International Helmet Awareness Day with West 20 Saddle Co.

Anyone who loves riding horses knows the importance of riding with a helmet. September 17, 2016 is International Helmet Awareness Day (IHAD). For those of you that are unfamiliar with IHAD, it is a program aimed at educating equestrians about riding helmet safety through a global equestrian retailer network.

Helmet fitting at West 20 Saddle Co. in East Troy, Walworth County, WI. Wisconsin's largest tack shop.

My seven-year-old niece is crazy about horses and takes regular riding lessons with a local trainer. Since she started riding, she has been borrowing a helmet for lessons. After learning about IHAD, I thought it was time for her to get fitted for her own helmet so that she is prepared for riding, even outside of lessons.

The West 20 Ranch and Saddle Company in East Troy offers a generous selection of helmets from various brands, including Charles Owens, IRH, Ovation, and Troxel. Personally, I don’t know a thing about riding helmets, so I left it to the staff at West 20 to provide the knowledge to find my niece the right helmet.

West 20 Saddle Co. in East Troy, Walworth County, WI. Wisconsin's largest tack shop.

West 20’s staff lined up all of the youth helmets for my niece to choose from. We discussed the type of riding she does, and the different options of the helmets. After our brief conversation my niece chose which helmet she liked the best. In addition to loving horses, she also loves the color pink. It wasn’t a tough choice for her; she wanted the pink one! Fortunately, the chosen pink helmet had many great fitting options so it was right for her needs in addition to being her favorite color.

Helmet fitting at West 20 Saddle Co. in East Troy, Walworth County, WI. Wisconsin's largest tack shop.

There are four steps to finding a helmet that fits properly and West 20 walked us through them.

  1. Measure: Measure the circumference of the head one inch above the eyebrows.
  2. Prepare the helmet: Open up the helmet’s fitting system (usually a ratchet on the back of the helmet and a chin strap) to its widest position. When you’re unsure of how it will fit, try the largest setting and go from there.
  3. Position the helmet: If it’s too tight, try another size. If it has the fitting system, adjust it to be snug and make note that the brim is about an inch above the eyebrows and level across.
  4. Check the fit: Shake your head from side to side and up and down. The helmet shouldn’t wobble, but also shouldn’t be so tight that it creates a headache.

Helmet fitting at West 20 Saddle Co. in East Troy, Walworth County, WI. Wisconsin's largest tack shop.

With the help of the knowledgeable and friendly staff at West 20 Saddle Co., my niece not only left with a perfectly fitting helmet that will keep her safe while riding, she also left with a helmet that she thinks is cool so there won’t ever be a problem getting her to wear it.

To learn more about IHAD or to get fitted for a helmet, visit the West 20 Saddle Co. In addition to finding a helmet that fits you correctly for safe riding, you can also save 20% on all stock helmets between now and September 18th in honor of International Helmet Awareness Day.

Find West 20 online, on Facebook, and on Instagram.

West 20 Ranch and Saddle Co.
W4812 State Highway 20
East Troy
(262) 642-4272

Member Monday: Tres Belle Boutique

Everybody loves a shopping treat once in a while, especially one that can make you feel as though you’re being pampered in across the globe in France. Tres Belle Boutique in downtown Lake Geneva does just that! This delightful little store is filled with a charming Paresian feel that will whisk you away to another land while you spoil yourself with clothing, jewelry, lotions, and oh so much more.

If you haven’t yet stopped in at Tres Belle, you can learn about the boutique shop right here. We had a little chat with the owner, Lynn, and she gave us the complete scoop on her charming shop.

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WCVB: How was the name chosen for the shop?
A: My daughter Brittany named it after learning the French language.

WCVB: What makes Tres Belle Boutique unique?
A: The quality of our merchandise and our touch of France.

WCVB: What kind of items can we find in your store?
A: Women’s fashion, jewelery, lotions and perfumes, and home accessories.

WCVB: If someone would like to visit Tres Belle Boutique, is there anything they should know before coming?
A: We carry merchandise in a wie range of prices, to fit every budget.

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WCVB: What is the “must have” item from your store?
A: Anything that has a Parisian “feel!”

WCVB: What is your favorite part about being a local business in southeastern Wisconsin?
A: I love meeting all of the tourists that visit Lake Geneva.

