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Watch for Bucks gear soon in this space.
Watch for Bucks gear soon in this space.

Bucks opening satellite pro shop at Third Ward's Moda 3

The Milwaukee Bucks continue to expand their retail footprint with the opening of a new, satellite pro shop location at Moda3 in the Third Ward.

Moda 3, 320 E. Buffalo St., opened in 2004 and sells a mix of shoes, clothing, snow boards, winter apparel and other items. Owner Eric Kuester told me recently that the Mitchell & Ness Bucks hats that he stocks have been selling very well.

The new store opens Friday, Nov. 27, just in time for holiday shopping.

Speaking of holiday shopping, Moda 3 has some very cool Christmas stuff from the "Peanuts" crew.  Rook Brand has teamed The Peanuts on new T-shirts and they are available at Moda3.  They are really fun and festive, especially – if like me – you've just seen the new movie.


Watch OnMilwaukee for more details on this new collaboration soon. 

The Bucks will debut a new "Our City" ad.
The Bucks will debut a new "Our City" ad.

Bucks new "Our City" ad spotlights civic pride

The latest Bucks video spot was released today, and will begin airing locally online and on broadcast outlets in Milwaukee in the coming days.

Titled "Our City," the ad helps to illustrate the power of basketball to connect the community and was produced by local agency Stir featuring a custom soundtrack from local hip-hop artist Pizzle.

As you probably know, I’m a big basketball fan and love that people choose to put hoops on their garages and that neighborhood courts are still the places where the game grows and comes to life. 

My eight-year-old is a huge fan too, and he’s thrilled that his home court at Lake Bluff Elementary School is featured in the ad. As a proud Dad, I’m also happy to trumpet that the boy graced these same courts in an ad for Aurora Health Care.

The Bucks are working on companion video spot titled "Our State" that will be unveiled in the coming weeks.

Local producer Arthur Ircink worked on the ad, and is among several sharing his pride this morning on Facebook writing:

"Shameless I know. But super proud of this video I produced / directed in collaboration with STIR for the Milwaukee Bucks. It's a honor to be working on projects I truly love! Music: Pizzle. Shout out to Jerry Riedel, Rob Due, Erik Ljung, Jimmy Michaels, Quinn Hester, Dan Peters, Randy Lorenz, Wes Tank, Mike Oates and the Lake Bluff School!"

The Bucks face LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena tonight. They'll go for two in a row over the Cavs, and it's the Bucks' first time on TNT's weekly Thursday night slate of games since 2002.

Go Bucks!

The Kimpton is coming to the Third Ward.
The Kimpton is coming to the Third Ward.
SpringHill Suites, opening in 2016, across from the Wisconsin Center.
SpringHill Suites, opening in 2016, across from the Wisconsin Center.

Several new Downtown hotels are on the rise

Check in early and stay late during OnMilwaukee's "Hotel Week" sponsored by VISIT Milwaukee. The next seven days will be packed with stories about historic area hotels, reviews, history, food and drink, staycations and more. Find out what it's like to be a tourist in this town. (Chocolate on your pillow not included.)

Downtown Milwaukee and the neighborhoods around it are on the move.  

Cranes nearly every where are signs of development, building and growth.  New residents, new offices, new towers and, of course, new hotels. 

While I love many of our Milwaukee mainstays, especially The Pfister Hotel, Iron Horse Hotel and the Intercontinental, I welcome the new comers and am really looking forward to all that they will offer visitors and locals. 

Here’s a short list of what’s up next in the greater Downtown Milwaukee hotel world.  Which ones are you most looking forward to?

Kimpton Hotel
Broadway and Chicago Street

Opening mid-2016
By mid-next year, 158 more rooms will be added to the Downtown neighborhood, with the opening of a new Kimpton Hotel at the northeast corner of Broadway and Chicago Street in the Historic Third Ward.  Rooftop deck and rumors of a celebrity chef should make this a popular destination.

Homewood Suites
500 N. Water St.
Late 2016 or early 2017
This is the conversation by Kenosha-based Bear Development of the "Joey Buona's building" (Button Building) into a 94-room extended stay hotel. Great location, right next to the Milwaukee Public Market. 

Choice Hotels International
Plankinton Avenue and Clybourn Street
Opening TBD
A Chicago developer plans to build a 110-150 room hotel on the block northwest of Plankinton Avenue and Clybourn Street.  Clark Street Real Estate has owned this site since 2008.  Clark Street plans to partner with Choice Hotels International, Inc. – which owns several hotel brands including Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites and Clarion – on the project, according to BizTimes.   

Westin Hotel
Near new 833 East o…

Search solves everything. Even a beeping smoke alarm.
Search solves everything. Even a beeping smoke alarm.

Search solves everything

We're renovating our attic. Making it into livable, usable space. The team at Hometown Building, Inc. is doing a great job, and the project is going really smoothly. 

But as with every project, you find little things along the way. Last night, while not truly project related, one of the smoke detectors in our attic was beeping – every 30 seconds and very loudly. I detached it, but for the life of me, I couldn't figure out how to open the battery compartment. 

So, of course, I searched "open battery case for First Alert Model No. SA710" and instantly found that I needed to use a flat screw drive to prop open a portion of the device, wait for a snap and slide out the battery. It was easy once I knew. 

But it made me think: How would I have done this without the web? Without instant access to information? Would I have called an 800 number? My dad? Or just said screw it, smashed it and thrown it away? Not sure. 

I am sure that it's the little things like a dead 9-volt battery that make us truly appreciate the amazing convenience that technology and powerful search engines bring us each and every day.