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1. Verizon awards Sojourner Family Center $20,000 grant
Milwaukee's Sojourner Family Center was awarded a $20,000 grant from Verizon through as part of a financial pledge made through "Because Voices Have Power," a social media campaign that encouraged people to share messages of hope to domestic violence victims and survivors.
2. First Meijer locations in the state announce store openings
This afternoon, Meijer announced that it's in the home stretch of preparing its first Wisconsin locations for its grand openings. The Michigan-based retailer has confirmed that its two new supercenters in Grafton and Kenosha will open this June, with the following two locations in Oak Creek and Wauwatosa to open shortly after in August.
3. Fyndig closes Shorewood location while assessing next move
Fyndig, the "responsible fashion" boutique for men and women will close its Shorewood location at the end of January.
4. 5 things you need to make brunch at home
Snow is in the forecast this Sunday morning -- which of course made me think about making brunch at home -- instead of my usual fare out. I needed an e-commerce trip to find everything I need to do it. Maybe you'll need these things, too.
5. Jump aboard, it's OK
All things happen as they should and as Milwaukee gets closer and closer to realizing the economic potential of a streetcar system it's time to think of this project for what it is - a part of an integrated, modern transportation system that includes roads, cars, buses, trolleys, rail, bikes, trails, the river and more.
6. Olive Fine Organic Living plans to close
Olive Fine Organic Living, 2624 N. Downer Ave., will most likely close on Saturday, Jan. 31. Owner Michael Katarincic says he would prefer to keep the shop open, but doesn't see it working out.
7. The Waxwing will remain open!
Earlier this month, Steph Davies announced that her art and gift consignment shop, Waxwing, would close at the end of February. Well, plans have changed and The Waxwing will remain open through January 2016.
8. Honors set for Wisconsin renewable energy leaders
At its fourth annual Energy Policy Summit, RENEW Wisconsin will present awards to businesses and individuals whose achievements and vision helped lift Wisconsin's renewable energy marketplace to new heights in 2014. RENEW's summit, titled "Unlocking the Clean Energy Transition," is set for Jan. 9 at UW-Madison's Union South.
9. The Waxwing will close in February
In 2012, Steph Davies opened The Waxwing, a local art and handmade gifts boutique at 4415 N. Oakland Ave. in Shorewood. Recently Davies learned that her landlord Nat Davauer was not going to renew her lease because he plans to use the space to expand his business Draft and Vessel which is located next door.
10. Angelic Bakehouse products coming to Sam's Club
This weekend, Angelic Bakehouse and sprouted grain products as a whole are poised to make a bigger leap into many homes and the consumer consciousness as the products will be available at Sam's Club.
11. #wewant: Last-minute gift ideas
Three more gadgets if you're still looking for gift ideas: waterproof your phone, a pen that never dries up and a tactical, self-defense flashlight.
12. #ShopLocal holidays: Milwaukee maps and more
The James Steeno Gallery features many unique items, but his Milwaukee area maps really stand out and have caught the attention of many, including our own Nick Barth.
13. #ShopLocal holidays: Milwaukee Coffee Passport
The Milwaukee Coffee Guild's unique holiday offering, the "Milwaukee Coffee Passport," gets you a free 12-ounce drink at participating local coffee shops.
14. Johnson Controls supply Lithium-ion batteries for Hybrid Range Rover
Today, Johnson Controls announced it will provide the Lithium-ion batteries for the Hybrid Range Rover.
15. #ShopLocal holidays: AJ Ugent Furs team colors ear muffs
Family owned and operated since 1922, A.J. Ugent Furs and Fashions features an extensive collection of furs, leathers, shearlings, woolens for men and women.
16. #wewant remix: ShopLocal
I brought a second round of local gift ideas to my #wewant segment on WISN, this time from our ShopLocal section. Great gift ideas await!
17. DCD committee reviews proposals for Garfield Avenue School
Yesterday, the DCD team reviewing the three proposals that were submitted - by Gorman and Co., Maures/Common Bond and Brinshore - to redevelop the former Garfield Avenue School and some adjacent property decided against making a recommendation.
18. West Elm opening in Third Ward
Home furnishings retailer West Elm has leased the entire first floor space at a signature Third Ward corner location.
19. Wisconsin Vision opening in former Metro Eye space
Wisconsin Vision announced today that it will open its first location near Downtown in the Historic Third Ward.
20. Downtown business group supports streetcar
Milwaukee Downtown, BID #21's board of directors has voted to support Mayor Barrett's current $123.9 million streetcar plan. The motion to endorse the initiative was approved at the Dec. 4 board of directors meeting.
21. Milwaukee-based Fashion Angels named finalist for 2015 Toy of the Year Award
It's My Biz by Milwaukee-based Fashion Angels, a line of activity kits designed to help tween girls build their self-confidence by becoming the SHE-E-Os of their own entrepreneurial businesses, is a finalist for a 2015 Toy of the Year (TOTY) Award.
22. #wewant remix: Shop locally, online
Shopping online doesn't necessarily mean sending your money out of your community. Milwaukee is home to a number of businesses selling their products online, and I brought two with me to my latest visit to WISN-12 news.
23. Season sets on Bublr bikes today
They're fun, easy to use, free for those less then 30-minute trips to meetings and a great addition to our city's transit infrastructure. But, after today, they're gone for the season.
24. 6 Kickstarters for your gift list
If you are looking for a unique gift idea this holiday idea Kickstarter could just be the answer. But -- what are the risks? Plus, here are six ideas to back this holiday season.
25. #ShopLocal: Milwaukee Downtown ornament series
The Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival ornaments are one-of-a-kind keepsakes. Great gifts for family, friends, co-workers and business associates, each year features an iconic Downtown landmark cast in pewter.