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1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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 I have two pair with my current prescription and one (an awesome SwissFlex frame) with outdated lenses.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.
6. #wewant Remix: Kinkajou Bottle Cutter
The DIY possibilities are nearly endless with this clever bottle cutter. What would you make?
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. Mayfair welcomes kate spade new york
Today, Mayfair announced kate spade new york will join the mall's retailer lineup. The first-in-Wisconsin kate spade new york full-price store is projected to open in spring 2016 and will be located on the lower level center court.
11. Minimize with Bedrock Sandals
The breeze cools the tops of my feet and sneaks between my toes as my soles deftly navigate every detail of the varied terrain through the most minimal athletic shoe I have ever invested in - Bedrock Sandals.
12. Commonplace pops up in the Third Ward
A men's accessories shop has popped up on Broadway.
13. MillerCoors Milwaukee brewery and corporate offices now landfill-free
MillerCoors, an American brewer with more than 450 years of combined heritage, yesterday announced that its Milwaukee brewery and corporate offices are landfill-free.
14. Mayfair Mall hosts LEGO Americana Roadshow
If you're a fan of LEGOs and landmarks, then indeed everything is awesome today as Mayfair Mall announced it will play host to The LEGO Americana Roadshow from Saturday, June 13 through Sunday, June 28.
15. Join me, my lovely wife and Hank at the Tailgate for Peace
The Tailgate for Peace is June 16, and the only catch is that you'll have to also hang out with me and my lovely wife, Stephanie. Stephanie and I are truly honored to serve as hosts of the event that includes the game from the Gehl Club, an awesome catered meal, top shelf beverages, a silent auction, Hank and much more.
16. Why is this Downtown store named "Hot Flash?"
Every time I walk or drive by Hot Flash Pantry, 701 W. Wisconsin Ave., I chortle to myself, wondering why someone would name a store after something that suggests an unpleasant time in every woman's life. On Friday, I finally stopped in to get the scoop on the name.
17. 5 reasons you won't want to miss Experience Inbound
The Experience Inbound Sales and Marketing Conference comes back to the area on June 3, and since OnMilwaukee.com is a promotion partner we've compiled five reasons you should attend.
18. #wewant remix: Moto 360 Smartwatch
A smartwatch is a hard sell for me. Can Motorola's offering change my mind? I tested one for a month to find out.
19. 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.
20. 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.
21. 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.
22. 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.
23. 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.
24. 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.
25. 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.