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1. The difference between visitor and local photos in Downtown Milwaukee
One of the best slides from yesterday's Public Policy Forum luncheon showed a Flirk map of Downtown Milwaukee. It contrasted, by color, where locals took and shared photos vs. photos from visitors. And, the contrast was striking.
2. New report says Downtown needs more connectivity
A new report by Hunden Strategic Partners in Chicago was presented yesterday at a Public Policy Forum luncheon at the Intercontinental Milwaukee. It calls for more connectivity and density, and makes some obvious but not apparent to all observations.
3. Meijer sets opening dates for new Grafton, Kenosha stores
A little more than two years after announcing it was considering expansion into Wisconsin, Meijer has confirmed the opening date for its first two supercenters.
4. Mandel Group, offers residents free Bublr Bike rides
Mandel Group is offering its 1,500 residents unlimited free Bublr rides to demonstrate the convenience of bike sharing.
5. Sydney b. opens in Shorewood
Sydney b., a boutique for children, opened in Shorewood today. The shop, 4529 N. Oakland Ave., offers unique clothing, shoes, accessories and educational toys for kids ages 0 to 12 years old.
6. Kessler's Diamonds plans Downtown store
Kessler's Diamonds will open a store in the George Watts & Son building, 450 E. Mason St., on Thursday, Oct. 1. The space was formerly occupied by DeLind Gallery of Fine Art.
7. Alderman calls for immediate inspection of rails that transport crude oil
Alderman Terry L. Witkowski has drafted Common Council legislation urging state and federal regulators to conduct immediate and thorough inspections of the railroad tracks, crossings and bridges on which highly combustible Bakken crude oil is carried through Milwaukee.
8. Maker Faire Milwaukee returns in September
Maker Faire Milwaukee is coming back and will again be produced by the Betty Brinn Children's Museum and Milwaukee Makerspace.
9. Shorewood Pick 'N Save closes today
The Roundy's Pick 'N Save in Shorewood closes today. It's being replaced by a new development that will include a Roundy's Metro Market grocery store.
10. Business confidence is on the rise
Several jaws dropped and eyebrows rose in January when BizTimes predicted a robust year of national economic growth for 2015. Well, we're at the quarter pole, and so far, so good.
11. Mayfair adds Garage clothing store
This morning, Mayfair Mall announced that it will add a Garage location - the clothing store, not the place to put your car - to its lineup of retailers.
12. Natural beauty found through "Lost"
This is what happens when someone who writes a blog "with a polished finger on the pulse of beauty, fashion, fitness and nutrition trends" binge watches the first season of "Lost."
13. How Bucks' Downtown plan can affect city
The Milwaukee Bucks aim to create a true urban plan around its new Downtown arena, and the billion dollar concept could have far reaching effects. Read on to see how some in the community feel about the project.
14. Associated Bank debuts new ad during NCAA championship game
Wisconsin headquartered Associated Bank launches the company's new broadcast ad campaign during tonight's NCAA Championship basketball game.
15. 5 Hearts Boutique closing soon
After five years in business, 5 Hearts Boutique, 153 N. Milwaukee St., is closing. Mother-and-daughter team Kelly and Mary Jo Mansell opened the women's clothing and gift boutique in 2010.
16. 9 cool Milwaukee business signs
Signs are important. They often lure us, or don't lure us, into businesses. Here are some great Milwaukee signs and chime in with your favorites.
17. #wewant remix: Three kitchen gadgets you have to try
Smoking food indoors, easier fermentation, and a better espresso. I brought three of my new favorite kitchen items to WISN with Thema Ponton; check them out!
18. 7 things you should have bought at Maker Market
Milwaukee's Maker Market kicked off their first one of the season this weekend. Here are 7 great things you could have bought -- and still should.
19. Carhartt coming to The Mayfair Collection
The Mayfair Collection leased a space immediately north of Old Navy to Carhartt, Inc. It is scheduled to open this summer.
20. New report details Downtown growth
In a new report released Wednesday, City Observatory found that Downtown employment centers of the nation's largest metropolitan areas are recording faster job growth than areas located further from the city center.
21. Shorewood Pick 'N Save closing in May as construction on new Metro Market begins
The first phase of construction officially begins today on an 85,000-square foot, two-level flagship Roundy's Metro Market in the Village of Shorewood. Completion is estimated for January 2016.
22. The Onion toasts the "Milwaukee Historical Museum" in today's edition
The Onion's Milwaukee print product is long gone, but Milwaukee lives on in the parody publication as the "Milwaukee Historical Museum" finds its way into the faux headlines today.
23. Harley Project LiveWire Experience tour expands overseas
Riders around the world will have the chance to add their voices to help shape the future of Project LiveWire, Harley-Davidson's first electric motorcycle, as the company's Project LiveWire Experience tour expands globally in 2015.
24. #wewant remix: Fitness apps
Chances are your New Year's resolution involved diet and exercise. These two free apps can help you reach your goals!
25. Greater Milwaukee Auto Show parks Downtown this weekend
The Greater Milwaukee Auto Show drives into the Wisconsin Center from Saturday, Feb. 21 to Sunday, March 1.