BY KELLY KRUSE
Downtown Racine has evolved into a destination for both residents and out-of-town visitors, where outstanding architecture and Lake Michigan become the backdrop for a business district that’s blooming with vibrancy. 2018 was a year of unprecedented growth with the opening of 23 new businesses. Here’s a sneak peek at businesses that have either just opened or are coming in the very near future.
OS Project, 601 6th St.
OS Projects is a contemporary art gallery featuring visual artists in solo and small group exhibits that take place four times per year. The gallery’s focus is on artists living and working in the Chicago-Kenosha-Racine-Milwaukee urban corridor. Seams Apparent, an exhibit of paintings and sculpture by Maureen Fritchen (Racine) and Gina Lee Robbins (Oak Park, Ill), is the gallery’s inaugural event. The show opens on May 3 and continues through July 13. The building that houses OS Projects was designed by the award-winning Milwaukee firm, Johnsen Schmaling Architects.
Open Thursday – Saturday, 12 – 5 pm, and by appointment. For more information visit osprojects.art
Plush, 409 Main St.
Plush Clothing, owned by Yolanda Coleman, is a store that caters to plus sized women. Sizes offered are 1X to 3X with some styles going up to 6X and sizes 14 to 28. Plush, which stands for Pretty, Lovely, Unique, Sexy, Happy, is a place for women to shop without dealing with the smaller sizes.
Open Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information visit plushclothingstore.com.
The Maple Table, 520 Main St. (Monument Square)
The Maple Table is downtown Racine’s newest breakfast brunch and lunch eatery. Enjoy hearty traditional breakfast fare with creative twists on all your favorites. The Maple Table locally sources the freshest ingredients, whenever possible, and offers a variety of gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options. Indulge in their Friday night classic fish fry menu and enjoy your favorite cocktail at their full service bar. Family-owned and operated, the Maple Table offers catering, banquet and private party rooms to suit all your needs.
For more information visit themapletable.com, or Facebook and Instagram @themapletableracine
Marci’s on Main, 236 Main St.
Marci’s on Main is a brand new country-western themed tavern that brings an entertaining and unique take to Racine’s bar scene, including live music, in-house games and leagues, classic and creative beer and spirits, and a truly one of a kind experience only found at Marci’s on Main.
Open Monday through Friday 2 p.m. until close and Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. until close. For more information visit their Facebook page.
Chit Chaat, 550 State St.
Chit Chaat is an Indian Pakistani Street Food Restaurant and Cafe. Chef Junaid, born and raised in the Punjab region of Pakistan, longed for the comfort foods of home when he left the country a few years ago. Driven to recreate the experiences of those famous street food stalls, he learned how to manipulate all the spices and flours to create just what he was craving. Angela, a Racine native, met Junaid while living abroad and combined her cafe passion with his culinary passion.
Offering traditional favorites like Butter Chicken, Tandoori Chicken and classic Indian curries, Chit Chaat features traditional street foods one would expect walking through the streets of Pakistan and India. From different varieties of chai to handmade samosas, pakora, and other unique favorites, you will find an array of spices that will cause a party in your mouth! All of Chit Chaat’s spices are fairly traded and almost direct from farmers in India.
For more information visit Instagram @ ChitChaatRacine
Joey’s Yardarm, 920 Erie St.
Joey’s Yardarm is a nautical restaurant and bar in downtown Racine near Lake Michigan and the Root River, just over the State Street Bridge. Their mission is to provide customers with high-quality, made-from-scratch pub food featuring healthy options with a focus on fish and seafood. And yes, the famous Yardarm sand dollars will still be on the menu!
Open 7 days a week at 10 a.m. For more information visit their Facebook page.
If you haven’t visited downtown lately, please consider making the trip. From world-class architecture, to international dining options and shopping galore, downtown is a great way to spend the day while supporting your local economy.
Downtown Racine Corporation’s mission is to foster economic, social and cultural vitality by stimulating business development, programming events and marketing downtown to the community, developers and tourists. For more information on how to get involved, contact Kelly Kruse at email@example.com
Kelly Kruse is the executive director of Downtown Racine Corporation.