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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Monday, Nov. 24, 2014

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1. Local art auctions ready for your bids
The creative team at Plaid Tuba starts an innovative local art auction today on OnMilwaukee.com's ShopLocal marketplace.
2. Grand Avenue mall sale finalized
The sale of the 293,596-square foot Shops of Grand Avenue to Alliance Capital Invest was finalized today according to the mall's general manager Courtney Groff.
3. Modern transit for Milwaukee's Downtown and Lakefront moves forward
Downtown Milwaukee continues to grow -- and new streets, bikes lanes, the Bublr like, trolleys, taxis, Uber, Lyft and other components have made it easier to get around -- but is still without the sort of modern transportation system that connects neighborhoods in other vibrant cities. UPDATED: 8th District Ald. Robert Donovan opposes the plan in a letter to Rep. Dale Kooyenga.
4. Goldi in Shorewood is closing
In a phone conversation this morning, OnMilwaukee.com learned that Goldi in Shorewood is closing.
5. Net neutrality 101
In essence, preserving net neutrality would ensure that all consumers and businesses will have universal levels of access to a fast Internet, not just some preferred customers who would pay for "faster lanes" on the Internet.
6. Wendy Strong jumps from Visit Milwaukee to Sosh
Wendy Strong has left her position as director of public relations at VISIT Milwaukee to help launch a new communications division at Sosh, a social media agency in Downtown Milwaukee.
7. A free coffee lost and found
It's the little things, isn't it? Like today when I stopped at London Cleaners to pick up my shirts.
8. Apple Pay: not ready for prime time
Apple's new killer app, Apple Pay, may indeed someday change global commerce for good. That day isn't here yet, however. Three days after launch, my experiences with the NFC-based payment / tap to pay system show that Apple Pay is still very, very beta. At this point, you may find yourself using it barely at all.
9. Taking Alibaba for a test drive
Well before the Chinese eCommerce company Alibaba began making IPO rumblings in America, I was familiar with its offerings. I'd never bought anything from it ... until this month.
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10. Hoffer's Tropic Life Pets will close after 41 years
After 41 years in business, Mike Hoffer will close Hoffer's Tropic Life Pets, 7323 N. 76th St. But first, Hoffer has to find homes for hundreds of animals.
11. Suburban companies comprise "Fastest Five"
The Council of Small Business Executives (COSBE) recently unveiled its list of the "Fastest Five" companies.
12. Collaborate or die
Entertainment, education, development, sports, retail, transit, etc. There are many easy ways to help move Greater Milwaukee forward, but collaborating is key and without it we all die since we're all in it - no mater what it is - together.
13. #ShopLocal Radio Milwaukee's Fall Ball and wine tasting with the animals
We have two local shopping options for you this week. First up, 88NINE Radio Milwaukee holds its Fall Ball on Friday and you are invited. Next? Wine at the Zoo. And, there's a chance to win free tickets to the Saturday wine event!
14. Clear Water Outdoor to open in Third Ward
Clear Water Outdoor will move into the former Cranston space, 250 N. Water St.
15. Milwaukee Blacksmith selected as finalist for Martha Stewart awards
Milwaukee Blacksmith is a finalist for The 2014 Martha Stewart American Made Awards. Now's the time to vote for this local, family-owned company.
16. Koss Corp. faces steep challenges
Bottom line: Koss is losing money, has halted production at its plant in Mexico, is pulling back on research and development of new products and is suspending payment of dividends to shareholders.
17. Wells Street bridge parts due this week
The Wells Street bridge in Downtown Milwaukee will remain closed at least through tomorrow, Sept. 16, and most likely several days after.
18. 13 best things "Made in Wisconsin"
We may not have movie stars like California, oranges like Florida or corn like Iowa, but Wisconsin has a long list of excellent stuff we've given to the rest of the world. Here are the top 13 things that carry the "Made in Wisconsin" tag.
19. #ShopLocal: Backgammon table
This week, I'm picking this gaming table from Peabody's Interiors. It's on the higher end of my picks, but it's well made, classic and a conversation starter. Peabody's is located in Brown Deer and uses its online marketplace to showcase its quality products, its designer options and to support the Wisconsin Humane Society.
20. Goodwill Sale returns to Boston Store for the 20th year on Sept. 17
Boston Store is preparing for the 20th year of the semi-annual Goodwill Sale with Goodwill Industries. During the fall sale, which will take place from Sept. 17 to Oct. 4, The Bon-Ton Stores' 273 locations will accept donations of clothing and household textiles to benefit Goodwill.
21. #ShopLocal: New USS Milwaukee gear
The U.S. Navy christened its newest littoral combat ship, the USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) in a ceremony at the Marinette Marine Corporation shipyard in Marinette in January. Now, there's some cool gear for your to wear, too.
22. Hats off to the new Hen House
John and Kate McLaughlin, owners of The Brass Rooster - a men's hat shop in Bay View - will move to a larger location and open a women's hat shop called The Hen House in an adjoining space.
23. #ShopLocal: I Heart Hank Plush Dog
Cute and cuddly, this pup makes a great gift and a perfect good luck charm for the rest of the season. Buy one of these 8-inch tall dogs today and a percentage of the sale will be donated to Wisconsin Humane Society in honor of Hank.
24. It's champagne time for Contemporary Pull
Milwaukee-based business Conteporary Pull celebrated a summer of successes.
25. Simple, fun Debra Usinger Memorial dedicated on Milwaukee Riverwalk
To celebrate Debra Usinger's life and her dedication to civic life in Milwaukee, the Milwaukee RiverWalk District initiated and yesterday dedicated a memorial to honor her. The memorial is, appropriately, part of the RIverWalk that is directly across the river from Usinger's Famous Sausage.