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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

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126. Baird analyst remains bullish
The U.S. stock market has sputtered this week as analysts speculate that the Federal Reserve Board may be on the verge of tapering its bond-buying program and might even be pondering a slight increase in the core interest rate.
127. Being a bossier boss
We all visit our office neighbor, Steve Palec, a lot. He has a lot of stories to share, plus he keeps Twinkies in the "coffee shop" he built in the corner of space. He's even constructed a nap room that we can borrow when needed. Well, Steve didn't build it. He had his employees paint it and furnish it. Steve asks his employees do a lot of weird stuff, actually, and they happily comply. And maybe it's time I took a lesson.
Tagged with: Steve Palec boss stamps office
128. Weather flame forecast: there's an app for that
The "Milwaukee Gas Light" app brings the weather forecast to life via the flame at the historic Wisconsin Gas Light Building, 626 E. Wisconsin Ave., in Downtown Milwaukee.
129. Another great Milwaukee T-shirt
Joshua Arter recently designed a T-shirt that reads "Hoan Sweet Hoan." Someone should buy this guy a beer and a brat for his Brew City cleverness and creativity.
130. Menomonee Falls makes new best places to live list
Milwaukee suburb, Menomonee Falls, ranks 28 on Money magazine's list of the best places to live in the United States.
131. Art vs. Craft to end
Art vs. Craft's last event will take place on Nov. 30, according to founder and organizer, Faythe Levine. It's the end of an era.
132. Wisco pride, tattoo style
A recent trip to Walker's Point Tattoo taught me a valuable lesson about myself: I'm not very good at getting tattoos. Although not my first, I'm sure the other patrons in the shop thought it was, given my wincing, cringing and twitching.  
133. Iron Horse Hotel opens Mercantile retail store
The Iron Horse Hotel, 500 W. Florida St., opened its first retail store today. The shop will carry Iron Horse Hotel branded and non-branded gift and fashion items.
134. Does Milwaukee need a new flag?
A new movement, MKE Flag, is flying online and seeks your input, support and even offers its new take on what our flag should look like.
135. What's in a name?
How do you feel when a Milwaukee business changes its name? For me, in short, it depends. There are times when it makes sense. Take Alterra, for example. It wasn't about selling out to "the man." It was the opposite; by taking back ownership from Mars, the coffee company had to change its name since it no longer owned "Alterra."
136. Colectivo Coffee: A new name for Milwaukee's Alterra Coffee
How will Milwaukee react to the Alterra to Colectivo name change? I say we'll sip it in. Great coffee is great coffee, and honestly I think the new name is a bit cooler.
137. Archiving my Alterra T-shirts
When I found out that Alterra was changing its name to Colectivo, I did two things: wrote a story fleshing out the details of the name change (coming Monday morning) and moved my Alterra T-shirts to my vintage Milwaukee T-shirt drawer.
138. The soccer dad stealth convertible: cruising in the Volvo C70
Fields Waukesha sent me one final car to review this summer, and while my heart raced with their Jaguars, they almost got me to pull out my wallet for the 2013 Volvo C70 convertible. I came this close, actually, to pulling the trigger on buying this car, I liked it so much. A hardtop convertible with room, power and style, it's very close to the perfect family car for the dad who still wants to drive a secret weapon.
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139. Welcome home, agents
Northwestern Mutual holds its 133rd annual meeting of the Association of Network Representatives in Milwaukee on July 20-24. The event draws 11,000 people from across the country, comprising members of Northwestern Mutual and their families. It's great for the city.
140. Is this your Walmart?
"My" Walmart, or the one that's closest to me, is on East Capitol Drive in Milwaukee. Walter Loeb's recent Forbes piece, "Why are Walmart Stores Such a Mess?" made me think that he very well could have been writing about this location.
141. Pay it forward, Milwaukee
This story is a great. It's a feel good, pay it forward piece that saw 55 drive-through customers in a row at a donut shop in Massachusetts pay for the order of the person behind them.
142. Old Spice swag winner announced and Old Spice have partnered to provide a lucky winner with a gift pack of brand new Old Spice soap, as well as Brewers tickets (or anything else you can get on StubHub for $200. Today, we announce the winner.
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143. Klosterman coming to Milwaukee on Thursday
Pop culture guru, Grantland contributor and current New York Times Magazine columnist Chuck Klosterman comes to town Thursday for a 7 p.m. talk at Boswell Books.
144. Crain shares tips for successful entrepreneurs
In the professional field of business journalism, Rance Crain is a household name, and Crain Communications is a company we all respect and try to emulate. That's why it was so riveting to hear Crain share his 10 Rules of Successful Entrepreneurship as he spoke to a room full of publishers and editors at the Alliance of Area Business Publications (AABP) summer conference in Nashville.
145. At Ricco's I found what I hadn't realized I was missing
Today, as I sat waiting for a haircut at Ricco's Swingin' Door Barbershop, 229 E. Michigan St., listening to - and taking part in - the banter between proprietor Johnny Ricco, his fellow barber Ignacio and some other customers, I realized what I've been missing lately.
146. Sky High skate jam
It's not every day a local business reaches a milestone like its 25th anniversary, but that's just what happened for independent skate shop Sky High this past Saturday. The all ages celebration brought out both younger and older skaters, proving that this Bay View staple is here to stay.
147. Add Mil and ee and now you have a sign
Have you seen the doctored up "Push Button for Walk Signal" sign near Water and Buffalo Streets in the Historic Third Ward?
148. New piano key crosswalks tune up East Town
Milwaukee's East Town neighborhood in Downtown is home to Jazz in the Park and other great events, stores, shops, bars, restaurants and more so it was more than fitting that two of its crosswalks take the shape of piano keys.
149. Milwaukee's fashion district expanding
New banners promoting the MKE Fashion District are flying in front of the stores and boutiques on Water Street, and they look good while helping to create a connection to the Third Ward.
150. The "hairy stockings" are just stupid
An image of a woman wearing "hairy leg stockings" went viral recently, first on Sibo Weibo - kind of like China's version of Twitter - and later on other social media platforms including Facebook. What do you think about these?