Welcome to the last RelyLocal Wausau newsletter of 2011. I really appreciate all my readers and hope you’ve gained value from the musing’s I’ve scratched out over the past year. Next year’s newsletter will be even bigger and better, with more new businesses, promotional opportunities, and events.

Business Member News

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Michelsen Music in Rotshchild can now be found on RelyLocal Wausau. With a wide selection of sheet music, instruments, accessories and supplies; Michelsen Music caters to both the student and accomplished musician. Looking to pick up an instrument, or hone your craft? The staff is experienced and knowledgeable and will steer you in the right direction.
Hidden Treasures is closing their Wausau location and moving to a new, bigger store at 1050 S Grand Ave in Schofield. With only two days left at their store at the corner of 28th and Stewart ave, some really great deals can be found starting at a dollar. The store closing sale will continue in January at their Rothschild location and their new store located next to the Schofield Dam will open in February.

MS Graphic Design

Hidden Treasures isn’t the only business on the move. MS Graphic Design in Weston has moved to a bigger space across the street from their old location on Schofield Ave. You can now find them at 3409 Schofield Ave in the same strip mall as Andersen Photography and Weston Liquor. MS Graphic Design offers graphic design, copies and printing, and custom picture framing. Head on over and check out their larger space.

Do you have a photogenic toddler or preschooler? Couture Kidlets in Schofield is holding a model search contest looking for the next new fresh face to model their spring line of outfits. To enter, head on over to their Facebook page and post a picture of your child. Deadline is Sunday Janurary 1st. Rules and more information is on their Facebook page.

Stoned and Wired

Learn how to make a Vintage Vines style beaded necklace at Stoned and Wired on Saturday January 7th or Saturday January 21. Cost is $25 plus beading materials. Taught by local artist Erin Klein, these necklaces are totally unique. Class size is limited and only a couple of spaces are left. Call Stoned and Wired today at (715)298-0862 to inquire on availability and reserve your spot. Details and a sample of the Vintage Vines style can be seen on the Buy Local Wausau blog.

New Year’s Celebrations

Lots of stuff is happening this weekend for the New Year’s celebration. If your business is holding New Year’s Eve festivities, drop a post on theRelyLocal Wausau Facebook Page. In the meantime, here are a few events worth checking out.

The Magees

Catch the Magees. Wausau’s authentic Irish band this Saturday from 4-7pm at Limericks Public House in downtown Wausau. The Magees, a local favorite, just released an album that you can pick up locally at several locations are a treat to hear live, so heading to Limericks is a great way to start off the New Year’s Celebration.

Day’s Bowladome

Don’t miss New Years Eve with us at Days Bowl-A-Dome?!? From 8pm till close we are offering $5 pitchers, $1.50 large taps, and $1.50 mixers!!! We will also have our Juke Box FREE for you to play the music you wanna hear(ALL NIGHT). Party favors will be available and we will have a huge balloon drop to ring in 2012!!! Stop down and “Let The Good Times Roll”

Karaoke Dance Party

Head on over to Wausau’s Original The Bar and Grill at 1030 s 3rd Ave for the All About You DJ Service Dance Party and Karaoke Dance Party. The fun starts at 9:00pm and includes drawings all night for some pretty cool stuff. We’ll also be doing some fun contests like the Limbo and hula hoop contest to name a few. Party favors and champagne at midnight.
My Facebook for Business Classes have been extremely popular and am glad to announce two more upcoming classes. A Facebook for Business beginner class will be on Monday, January 23 and a Facebook for Business Advanced Class will be on Monday, January 30. The Beginner class will get you started with business pages, what to post and how to engage your fans and followers. The Advanced class will delver deeper into the mechanics of Facebook and discuss Insights, Advertising, and building custom tabs with iFrames. Both classes will be held at the Wausau Entrepreneurial Education Center (Incubator) at 100 N 72nd Ave. Details are on the Buy Local Wausau Blog.
Closing Thoughts
As I write this in the waning days of 2011, I’m looking ahead to the opportunity that awaits in 2012. Our current economic uncertainty could make us want to retreat and play it safe, but it also holds the key to prosperity and success. I’ve seen a significant number of people take charge and start new businesses this past year. 2012 is going to be great! Let’s keep that momentum moving forward and work together to grow our economy from the bottom up.
Have a blessed and prosperous new year!