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(VersaceMan @ 21 June 2004, 4:56)
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Originally Posted by quill,21 June 2004, 4:03
Upper midwest, maybe 2 hours north of Chicago (my wife and I are from Chicago originally). Thanks for your interest.
Hmmm...Milwaukee area?
Suffice it to say, I can get to Milwaukee or Madison...or Chicago...fairly easily, in case you have a suggestion in those areas. I'm pretty familiar with all three. Thanks for your interest.
The only reason I asked is because I'm from the same area and was curious.
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The only reason I asked is because I'm from the same area and was curious.
Sorry, I don't mean to be stand-offish, VersaceMan...and I'm glad to know we're in the same neck of the woods. I'm a little "guarded," as I had one negative experience on a previous board with having revealed too much information, and it led to some rather complex and awkward situations. But I am definitely within reach of the tri-city area (Chicago, Madison, Milwaukee), and very happy where I am. I've also lived in Manhattan, Vermont, Rhode Island, Idaho, and Missouri (hmmm...seems I've just elected Manhattan to statehood). You're in college, right? Are you eventually leaving the Midwest, or sticking around the area?
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I've also lived in Manhattan, Vermont, Rhode Island, Idaho, and Missouri (hmmm...seems I've just elected Manhattan to statehood).
I'll second. Manhattan and the other four boroughs have a larger population than any of the states you mentioned. Seems like a fair enough classification to me.
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(VersaceMan @ 22 June 2004, 3:20) The only reason I asked is because I'm from the same area and was curious.
Sorry, I don't mean to be stand-offish, VersaceMan...and I'm glad to know we're in the same neck of the woods.   I'm a little "guarded," as I had one negative experience on a previous board with having revealed too much information, and it led to some rather complex and awkward situations. But I am definitely within reach of the tri-city area (Chicago, Madison, Milwaukee), and very happy where I am. I've also lived in Manhattan, Vermont, Rhode Island, Idaho, and Missouri (hmmm...seems I've just elected Manhattan to statehood). You're in college, right? Are you eventually leaving the Midwest, or sticking around the area?
Quill, I totally understand your opinion. Hey, it's a message board, it wouldn't be the same without a bit of anonymity. Well, I am surprised. You are the third member of the forum I know of (besides myself) that resides in the general area. SteveB grew up around here as well. Yes, I am in college (majoring in Business and Marketing) and wouldn't mind staying around my city. However, I'd really like to move to Chicago after graduation. The only downfall - I remember reading that its the 2nd most expensive city in the US to live in
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Quill, I totally understand your opinion.  Hey, it's a message board, it wouldn't be the same without a bit of anonymity. Well, I am surprised.  You are the third member of the forum I know of (besides myself) that resides in the general area.  SteveB grew up around here as well. Yes, I am in college (majoring in Business and Marketing) and wouldn't mind staying around my city.  However, I'd really like to move to Chicago after graduation.  The only downfall - I remember reading that its the 2nd most expensive city in the US to live in
Aah, don't let that dissuade you. I lived in Chicago for four years (met my southside Chicago-Irish wife there), and there are plenty of neighborhoods that are great to live in. Yeah, it can be expensive, but I think you can live in/around Chicago as well as folks in other major cities. Great deals are possible, and reasonable prices are not impossible to find. I moved away due to work (that's kind of why I've hopped around a bit...that, and the Witness Protection Program). I've lived in Kenosha, Milwaukee, Cedarburg, Stevens Point...a few places. And I remember Chicago fondly. But it sounds like you are already fairly familiar with Chi-town.
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(VersaceMan @ 22 June 2004, 4:11) Quill, I totally understand your opinion.  Hey, it's a message board, it wouldn't be the same without a bit of anonymity. Well, I am surprised.  You are the third member of the forum I know of (besides myself) that resides in the general area.  SteveB grew up around here as well. Yes, I am in college (majoring in Business and Marketing) and wouldn't mind staying around my city.  However, I'd really like to move to Chicago after graduation.  The only downfall - I remember reading that its the 2nd most expensive city in the US to live in
Aah, don't let that dissuade you. I lived in Chicago for four years (met my southside Chicago-Irish wife there), and there are plenty of neighborhoods that are great to live in. Yeah, it can be expensive, but I think you can live in/around Chicago as well as folks in other major cities. Great deals are possible, and reasonable prices are not impossible to find. I moved away due to work (that's kind of why I've hopped around a bit...that, and the Witness Protection Program). I've lived in Kenosha, Milwaukee, Cedarburg, Stevens Point...a few places. And I remember Chicago fondly. But it sounds like you are already fairly familiar with Chi-town.
I love Chicago. I was just there two weeks ago, and had a wonderful time (stuck mostly on Michigan Ave. and State St. for this trip). I usually try and make the trip three or four times a year with a friend. Steven's Point must have an excellent supply of the latest fashions and highest-quality garments, hey? Oh, and have you ever visited stores in the Milwaukee area such as Harley's, Sonny's, Roger Stevens, Mark Pasch, or Aala Reed?
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Quill: I know your budget is limited but the American Club at Kohler, WI is a great place. If you can do it have dinner and stay overnight in one of the famed Kohler suites. The hotel on the lake is a bit less $ than the Club but still a nice experience. Or if you are close enough dinner is a great experience worth a drive. Just a suggestion.
