Basically Balsam

The highest quality clothing and products you’ll be proud to wear and use.

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Custom Embroidery

Basically Balsam has a professional grade, in house, embroidery machine for custom garment orders.

Promotional Items

Promote your business or organization with a huge selection of promotional items! Full customization with your brand.

Clothing Line

Locals and tourists love to show their enthusiasm for Balsam Lake! Basically Balsam has a variety of Balsam Lake clothing, hats, and more!

Unique Merchandise

Basically Balsam has a large inventory of unique items, gifts, games, and toys. Whether you need Disc Golf gear, kids games, or Jewelry, stop in and check out our treasures.

Our Story

Basically Balsam opened on April 29, 2009.  It is the dream come true for Steven and Caroline Rediske, of Balsam Lake, Wisconsin.   After years of running a successful home based business, Sew Creative USA, they purchased the original bank building in town and turn it into a fun local shopping attraction.

Creating a store front and combining it with their embroidery business, Basically Balsam offers a unique combination of items to its customers. In-store purchases of locally flavored clothing items, featuring the Balsam Lake name, as well a hundreds of other items ready to buy, give customers a lot of options for gifts or themselves. But, customization is also available too.

Basically Balsam owns a “DTG” Direct-to-Garment printer! It is perfect for printing a business logos, photos, graphics, or text onto a t-shirt or sweatshirt for business or personal applications.

If you’d like something special embroidered, we are able to custom design and sew on just about anything. At Basically Balsam, you can create personalized hats, jackets, shirts, sweatshirts, bags, towels, robes, and more! Come look through our catalogs for the item you like sewn, provide us with the artwork or have us create it, and let us do the rest.

Steve & Caroline Rediske

Steve & Caroline Rediske


Steve and Caroline Rediske opened Basically Balsam in 2009, bringing their successful custom embroidering business together with their love for their community.

Now combined, customers can find a wide variety of merchandise celebrating Balsam Lake or custom order something specially designed for them.