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126. #ShopLocal holidays: Milwaukee Coffee Passport
The Milwaukee Coffee Guild's unique holiday offering, the "Milwaukee Coffee Passport," gets you a free 12-ounce drink at participating local coffee shops.
127. Johnson Controls supply Lithium-ion batteries for Hybrid Range Rover
Today, Johnson Controls announced it will provide the Lithium-ion batteries for the Hybrid Range Rover.
128. #ShopLocal holidays: AJ Ugent Furs team colors ear muffs
Family owned and operated since 1922, A.J. Ugent Furs and Fashions features an extensive collection of furs, leathers, shearlings, woolens for men and women.
129. #wewant remix: ShopLocal
I brought a second round of local gift ideas to my #wewant segment on WISN, this time from our ShopLocal section. Great gift ideas await!
130. DCD committee reviews proposals for Garfield Avenue School
Yesterday, the DCD team reviewing the three proposals that were submitted - by Gorman and Co., Maures/Common Bond and Brinshore - to redevelop the former Garfield Avenue School and some adjacent property decided against making a recommendation.
131. West Elm opening in Third Ward
Home furnishings retailer West Elm has leased the entire first floor space at a signature Third Ward corner location.
132. Wisconsin Vision opening in former Metro Eye space
Wisconsin Vision announced today that it will open its first location near Downtown in the Historic Third Ward.
133. Downtown business group supports streetcar
Milwaukee Downtown, BID #21's board of directors has voted to support Mayor Barrett's current $123.9 million streetcar plan. The motion to endorse the initiative was approved at the Dec. 4 board of directors meeting.
134. Milwaukee-based Fashion Angels named finalist for 2015 Toy of the Year Award
It's My Biz by Milwaukee-based Fashion Angels, a line of activity kits designed to help tween girls build their self-confidence by becoming the SHE-E-Os of their own entrepreneurial businesses, is a finalist for a 2015 Toy of the Year (TOTY) Award.
135. #wewant remix: Shop locally, online
Shopping online doesn't necessarily mean sending your money out of your community. Milwaukee is home to a number of businesses selling their products online, and I brought two with me to my latest visit to WISN-12 news.
136. Season sets on Bublr bikes today
They're fun, easy to use, free for those less then 30-minute trips to meetings and a great addition to our city's transit infrastructure. But, after today, they're gone for the season.
137. 6 Kickstarters for your gift list
If you are looking for a unique gift idea this holiday idea Kickstarter could just be the answer. But -- what are the risks? Plus, here are six ideas to back this holiday season.
138. #ShopLocal: Milwaukee Downtown ornament series
The Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival ornaments are one-of-a-kind keepsakes. Great gifts for family, friends, co-workers and business associates, each year features an iconic Downtown landmark cast in pewter.
139. The life and times of a retail security agent
I held one job in college, and it was probably the best one you could have: a loss prevention agent for a major retailer. I chased crack heads, tussled with gangsters and ruined many a prom night. Seriously. It's why I kept doing it as a part-time gig even after I started writing.
140. #ShopLocal: Neighborhood Cracked Designs
Cracked Designs brings a unique flare and fun to its posters, cards, T-shirts and more.
141. Black Friday brawls make Cyber Monday a cakewalk
If you need a break from your online shopping today, you might want to take a peek at some Black Friday brawls and then thank your lucky stars for the invention of the Internet.
142. Wall Street Journal profiles the typical Milwaukee shopper published an indepth piece on shopping today. Specifically, the story centers around shoppers in the greater Milwaukee area.
143. Local art auctions ready for your bids
The creative team at Plaid Tuba starts an innovative local art auction today on's ShopLocal marketplace.
144. Grand Avenue mall sale finalized
The sale of the 293,596-square foot Shops of Grand Avenue to Alliance Capital Invest was finalized today according to the mall's general manager Courtney Groff.
145. Modern transit for Milwaukee's Downtown and Lakefront moves forward
Downtown Milwaukee continues to grow -- and new streets, bikes lanes, the Bublr like, trolleys, taxis, Uber, Lyft and other components have made it easier to get around -- but is still without the sort of modern transportation system that connects neighborhoods in other vibrant cities. UPDATED: 8th District Ald. Robert Donovan opposes the plan in a letter to Rep. Dale Kooyenga.
146. Goldi in Shorewood is closing
In a phone conversation this morning, learned that Goldi in Shorewood is closing.
147. Net neutrality 101
In essence, preserving net neutrality would ensure that all consumers and businesses will have universal levels of access to a fast Internet, not just some preferred customers who would pay for "faster lanes" on the Internet.
148. Wendy Strong jumps from Visit Milwaukee to Sosh
Wendy Strong has left her position as director of public relations at VISIT Milwaukee to help launch a new communications division at Sosh, a social media agency in Downtown Milwaukee.
149. 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.
150. 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.