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1. 6 things to buy at MKE Oktoberfest
This year, The MKE Oktoberfest will hold its first ever German Market. From soap made from beer to baby lederhosen, here's a list so you can get your money in order for what you want to buy first.
2. The Waxwing needs your support
The Waxwing, an artist consignment shop, will move to a new, larger location on the East Side and to make this dream a reality owner Steph Davies has created a Kickstarter campaign.
3. Kesslers Diamonds opens in Downtown tomorrow
The new Kesslers Diamonds store in Downtown Milwaukee opens Friday, Oct. 2, at 450 E. Mason St.
4. Report: CP Holiday Train scheduled to make Milwaukee stops again this year
Today, Metro Parent Magazine reports that the Holiday Train will stop in Wauwatosa thanks to the efforts of the two Girls Scouts in the city. Last year, the train stopped at 10 cities in Wisconsin, including Sturtevant, Milwaukee and Hartland.
5. 401 Building in Downtown sold
An affiliate of Phoenix Investors, LLC (Phoenix) has purchased the office office building located at 401 E. Kilbourn Ave. (401 Building), in Downtown Milwaukee from D&K Management LLC.
6. Restoration Hardware moving into Rubin's space
After more than 20 years in business, Rubin's Furniture, 224 E. Chicago St., will close. Restoration Hardware, another home furnishings retail chain, will take over the space.
7. #wewant remix: Tabletop Games
Tabletop games are surging in popularity. I brought three to WISN this morning to fit any type of crowd.
8. Hanging onto summer at the South Shore Farmers Market
There may not be much summer left in Milwaukee, but cooler weather isn't not keeping people away from the last few South Shore Farmers Markets. This year, it runs until Oct. 10. On a beautiful, crisp Saturday morning, I captured a little video to savor the waning days the season along with a few hundred of my neighbors and friends.
9. Sendik's Food Markets launch program to transform food waste into energy
In the U.S. alone more than 36 million tons of food waste is sent to landfills each year; Sendik's Grind2Energy program aims to reduce methane gas and convert waste to energy.
10. Here's the deal with that new mural in Downtown
The final Night Market of the season is tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 16. You shouldn't miss it. You'll also probably find it hard to miss the new large black and white geometric mural that's perched on the side of parking structure near the corner of 4th Street and Wisconsin Avenue.
11. The Waxwing lands new East Side space
The Waxwing, an art gallery and artists' boutique, will move from its Shorewood location to new East Side digs, 1800 E. North Ave. The space - which is four times larger than the current location - is on the corner of North and Oakland Avenues - exactly where Pizza Man was before it was consumed by a fire.
12. MilwaukeeHome expands into other cities
MilwaukeeHome, the Milwaukee-inspired brand created by Melissa Thornton, has created a cool niche in Milwaukee. Now, the brand's going national as it's expanded into multiple markets as
13. Container Store set to open Mayfair location Saturday
The Container Store will open its first Wisconsin location this weekend on Saturday, Sept. 12 in the Mayfair Mall outlot.
14. What I'm enjoying right now, and how you can enjoy these things too
What am I enjoying right now? Other than, of course, my family, faith and friends, the list could get long quickly so I'll keep it to eight. What's on your list? As you think about it, enjoy these.
15. Night Market shines bright
An unseasonably cool and windy August night didn't stop NEWaukee's Night Market from heating up Wednesday evening. Rather, the crowd bundled up and took in the local vendors, food trucks, dancers and marshmallow making.
16. Redevelopment plans moving forward for King Building in Bay View
Redevelopment plans have emerged for the King Building, located at 2534 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., in Bay View.
17. Meijer stores in Oak Creek and Wauwatosa open today
Today, Meijer opened two more stores in Wisconsin - one in Oak Creek and the other in Wauwatosa - furthering the company's estimated $750 million investment in the state. The two new supercenters join the ones previously opened in Grafton and Kenosha back in June.
18. J. Crew Mercantile opening at The Mayfair Collection
J. Crew will open its second Mercantile branded store in the country at The Mayfair Collection shopping center, between Ulta and Men's Wearhouse. J. Crew Mercantile offers a more affordable line of clothing.
19. First look: Float Milwaukee
If you've never heard of floating and sensory deprivation tanks, let us answer this question for you: it's not a form of torture. Rather, some consider it the ultimate form of relaxation, injury recovery and meditation, and it's coming to Milwaukee very soon.
20. We all scream for #UberIceCream
That's right, Downtown Milwaukee may not have a ton of ice cream options but you can order ice cream on demand with #UberIceCream.
21. Shopping for new shades and glasses
I need a new pair of glasses. I have two pair with my current prescription and one (an awesome SwissFlex frame) with outdated lenses. Yet, I seldom wear either pair other than late at night. This isn't probably the best course for my long term eye health, so I'm on the hunt for a new, cool frame.
22. #wewant Remix: Kinkajou Bottle Cutter
The DIY possibilities are nearly endless with this clever bottle cutter. What would you make?
23. Mayfair welcomes Wisconsin's first Hanna Andersson store
Mayfair today announced Hanna Andersson, a manufacturer and retailer of quality children's clothing, will open its first Wisconsin store in the shopping center this fall.
24. Monkey Bar does a garage good
I wanted my garage stuff accessible for and my family and needed to maximize the walls to provide more storage. This is exactly what Monkey Bar did.
25. Blush closes Third Ward location
Blush (A Beauty Boutique) closed its Third Ward location at 249 N. Water St. on Wednesday, July 1. The Mequon store, 1515 W. Mequon Rd., remains open.