Small Businesses to Support in Lake Geneva

Lake Geneva is a hub for many small businesses. Every time you visit, you might find a new small business that you haven’t visited before. All of the small businesses listed on this blog post have supported Women’s Weekend in our goal to raise funds to donate to New Beginnings APFV, so show these places some love the next time you visit. 

  1. Pesche’s Greenhouse

You can find everything you need for springtime at Pesche’s Greenhouse. With a wide variety of gardening must-haves, this is a place gardeners cannot skip. If you’re shopping for birding or beautiful garden decorations, Pesche’s will have what you’re envisioning. Additionally, if you’re looking for the perfect bouquet for any occasion, Pesche’s Greenhouse will provide you with the best customer service to ensure that your bouquet dreams come true. 

  1. The Candle Mercantile 

Not only can you buy candles at The Candle Mercantile, but you can also make them yourself! With a collection of hand-selling oils, you are able to create a signature scent that is specialized to your desires. The Candle Mercantile doesn’t just sell candles though, you can also craft your own room spray, body spray, diffuser, or even a set of wax tarts! They also welcome groups of people for any event, so next time you’re in Lake Geneva, stop in here with a few friends and design the perfect scent! 

  1. C.R. Goodfinds 

C.R. Goodfinds has a little bit of everything for you and your home. Located in historic downtown, this store has home decor, apparel and accessories, art from local and regional artists, antiques, and even gourmet food! So if you’re on the search for a store that will satisfy all of your shopping desires in one stop, C.R. Goodfinds is the place for you. 

  1. Cornerstone Shop & Gallery

The Cornerstone Shop & Gallery is home to the latest in boutique fashion, home decor, and gifts. This shop offers the latest trends from companies like Joseph Ribkoff, Vera Bradley, Frank Lyman, Umgee, Michael Aram, Mud Pie, Demdaco, Mariposa, John Medeiros, Spartina, Hobo, Vietri, K & K Signs, and many more. Next time you visit Lake Geneva, make sure to stop here to see what all of the latest trends in fashion are. 

  1. Allison Wonderland

Allison Wonderland truly is a wonderland for kids. If you’re visiting Lake Geneva with your children or need to pick up a gift, Allison Wonderland should be one of your destinations. This shop has a variety of products ranging from games, art supplies, books, stuffed animals, and so much more that any little one would love to have. 

Restaurants, Bars, and Cafes to Visit in Lake Geneva 

When visiting Lake Geneva, there are so many dining options to choose from. To help you decide where you should go, we’ve compiled a list of restaurants, bars, and cafes that highlight the different experiences you might be seeking in Lake Geneva. Many of the dining and drinking options listed are sponsors or event hosts for Women’s Weekend 2021, so stay on the lookout for special offers and experiences!

  1. Topsy Turvey

This brewery not only has great products, but it also has an amazing atmosphere. For Women’s Weekend 2021, Topsy Turvey will be the host of a cornhole tournament. So grab a partner and sign up for this single-elimination cornhole tournament before the spots fill up! You won’t want to miss out on the grand prize and amazing memories Topsy Turvey has to offer. 

  1. The Baker House

The Baker House has a historical presence in Lake Geneva that you are able to experience in a variety of ways. For this post, we want to highlight the fine dining aspect of The Baker House. Before you even try their food, you will be mesmerized by the historic mansion and lakefront garden. When you register for Women’s Weekend 2021, one of the events you can sign-up for is a Baker House Brunch. Here, you can enjoy your choice of Egg Sardou or Steak and Eggs with unlimited champagne and mimosas. 

  1. Northsiders

Northsides has a variety of dining and drinking options for Lake Geneva visitors. They also have a 6,000 square foot outdoor patio where you can experience the environment of Lake Geneva while enjoying their drinks and food. Additionally, Northsiders will be hosting trivia for Women’s Weekend 2021 on Friday, May 14th. If you register for Women’s Weekend, you can get $1 off drinks all weekend at Northsiders and if you sign up for trivia, you will be treated to a free drink and an appetizer for your team of four. 

  1. Avant Cycle Café

Ever wondered what a café mixed with a cycling shop looks like? You don’t have to wonder anymore! The Avant Cycle Café provides amazing customer service with a great Atmosphere. Their shop and café will also be the check-in location for Women’s Weekend 2021. So when you’re checking in, make sure to grab a cup of coffee and possibly rent a bike for the day! 

