Forbes: Milwaukee's a "comeback city"
Milwaukee's been on a mighty comeback for 10-15 years now. Yesterday, Forbes took note of what many of us already know. In its latest list, Milwaukee's a "top 10 comeback city."
Alterra slides from punches to points
Alterra Coffee Roasters has launched its new loyalty program so it's time to trade in those paper coffee punch cards. On your next visit to any of its 11 locations, you'll get a new plastic loyalty card.
Asian Mart to become Ugly's
Asian Mart, 1125 N. Old World 3rd St., will close in about a week. Owner Carmelino Capati, who operated the Asian food store for 38 years, is retiring.
Sendik's chips in big for the MACC Fund
The 10 Balisteri-owned and operated Sendik's Food Markets presented a check for $107,300 to the MACC Fund during their annual company awards program this week.
Concours Motors brings wheelchair-accessible vehicle to 2012 Auto Show
Milwaukee car dealership Concours Motors will debut the first vehicle designed specifically for wheelchair accessibility at the 2012 Greater Milwaukee Auto Show, Feb. 25-March 4.
Hot Mama opening this summer at Bayshore
Designer fashion boutique Hot Mama is opening its second Wisconsin store at the Bayshore Town Center this summer.
Soref's Carpet City is closed
According to a sign in the window, Soref's Carpet City, 431 S. 2nd St., is closed. The remaining inventory is available at a discount by appointment only.
"What's right with America?" Milwaukee's Sweet Water Organics
The Economist's Schumpeter blog had an engaging item this weekend titled "This time it's serious: America is becoming a less attractive place to do business." It's a bold topic, but one with a solution and that solution could be right here in Milwaukee.
Cash mob opens wallets to support indie bookshops
Keep your flash mobs, I prefer the idea of the Cash Mob. That's an event where folks get out and support local businesses by opening their wallets. Occupy Riverwest is going to "cash mob" (if that's a verb) two indie booksellers - People's Books Co-op, 2122 E. Locust St., and Woodland Pattern Book Center, 720 E. Locust St. - today from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Target to debut new Brookfield store this summer
Target has announced plans to open a new location in Brookfield at West Bluemound Road and Columbia Boulevard this July.
Community Bark coming to Bay View
Community Bark Dog Wash & Coffee Bar will open a second location this summer in Bay View.
A bright future for Milwaukee water hub
Most Americans don't think twice when we turn on the tap and drink a glass of fresh, clean water. For billions of others in the world, the procurement of drinking water is a daily chore that often involves carrying the water great distances. That chore is often performed by the women in Third World countries. Given the scarcity of fresh drinking water around the world, Charles Fishman thinks Milwaukee's effort to become the "World Water Hub for water research, economic development and education" is a winning concept with a bright future.
New type of "wedding show" coming to Third Ward
Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward introduces a new type of wedding show on Saturday, Feb. 25.
Waxwing on the way
Waxwing, a new artist consignment shop, will open at 4415 N. Oakland Ave. in Shorewood on March 15. The shop will provide space for local artists to display and sell their work.
Mashable: Milwaukee is No. 8 in Meetup Tech Groups
Milwaukee ranks again. This time as far as Meetup numbers go.
Have a heart and share your "soles" this February
Whether you're a fan of Valentine's Day, under a complete boycott or simply apathetic to a holiday devoted to flowers and chocolate, there's something going on in Milwaukee that will help you feel warmer and fuzzier than any bouquet of long-stems.
Perplexing car wash prices
Since I don't know jack about cars or things like that, it got me to wondering. Is it really worth the extra $8 to get the top-of-the-line wash?
LEGO constructing a new store in Mayfair Mall
The LEGO Group kicks off construction on the first Milwaukee-area LEGO store at Mayfair Mall this week.
Lisbon Food Village proposal could boost West Side neighborhoods
Residents in the West Side neighborhoods of Lenox Heights. Enderis Park and Enderis East have learned that there is a proposal to transform three adjacent, vacant properties on the 6600 block of West Lisbon Avenue into the sustainable Lisbon Food Village, an urban farming and food co-op.
Financing complete for two new Mandel Group projects
Two large projects move ahead this week as Mandel Group, Inc. has finalized financing for the next phase of North End and a new development in Shorewood.
Meet a guy who wears a Statue of Liberty costume to work
You've seen those people wearing Statue of Liberty costumes during tax season. Here's an interview with one of them.
Third Ward gets some New York Times love
Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward gets some nice exposure this week in a cool slide show on nytimes.com.
Help celebrate the Best In Business
I know 2012 has just begun, but do yourself a favor. Put a star and write "BizTimes" down on your calendar for the late afternoon of Dec. 4.
More "free" parking Downtown?
A proposed ordinance would expand the list of "free" city parking days to include any day designated as a paid holiday day off for city employees.
An observation and a reminder
For more than a few years now, I've been secretly and not-so-secretly monitoring how brands, restaurants and companies have been using their social identities as customer relationship tools. It never ceases to amaze me the lack of effort that is put into a very easy avenue for communicating with customers.