WCVB: What is YOUR personal favorite item from the store?
A: I absolutely love our comfy USA clothing line.

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WCVB: Are there any events/specials coming up at Tres Belle Boutique?
A: Maxwell Street Sales, which will happen during the Lake Geneva Maxwell Street Days August 26 -28, 2016.

WCVB: Do you offer shipping? Can people order online?
A: We have a shopping website where much of the merchandise in our store can be purchased.

WCVB: Do you offer gift wrapping for holidays or other occasions?
A: We always bag every purchase in a cute pink gift back with tissue and a bow.

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WCVB: Where can we find Tres Belle Boutique, and what are the shop hours?
A: The Tres Belle Boutique is located at 233 Broad Street in downtown Lake Geneva. We are just 1/2 block east of Main Street. Our hours are Monday through Thursday 10:30 am – 5 pm, and Friday through Sunday 10:30 am – 6 pm.

To keep an eye on all of the exciting new products and fashion at Tres Belle Boutique, follow them on Facebook and Instagram!

 

 

Shop Local Saturday: E Street Denim

EStreet_18If you love fashion and wish you could find all of the latest denim trends right here in your own backyard, then you’re in luck! E Street Denim in downtown Lake Geneva has everything you need to wear in the “denim lifestyle.” When we stopped by the store was busy with customers, yet the E Street team member on duty was sure to greet us with a smile and offered to help us find the right fashion to suit our styles. After browsing through the store, we had a little one-on-one with the store owner to get the dish on E Street Denim.

Q: How was the name chosen for the shop?
A:
E Street was the result me not wanting my personal name on the door and not wanting to tie the store to the street in Chicago when/where the store originated. So no E Street in disguise.

Q: What makes E Street Denim unique?
A: 
Our focus is always based on the most worn piece of clothing ever created. From basic to fashion, up and down we base the wear on denim.

EStreet_17Q: What kind of items can we find in your store?
A:
All things that you would wear in the “denim lifestyle.” Chucks to sweet and sexy!

Q: If someone would like to visit E Street Denim, is there anything they should know before coming?
A:
Open your mind! Forget the hype! It’s really just a great pair of pants.

EStreet_12Q: What is the “must have” item from your store?
A:
Whatever makes you feel great!

Q: What is your favorite part about being a local business in southeastern Wisconsin?
A:
Simplicity. Community. Surprise that a company with a world reputation exists here where it’s roots lie!

EStreet_20Q: What is YOUR personal favorite item from the store?
A: 
As the owner, my favorite item in the store is an “11 year of denim” shirt from Lucky.

Q: Are there any events/specials coming up at E Street Denim?
A:
We are always involved locally, support Autism, and soon Vets!

Q: Do you offer shipping? Can people order online?
A:
We will ship anywhere. We are not online, but are in negotiation with a company to expand there with all our stores; E Street Denim, Bloomingbyrds,  and ShoShoo.

EStreet_08Q: Do you offer gift wrapping for holidays or other occasions?
A:
Absolutely!

Q: Where can we find E Street Denim, and what are the shop hours?
A:
Main Street in Lake Geneva, also on Facebook, and Instagram (@estreet_lg). We are open 7 days a week. The store is only closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

You want to go and purchase denim from E Street now, don’t you? Well, so do we. Maybe we’ll bump into each other while we shop. Until then, happy shopping and happy Shop Local Saturday!

To learn more about all the fabulous local shopping right here in Walworth County, visit our website.

Shop Local Saturday – JAYNE

Jayne_21-copyIt’s time for Shop Local Saturday again! This month we stopped by JAYNE in Lake Geneva. What did we find? Why, nothing but fabulous shoes and clothing in the latest trends, of course! We tried on a few fun things, perused all the latest fashions, fell in love with an outfit or two (or three, or four…), and spoke with the shop manager, Roger. 

Q: How was the name chosen for the shop?
A:
   Our name JAYNE was our owner’s Grandmother’s name – he had a special relationship with her.

