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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

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The underrated but Intriguing road leads to Milwaukee.
The underrated but Intriguing road leads to Milwaukee. (Photo: shutterstock.com)

Milwaukee makes new "Underrated but Intriguing" list

Yep, Milwaukee's made another list.  

This time, Milwaukee lands on Anne Roderique-Jones', a freelance travel writer at Yahoo! and other sites, list of "7 Underrated but Intriguing U.S. Cities You Need to Visit."

The New York City-based freelance writer who lives in "Manhattan with her husband and obese cat" spotlights several Milwaukee institutions in her story including our festivals, Sanford, Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge and Story Hill BKC.  

Here's the full blurb on Milwaukee.

"Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Its nickname, "The City of Festivals," is a good-enough reason to visit Milwaukee. Playing host to Summer Fest, the largest music festival in the world, along with Irish Fest, PrideFest, Polish Fest, German Fest, and loads of other fun fest-type happenings, is year-round fun. On the other hand, Milwaukee is home to the Florentine Opera Company, the Milwaukee Theatre, the Milwaukee Ballet, and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra — making it a hotbed of culturally rich happenings. Dining-wise, it’s no different: While the city may conjure up images of cheese, these days it’s of a more artisanal variety, as Milwaukee has amassed its share of James Beard nods — Justin Aprahamian’s Sanford being a standout. The cocktail scene has gained accolades for being free of pretension yet creatively sound. From Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge to Story Hill BKC, tipples here range from old-school classics to the draught variety."

Other cities on the list include Fort Worth, Oakland, Pittsburgh, Kansas City and Louisville.

Read the entire list, published this week, here.

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Ah, how cute is this little guy?
Ah, how cute is this little guy?

#ShopLocal: I Heart Hank Plush Dog

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Last week, the great Hank Aaron himself finally met the Brewers ballpark pup Hank.  It was a touching moment, for sure.  And, you gotta think that the Hank magic (from both the legend and the dog) has helped the Brewers maintain their first place position throughout this 2014 season.

Now, as we enter the September stretch it’s time to go back to an item that helped fuel the Hank "craze," Brew City’s plush "I Heart Hank" doll.  

Cute and cuddly, this pup makes a great gift and a perfect good luck charm for the rest of the season.

Buy one of these 8-inch tall dogs today and a percentage of the sale will be donated to Wisconsin Humane Society in honor of Hank.

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The new Debra Usinger Memorial.
The new Debra Usinger Memorial. (Photo: R. Wezek)
Nearly 100 friends, family and civic leaders helped dedicate the memorial on Wednesday.
Nearly 100 friends, family and civic leaders helped dedicate the memorial on Wednesday. (Photo: R. Wezek)
It's located directly across from Usinger's Famous Sausage.
It's located directly across from Usinger's Famous Sausage. (Photo: R. Wezek)
Deb's brother, Fritz, had some touching words to say about his sister.
Deb's brother, Fritz, had some touching words to say about his sister. (Photo: R. Wezek)
The Milwaukee RiverWalk District helped make the memorial happen.
The Milwaukee RiverWalk District helped make the memorial happen. (Photo: R. Wezek)
Several members of the Usinger family.
Several members of the Usinger family. (Photo: R. Wezek)
Beth Weirick, CEO of Milwaukee Downtown; Cecilia Gilbert, business liaison with the Milwaukee Department of Public Works; and Dan McCarthy, director of urban de
Beth Weirick, CEO of Milwaukee Downtown; Cecilia Gilbert, business liaison with the Milwaukee Department of Public Works; and Dan McCarthy, director of urban de (Photo: R. Wezek)
See it at Edison Park along the RiverWalk.
See it at Edison Park along the RiverWalk. (Photo: R. Wezek)

Simple, fun Debra Usinger Memorial dedicated on Milwaukee Riverwalk

Debra Usinger, vice president of Usinger's Famous Sausage, passed away in July 2012 at the age of 58.  She was a friend and as I wrote when I heard the news two summer's ago one of the Milwaukee "area's biggest champions and most visible female entrepreneurs."  She had a story for everything and everyone and true heart of gold.

On Wednesday evening, friends, family and civic leaders gathered to commemorate a new memorial for Usinger.  Supporters raised more than $20,000 to commission a new sculpture on Milwaukee's Riverwalk and establish a maintenance fund that will help upkeep the newly renovated Edison Park that's just across the Milwaukee River from Usinger's and next to Rojahn & Malaney Co., 1005 N. Edison St.

Local artist Beth Sahagian-Allsopp created the bronze sculpture that has tree branches intertwining on a trellis to signify life and connectivity.  She also made the accompanying bench.  Sahagian-Allsopphas has several pieces on the RiverWalk and is an owner of Vanguard Sculpture Services.

Debra loved art and her wedding gift to me and my wife was a wonderful painting of small home with a tree in front.  It's simple, fun and to this day hangs in our kitchen.  I couldn't help but smile when this new tree branch sculpture was dedicated.

The memorial also is intentionally simple.  It was planned by Marsha Sehler and implemented by Keith Stachowiak of Uihlein/ Wilson Architects. 

Three dear friends of Debra's, Beth Weirick, CEO of Milwaukee Downtown; Cecilia Gilbert, business liaison with the Milwaukee Department of Public Works; and Dan McCarthy, director of urban development at Zilber Property Group, led the fundraising efforts.  Marsha Sehler, Gary Grunau and others also helped spearhead the memorial.  Mayor Barrett and Deb's brother, Fritz, both spoke at Wednesday's dedication.  Nearly 100 people attended the dedication and post reception at Mader's. 

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

#Shop Local: The 414 crew fleece

This post is brought to you by The Commerce Team. We operate independently of Editorial, 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.

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 OnMilwaukee.com, 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.

Have items that you want showcased?  Contact us.  Want to open a ShopLocal store or complement an existing eBay or etsy store?  Click here.  

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.