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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

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1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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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4. 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.
5. Suburban companies comprise "Fastest Five"
The Council of Small Business Executives (COSBE) recently unveiled its list of the "Fastest Five" companies.
6. 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.
7. #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!
8. Clear Water Outdoor to open in Third Ward
Clear Water Outdoor will move into the former Cranston space, 250 N. Water St.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. #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.
14. 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.
15. #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.
16. 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.
17. #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.
18. It's champagne time for Contemporary Pull
Milwaukee-based business Conteporary Pull celebrated a summer of successes.
19. 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.
20. #Shop Local: The 414 crew fleece
I don't need to remind you that fall is coming. Hopefully, it's several weeks away but the nights are surely getting cooler so thoughts turn to longer sleeves. Thankfully, I have this 414 crew fleece from Too Much Metal in my closet.
21. Salon: Milwaukee is the new Portland
For me, Milwaukee is Milwaukee and we should be darn proud of it. But a comparison to Portland isn't bad and it's exactly what Richard Manning of OnEarth.org writes today on Salon.com.
22. Has the selfie killed the autograph?
There's your favorite celebrity. What do you do? Ask for an autograph? Nope. You whip out your phone, if it's not already in hand and take a selfie with him or her. It's the way the world. But, is it the best financial move?
23. Food Truck Week: Jamaican Kitchen and Grill
I typically don't run across many food trucks day-to-day as I'm running between Lambeau Field, Miller Park and the Bradley Center -- but on my way to Green Bay today I shot down Wells toward I-43 for a quick bite, and the Jamaican Kitchen and Grill Food Truck was a nice surprise. The curry chicken was on special, and it was a great choice.
24. The Home Market to move
The Home Market, 222 E. Erie St., will move on Monday, Aug. 25 to a new space, 309 N. Water St. Both the old and the new location are in the Third Ward.
25. #Shop Local: MilwaukeeHome Water Bottle
Today, the OnMilwaukee.com Shop Local marketplace offers a cool summer item, the official MilwaukeeHome stainless steel water bottle.