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.
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.
For those that love wine for its deep-rooted history as well as its downright deliciousness, we’ve uncovered a gem that is not meant for a glass – but will hang nicely on a wall instead.
Kenosha artist John Gehring created a work of art that is both attractive and informational. His hand-painted print is simply called “Wine” and offers a myriad of wine-based facts that are interconnected with bursts of colorful images of wine and its history. There is not another wine book or chart available that is packed with as much information on a single page as this inventive piece.
It’s also a conversation piece. Robert Mitchell and Tom Oldani are inspired by Gehring’s work and discuss elements of the poster and let you know how you can get it.
The posters are available through Portraits Plus and come in three sizes, small (11”X17”), medium (16”X23”) and large (21”X30”). The wine posters will be shipped in a protective cardboard tube. There are currently no options for framing but John, Tom and Robert recommend that every size gets protected in a glass covered frame. There is a small shipping and handling fee and the posters sell for $8, $15 and $20.
Watch the 12-minute video to see John’s wine art, hear the conversation and get more information on how to order.
probably have even tasted the wine. While not a restaurant wine list staple, this wine producer and its entire family of grape varietals is a retail darling. Its everywhere. This wine can't be that special.
But like that friend that is always there, always doing something good, this label
and the Sauvignon Blanc in particular from Casillero del Diablo shows up like clockwork and does the job. Every single time it is opened.
This Chilean wine falls under the Concha y Toro corporate umbrella which now divvies the Casillero del Diablo wine family into three tiers. The affordable white (and this Sauvignon Blanc) and premium black label categories has just expanded the tree with a middle price point red label. I'm here to tell you the white label is solid.
You'll taste the dark rock from the Andes foothills and understand how this lemony crisp white wine is built to be paired with the fresh caught fish on the Chilean coast. This is where that whole sea bass thing started you know. Now, after being over-fished, you can't find it. When the fish does appear on a menu it is either not the real thing or has a similar price tag to Wagu or Abalone. That is not the case for this Sauvignon Blanc though. It is delicious, affordable and abundant.
What if I told you that I know a guy who knows a guy that can get you a full-bodied Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon for less than $20? You would say, "What's this guys racket?" or "It's not really from Napa."