This week’s welcome relief of rain has cooled things down and made the summer a little more bearable. Hopefully it will be enough to green the lawns and keep the gardens growing. But the rain also washes away the spectacular artwork from last week’s chalk fest. I hope everyone had a chance to get downtown and enjoy the pictures.

Business Member News

Don’t underestimate the power of the brand. Yesterday I was out visiting clients, and in the course of running errands on three separate occasions I ran into people that recognized the RelyLocal logo on my shirt. They recognized the brand and really loved what RelyLocal is doing for local businesses. It’s amazing how the ‘little sticker in the window’ can work to increase your store’s visibility. If your business isn’t displaying the RelyLocal Wausau logo yet, contact me today to find out how you can get onboard.

The Planted Seed

I love coffee shops and wifi. The Planted Seed now not only has coffee and wifi, but you can enjoy fresh locally baked scones while sitting at the bistro tables lining the spacious windows of their new location on 2nd Ave. Watch the people, watch the traffic, and pick up some bulk food and spices while your at it.

Jackie’s Attique

Last week I wrote about Jackie’s Attique, a new consignment and resale shop in town. I’m happy to say that items are coming in on a daily basis and Jackie’s is ready for business. The shop is really coming together, displaying a great collection of vintage, antique, and country style decorator items. You’ll also find a few works by local artists and craftspeople in stock. Check it out today. 

Actor’s Reading Theatre

Lovers and Patriots, the love story of John and Abigail Adams is an original work by local playwright Gary Anderson and will be performed this Friday, Saturday and Sunday by the Actor’s Reading Theatre. You think you know about the American Revolution? Experience a more personal side of our founding fathers as ART dramatizes readings from the Adam’s personal letters, journals, and public documents. More at the Buy Local Wausau Blog:

Fill a Backpack Fill a Need

Fill a Backpack Fill a Need is a program by the United Way’s Workplace Volunteer Council. This year over 5,000 k-8 kids from Marathon County will be eligible to receive a backpack filled with school supplies. Every kid deserves to head off to school properly prepared with supplies and the need for this program has increased 40% over the last five years. Come on down to River Valley Bank on 17th Ave in Wausau on Wednesday July 25 from 11:30am – 3:00pm to drop off your school supply donations for FABFAN. There will be a brat cookout will 1pm and lots of other fun stuff. Help us fill those backpacks for kids in need!

Local Business Roundtable

Networking builds personal relationships and is a key element to helping your business succeed. The Local Business Roundtable is a free monthly event that offers networking, a little breakfast, and a roundtable discussion topic of interest to local business owners and professionals. This month we’ll be talking about Service vs Sales: which comes first? Is there a balance? Join us Thursday July 26 at 7:30am at the Entrepreneurial and Education Center, 100 N 72nd Ave in Wausau. Details at the Buy Local Wausau Blog:

Closing Thoughts

I can’t believe we’ve just only past the half way point of summer and are now already talking about Back to School. Well, there’s still plenty of summer left, so enjoy the warm weather. Don’t let the heat get to you, drink lots of fluids and take it easy during the hottest part of the day. See you next week.