W Wisconsin Ave, Neenah               Vintique2

Tina Palmer, store owner’s fashion forward, vintage fall looks will include short boots, plaids in all different styles as well as accessories, warm, cozy handmade scarves, mittens and hats, Boyfriend jeans as well as Boyfriend-style chunky sweaters, ponchos and fringe

Macy’s, located inside Fox River Mall  

Betsy Roisen, VP Store Manager, outlined some of the fun and fashionable trends you can look for inside their store:
– One of her favorites right now is the “country life” trend. This includes blanket wraps that Macys2can be belted or worn alone and are the perfect stylish layering piece. Boots in caramel or brown hues, luxurious sweaters and plaids are also on trend. For Him, create the same style with shopping at the outdoor living shop by G.H. Bass which has plaid shirts, quilted vests and sweaters.
– Another trend is called ‘black modernism”. This includes fringe…lots of fringe! Betsy loves that fringe is back and you can incorporate a piece into your handbag (they have great styles from Patricia Nash, Fossil and INC), clothing and boots (INC has great styles of fringed wedge boots).
– Take your handbags up a level this season where it’s all about living “a charmed life”. Give your handbag a little flair – Michael Kors has a variety of charms to add to your bag to personalize it and make it fun!Macys1
– For those that love to be outdoors and breathing in the cool, crisp air of the season, Macy’s wants you to be comfortable while you do it. They offer The North Face brand to keep your entire family warm and stylish this fall. All ages will also want to check out the Sperry Duck Boot as a stylish, yet practical option for your feet to explore the outdoors!

Downtown Appleton Farm Market Brings You Farm to Market to Table


We love our Appleton Farm Market!

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Farm to market to table – Downtown Appleton Farm Market

FarmMarket-PlacePin-180x180The farm-to-table concept emphasizes simply prepared food made of locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. Appleton Downtown, Inc. (ADI) has embraced and expanded on the idea by inserting the market into the equation. ADI’s year-round Farm Market brings seasonal fruits and vegetables, fresh meats and cheeses, breads and baked goods, and other artisan foods to local forks.

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As the farm-to-table trend spreads, communities are seeing the benefits — both nutritional and environmental — of buying and eating locally. By purchasing locally harvested food selections, chefs and consumers:

  • Improve the financial well-being of small and local farms
  • Maintain food’s natural health and nutritive characteristics
  • Reduce the environmental impact and carbon footprint of transporting food
  • Add to the local economy
  • The farm-to-table movement encourages quality and simplicity over ease and accessibility.

The Downtown Appleton Farm Market is one of the largest in the state…

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Fox Cities Visitor Center, Not Just For Visitors!










Written By: Karen Treml, Visitor Services Coordinator

Are you looking for a place in the state to visit or for information on local attractions, hotels and dining options?  If you’re from the Fox Cities, it probably hasn’t occurred to you to stop at the Visitor Center. After all, you’re not a visitor and you know your way around . . . or do you? I’m willing to bet that you’ll find lots of new things to do in the Fox Cities, as well as nearby Green Bay, Manitowoc, Oshkosh and all around the state. You’ll find it all when you visit the Fox Cities Visitor Center, located inside the Fox Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Here are just a few of the items we have:

  • Local attraction brochures including tours, museums, kids’ activities and more!
  • Local dining information
  • Walking/Bike trail maps (local and state)
  • Travel Wisconsin Guides including Fall & Winter Events Guide and Activity Guide
  • Rustic Road Guide
  • The Official Travel Guide and Wisconsin State Maps
  • Milwaukee Brewer Schedules and Green Bay Packer Schedules
  • Wisconsin International Raceway schedules
  • Timber Rattlers Schedules
  • Destination Guides for most areas of the state including: Door County, Wisconsin Dells, Madison, Green Bay, Bayfield, Cedarburg, La Crosse/Onalaska, Uplands (Southwest Wisconsin) and close to 100 different brochures on places to visit in the state.

Our Visitor Center is located at 3433 W. College Ave and is open Monday – Friday
8am – 5pm. All of our information is FREE and we have a friendly staff member waiting to help you!  We hope to see you soon! You can also visit us online at for information and a list of upcoming events!LogoVG

Appleton Downtown Inc. Wins Partnership Award from FCCVB

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Appleton Downtown Incorporated was honored to accept the Partnership Award from the Fox Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau in 2015.


The Partnership Award recognizes an organization whose work with the Bureau has been unusually strong and which has let to tangible tourism-related results. The award was presented to both Appleton Downtown Incorporated and Future Neenah. Since 2012, the Bureau has conducted press tours of the Fox Cities. From the beginning, these two organizations have played an integral part in the success of our press tours by securing commitments from many of our area restaurants as well as showcasing their shops and entertainment venues. These tours could not go on, nor the articles be written, without the cooperation and partnership of both of these organizations.

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