About Tish

I’m by no means a gourmet or fashionista, but I like great clothes, shoes, purses, jewelry, food and art. Most of all, I like getting them at a bargain. I enjoy a well-made meal – restaurants that do their specialty really well. I hate paying for mediocre food. I like to visit with friends while we shop, sightsee, try new restaurants and find great bargains. Grew up in the Chicago area. Lived in Bucks County, PA and Boston. Currently live outside of Milwaukee and love it. But enjoy the vibrance and energy of a city, be it Denver, Milwaukee, New York, Minneapolis or most any other.

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  • 1. Kathleen Bero  |  October 31, 2006 at 2:13 pm

    Just “rediscovered” an institution in Elm Grove, WI – not far from the Brookfield Mall. Check out Reinders Old Elm Nature Store! Always known for their custom line of high end bird and grass seeds, now has amazing blend of nature themed items like botanicals, hand made furniture, home decor items and more! They even have what they call “the Artist Series” original works including jewelry, framed art, fused and blown glass, high fired dishes safe for oven and microwave. Their buyers have a great eye – – I will be leaving the mall behind and doing my Christmas shopping there!! Check it out!

  • 2. Mary M. Bennett  |  November 6, 2006 at 1:35 pm

    I’m looking for places to travel from Milwaukee with my 29 month old son that he will find fun nd interesting. I’m going to Minneapolis next week Wednesday to see Camp Snoopy at the Mall of America and to Fort Lauderdale in January for a weekend on the beach, but I’m at a loss for other Midwest/Skyway destinations that have activities for children. Do you have any recommendations?

  • 3. tish  |  November 17, 2006 at 10:02 am

    Mary — I’m working on a list of destinations that would have appeal to parents with young children. It may take a few weeks to get it posted, though.

    That said, without any hesitation, I’d recommend Boston. Lived there when my children were young and it’s filled with fun activities downtown. The Children’s Museum, the Aquarium, Quincy Market area (always had mimes, magicians, etc. performing outside in the market area). Also, especially at this time of year, the Mayflower (full-size reproduction, a living history experience), Plimoth Plantation (not far from the Mayflower) and Cranberry World (also near the Mayflower).


  • 4. Lori Duchrow  |  November 19, 2006 at 2:04 pm

    A couple of other fun places I’ve taken my daughter are Omaha (the downtown market area is great, with horse drawn carriage rides and street performers, lots of funky shops and restaurants. They have a zoo that is rated as one of the best in the whole country–it even passed San Diego’s in popularity one year. There’s a park downtown with a giant slide your kids will LOVE while you sit and relax. It’s also on the Lewis and Clark trail, there are some great museums. There is a drive- through zoo on the outskirts west of the city–a restored prairie with animals that Lewis & Clark would have seen on there travel through the area.) It’s easy to navigate around Omaha too and rental cars were fairly inexpensive.
    Another great place is Baltimore. The Inner Harbor area is great. You can take water taxis to various neighborhoods (go to Fells Point for Brick Oven Baked pizza–I’ll go back there just for that). There is an awesome Children’s Museum–one of the best I’ve seen, the National Aquarium is there, and lots of other great shops, restaurants and attractions.

  • 5. Jodi Valind  |  April 3, 2007 at 9:06 am

    I want to plan a Midwest vacation to New York from Milwaukee. My plan is to take my 70 year old mother and also my 15 year old daughter. What airport is best to fly into? Where would you recommend to stay? I am invisioning a long weekend including one or two broadway shows, a tour of the statue of liberty and some shopping. What do you recommend? Can you help?

  • 6. tish  |  April 9, 2007 at 12:37 pm

    Jodi — Thanks for reading my blog and for your inquiry. Here are my thoughts:

    1) Airport. Either La Guardia or Newark are fine. Newark has a train into Penn Station, but I assume you’d rather take a cab, shuttle or car with your mother. It’s not fun schlepping luggage on public transportation. So either airport works well.

    2) Where to Stay. Your budget and preferences largely determine that. With your interest in Broadway shows, I’d recommend the Times Square area. I just stayed at the Quality Hotel at Times Square. Clean. Comfortable and budget-minded. But very small rooms (which are common in NYC) I used Quikbook.com and got a good rate. Caution — many NYC hotels do not accommodate 3 people, only 2. So I’d advise making a reservation online, but calling the hotel directly to see if they’ll take 3 or add a rollaway. When 5 of us went to New York some weeks ago, the group with 3 in a room were required to upgrade to a suite for the 3 of them. This occurred after they had checked into a regular room. We stayed at the Morgans Hotel then. Very nice place.

    3) Shopping. If you stay around Times Square, you’d be around 45-48th Streets near Broadway. Just a few blocks over is Fifth Avenue and another block or so is Madison Avenue. All offer upscale shopping going north. It’s fun to browse in those stores. If you want SoHo or Canal Street, you’ll want to take the subway south or a cab.

    4) Get a Good Map. I’d recommend going to a book store and browing their travel section for a good fold-away map that you can keep in your purse. A map from AAA is bulky and not convenient. Study it before you go so that you understand how the street numbers run and where major streets/stores/attractions are.

    Hope this helps.

  • 7. Gwendolyne  |  April 11, 2007 at 11:59 am

    Hi Trish
    Saw your site and wanted to invite you to our shop next time you are in Toronto. I know you will get a thrill. Looking forward to hearing from you regarding this invite.
    Heartfully Gwendolyne Preboy

  • 8. tish  |  April 11, 2007 at 2:32 pm

    Gwendolyne —
    I checked out your Web site and love all the hats. I will definitely stop by your shop when I visit Toronto. Don’t have a firm date yet for my next trip there. I’ll also list you on my blogroll.

  • 9. Alex  |  June 11, 2008 at 7:30 am

    Hi Tish–Just wanted to invite you to Kansas City RiverFest! It’s going to be huge this year! Please email me or visit our website at http://www.KCRiverFest.com if you would like to learn more. P.S. Dig your blog!

  • 10. autry  |  July 16, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    tish i am on my way to new york next week on the 24th of july i really need your help. need to go to canal street and purchase some things. please e-mail me back and let me know what i need to do to get your help..

  • 11. Dy  |  October 11, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    Do you travel west?

  • 12. Cindy Small  |  December 7, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Hi Tish — wanted to let you know your readers can sign up for our first Girlfriend Getaway sweepstakes — no purchase required. Includes getaway for four during Dover Days Festival Weekend, April 30, May 1 & 2, 2010. Includes lodging, meals, trip to the spa, free slot play, tickets to “Houses of Kent” historic house tour plus fun at the festival. All they need to do is visit http://www.visitdover.com and complete the entry form. Must be 18 — good luck.


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