  1. Thumbs Up Saloon 

The Thumbs Up Saloon is where you should be if you’re looking for delicious drinks at the best party bar in Lake Geneva. They have a variety of beers and specialty drinks to enjoy while spending time with your friends. They also have special offers for many days of the week, so check them out the next time you visit Lake Geneva!

Reasons to Register for Women’s Weekend 2021

If you didn’t know yet, Women’s Weekend 2021 registration is up and running! We missed you last year, so this year we have plenty of fun-filled events and opportunities to make up for lost time! April 15th is the last day to get our early bird registration fee, so sign up before this deal is gone! Even if you wait, here are some reasons why you should register for Women’s Weekend 2021.  

  1. Events and Workshops 

There are so many fun-filled events and workshops that you can choose from. We have wine tasting, trivia, a fashion show, yogalaties, a cocktail cruise, a cornhole tournament and many more events and workshops to partake in! Check out our Women’s Weekend website for more information on our events and workshops! 

  1. Prizes and Raffles 

This year, we’re giving out hundreds of dollars worth of prizes. These raffles are offered at many of our events, but we also have a raffle for registering! Many of these raffle prizes are provided by our event sponsors, so you may get merchandise and other fun prizes for entering into these raffles. 

  1. Virtual Scavenger Hunt 

We decided to add some covid-friendly fun this year with our virtual scavenger hunt! For this, we will have a variety of locations for you and your friends to visit where you will take pictures of you at each location and post these on Facebook as proof of your involvement. This way, you’ll not only be able to have these fun pictures of the weekend, but you’ll also be eligible to win a prize for participating in the scavenger hunt! 

  1. Special Offers 

During Women’s Weekend, many businesses are joining in on the fun with special deals and offers for Women’s Weekend participants. Our highlighted hotel options included on the website have a variety of deals to take advantage of, as well as a number of our other event sponsors. So check out the Lake Geneva Women’s Weekend website to see what offers are available!

  1. Covid-Friendly Fun 

We want to make sure that you are safe while enjoying our events, so we’ve taken many precautions to ensure a covid-friendly experience. We still want you to have the Women’s Weekend experience that you’ve had years in the past, so bring your friends and enjoy everything Lake Geneva has to offer from May 14th to May 16th!

Gardening Must-Haves

Whether you’re growing flowers or growing fruits and vegetables, we’re all excited for the weather to warm up a bit! Now that it’s springtime, you’re going to need to bring out your best gardening equipment. Before you start gardening though, here are some items that you should have ready to go this year!

  1. Mosquito Repellent Wristbands

When you’re out in the sun all day, the most irritating thing is getting bitten by mosquitoes. Although you can use bug spray to keep the mosquitoes away, you can avoid smelling like bug spray all day with the use of this repellent wristband! This product works with the use of a refillable pellet that lasts for 15 days. 

  1. Garden Kneeler and Tool Pouch

This is the perfect product to keep your knees safe and your tools on hand. It’s also adjustable so it can be used as a seat if you are trimming plants or harvesting food. 

  1. Food Compost Bin 

Compost bins are the best way to feed your garden while feeding yourself. They’re incredibly easy to use, all you have to do is put your produce waste in the bin and once it’s filled up, you can put that waste in your garden as a natural nutrient! 

  1. Hori Hori

This tool has multiple uses, making it a must-have when it comes to gardening. It can be used for weeding, digging, cultivating, sawing, and cutting! There are a variety of different Hori Hori knives that you can choose from, but no matter what you choose, you’ll be happy you got it. 

  1. Grandma’s Weeder 

Grandma’s Weeder is a tool that allows you to get weeds out without having to kneel down! It’s incredibly easy to use and gets the job done while preventing the classic back pain that comes with gardening. 

Rainy Day Activities

With Spring starting in a few days, we should be expecting many rainy days for the next few months. Rainy days can be fun if you have the right activities, so we’ve compiled a list of activities you can do on the rainy days to come!

  1. Try a DIY Project

DIY’s are the perfect way to make use of a rainy day. You get the opportunity to be creative while making something that will create a better living space. Many of our previous blog posts have DIY recommendations, so if you’re looking for ideas, take a look at some of our other posts! 

  1. Have a Spa Day

Turn your rainy day into a self care day! With some bath bombs, face masks, and comfy clothes, you can turn your home into a spa. Everyone needs a day to pamper themselves, and this is one day where you don’t have to worry about doing anything else!

  1. Learn a New Recipe

Most days, we don’t have time to try out a new recipe. On rainy days though, you’re inside and have all of the time you need to try something new! We have a variety of different recipes in some of our blog posts, so check out what we’ve posted in the past! 

