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126. A little high-end shopping fun at Tosa Saks, Nordstrom Rack
I wanted to see the hubbub first-hand, so I joined the throngs of crowds checking out the brand new Mayfair Collection today. The parking lot was packed, but the two stores I visited weren't too chaotic. And once things settle down a bit, I'm sure I'll be back.
127. How much do presidential politics affect the stock market?
I, for one, have always hesitated to link stock market performances to U.S. presidents. After all, global forces and factors such as energy costs that presidents cannot always control often play key roles in the fates of the markets.
128. Welcome new retailers, but don't wait up, I might be a while
There was a time, after I'd starting earning an adult wage but before there was the pitter-patter of little feet in our house, when we had something akin to "disposable" income. With all the chatter about the Nordstrom Rack and other shops at the Mayfair Collection, which opens this week, I realize that the moment has passed ... for now.
129. Meet Edgar Bennett and Ron Dayne at Dick's Sporting Goods
Wisconsin football fans can meet Green Bay Packers Hall of Famer Edgar Bennett and former Wisconsin Badgers running back Ron Dayne at the Dick's Sporting Goods grand opening in Wauwatosa this weekend.
130. Wauwatosa to get new boutique
A new kind of boutique is coming to Wauwatosa soon. Be sure to add cohabiting boutique Shape to your shopping list.
131. ReThreads coming to Shorewood
Another ReThreads location will open at 1920 E. Capitol Dr. in Shorewood. Previously, the building housed the eatery International Food.
132. Sachen Contemporary Imports moving to Mequon
Today, via Facebook, Sachen Contemporary Imports, the funky store that carries a variety of items from toys to home wares, announced it was moving to Mequon
133. Hank the Dog gets his own T-shirt
I'm here to tell you that the good brothers Keppler (George and Frank) at Brew City Promotions are out with the first Hank fashions. Yes, you now can wear baseball's favorite dog on your chest. "Milwoofie" and "Crank One for Hank" are the slogans on the two T-shirts, and I hear they are selling very well.
134. A Downtown drive-through?
I've heard some rumblings that a new drive-through restaurant proposal in Downtown Milwaukee could be announced soon. Yet, there's a bit of unwritten rule about drive-throughs n Downtown areas.
135. Bucks to host sneaker summit
The reigning NBA Champions, the Miami Heat, will make their lone Milwaukee appearance of the season on March 29 but the Bucks are making that date even bigger by hosting Milwaukee's first-ever "Sneaker Summit" at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
136. 2014 TEMPO Mentor Award winners talk training, mentoring is proud to a be a sponsor of TEMPO Milwaukee's 24th annual Mentor Awards this Thursday, Feb. 20 at The Pfister Hotel. In preparation for the event, I asked them all some questions about mentoring.
137. Local First plans initiative to keep business dollars in Milwaukee
Today, Local First Milwaukee announced its new Grow Local Business initiative, which is an effort to shift local business spending back to Milwaukee. The campaign, which runs from February through April, will offer advice on how to boost the local economy by hiring talent as well as sourcing local business products.
138. New BMW spot showcases Milwaukee Art Museum
BMW's new advertising spot, "Hello Future," toasts the German automobile company's i8 plug-in concept and models. It also salutes Milwaukee with a prominent placement of the opening of the Burke Brise Soleil at the Milwaukee Art Museum. It's been online for a while and got its broadcast TV debut during the opening ceremonies Friday evening.
139. Public Market's parking lot reopens
The Milwaukee Public Market announced today that its reconfigured daily parking lot has reopened ahead of schedule.
140. Two out of three dentists recommend this brand
The toothpaste section on Amazon or along the dental aisle at your favorite store are always full of something new, improved, better, whiter, faster and probably more expensive. I'll admit I kinda like it. So much selection, so many flavors. But, what's best for your teeth, your gums and your overall well-being?
141. Boston Store / Bon-Ton inks conditional extension at Grand Avenue
Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. announced today that it reached an agreement with the City of Milwaukee to extend the lease for its Boston Store location in The Shops of Grand Avenue. However, the extension is contingent upon the city providing financial contributions from its Downtown Tax Increment Financing district.
142. Panelists provide predictions for the year ahead
Economist Michael Knetter is forecasting the national gross domestic product (GDP) to grow by 3 percent in 2014. Knetter, president of the University of Wisconsin Foundation, issued his macroeconomic projections for the year ahead to an audience of more than 500 people at the Northern Trust Economic Trends Breakfast presented by BizTimes Media at the Italian Community Center in Milwaukee today.
143. And the color of the year is ...
Fashion fans and insiders, makeup artists and enthusiasts, design professionals and amateur aficionados, along with style experts and trend watchers alike, patiently await the announcement of Pantone's Color of the Year so they can gear their purchases and creations to an on-trend color scheme.
144. Boutique B'Lou to move
According to an employee, Boutique B'Lou will move from its present Wauwatosa location, 8853 W. North Ave., to the former Robertson's Ace Hardware space at 1417 Underwood Ave.
145. 6 questions for Hubspot's Brian Halligan
Brian Halligan is chief executive of HubSpot, a company that makes software for marketers. He's also an author and senior lecturer at MIT. On Thursday, Jan. 9 he'll be in Milwaukee to headline Stream Creative's inaugural Experience Inbound conference at the Harley-Davidson Museum.
146. Milwaukee native launches trendy removable wallpaper line
Milwaukee native Elizabeth Rees recently launched a business called Chasing Paper that can help people like us to change the entire look of a space within a reasonable budget.
147. Bliffert Lumber wins Entrepreneur of the Year Award
LBM Journal, the leading magazine for the lumber / building material distribution channel, announced that Bliffert Lumber has received the Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
148. Milwaukee Public Market to brave cold, open on Monday
As frigid temperatures approach, many closings are coming and being announced. The Milwaukee Public Market, though, will be open for business on Monday, January 6, 2014.
149. Shovel from the comfort of your phone
Want to tackle the Milwaukee winter from the comfort of your living room-all at the touch of a button on your smartphone or tablet? Well, there's an app for that and it's coming to Milwaukee soon. Watch for Plowz.
150. Mayana Chocolate brings a sweet spot to Spooner
Life without chocolate? Not sure that is a scenario Lindsay Garric's willing to negotiate. And now, Mayana Chocolate is local to Spooner. Situated in the upper northwest corner of Wisconsin, almost five hours from Milwaukee, a road trip may be in order.