You never know when you’ll stumble upon that perfect gift idea. So we’re here to help you in your search for some fresh ideas while also linking you to businesses run by or connected to Stritch alumni. Maybe you’ll choose gift cards for fine cuisine, downloads of rockin’ tunes or an evening of entertainment. Whatever you choose, you can feel good about the ways you’re using your purchasing power to support people with Stritch ties.

If you’re not listed in this gift guide but would like to be, it’s not too late. We offer the guide as an ongoing service throughout the year and will gladly add you. Send your information to alumni@stritch.edu.

Music

Jason Moon, singer-songwriter

Jason Moon (M.A. Religious Studies, '10) 
Recently released: Warrior Songs, Vol. 1 
 

Mike Schneider Band

Mike Schneider (B.A. Business, ’02)
Albums: Pint Size Polka, Mike Schneider Band

Kyle Feerick

Kyle Feerick (B.A. Communications, ’07)
Albums:
- "The Sky, It Moves" – a full-length album (2014)
- "The Places We Can Go" – an EP (2013)
- "Just Listen" & "I Can't Say" – two singles released on a 45rpm, 7" record, (2012)
- "The Change & The Balance" – a double EP (2009)

Books


Marie Kordus (B.F.A. Art, ’77)

“ Idea Poetry to Guide Your Passionate Pursuits
Kordus, founder and president of hibrowsing.com, offers readers encouragement and inspiration through her seamless treatment of prose and illustration.


Kimberla Lawson Roby (B.S. Business Administration, ’93) 

“A Sinful Calling,”
The most recent addition to Roby's fictional “Rev. Curtis Black” series, the novel has been featured in The Chicago Tribune and Essence.com

Fine Art and Original Gifts

Purloin Studio and Gallery
Susan Reif Corkum (B.F.A. Art, ’75)
N88 W16567 Main St., Menomonee Falls, Wis.

This art gallery, bookstore and coffee shop features original apparel, accessories, ceramics, digital art, glass, metals, paintings, greeting cards, and fine art made from fiber art, mixed media, printmaking, sculpture and woodworking.

Artist Shelby Keefe  (B.A. Art, ’81)

A nationally recognized, award-winning impressionist painter, teacher and performance artist, Keefe’s paintings, including her newest series of new large-scale Milwaukee scenes, are available for viewing on her website.

Shadow Photography, LLC
Cassie (Goulais) Sippel (B.F.A., ’13)

Shadow Photography is all about delivering stunning photography that is timeless. They currently offer packages in senior, engagement, wedding sessions, and professional, children, pet and infant portraits. Give the gift of photography for a special unique gift this season.

Products

Firehouse Bats
Buddy Herberg, '13

A former catcher for Stritch’s baseball team, Herberg founded a wooden baseball bat company in 2010 and launched his website in 2014 to expand his company’s reach.


 

My Puppy's Secret LLC
John Toris, '14

My Puppy's Secret offers specialty dog treats for your best furry friend.

Master Z’s Dart & Pool Supply
1005 Spring City Drive, Waukesha
Proprietor: Jim Lindenberg, '93

Master Z’s is a family owned business with over 24 years of experience. They provide high quality pool tables, billiards, games, shuffleboard tables, artwork, fire pits, patio furniture and so much more. Shop in their over 15,000 square foot warehouse or shop from your home! Master Z’s is a full service provider with prices and service you can’t beat.

Earthcare Suri Alpacas LLC.
146 N Honey Lake Rd, Burlington, WI
Darlene Geiser

Earthcare Suri Alpacas has been an alpaca farm for the last decade. They have a top lineage such as Torbio, Bruxo, Ace and many more. They breed for top conformation, density, luster, staple, length and low micron. Their herds produce some of the best luster in the nation! In addition to alpaca sales and breeding, they have a farm store with handmade crochet items, skeins, rovings, rug yarn, and batting all from their own alpaca fiber. Other items in their store include socks, vests, sweaters, and fur items. Stop out to their farm to visit their alpacas and grab some homemade products.

Entertainment and Services

Milwaukee Kayak Company
318 South Water Street, Milwaukee 
Beth Handle (B.S. Management, ’00)

The Milwaukee Kayak Company offers kayak, canoe and standup paddleboard rentals on the Milwaukee River with easy access to the Menomonee and KK Rivers. Float through the urban water trail and see all the historic downtown landmarks!

Pixologie
9803 S 13th Street, Oak Creek
Mollie Bartelt

Pixologie is a photo and media organization and management company. Their services target individuals and families who want to preserve the past through photo scanning, digitization (slides, negatives, film, video, and treasured memorabilia). Located in the greater Milwaukee area, Pixologie offers photo organization and management services for the onsite do-it-yourselfers. Give the gift of organization of cherished family photo archives this holiday season or get organized yourself!