  1. Make a Bucket List 

We all have our dreams of what we want to do in life, and when it’s a rainy day, you might be stuck thinking about what you would rather be doing. Since you’re already thinking about other activities, why not make this an activity in itself! Start giving into those daydreams by planning what you want to do one day. 

  1. Do Nothing 

Sometimes, doing nothing is the best activity. We often feel like we have to fill our time with exciting or productive activities to be happy, but in reality, you can sit on your phone all day and binge watch some Netflix if that’s what you need. That’s a form of self care in itself!

Saint Patrick’s Day DIYs

Saint Patrick’s Day is just a week away! That means it’s time to start pulling out supplies to make some DIY’s for this holiday. For some inspiration, we’ve compiled a list of DIY’s that you can try! 

  1. St. Patricks Day Clay Pot Planters

If you’re a plant lover, then this is the perfect DIY for you! This DIY is simple yet effective and can be used for any other holiday you want to celebrate. All you need is a clay pot, some paint brushes and paint, a saint patty’s day stencil of your choosing, and some plants! For more instructions, click on the link above! 

The Kim Six Fix
  1. Shamrock String Art

String art is always a fun DIY project for any time of the year, but this is a DIY that you can bring out for years to come! All you need is an outline of a three leaf clover, some nails, a board, a hammer, and some green string. Once you have all of the nails in the board, you can start filling it in with your string! For the full tutorial, go to the creators website linked above. 

  1. Lucky Pallet Sign 

This sign can end up looking any way you want it to. In the example from the creators website, she makes the word “lucky” from scrapbook paper in order to make a cute Saint Patrick’s Day sign. She also adds different types of string to the sign in order to make it pop a bit more. So get creative and break out your scrapbook paper! Check out their website linked above!

A Wonderful Thought
  1. Farmhouse Shamrock Garland

For our people who like to sew, this is the perfect DIY to put your skills to use! This DIY is a classy way to show your excitement for Saint Patty’s Day. With some stencils, fabric, string, rice, and a sewing machine, you can make a beautiful garland! For an in-depth tutorial, check out the creators website linked above. 

  1. St. Patrick’s Day Wine Bottle Centerpiece

Do you have a bunch of empty wine bottles that you don’t know what to do with? Make them into a centerpiece! With some paint brushes and paint, buttons, tape, a hot glue gun, and some optional supplies, you can make your wine bottle look like a leprechaun! Check out the tutorial above to see the final product!

Ways to Portray Confidence

Exuding confidence comes naturally to some people, but for others, it can be learned. Exuding confidence and being confident are two different things, but portraying confidence can help build inner confidence. So while you’re working on building that inner confidence, here are a few techniques to help you portray confidence.

  1. Don’t fidget

Everyone fidgets from time to time and it’s not something to be ashamed of, although it does have impacts on the way others perceive you. Fidgeting is a sign of nervousness and can show others that you’re uncomfortable in a situation. So next time you have to be confident in a stressful situation, be aware of fidgeting.  

  1. Mirroring 

Mirroring is when you mirror another person’s body language, tone of voice, and language. People like seeing other people that are like themselves. So if you’re not sure how to act in a certain situation where you have to be confident, this is a great technique. 

  1. Body language 

Although words can be convincing, body language is the main indicator of confidence. If you take on a more confident stance, you’ll not only appear more confident, but you’ll start to feel more confident as well. Don’t try taking up as little space as possible and keep your head up high. You’re there for a reason and your body language should empower you. 

  1. Eye contact

Keeping eye contact isn’t always the easiest, but when you do, it helps portray that you’re confident in your presence. Of course, don’t over-do the amount of eye contact you give. Excessive eye contact can be uncomfortable, so find a happy medium. 

  1. Improve posture 

Similar to body language, posture can be a huge indicator of confidence. Being hunched over does not portray the image you’re trying to convey, so always remember to keep a straight posture when you have to be more confident.

Fun Activities in Lake Geneva

Lake Geneva has a lot to offer with many historical locations, businesses, and stunning views. To help you decide what you want to do during your next stop in Lake Geneva, we created a list of fun activities that you can try.

  1. Explore downtown Lake Geneva

Downtown Lake Geneva is a place where you can never get bored. At every corner, you’ll find something that you want to try out. Although, it can be hard to choose which boutiques to stop at. Good thing we have a blog post for that as well! 