Q: What makes JAYNE unique?
A:
   JAYNE is unique because we are a footwear driven boutique.  So many women’s boutiques use footwear just for show or as an added item.  Not so with JAYNE.  Our footwear covers all categories from casual and beach to boots and dress, and our apparel will do the same.  And so, we see ourselves as an ageless adventure in shopping – something for most everyone.  And, we can’t forget to mention that we are the only Men’s shoe store in Lake Geneva with a great group of seasonal shoes, boots, and sandals for every season. Plus, we have Smartwool socks and a nice selection of seasonal apparel.

Jayne_BlogBoard_2-copyQ: What kind of items can we find in your store?
A:
  We are always on trend in our clothing selections but it is very understandable and very affordable.  Our apparel runs the gamut from casual and every day to seasonal and dressy.  When it comes to footwear, there isn’t an important footwear line that we don’t carry in our stores.  From UGG and Birkenstock to Fly and Frye, we have always been able to pick the new trends and emerging shoe brands for our stores.

Q: If someone would like to visit Jayne, is there anything they should know before coming?
A:
  You’ll want to have some time to shop – our selection in apparel is vast; our footwear covers so many categories that it takes time to look at them all; and our jewelry and accessories are always fun to look at.  You also need to make sure that the men know that they have a place to spend some time shopping for themselves, while their girlfriends or wives are spending time shopping.

Jayne_06-copyQ: What is the “must have” item from your store?
A:
  In clothing our Must Haves this upcoming season, are print tunics paired with your favorite pair of skinnies or boyfriends.  Add a colorful cardigan and you’re ready for any day into night occasion.  For spring and summer sandals and shoes, wedges and platforms dominate the looks and companies like Chocolat Blu and Cordani will be featured.  At the same time, classic Birkenstock sandals are a look of their own and we have the largest selection you’ll find anywhere.

Q: What is your favorite part about being a local business in southeastern Wisconsin?
A:
When you are in a downtown location, you get to be part of the community, something you won’t get if we were in a mall.  We get to know a lot of the local people – we get to build relationships in the community with our employees who are local, with our neighbor businesses and with our local government.  In the end, I think we give value back to the town.

Jayne_BlogBoard_3-copyQ: What is YOUR personal favorite item from the store?
A:
  Really don’t have a personal favorite item.  But in the footwear and clothing business, the beginning of every new season is always fun.  New product in different colors, textures, designs that the particular season brings, is always fun and exciting.  Our employees get pumped up, and that enthusiasm gets transferred to our customers.

Q: Are there any events/specials coming up at JAYNE?
A:
 Coming in March, we will have a monthly drawing for a Private Party in our store – one winner every month!  With a purchase, you can enter to win an evening for 10 to 40 friends where we will serve wine and snacks and the Host will get a $50 gift card and their guests get 15% off all regular price merchandise.  It is a fun evening (see us for more details).  For all other events, follow us on Facebook and sign up for our email list.

Jayne_BlogBoard_4-copyQ: Do you offer shipping? Can people order online?
A:
 We do offer free shipping for any purchase over $50, which is helpful to those visitors who come up just for the weekend.  We don’t currently have an online business for JAYNE as our website is set up for information only.  However, we do get a lot of phone orders from customers who had been in our store and wanted us to send them something they had seen when visiting.  Everyone should sign up for our Facebook page, as we are posting new items and opportunities for our customers almost daily.

Q: Where can we find JAYNE, and what are the shop hours?
A:
We’re growing!  Currently, in addition to Lake Geneva, JAYNE’s other stores are in Illinois in Highland Park, Forest Park, La Grange, and we will soon be opening another store in Chicago’s western suburbs. We are open all year long from 10 – 8 pm Monday through Saturday – longer than most every other store in town. Plus Sundays we open earlier at 10 am and close at 5pm.  A lot of hours to help our local shoppers!

Jayne_BlogBoard_1-copyIf you are loving what you see here, be sure to order one of our Snow Much Savings Coupon Books to SAVE at JAYNE! That’s right, there’s a coupon for $20 off any $100 purchase!

To learn more about JAYNE, stop by their storefront at 771 W Main Street in Lake Geneva, or visit their website. Also, don’t forget to like their Facebook page to stay on trend with the latest fashions!

Thanks so much for reading, and for your interest in shopping local! Be certain not to miss our “Shop Local Saturday” posts, featuring businesses right here in Walworth County, by subscribing to the Visit Walworth County blog.

