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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Friday, April 18, 2014

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The new Walgreen's at 4041 N. Oakland Ave.
The new Walgreen's at 4041 N. Oakland Ave.
A big beer selection.
A big beer selection.
Digital photo needs and more.
Digital photo needs and more.
Fill your scrips.
Fill your scrips.
Wait, comfortably.
Wait, comfortably.
Roomy aisles.
Roomy aisles.
Beauty section is differently lit and a more upscale.
Beauty section is differently lit and a more upscale.
Grocery store like aisle.
Grocery store like aisle.
Check out time.
Check out time.
A view of the entire development.
A view of the entire development.

New Walgreen's feels a bit like a mini Target

I’m fairly certain that Walgreen’s saw an opportunity when it leased its new location on the first floor of the Mandel Group's LightHorse development at 4041 N. Oakland Ave. 

Target’s left the market somewhat wide open since it doesn’t have a store that’s convenient for residents of Downtown Milwaukee, the East Side, Shorewood and Whitefish Bay.  Of course, Walgreen’s is no Target.  But increasingly the long-time pharmacy turned nearly everything store has ramped up its game and become more of a one stop shop. 

I’ll admit that my Walgreen’s use goes up when its location is newer, cleaner and more full of offerings.  I’m usually just a "when the kid is sick" Walgreen's user, but the chain's newer stores are more pleasant to shop in, easier to roam and provide many more reasons to stop in and look around. 

This new location in the Village of Shorewood features a grocery section, large beer selection, a frozen food area, a well lit and slightly upscale health and beauty section, nice waiting area, modern photo desk and interactive technologies throughout.  It’s not your basic drug store.  It's nothing like the Chicago location on State Street, but it's new, shiny and modern.

The new store also has better hours as it’s open seven days per week from 7 a.m. to midnight.

Check out the gallery of photos in the scroll above.  Next, let’s hope that Oakland Avenue continues its growth in Shorewood by getting that outdated Pick ‘N Save to also refresh or rebuild. 

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Tyler Farr at The Rave in July.
Tyler Farr at The Rave in July. (Photo: Keith Gasper / therave.com)

"Red Neck Crazy"

I’m about as far from "Red Neck Crazy" as you can get.  I’m a city boy who was raised in the suburbs and went to college in a Downtown area.  Not a whole lot of country in me. 

But country music is in me and pretty much all I listen to.  And I must say that Tyler Farr’s latest single, "Red Neck Crazy," is easily my favorite song of the fall.  It’s catchy and, yes, crazy.  It also features his country music friends Colt Ford and Lee Brice and Willie Robertson of "Duck Dynasty" in the video. 

I can’t relate to it at all, but I love it.  And, no, I don’t endorse the fictional actions in the song. 

How can’t you love these lyrics?

"I'm gonna aim my headlights into your bedroom windows
Throw empty beer cans at both of your shadows
I didn't come here to start a fight, but I'm up for anything tonight
You know you broke the wrong heart baby, and drove me redneck crazy
Redneck crazy"

There are many reasons why I love country music.  One of them is that country fans are just that, fans of the genre, not just one country artist or one group.  I like this a lot.  It’s about community, more so than this dude or that singer or group.  Yet many people love to "hate" country music, even as it becomes more and more popular.  Country music is good, crosses over into most other genres, doesn’t take itself too seriously and always tells a great, if not crazy, story. 

Enjoy the video below, and check out The Rave’s photos from Farr’s July show in Milwaukee.

Tyler Farr is back in Milwaukee on Nov. 3 when he opens for Florida Georgia Line.  Colt Ford also is on the bill.  Farr's debut album comes out Monday, Sept. 30. 

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One of the "24 best beers in America."
One of the "24 best beers in America." (Photo: sprecherbrewery.com)

Sprecher's Black Bavarian makes "Best Beers in America" list

Milwaukee’s lone representative on the new Men’s Journal list, "The 24 Best Beers in America," is Specher Brewery’s Black Bavarian.  

Here’s what the magazine had to say about Black Bavarian:

"Wisconsin's Sprecher Black Bavarian is an authentic interpretation of schwarzbier, the ancient German tradition that uses black-roasted malt. But it's far more drinkable than its hue suggests, and ideal with bratwurst. (6% ABV)"

A sample of others on the list?  Trumer Pils, Stone IPA, Alaskan Amber and New Belgium Ranger IPA. 

The full list is here

Orange signals Hunger Action Month.
Orange signals Hunger Action Month.
Photo: Mark Hines Photography.
Photo: Mark Hines Photography.
The Domes went orange.  Mark Hines Photography.
The Domes went orange. Mark Hines Photography.

Orange helps shine light on local hunger issues

Feeling a bit orange this weekend?  You should as it's the first official weekend of fall.  Although, judging by the volume of events, it's seemingly still summer in Milwaukee.

As a member of the Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin board, I felt I needed to tell you about those orange lights around town.  You see, the organization has partnered with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Marquette University, Majic Enterprises, the Mitchell Park domes, GE Healthcare, U.S. Bank and the Brewers Community Foundation to shed some light on the issue of hunger during September, which is Hunger Action Month.

The Marquette Interchange, the Mitchell Park Domes, Marquette University’s Cudahy Hall, U.S. Bank’s observation deck and GE Healthcare’s globe in the Wauwatosa Research Park are all lit orange beginning at dusk and will remain lit at night through Saturday, Sept. 21, the day of the 11th annual Miles for Meals 5K run/2-mile walk at Veterans Park.

Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin’s food bank, 1700 W. Fond du Lac Ave., also is lit orange at night with donated lighting from Majic Enterprises.

Miller Park was also glowing orange Wednesday night after the Brewers vs. Cubs game.

Orange is the color of hunger. You'll also see pink this weekend, as it's the Komen Race for the Cure

"Light Up Hunger is an important initiative that brings much needed awareness to our mission, feeding Wisconsin’s hungry. Hunger awareness starts with a color, but it ends with a solution," said Bonnie Bellehumeur, president of Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin.

Hunger Action Month provides opportunities to raise awareness about hunger throughout the month of September.

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