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1. Marcus Lemonis-backed Bentley's Pet Stuff opens six new shops in Milwaukee
Marcus Lemonis' recent visit to Milwaukee for "The Profit" may not have gone according to plan, but he still has his sights on the Cream City, as his Bentley's Pet Stuff chain will open six new shops in around the city this weekend.
2. Lakefront Brewery serves up fifth annual Black Friday event
On Friday, Nov. 25, Lakefront Brewery will host its fifth annual Black Friday event, selling its special one-day-only Black Friday beer as well as Pumpkin Lager six-packs and exclusive Black Friday hats.
3. Downtown lights up tonight, begins festive holiday season
The magic of Christmas and the holiday season begins tonight, Thursday, Nov. 17, in Downtown Milwaukee. The City's Christmas tree is lit and more than 500,000 lights will illuminate the city at the Milwaukee Holiday Lights Kick-Off Extravaganza.
4. #wewant Remix: Coffee trends made easy
Let's face it, most of us are fueled by coffee. There are many kinds of ways to make and drink it, and new coffee trends appear all the time. I got a chance to try out two products that make two of those trends easier to prepare: The Dripo 2-in-1 Travel Iced-drip Coffee Maker and Omega Power Creamer
5. 8 questions for Vivek Wadhwa
The Milwaukee Jewish Federation holds its Economic Forum 2016 today, Oct. 27 at the Pfister Hotel. This year's event features Vivek Wadhwa as the keynote speaker, a futurist who is recognized as Silicon Valley's most provocative voice for his ideas on technology trends, globalization and U.S. competitiveness.
6. A month with a smart watch that isn't an Apple Watch
The Vector Luna really does look a real watch at first glance, although it puts me off by its thickness. From a distance, its screen looks pretty good, but wearing it, I never got past its very low resolution and lack of brightness. That's a trade off for its month-long battery life, but I can't help but feel like I'm wearing a piece of technology more like a Palm Pilot than an iPhone.
7. Badger Liquor announced as first tenant for new Schlitz Park Warehouse Space
The developers of Schlitz Park today announced that Badger Liquor, Wisconsin's largest wine and spirits distributor, has signed a 10-year lease for 24,000 square feet of office space in Schlitz Park's RiverCenter building, 1555 River Center Dr.
8. Marquette and UW make top 20 in country for school spirit
We are Marquette! U-rah-rah! Wisconsin! It's really no surprise that both Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison rank in the top 20 for "colleges with the most school spirit."
9. Clear Water Outdoor in the Third Ward is closing
Clear Water Outdoor, an adventure/ sports retailer located at 250 N. Water St. in the Third Ward, will close by mid October. The company's Lake Geneva and Delafield shops will remain open.
10. #JHFitTour is coming to Milwaukee
This weekend and next week you'll have the chance to casually explore the custom fit clothing world of J. Hilburn as the brand brings its fashions to Milwaukee via the #JHFitTour at three local destinations.
11. Missing: Michael Cudahy's swans
Milwaukee visionary and philanthropist, Michael Cudahy, has lost his swans and needs help locating them.
12. Your Verizon phone just got a lot faster
Today, Verizon data speeds got faster. Verizon just rolled out its LTE Advanced technology to bring 50% faster peak wireless data speeds to more than 288 million people in 461 cities, including Milwaukee.
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13. Roots: Underground Outfitter moves to Downer Avenue
After three years in business, Roots: Underground Outfitter, an urban upscale clothing store for primarily men, will relocate from 5328 W. Vliet St. to 2622 N. Downer Ave. in the former Paperwork space.
14. L.L.Bean to open its first Wisconsin store in Brookfield next spring
Outdoor retailer L.L.Bean is set to expand its retail operation with the opening of its first Wisconsin store, scheduled to open the spring of 2017. The L.L.Bean store will be located at The Corners of Brookfield.
15. People's Books reaches last chapter
After 42 years in business in three different locations, People's Books Cooperative, 804 E. Center St., will close on Wednesday, Aug. 31.
16. Luci Boutique to open Walker's Point location
Milwaukee's Walker's Point neighborhood continues to grow every day into a full-fledged community with an eclectic dining and bar scene, antique shops, salons and more. One piece that wasn't quite there yet is slowly trickling in and that is the retail market.
17. Sendik's announces new Waukesha location
Sendik's Food Markets announced today that the locally-owned grocer will open a new location at 701 Meadowbrook Dr. in Waukesha. The new store marks the fifth recently announced new location for the grocery store chain.
18. Welcome, Northwestern Mutual
Agents and their families flock to Milwaukee every year this week, and each year I love the buzz that's created by adding 11,000 visitors to Downtown Milwaukee. As a community, we need to champion the corporations that choose Milwaukee as their home, so thanks NM!
19. Near West Side Partners announces "Rev-Up MKE" finalists
Near West Side Partners, Inc. announced eight finalists selected for the Rev-Up MKE small business competition. The program's goal is to provide an opportunity to expand or start a business on the Near West Side and receive the support it needs to succeed.
20. Outpost Natural Foods launches "Milk Money" program
Hunger is real in the Milwaukee area. A new program at Outpost Natural Foods Cooperative will allow customers to pay it forward with the purchase of vouchers for nutritious wholesome milk which will be distributed by Hunger Task Force to local families.
21. Trio MKE offers smart living through tech and design
Milwaukee is chock-a-block with single young professionals wanting to take advantage of the city's bustling downtown area. It only makes sense to bring the concept of luxury living in efficient spaces to the popular Walker's Point neighborhood. Enter Trio MKE.
22. Downtown's trails of bagels bewilder
Curious minds want to know who is behind a regular bakery bonanza in Downtown Milwaukee. Several residents in the neighborhood tell me that streets and bridges are consistently laced with multiple bakery items several times per week.
23. We all scream for #UberIceCream this Friday
Downtown Milwaukee may not have a ton of ice cream options but you can order frozen treats on demand with #UberIceCream this Friday.
24. Former Lowe's building at Midtown Center sold to Milwaukee firm
The former Lowe's building located north of Milwaukee's Midtown Center, 5800 W. Hope St., has been acquired by Phoenix Midtown, LLC. The 134,000-square foot structure has been vacant since the Lowe's store closed five years ago.
25. Dragonfly on Brady closing in early 2017
After 16 years, Annette French plans to close the doors to Dragonfly, 1117 E. Brady St., in early 2017. Dragonfly, a funky hive of new and vintage goodies, was one of the East Side's go-to shops for gifts, clothing, jewelry and unique household items.