Shop Local Saturday: White River Gift Shop

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Join us every Saturday as we feature a store in Walworth County! Get the story behind the distinctive shops throughout the Lake Geneva area, and find out what makes them stand above the rest.

This week’s feature shop is the White River Gift Shop. We talked with Angela Laramy, Retail Manager at Grand Geneva, and she gave us the inside scoop about the shop at Grand Geneva Resort.

Located within the Grand Geneva Resort, this unique gift shop delivers incredible, personalized service, high-quality, name brand merchandise, as well as Grand Geneva specific items that are exclusive to the shop.

The next time you’re looking for the perfect gift, or simply want to spoil yourself with a little something special, stop by the White River Gift Shop at Grand Geneva Resort. Until then, read on to learn a little more about this distinctive local shop.

Q: How was the name chosen for the shop?
A:
White River runs through Grand Geneva Property.

Q: What makes White River Gift Shop unique?
A:
White River staff delivers amazing, personalized service and high quality merchandise.

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Q: What kind of items can we find in your store?
A:
Vera Bradley, Brighton jewelry and small leather goods, Tommy Bahama apparel for men and ladies, Jellycat stuffed animals, and many more brands.  There is also a large variety of Grand Geneva logo items that are exclusive to our resort.

Q: If someone would like to visit White River Gift Shop, is there anything they should know before coming?
A:
Plan to see a large variety of merchandise.  White River carries sundries, apparel, candles and diffusers, gifts, greeting cards, mugs, and in the winter time we carry Golf Balls from the Golf Pro Shop.

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Q: What is the “must have” item from your store?
A:
The “must have” item right now is an exclusive book “A Grand Tale” about Grand Geneva’s history.  You can get “A Grand Tale” for the introductory price of just $19.95 right now! (Original price $34.95).

Q: What is your favorite part about being a local business in southeastern Wisconsin?
A:
We have many guests that shop locally and Lake Geneva, in general, has a fun, small-town shopping appeal.

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Q: What is YOUR personal favorite item from the store?
A:
I don’t have one specific item but love the Vera Bradley collection.  The patterns change seasonally and they now offer the Northbrook collection, Sycamore leather handbags, and are launching a fragrance line in the spring.

Q: Are there any events/specials coming up at White River Gift Shop?
A:
There IS a clearance event currently on select items up to 50% off from the White River gift shop as well as the Golf Pro Shop.

Q: Do you offer shipping? Can people order online?
A:
We do offer shipping for an additional shipping charge.  At this time, we do not offer online ordering.

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Q: Do you offer gift wrapping for holidays or other occasions?
A:
We have gift bags and gift boxes and are happy to package your special purchases.

Q: Where can we find the White River Gift Shop, and what are the shop hours?
A:
The White River gift shop is located in the Grand Geneva Main lodge, across from the Geneva ChopHouse.  White River is open off peak season 8AM-7PM Sunday-Thursday.  Friday-Saturday 8AM-9PM.  Extended hours apply in the summer.

Thanks so much for reading and for your interest in shopping local! Be certain not to miss our “Shop Local Saturday” posts, featuring businesses right here in Walworth County, by subscribing to the Visit Walworth County blog.

Shop Local Saturday: The Fireside Gift Shops

Join us on select Saturdays as we feature a store in the Lake Geneva area!  Get the scoop behind the unique shops throughout Walworth County, and find out what makes them stand above the rest.

This week, we’re going a little further than normal!  We talked to Julie from The Fireside Dinner Theatre in Fort Atkinson.  This iconic Wisconsin attraction has been delighting audiences for over 30 years.  They offer so much more than world-class theatre productions though; with on-site dining AND shopping, they are a one-stop shop for family entertainment!

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Shop Local Saturday: The Cheese Box

Join us every Saturday as we feature a store in the Lake Geneva area!  Get the scoop behind the unique shops throughout Walworth County, and find out what makes them stand above the rest.

This week, we talked to Cheri, one of the owners of The Cheese Box – an amazing cheese shop just outside of downtown Lake Geneva, on S. Wells Street.  This local treasure carries some of the best Wisconsin cheeses & products – plus they make their own sandwiches and soups at the shop (yum)!  Next time you’re in the mood for some Wisconsin cheese, stop in to The Cheese Box; you’ll be glad you did!  In the meantime, read more about this iconic Lake Geneva store below…

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