When you shop at Hamilton’s Ladies Apparel in Berlin or Hamilton’s in Ripon, you not only support a small business in the heart of America, you will also experience the expertise that comes from a five-generation family of retailers. Owner Faye Gelhar’s trained eyed developed as she grew up in the Hamilton family and then was reinforced while she was at fashion design school in Lucerne, Switzerland. She and her able staff carry on the tradition of offering personalized service as they help you find special gifts and the perfect items for your wardrobe. An alteration service is available, as are special orders.
Besides discovering outstanding clothing, you can browse a lovely array of affordable accessories in handbags, scarves, and jewelry. Seasonal clothing will delight fall and winter customers with cozy sweaters, coats, jackets, hats, and deerskin mittens. Warmer temperatures bring fresh, cool, and flowing designs for the spring and summer guests.
The collection offers a marvelous mix of casual and dressy clothing, meeting a range of bohemian and tailored style preferences. The assortment of ladies clothing from designers around the world rivals big department stores, all right here in central Wisconsin. Some of the many outstanding designers include: Alisha D. Jewelry, Berek, Brighton Jewelry & Accessories, Caite, Capote, Caribe, Cartise, Chalet, Charlie B, Clara Sun Woo, Comfy, Curio, Damee, Dilemma, Dolcezza, Elliott Lauren, Frank Lyman, Funsport, I.C. Collection, Insideout, Insight, Jaskar, Joseph Ribkoff, Libra, Lola Jeans, Lynn Ritchie, Margaret Winters, Nature Art, Neon Buddha, Not Your Daughter’s Jeans, Parsley & Sage, Peepers, Radzoli, Simon Chang, Sno Skins, Softworks, Sondra Roberts, Spanx, Tango Mango, Tricotto, and Vintage Collection.
An annual highlight for Hamilton friends and fans is their pop-up shop that joins 30 others at the KI Convention Center, 333 Main Street in Green Bay. The Annual PEO Gallerie of Shoppes is offered the first Saturday of November and proceeds of the day go to create scholarships for qualified women to pursue higher education. Faye says, “It’s so important to support small-town stores, as we live here too and consistently give back to our communities.”
Hamilton’s customers return again and again to these stores for quality products, relevant fashions and personal service.
Kris Wood is a freelance writer, retreat facilitator, and a grateful grandma to four darlings. MsKrisWood@gmail.com .