Sweet Treats


Lai Lida Cookies

Glendale, WI
Laron Taylor (B.A. Sport Management, ’11; M.S. Sport Management, ’15)

By modifying trusted family recipes, Lai Linda Cookies has created a line of sweets with a cakelike consistency that are now sold in various southeastern Wisconsin grocery stores. Some of their famous cookies include Red Velvet Tiger Bites, Almondini, Sea Turtle Bites, Johnny Bites and Red Velvet Badger Bites. These delicious treats are perfect for any family or office party or a sweet treat to keep at home.

Rocket Baby Bakery
6822 W North Ave, Wauwatosa
Geoff and Shannon (O’Connell) Trenholme (MBA, ’05)

Rocket Baby Bakery creates all their goods daily from scratch using local sources. They produce artisan breads and pastries, sandwich menu, and seasonal daily specials. With two locations in Wauwatosa and Bay View, they are the perfect place to stop for a treat.

Restaurants

Choose a gift card from or a special outing to the fine, fresh, or fast food places below:

Iron Horse Hotel
500 W. Florida St., Milwaukee
Proprietor: Tim Dixon (B.S. Management, ’89)

Located a block away from the Harley-Davidson Museum, the hotel is a hot spot not only for travelers, but also Milwaukee-area patrons who mingle, drink, dine and hang out in the public spaces at the Iron Horse – Smyth, Branded, The Yard, and the Library. Book a room or enjoy cuisine and good times at one of the hotel’s dining or gathering places.

MyYoMy! Frozen Yogurt
100 S. Water St., Milwaukee

Proprietor V and J Investments, LLC (VJI) – a company started by alumna Dr. Valerie Daniels-Carter (M.S. Management, ’83; honorary doctorate of humane letters, ’06) and her brother, attorney John Daniels, Jr., and affiliated with V&J Holding Companies, Inc. – owns the MyYoMy! brand.

Treat loved ones to build-your-own, high-quality frozen yogurt creations.

Red Circle Inn & Bistro
N44 W33013 Watertown Plank Rd., Nashotah, Wis.
Proprietors: Martha (B.S. Business Administration, ’97) and Norm Eckstaedt

As Wisconsin’s oldest restaurant, the Red Circle Inn & Bistro features fine dining and banquet facilities in a historic landmark. They also sell toffee by the pound, which makes a wonderful gift during the holidays and throughout the year.

Red Lion Pub
1850 N. Water St., Milwaukee.
Proprietors: David “Pricey” Price (B.A. Business, ’07; M.B.A., ’13); Chris “Tink” Tinker (B.A. Sport Management; M.B.A., ’10) along with partners Drew Deuster and J.J. Kovacovich.

Director of Marketing and Sales: Wes Shaver (B.A. Theater, ’07; M.S. Sport Management, ’11)

Newly opened in December, this new English-style pub features favorite English dishes and spirits.

Stack’d
170 S. First St., Milwaukee
Proprietor: Tim Dixon (B.S. Management, ’89)

Combining quality grass-fed beef with premium local ingredients, Stack’d is Milwaukee’s burger bar for foodies.

Wolf Peach
1818 N. Hubbard St., Milwaukee
Proprietor: Tim Dixon (B.S. Management, ’89)

Drawing inspiration from regional ingredients – namely, the tomato – Wolf Peach pairs beautiful ingredients from local farms, purveyors and artisans to create food to feed the soul.

SURG Restaurant Group
Co-owner/president of SURG Restaurant Group: Omar Shaikh (B.A. International Business, ’00)

Hōm Wood Fired Grill (17800 W. Bluemound Rd., Brookfield; Bayshore Town Center, Glendale)

Carnevor, 724 N. Milwaukee St., Milwaukee

Three Lions Pub 
4515 N. Oakland Ave., Shorewood, Wis.
Proprietors: David “Pricey” Price (B.A. Business, ’07; M.B.A., ’13); Chris “Tink” Tinker (B.A. Sport Management; M.B.A., ’10)

This cozy, friendly, authentic British pub provides patrons with an eclectic blend of English culinary standbys and traditional American cuisine along with a variety of beers and wines to complement the menu with many native brands and tastes of the old country.

Madison Area

Studio Melt 
202 State Street, Suite 303, Madison
Mona Melms (M.S. Health Care, ’86)

Melt is a professional fitness collaborative devoted to providing innovative group exercise, personal training, nutrition, and bodywork services. Select a personal trainer, nutritionist or grab a friend for one of their seven different group fitness classes, there are options to fit everyone’s needs. With a blend of traditional exercise and cutting edge innovations in fitness, Melt is the place to reach your goals.

Cambridge Winery
1001 Whitney Way, Madison
Frank and Laurie (Tines) Peregrine, (B.S. Management, ’06)

Cambridge Winery brings the highest quality wines from the Madison area right to one location. The Vineyards at Cambridge is a 73.5 acre site and their wine tasting room is located in Madison. A great gift idea for others or yourself is their wine club! They have four different wine club options great for any wine lover.

Stritch Spirit

Stritch bookstore
Get your Stritch and Wolves apparel, accessories, gifts and collectibles as well as books, supplies and technology at this online link to the University’s bookstore.

Stritch Wolves
Get outfitted for Stritch sporting events at this official site for Wolves gear.