As I mentioned in an earlier post, I had much luck boutique shopping in Princeton, Wisconsin last weekend. Just recently, Madison Magazine published an article about this hidden gem, titled "Princeton is Priceless." Following is an expert from the first paragraph:
PRINCETON, Wisconsin, is one of those little towns that you leave knowing you'll come back again. And even if you don't, you'll mean to. Set in a deceptively remote spot just west of Green Lake, its location on the Fox River and near the Mecan River is destination enough for day trip canoers and kayakers. But its proximity to Green Lake gives its two blocks of downtown retail shops, restaurants and galleries an urban edge making for the unexpected. A quick glance down Water Street reveals cutting-edge boutiques that might easily be side-by-side retailers in one of Chicago's hippest spots.
The shops in Princeton are incredibly unique and sophisticated. I love shopping there because I always find items that I would never find anywhere else--art, jewelry, clothing, antiques, and other knick knacks. Last weekend, I took pictures of my favorite storefronts. It's amazing how the small town has built up over the last decade or so. What was once just a lonely Wisconsin street with empty storefronts is now a bustling, trendy town square with hip boutiques and eateries that cater to day-trippers and those who are fortunate enough to own property on nearby Green Lake. But at the same time, Princeton still very much looks and feels like a small Wisconsin community. And even though the shops have a high-end feel, they really are quite affordable.