What's the appeal of Adirondack chairs?
While they seem more Madison than Milwaukee, they're popping up everywhere now that the weather is turning. Oddly, though, I rarely see people sitting in these Adirondack chairs.
Milwaukee workers march for better wages
Members of Raise Up MKE, a local group with ties to a growing national movement of retail workers, is striking and rallying across Milwaukee today.
Spring American-made mens' fashion
Spring is finally here (I think). There has been a resurgence in American made goods recently, and I've compiled a list of my favorite things for spring.
Eight random observations about how I shop
I generally like shopping, and I appreciate good stuff, great service and cool design. Yet, like most, I also love a good deal. So, indulge me - this retail week - if you will, here are eight random observations about how I shop today.
Stuff I want, stuff I don't want
I'm an American and so, by definition, I am wired to want to buy stuff. And there's plenty of stuff I want to buy. Here are a couple of things that top my long list. As well as some stuff I don't want.
Donate clothes, get 30 percent off, $25 gift card at Luci Boutique
Bring in any old top or dress in good condition and Luci Boutique will give you 30 percent off your entire purchase, plus a $25 gift card.
The Fyxation Quiver: The first and last bike you'll ever need
The frame starts out as one would expect, with 4130 chromoly tubing in "a traditional double triangle design with a horizontal top tube, aero profile fork and horizontal dropouts to easily accommodate a singlespeed, fixed, or internal gear hub." But here is where it gets interesting. "The Quiver also ships with our proprietary derailleur hanger and removable cable stops so it can be built up as a geared road bike with front and rear derailleurs."
Great brands grow from the inside out
In this age of social media, companies participate in their brands, rather than control them, according authors Will Ruch and Pat Nazemetz. They contend that companies that align their internal brands with their human resource policies can gain a competitive advantage.
Third Ward's (shoo) adds space, welcomes Sachen as neighbor
Store store, (shoo) has expanded its Milwaukee location in the Historic Third Ward by adding 1,000 square feet at 241 N. Broadway. The women and men's shoe store also is adding a new retail neighbor.
"Drink Wisconsinbly" Kickstarter campaign has one day remaining
Milwaukeean Richard Lorbach launched a Kickstarter campaign in late March to bulk-produce hand-crafted neon signs that say "Drink Wisconsinbly" along with other memorabilia and T-shirts.
Perfection: The 2013 Jaguar XJ
If I was a less verbose writer, I could sum up the 2013 Jaguar XJ in one word: perfection. But that wouldn't make for much of a review, and after a month with the XJ that Fields Jaguar in Waukesha loaned me, I have so much more to say. I'll start with this: if you're the kind of person who can afford to spend $73,000 on a car, and you require something with four seats, this is the car you should buy. Run, don't walk, to Fields Jaguar and buy it. Now.
Get "Boston Strong" with these charity T-shirts
Milwaukee company Ink to the People, 6600 W. Calumet Rd., is helping two young Boston-area college students raise money for the victims of the Boston Marathon tragedy on April 15.
Brenner Brewing Company is a go
Mike Brenner raised $750,000 and says he will now be able to open the Brenner Brewing Company. So what's next?
Kmart "Ships its Pants"
It's simple, effect and darn funny. The opening line is great, and unlike some spots it really doesn't take the gag too far. Kmart's new #shipmypants ad works.
A sign of life for Grand Avenue?
I've said this before, but I like the Grand Avenue Mall. It's an easy lunch destination for Downtown workers, and it still has a lot of unrealized potential. It saddens me that most have written it off for dead, and I wish the City or the owners would provide a serious incentive for a few major anchor stores to come and stay for a while.
Milwaukee makes Techie's list
At OnMilwaukee.com we've known and lived this for years. But, it's great to see recognition for Milwaukee on a new list from Technie.com. Milwaukee ranks, with nine others, on this new list of "10 Most Unexpected Cities for High-Tech Innovation."
Sometimes, one cup of Joe is all you need
I bought a Keurig after having one in my hotel room during a recent trip to Washington D.C.
Smear some Milverine on your mouth
Last week, Moonshine Bath and Body introduced a new lip balm, Milverine, named for the ubiquitous-around-town, fast-walking, often shirtless Milwaukee icon.
Boston Store Clearance Center opening April 4
Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. announced today that it will open a new clearance center on Milwaukee's South Side.
Milwaukee:The Capital of Water
Forbes is again on the Milwaukee beat as the site, April 15 print edition and reporter Joann Muller look at Milwaukee's ascent and quest to be the water capital of the world in a story called "The Capital of Water."
Forbes finds Milwaukee an "emerging Downtown"
Downtown Milwaukee is the economic, civic, cultural and entertainment heart of the state of Wisconsin. So, it's good news that today Forbes finds our Downtown as one of 15 "emerging downtowns" in the United States.
I'm a Google (or, at least, I was)
Lindsay was a devoted Google user. But a nasty case of texting thumb lured her to the world of Apple and its one-fingered touchscreen and often infuriating loopholes.
This spring, go gold, go bold and make a statement with your jewelry
This spring, it's all about being bold and mixing it up. Accessories - especially jewelry - are a perfect, easy way to take an old outfit and give it a fresh gloss.
The Waxwing almost ready to party
On Friday, March 15, The Waxwing - a gallery / boutique in Shorewood - will host an anniversary party from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be new art on the walls, live music by The Thriftones, raffle prizes and more.
15 wardrobe essentials to prevent fashion disaster
My wardrobe is overwhelming me. Too many choices inevitably leads to a fashion disaster. So I queried some of Milwaukee's most influential style mavens for their advice. If they could only have 15 pieces in their entire wardrobe, what would it come down to?