Remembering Mike Bjorn

Remembering Mike Bjorn

Mike Bjorn was a friend to me and to the Man About Town show. With the news of his passing, we're re-releasing the Mike Bjorn's episode in its fullness. When you watch it, you'll see that Mike loved art, music, and anything that was a bit different. Mike made an indelible mark on Downtown Kenosha, and we honor his memory.

Mike Bjorn's Fine Clothing

The term “haberdashery” seems to be experiencing a resurgence lately, so it’s very fitting that we stopped in to Mike Bjorn’s Men’s Clothing store – a true haberdashery by any standard. Mike Bjorn’s, smack dab in the middle of downtown Kenosha, has been selling men's’ clothing and accessories, as well as renting tuxedos, since 1982.

Mike Bjorn, founder of Mine Bjorn's Fine Clothing

Mike Bjorn, founder of Mine Bjorn's Fine Clothing

At Bjorn’s, you’ll find everything from formal to flamboyant, from the serious to the whimsical – the store itself leaning heavily toward the whimsical. What started out as a means for a young man and his wife to make ends meet while not having to work for “the man”, became a local institution.

That Mike Bjorn is an artist and musician at heart can be seen throughout the store. You can’t miss the walls covered with photos of musicians and celebrities from the past and present. But you have to look up...that’s where you see the truly fun stuff. Hanging, like mobiles, you’ll see fighter jets, horses, and vintage aviation.

Mike & Judy are now semi-retired, and their son Brett now runs the place. Brett has kept the fun atmosphere, and is expanding the inventory to satisfy the up and coming fashion appetites: hats, casual shirts, the largest selection of ties and cummerbunds you’ve ever seen, and socks...oh boy the socks...

While you’ll find plenty of amusing suits and jackets on the main floor, it’s the basement that holds the gems... From truly eccentric tuxedos, to vintage - and I mean “checkered, polyester, lapels-so-wide-that-they should-have-their-own-zip-code" vintage.

So yes, come to Mike Bjorn’s to buy that new suit for your interview, or to rent – or buy – that tuxedo you need for your wedding or prom. But, really, carve out some extra time to take a look around and have some fun.

The Daily Dose

The Daily Dose

If you’re looking for an amazing sandwich, or a beautiful salad and a soup to die for, you’ve got to go to The Daily Dose. Operating since 2007 in what was an old ice cream shop, Daily Dose is the work of love of Jen Capponi. Fed up with the corporate grind, Jen decided to follow her heart and serve good food to the community. And oh boy...does she serve good food. Creatively conceived and expertly made sandwiches, including paninis for lunch or breakfast – and you must...and I mean mus...try the both Awesome Beef and the Capponi Special paninis – plus, daily soup specials, and coffee or tea creations, make the Dose a stand out. They don’t stop with using quality ingredients and insisting on making sure everything tastes amazing ...oh no... the cooks at Daily Dose take the time to ensure the presentation matches the quality of the food. On top of all that, you’ll find a friendly staff that actually enjoys providing good service. Most likely because they all love Jen, and will do anything for her. 

Yes, it’s a tiny place, and yes, you might just decide to order your food to go – which is a viable option - but I highly recommend doing what you can to stay just to see how they plate your food, and how well they will take care of you.  

This, is not your average sandwich shop. And did I mention the coffee?

In this episode, I sit down with Jen Capponi, the owner of this fine establishment.

Tim Visits Wine Knot

Tim Visits Wine Knot

On the corner of the two main streets in downtown – 56th street and 6th Avenue – sits the oldest high end restaurant in Kenosha. Wine Knot, a hip wine bar and bistro, has seen the rise, stall, and re-invigoration of downtown, and, really, of Kenosha itself. Here, you’ll find fine food with great service, a selection of over 50 wines by the glass or bottle, and a growing menu of craft cocktails. 

The folks at Wine Knot have created a fun atmosphere, where food, drinks, ambiance – whether you dine inside or outside – all come together for a memorable experience.  If you buy a bottle of wine, be sure to deposit your cork in the appropriate receptacle on the ceiling.

In this episode, I sit down with Brian Haberski, executive chef and general manager, and Andy Bilski, the bar manager, to discuss cuisine and cocktails in Kenosha.