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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014

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The 414 fleece. Get yours now.
The 414 fleece. Get yours now.

#Shop Local: The 414 crew fleece

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How do you shop local?  We all do it, and every day we’re asked for cool Milwaukee area gift ideas and interesting places and sites to go to to help be represent Milwaukee to a friend, business client, family member or whomever.   

At, our new ShopLocal marketplace is still growing.  And to continue its growth, I’m showcasing different products. Yes, we make money on this and yes we’re helping the local economy grow.

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I don’t need to remind you that fall is coming.  Hopefully, it’s several weeks away but the nights surely are getting cooler so thoughts turn to longer sleeves. Thankfully, I have this 414 crew fleece from Too Much Metal in my closet.

Proudly boasting Milwaukee’s "414" area code, it’s made very well, dyed and washed.  Looks and fits great, too. 

Comes in men’s and women’s styles. $40.

Still in summer mode?  Then, wear the 414 in a tank.  Only $25 and available here.

Milwaukee is the new Portland.
Milwaukee is the new Portland. (Photo:

Salon: Milwaukee is the new Portland

For me, Milwaukee is Milwaukee and we should be darn proud of it. 

But a comparison to Portland isn't a bad one, and it's exactly what Richard Manning of writes today on the magazine site 

Originally posted on in July under the title "Milwaukee Sees the Light," the repurposed post for runs today with the headline "Milwaukee is the new Portland."

Read the entire piece here.

The duck confit spring rolls, one of Odd Duck's small plate offerings.
The duck confit spring rolls, one of Odd Duck's small plate offerings.

Esquire tells us what a decent restaurant meal should cost

I love talking food and restaurants. I think we all do. Analyzing what works, what doesn't, the costs, the locations and -- of course -- the food is fun and captivating.  

So, I enjoyed this question from Rick Ortlip, of Milwaukee, who asked Esquire's Josh Ozersky, "How much should a decent restaurant meal cost?" He followed it up with this, "I’m not talking about a three-star dinner. Just a basic dinner for two with a glass of wine, in an average American city (like Milwaukee). I don’t think it should be more than $50 a person, for three courses including dessert (split for two), and a glass of wine or beer each. Just a get-out-of-the-house meal for my girlfriend and me. I’m not cheap -- I just want to know what you think is fair."

Who is Josh Ozersky? For what it's worth, Kyle Cherek calls him "one of the best food writers of our time, in my opinion." Ozersky's answer to Rick's question, even on the national site, used Milwaukee examples citing Maxie's, Odd Duck and AP Bar and Kitchen

Click here for the full post. In a nutshell, Esquire answered by basically saying that Milwaukee is pretty inexpensive. 

Ozersky writes, "Eating out costs money, even if you order cheaply, even if you live in the suburbs. That’s the way it is now. And don’t forget: That money doesn’t cover parking, gas, condoms, breath mints and all the other associated costs. You have it good. Odd Duck should be half again as expensive as it is; its prices are artificially depressed by its being in Milwaukee, one of the country’s cheaper places to do business."

He goes on to say that he doesn't want to be "entirely discouraging" so he offers five great tips "for getting the best meal for the least coinage."

Have at it. I'd love to know your thoughts. 

Is Milwaukee expensive place to dine out? I say no. Can it be? Of course. All in all, we're a pretty affordable city and often it takes people like Ozersky to remind us. In his words, "But the cost of running a restaurant has…

A presidential autograph?
A presidential autograph?
The author's Sir Sid autograph has personal value, for sure.
The author's Sir Sid autograph has personal value, for sure.
Is a photo with The Fonz is better than an autograph?
Is a photo with The Fonz is better than an autograph?

Has the selfie killed the autograph?

You see your favorite Bucks player, let's say Jabari or Giannis, on the street or on a trip to Los Angeles, you bump into that actor or actress that you just love. What do you do? Ask for an autograph? Nope. You whip out your phone, if it's not already in hand and take a selfie with him or her.

It's the way the world.  But, is it the best financial move?

My gut told me that a great autograph still has value. But I wondered is the autograph dying? I have a ton of great autographs. Cal Ripkin, Jr., Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, George W. Bush, Robin Yount and others. But, really, an autograph -- to me -- is more valuable if it means something and I can link it to an experience. Anyone can buy just about any signature, but really -- other than resale value -- is it that special? 

Probably, but a photo with a celebrity that you instantly share?  That's cool.  At least, that's now. Taylor Swift agreed in a recent piece, saying, "I haven't been asked for an autograph since the invention of the iPhone with a front-facing camera. The only memento 'kids these days' want is a selfie. It's part of the new currency, which seems to be 'how many followers you have on Instagram.'"

I asked Jeff Lemieux from Jeff's Sports what he thought.

"I find that the sports autograph industry is as strong as ever. All you have to do is go to the Brewers On Deck event they hold each year. There they have current and retired Milwaukee Brewer players who come to sign autographs and you will see thousands of fans young and old line up to get an autograph of their favorite player," Lemieux said.  

"I agree that taking a selfie with your favorite player is extremely popular but other than sentimental value there is no monetary value. A lot of fans and collectors of autographs do it for the enjoyment of it, and also because there is a value (there)."

So, the next time you see your favorite celebrity. First, be respectful. Next, sure grab a selfie but if you can, grab an autograph,…