Boutiques in Lake Geneva 

  1. Go to a brewery or winery

Lake Geneva is home to many breweries and wineries. For a brewery to check out, we recommend Topsy Turvey. They have craft beers that are made with the finest ingredients in small batches. For a winery, we recommend The Bottle Shop. They have over 800 wines from around the world that you can buy or enjoy in-store. 

  1. Visit the Geneva Lake Museum 

Learning can be fun too! The Geneva Lake Museum is home to many artifacts and exhibits that share the long history of Lake Geneva. Learning more about Lake Geneva helps make the town come to life. So next time you’re on main street, take a step back in time at the Geneva Lake Museum.  

  1. Have a spa day

After enjoying everything Lake Geneva has to offer, there’s no better way to relax than with a trip to the spa. One of the most popular spas in town is the Grand Geneva Resort and Spa, although they have many other amenities that might catch your interest. 

  1. Walk around the trails in Lake Geneva

Lake Geneva is home to many stunning views that are best enjoyed on the city’s trails. The most popular trail is of course the Geneva Lake Shore Path that wraps around the lake that the city gets its name from. For more hiking trails near Lake Geneva, check out our past blog post. 

Hiking Trails Near Lake Geneva

Techniques for Positive Self-talk

Positive self-talk can often be difficult when everything seems to be going wrong, but a big part of growing is finding the ability to love yourself, even in negative situations. To help get you out of a negative mindset, we’ve compiled a list of techniques for positive self-talk. 

  1. Find joy in negative situations 

Finding humor even in the worst of situations can be a natural catharsis. Laughing reduces stress and tension almost immediately, so if you want to break the habit of negative self-talk, laugh instead! Find the joy and humor in negative situations even when it seems impossible. 

  1. Reaffirm yourself 

Positively reaffirming your abilities can help you get out of a bad mindset. Saying to yourself little things like “I am good enough” or “I can do this” can help you realize that you are those things, and the only person who was holding you back from being “good enough” was yourself. Always remember to treat yourself the way you would treat others.

  1. Identify negative self-talk tendencies 

In what scenarios do you often resort to negative self-talk? If a few scenarios come to mind, these are the situations that you might want to focus your positive self-talk on. Feeding your mindset with negative self-talk during these situations doesn’t benefit your ability to grow or adapt. Instead, focus on a growth mindset and mentally prepare for these situations with positive affirmations.  

  1. Find positive friends 

It’s easy to say you want to think more positively until you’re surrounded by negative people again. It’s easy to absorb the emotions of those around you, especially when it’s all you come into contact with. Once you fall right back into those negative thoughts, it can be damaging. To avoid this, always have those positive people in your life who will support your positive outlook on life. 

  1. Check your thoughts

When you’re having a bad day, make sure to check in with your thoughts. Ask yourself if your thoughts are becoming more negative and it’s causing you to go into a deeper state of negativity. Identifying the sources can be hard, especially when it’s yourself. So always check in with yourself because at the end of the day, that’s who matters most. 

Boutiques in Lake Geneva

A day in Lake Geneva isn’t complete without stopping at a boutique. Unfortunately, there are so many shops and not enough hours in the day to visit all of them. To help you decide which boutiques to visit, we have compiled a list of Lake Geneva boutiques that you need to stop at during your next day out.

  1. Geneva Lakes Jewelry

This boutique will fulfill all of your jewelry needs. Geneva Lakes Jewelry is a woman owned business with artisan made and environmentally sustainable pieces. You can shop from their collection of jewelry, or you can have a custom order done! Visit their website or in person at 728 Main Street from 10am-5pm. 

  1. Water Lilly 

Water Lilly has fashionable finds for women and children. They are open all week from 10am-7pm and currently have a half price sale for some of their items. Make sure to visit them at 235 Broad Street in Lake Geneva while the sale is still here!

  1. JAYNE 

JAYNE prides themselves on having clothing for women of all generations. Not only are their clothes ageless, they are also absolutely stunning with a wide variety of options to choose from. Located at 771 W. Main Street, this shop is open 10am-7pm everyday. Although, you can also place orders through their website with the option of curbside pickup! 

  1. Tres Belle Boutique 

Tres Belle Boutique has everything you would expect to find in a boutique. They have clothing, bags, accessories, jewelry, and much more! This truly is a hidden gem that is located at 233 Broad Street, open 10:30am-5pm. 

  1. Soho Boutique 

This boutique has trendy clothing with fashionable brands. They have an online shopping option, but if you want to make a stop in person, they are located at 875 W. Main Street. Soho is open all week from 10am-6pm, but on Sundays they are open from 11am-5pm.