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Quill: I know your budget is limited but the American Club at Kohler, WI is a great place.  If you can do it have dinner and stay overnight in one of the famed Kohler suites.  The hotel on the lake is a bit less $ than the Club but still a nice experience.  Or if you are close enough dinner is a great experience worth a drive. Just a suggestion.
Another great idea, vc2000. Thanks. I actually ate there with my parents one time, and you're right, it's worth the investment. Looks like I've got enough great ideas from this board to last for ten more birthdays. So I'll be back in 2014 to stock up on a new round of ideas.
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I love Chicago.  I was just there two weeks ago, and had a wonderful time (stuck mostly on Michigan Ave. and State St. for this trip).  I usually try and make the trip three or four times a year with a friend. Steven's Point must have an excellent supply of the latest fashions and highest-quality garments, hey?   Oh, and have you ever visited stores in the Milwaukee area such as Harley's, Sonny's, Roger Stevens, Mark Pasch, or Aala Reed?
Oh yeah, Stevens Point is a major fashion destination for the sartorial cognoscenti of the world. That, and the brewery. Unfortunately, my time in Milwaukee was during a period of very "restrained income" (gotta' start somewhere), so the stores you mention weren't on my radar. But they could be now. Are each of them equally worth the visit, or is one better than another?
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(VersaceMan @ 22 June 2004, 5:16) I love Chicago.  I was just there two weeks ago, and had a wonderful time (stuck mostly on Michigan Ave. and State St. for this trip).  I usually try and make the trip three or four times a year with a friend. Steven's Point must have an excellent supply of the latest fashions and highest-quality garments, hey?   Oh, and have you ever visited stores in the Milwaukee area such as Harley's, Sonny's, Roger Stevens, Mark Pasch, or Aala Reed?
Oh yeah, Stevens Point is a major fashion destination for the sartorial cognoscenti of the world.  That, and the brewery.   Unfortunately, my time in Milwaukee was during a period of very "restrained income" (gotta' start somewhere), so the stores you mention weren't on my radar. But they could be now. Are each of them equally worth the visit, or is one better than another?
I would recommend visiting Sonny's and Harley's. Sonny's is located downtown on Jefferson. They carry Canali, among many other labels (which I can't remember right now). Harley's is in Shorewood on the corner of Capitol and Oakland. They carry Lorenzini shirts, Jhane Barnes, Zegna (as well as Zegna shoes&#33, Corneliani, Bruno Magli, and others. Check out their site at www.harleys4men.com , however, they don't list all the lines they carry. Actually, I'd pay a visit to Roger Stevens downtown. They do a large custom shirt/suit business, but also carry a large assortment of RTW products. I personally haven't been in this store, but looking at the window displays reminds me a lot of the Paul Stuart store in Chicago. They are located on Wisconsin Ave. inside the Pfister hotel building.
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Looks like I've got enough great ideas from this board to last for ten more birthdays. So I'll be back in 2014 to stock up on a new round of ideas.
Perhaps, we should tag it as HOF, so we can quickly check back when birthdays for everyone else's significant others roll around... And, hopefully, by 2014 I'll have a significant other .
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I would recommend visiting Sonny's and Harley's.   Sonny's is located downtown on Jefferson.  They carry Canali, among many other labels (which I can't remember right now). Harley's is in Shorewood on the corner of Capitol and Oakland.  They carry Lorenzini shirts, Jhane Barnes, Zegna (as well as Zegna shoes&#33, Corneliani, Bruno Magli, and others. Check out their site at www.harleys4men.com , however, they don't list all the lines they carry. Actually, I'd pay a visit to Roger Stevens downtown.  They do a large custom shirt/suit business, but also carry a large assortment of RTW products.  I personally haven't been in this store, but looking at the window displays reminds me a lot of the Paul Stuart store in Chicago.  They are located on Wisconsin Ave. inside the Pfister hotel building.
Wow. You are a compendium of sartorial excellence. Thanks for the leads; perhaps I'll post some acquisitions some day on this forum. Some of my in-laws are in Wauwatosa, so maybe I'll hit them up for a weekend of fashion fun.
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Quill: A/K/A Stephen (pronounced STEE-vun, not STEFF-un). Now...if you can somehow convince your wife that you have visited these places and done some great shopping for suits and other all in pursuit of the very special gift for HER, that would be an accomplishment. After all, ostensibly you are her greatest possession, and anything that takes care of her greatest possession must be a good thing for her, right? (start there and work with that theme...) PS: The couch isnt that bad a place to sleep ...Just ask Bubba...
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Quill: A/K/A Stephen (pronounced STEE-vun, not STEFF-un). Now...if you can somehow convince your wife that you have visited these places and done some great shopping for suits and other all in pursuit of the very special gift for HER, that would be an accomplishment. After all, ostensibly you are her greatest possession, and anything that takes care of her greatest possession must be a good thing for her, right? (start there and work with that theme...) PS:  The couch isnt that bad a place to sleep ...Just ask Bubba...
You are now my official advisor in all things wordly and wise. Raise your right hand, Sir FIHT....
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Stephen: I sent a PM. Didja see it? JJF
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