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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

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Green and gold ear muffs for your favorite fan.
Green and gold ear muffs for your favorite fan.

#ShopLocal holidays: AJ Ugent Furs team colors ear muffs

This post is brought to you by The Commerce Team. We operate independently of the OnMilwaukee.com editorial department, and if you take advantage of an item or deal we recommend, we get a share of the sale. We read the comments, and we want your feedback.

With the holiday seasons in full swing, OnMilwaukee.com, our ShopLocal marketplace and Local First Milwaukee have teamed to offer many unique, local items and deals.  It's easy to access these local deals and over the next several days I'll profile seven of the local items. 

Watch our Facebook page for a chance to win many of these local items, and – as I said – read my blog for some cool profiles.

Here's one from A.J. Ugent Furs.

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.

A.J. Ugent Furs is offering all of its standard services out of its store location on Capitol Drive, but also a festive, football themed green and gold item.  Rabbit earmuffs. Warm and cozy, and in team colors.  Unique and priced at $60.  Other team colors including solid red, blue and gold, orange and navy, and red and white also are available. 

Give the gift of kayaking.
Give the gift of kayaking.

#ShopLocal holidays: Milwaukee Kayak Company

This post is brought to you by The Commerce Team. We operate independently of the OnMilwaukee.com editorial department, and if you take advantage of an item or deal we recommend, we get a share of the sale. We read the comments, and we want your feedback.

With the holiday seasons in full swing, OnMilwaukee.com, our ShopLocal marketplace and Local First Milwaukee have teamed to offer many unique, local items and deals.  It's easy to access these local deals and over the next several days I'll profile seven of the local items. 

Watch our Facebook page for a chance to win many of these local items, and - as I said - read my blog for some cool profiles.

Here's the first from Milwaukee Kayak Company.

Beth Handle – the former marketing manager at Laacke & Joys – opened this awesome canoe and kayak rental business two years ago. Handle opened Milwaukee Kayak with 15 kayaks, two canoes and two stand-up paddleboards. The cost to rent a kayak is $25 for four hours and $35 to rent a canoe. Each additional hour is $10.

Paddlers can explore parts of the Milwaukee, Menomonee and Kinnickinnic Rivers for a city-meets-nature excursion. Handle provides a map – laminated and therefore waterproof – which is really helpful.

Of course, it's winter and kayaking isn't happening so MKC wants to prepare you and yours for next season with T-shirts, hats and gift certificates. 

Shop local, wear local and kayak local with these great items

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Want to meet Jabari Parker and sit courtside at a Bucks game?
Want to meet Jabari Parker and sit courtside at a Bucks game? (Photo: Jim Owczarski)

Charity auction includes Braun, Lucroy, Cobb, Jordy and Jabari

The SURG Restuarant Group and owners Michael Polaski and Omar Shaikh have brought together some unique opportunities all to help a friend and military leader with more than 20 years of service. 

Chris "Blazo" Blaszak is a loving father and husband who was diagnosed with stage four Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Mandible. Blaszak sent the majority of his military career in the United States Air Force 440th Unit Military Police, retiring as a Desert Storm and Enduring Freedom military hero, after being deployed to Afghanistan.  Prior to his military career, Blaszk was a homicide detective and lieutenant of the Milwaukee Police Department.

Sadly, since August, Chris's cancer has accelerated, which resulted in four 10-hour surgeries.

Today, SURG launched an auction via OnMilwaukee.com's ShopLocal marketplace that gives you the opportunity to bid on exclusive "once in a lifetime" experiences with the following sports stars:

All auctions begin today at 11 a.m. and end Saturday, Dec. 20 at 11 a.m. 

There's also a full site dedicated to Blazo.  The site accepts donations and further details the auctions. 

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"I'll do the stuffed shells."
"I'll do the stuffed shells." (Photo: shutterstock.com)

Whatever happened to "may I please have?"

So I'm at our local Downtown bagel shop and I overhear the customer in front of me say, "I'll do the honey wheat bagel with plain, light cream cheese."  What?  You'll do the?  What the heck is that? 

Come on, good restaurant-going people of Milwaukee, let's put an end to using the phrase "I'll do the ...."

It's "may I please have (or order) the honey wheat bagel?"  "Thank you."  That's how you order.

Now, I realize that in our fast and furious world that good grammar and "please" and "thank you" are easy to shun for more simple terms.  So, I get it when people resort to "I'll do" instead of "May I please order." But come on let's all strive to be better than this. 

Here's my challenge to you.  For the rest of this festive holiday season, no matter which beautiful holiday you celebrate, let's stop saying "I'll do the ..." in our coffee shops, delis, fast food lines and for sure in our amazing local restaurants. 

It's not too hard to say "may I please have."  Is it?