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126. 6 big questions, 6 easy answers
People ask me all the time what is the most important thing I've learned in 15 years of self-employment. That's an easy one: be agile. Trust your gut. Keep meetings short. Act on good ideas, don't try the bad ideas. Make good decisions even if they upset people occasionally.
127. Metro, Greater or Milwaukeeland? Yes.
Metro Milwaukee, greater Milwaukee or Milwaukeeland. Whatever you call it, "it" is way more than merely the City or County of Milwaukee. So, it's exciting to see that the Milwaukee area will work with the Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase in a four-year project called the Exchange Network.
128. Creepy or cute: mechanical Christmas bears at the mall
Every holiday season for the past 11 years, these musical, mechanical bears return to The Shops Of Grand Avenue, and every year I ask myself the same question: are they creepy or cute?
129. Kohl's is "spiffing up" ahead of holidays
In the past two years or so, Menomonee Falls-based Kohl's Corp. has been in a corporate lull of sorts. However, the good news is that Kohl's management team is showing signs that it is aware of the stagnation and is making changes to shake things up a bit.
130. Atlantic Cities: "Millennials are choosing Milwaukee over Chicago"
Last week, I wrote about Milwaukee's spot on The Atlantic Cities' list of "Where Millennials Can Make It Now." Today, the site has a profile of Milwaukee.
131. 35 for 35 and under: Milwaukee makes yet another national list
Twenty factors were used to rank each city, with youngest population, lowest average rents, cheapest gas and electricity, lowest average cost of food and public transportation ridership at the top of the list. Milwaukee was the second youngest city on the list with a median age of 30.5 (according to 5-year estimates from 2007 to 2011).
132. Milwaukee: Where millennials can make it
Recognition is nice. We all like it, and should give more of it. So, it's heartwarming to see Milwaukee make The Atlantic Cities' "Where Millennials Can Make It Now" list.
133. Marquee Downtown corner needs new tenant
Radio Doctors was sold and closed in 1991. Today, the lower level space that once occupied Radio Doctors is available. Avis recently closed its location there so the vacant corner is calling out for a new tenant.
134. One boutique closes as another prepares to open
Many wonderful boutiques and stores have storied histories in Milwaukee. But, of course, many have come and gone. Here's news on one closing and one opening.
135. Kohl's, Boston Store will open Thanksgiving night
Can't wait for Black Friday and the Christmas and Holiday season? This year, Kohl's Department Stores and Boston Stores will open its doors at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.
136. Up to $50,000 for your great ideas for Wisconsin Avenue
Design matters and a little bit more attention to details along the avenue will help. To this end, ART Milwaukee, Newaukee and other civic groups want to transform how people perceive Wisconsin Avenue. And there's a $50,000 fund to help bring your awesome ideas to life.
137. Outpost breaks ties with Palermos Pizza
Outpost Natural Foods announced today on its website that it will no longer carry any Palermo's Pizza products at all three of its Milwaukee locations.
138. Milwaukee Street will become a boulevard in the Third Ward
Milwaukee Street in the Third Ward is being transformed into a boulevard to make it more consistent with the rest of the neighborhood and help with traffic calming.
139. Emission check done in seven minutes
Remember those long emission lines at the test centers around the greater Milwaukee area? These days, my fellow drivers, are gone.
140. Building that houses Izumi's is for sale
Izumi's on Milwaukee's East Side isn't for sale, but the art deco building that it resides in is.
141. "Culture of winners" revives Super Steel
Super Steel LLC's recent designation as the fastest-growing company in the Future 50 for 2013 reflects one of the most remarkable corporate turnarounds in Milwaukee history.
142. The nexus of Les Paul and Bud Selig
It's both fun and challenging to have two careers. And it certainly increases one's opportunity to interact with interesting people. In my case it has allowed me to meet two individuals that have impacted history. All the years I have spent on the radio have given me the excuse to interview countless TV idols, rock stars, actors, sports legends, politicians and even a Beatle.
143. New Walgreen's feels a bit like a mini Target
Target's left the market somewhat wide open since it doesn't have a store that's truly convenient for residents of Downtown Milwaukee, the East Side, Shorewood and Whitefish Bay. The new Walgreen's at 4041 Oakland Ave. in Shorewood just may have captured this market as it feels like a mini Target.
144. Five favorites for fall
I can no longer deny that autumn is really here. The equinox has passed and although oddly warm temperatures may be trying to fool summer-loving souls, the scenery of changing leaves and the certainty of chilly nights are shoving the reality of this season in my face. So, in the spirit of having a "polished finger on beauty, fashion, fitness and nutrition trends," here are my five favorites for fall.
145. 24 hours with the new iPhone 5s
I stood in line with the rest of the Apple fanboys yesterday, and at 9 a.m., I got my hands on the new iPhone 5s. I wanted the silver version, but like the gold one, they were all gone before the doors even opened at the Bayshore Apple Store. Instead, I bought the 32 GB Verizon Space Gray model, which is mostly just a black iPhone. I picked up the new $39 brown leather case with it, and it looks and feels really nice. After one day playing it with, I'm yet to be blown away.
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146. Orange helps shine light on local hunger issues
As a member of the Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin board, I felt I needed to tell you about those orange lights around town.
147. 15 things you may not know about Downtown Milwaukee
Downtown Milwaukee is the heart of Wisconsin. In celebration of's first 15 years, here are 15 things you may not know about Downtown.
148. Milwaukee's modern nostalgia
Someone once told me that they loved Milwaukee's "lack of pretense." I think it comes from our love of the past. Yet, in the past 10-15 years we've moved on (onward and upward, some may say) to places rooted in our past but planted in the future.
149. We found the tiny door in Humboldt Park!
There's a tiny door at the the base of a tree in Humboldt Park. It's both adorable and a grassroots marketing campaign by Keebler. We went in search of it today.
150. Hot Pop is moving
After five years in its current Third Ward location, Hot Pop, 213 N. Broadway, will move to 201 N. Water St. in October.