Information about Appleton, WI and the small, locally-owned businesses located there.

The place for year round fun and activity

"The place for year round fun and activity"

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A little about Appleton

On the northwest shore of Lake Winnebago, Appleton is the largest city in an urban area known as the Fox Cities. The Fox Cities area includes nineteen communities along the Fox River and Lake Winnebago that boomed in the early 20th century producing paper products. Today the Fox Cities are known as Wisconsin’s Shopping Place. A large regional mall and many galleries, antique and specialty shops offer plenty of shopping options. Appleton is the cultural heart of the Fox Cities and is home to a spectacular performing arts center. Discover museums focusing on favorite son Harry Houdini, the paper industry, and one of the largest children’s museums in the Midwest. The elegant Hearthstone Historic House offers a tour of the past. The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, a Class A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers, and Kaukauna’s Wisconsin International Raceway provide plenty of sports entertainment.

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The history of Appleton

Fur traders seeking to do business with Fox River Valley Native Americans were the first European settlers in Appleton. Hippolyte Grignon built the White Heron in 1835 to house his family and serve as an inn and trading post. The community was incorporated as a city on March 2, 1857,[11] with Amos Storey as its first mayor. Early in the 20th century, it adopted the commission form of government. In 1890, 11,869 people lived in Appleton. The paper industry, beginning with the building of the first paper mill in the city in 1853, has been at the forefront of the development of Appleton. In order to provide electricity to the paper industry, the nation's first hydro-electric central station, the Vulcan Street Plant on the Fox River, began operation on September 30, 1882. The power plant also powered the Hearthstone House, the first residence in the world powered by a centrally located hydroelectric station using the Edison system.

Contact Information

3433 W. College Avenue
Appleton, Wisconsin

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Businesses in Appleton, Wisconsin

Here is a collection of local Appleton, Wisconsin businesses. Clicking on the thumbnail image, or the blue "View Member" will take you to that businesses page. We've included some jump links so that you can easily navigate to different categories of businesses. Those, can be found directly below as icons. Or, there is a list of categories in the menu bar.

Art Athletic Haircare / Spas Jewelry Lodging Restaurants Services Shopping Winery / Brewery


Coventry Glassworks & Gallery


See creation of light and color


Appleton Bicycle Shop


Established in 1939


Chaska Golf Course


For those that live golf


The Reel Shot


Fishing & Archery Pro Shop


Spa BenMarNico's

Haircare / Spas

A luxury, full service spa and salon


Avenue Jewelers


Jewelry designs handcrafted


CopperLeaf Boutique Hotel


73 room boutique hotel


Cozzy Corner


Authentic Soulfood


Home Burger Bar


Burgers unlike all others


IL Angolo Resto-Bar


Mediterranean fine dining




Rye offers a refined comfort food


The Cake Guru


Cupcakes, tortes, bars, cookies and signature cakes


Lake Winnebago Walleyes


Professional fishing guide service


Anderson Pens


Vintage & modern writing instruments and stationary


Appleton Import Records


A small, quirky shop with piles of records


Appleton Souvenir & Cigar Co.


Appleton's premier smoke shop and cigar lounge


Blue Moon Emporium


Local independent artists and designers.


Eco Candle


Soy and beeswax candles, handmade soap


hey, daisy!


Where fabulous applies to everything from cards to clothes.


Appleton Beer Factory

Winery / Brewery

We have an obvious and delicious priority - beer!.