On a recent afternoon off, my mom and I decided to head to the nearby town of Fish Creek for lunch and a little shopping. For new visitors to Door County, Fish Creek is the town just south of Ephraim on Highway 42. It’s full of shops, restaurants and plenty to do. While the town was bustling, we were still able to find a prime parking spot on the main drag.
Having not long ago enjoyed a carry out meal from The Cookery (I highly recommend the fish tacos which are made with lake perch!), we chose to get to-go sandwiches from The Fish Creek Market. They are under new ownership (see this Pulse article about it’s 105-year-old history), but their sandwiches are still lovingly called the Norzwich, a nod to previous owners and come with fruit or chips and a homemade cookie. As we waited for our sandwiches to be prepared, we wandered around the market admiring that they truly are a one stop shop. They had everything from a large beverage selection (adult and otherwise), a nice mix of grocery items (cheese curds, sweet corn and hummus to name a few that caught my eye), to even puzzles featuring local scenes. Cristina, one of the owners, was there to answer any questions and at the ready for any request. I was happy to see that the store requires a mask and has plexiglass panels to keep employees and shoppers alike safe.
We took our sandwiches to the nearby park across the street. The park is tucked behind the Alexander Noble House Museum. The museum is unfortunately closed at this time, but even from the outside you can see the history and era it represents. The park has a few benches and picnic tables under the trees, and we were able to enjoy our meal with a view of the lively street scene below.
After our simple, yet delicious, lunch we were ready to shop! There are quite a few stores along the main drag of Fish Creek but we were mission focused and headed straight to Fred & Company, a women’s boutique that offers cute clothes, jewelry and more. The “more” we were after were new pairs of Birkenstocks for both of us. With the help of friendly staff, we were quickly walking out with a new pair each, success! The store requires masks and limits to 5 shoppers at a time, a precaution that allowed everyone to wander around the store while maintaining a safe distance. If we had more time, we could have done much more damage to our pocketbooks. But, we will undoubtedly be back to that shop, and the many others, on offer in our neighboring Fish Creek.