Who out there would like to see some snow? I do enjoy this warm, unseasonable, weather we’re having. But for goodness sake, it’s December already; we really should have 6 inches on the ground by now. I suppose we still have the possibility of a White Christmas, but I’m not holding my breath.

Business Member News

Amidst all the uncertainty of the weather, there is one thing that is sure: you need to advertise. The RelyLocal Deal-a-Rama is a large 9×12 inch postcard mailed to 5,000 households in the Wausau area. With no envelope to open, the card and your advertising message, is instantly recognizable. Our next card will be mailed on January 11, 2013. Now’s the time to reserve your space. Check out the link for more information, samples and rates.


Plexus Worldwide

The Holiday season can be a difficult time of year to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight. Between the rich meals and constant snacking, how do you stay ahead of the curve? Angie Huckbody, Independent Ambassador for Plexus Worldwide offers an appetite suppressant called Plexus Slim. Popular in the South and West Coast, this product is now available in the Wausau area. Learn more on how to maintain your weight through the holiday season and get a jumpstart on your New Year’s Resolution at her informational seminar on Thursday December 6 at 6:30pm at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church on the corner of North 6th St and Edgewood Rd. RSVP at (715)574-6321 but walk-ins are welcome.


Downtown Optical

The end of the year is approaching fast. Do you have money left in your medical Flexible Spending Account? With Flex money you need to use it or lose it. So why not treat yourself to a new pair of glasses. Downtown Optical has a great selection of frames for the whole family and can even provide the eye exams. Make your appointment now before time runs out.


Jackie’s Attique

On the first Thursdays of the month, head on down to Jackie’s Attique for her open house evenings. This Thursday December 6 from 6-8pm she’ll have a special Meet the Artisans Holiday Open House. It’s a great time to mingle with the craftspeople shop for new and vintage items and pick out the perfect handmade Christmas gift.


Frontier Communications

Want to meet Green Bay Packers Defensive end Mike Daniels? I knew you would. Thanks to Frontier Communications, Daniels will be at the Eastbay retail location on Tuesday December 11 from 6-8pm to sign autographs and take photos. A 5$ suggested donation for the event will benefit the United Way of Marathon County. Details at the Buy Local Wausau blog.


Marathon Savings Bank

Do you get Social Security, SSI, or other Federal Benefit Checks? The U.S. Treasury requires you to switch from paper checks to electronic payments by March 1, 2013. Marathon Savings Bank will be holding a Federal Benefit Direct Deposit Workshop at their Scott Street location on Saturday, December 15, 2012 from 9:00am to 2:00pm. We will have people on hand to help explain the switch to electronic payments and to help you set up direct deposit to your bank account, whether you bank with us or somewhere else. No registration required, just stop in the day of the event. You will need your personal information, as well as the amount of your most recent federal benefit check.


Vino Latte

Room is still available at Vino Latte’s wine tasting event on Saturday December 8th. Starting at 7pm, sample 11 wines and 4 food pairings. $25 per person + tax/gratuity. Call the shop for more information or to reserve your spot.


The Planted Seed

The Indoor Farmers Market is back at The Planted Seed in Wausau. Come on down to their location on the corner of 2nd ave and Stewart Ave Saturdays starting at 9:00am to chat with local food providers and pick up locally produced meats, cheeses, bread, produce and dairy. No matter the weather, it’s always nice at the indoor farmer market.


Loving Traditions Cakery

Do you want home made Christmas cookies but don’t want to go through all the trouble of rolling, pressing, and baking? Loving Traditions Cakery can produce a wide range of cookies, cakes, and holiday desserts in any quantity. It’s a perfect solution to what to do for that Holiday party dessert tray. Give Debbie a call today.


Closing Thoughts

This time of year there are many opportunities to give a little extra for those who need it the most. Area food pantries are stretched thin, the Salvation Army kettles are in full force, and churches and community groups are collecting donations so everyone can have something for Christmas. But whatever you choose to do, give where your heart directs you. Have a  great rest of the week.