In my blog post ‘10 Ways to Take Back the Holidays‘ I mention giving hand made gifts. Hand made Christmas gifts make for a great personal touch and will be remembered long after the gift wrap decomposes in the landfill. Of all the Christmas gifts that I’ve received over the years, the one that sticks in my mind the longest is a hand made cribbage board I received many, many years ago. But hand made doesn’t necessarily mean home made. Not all of us are crafty and spend too much time on Pinterest. Fortunately many of our RelyLocal Business Members offer great hand made gifts created by local artisans and craftspeople. Just search our directory at for the term ‘hand made’ for a great list of local businesses.

Business Member News

Have you ever heard a business associate say “My Facebook posts just don’t have the viewership that they used to?” That’s why RelyLocal Wausau uses an integrated approach of social media, blogging, direct mail, email, and web search and directory to get your message out. Don’t put all your efforts in just one area, contact us today to find out how to make RelyLocal work for you.

Richards Restaurant and Bar

Head on down to Richards Restaurant and Bar for their 1st annual “No Soup For You!” Soup contest. January 1 at 3pm. $5 entry fee, winner receives entire pot.  Winner announced at halftime of the Rose Bowl game. Stop in at Richard’s to register! Even if you don’t enter the contest, come out to watch the game, sample all the delicious soups (free), free shots for Badger scores, $1 burgers.

Brylies Consignment

Now open on Sundays from 10am-4pm, Brylies Consignment and Tantastic tanning should be on your list of great shopping in the Mosinee area. She still has plenty of Christmas decorations and outfits for putting together an ensemble for that next holiday party.

Northstar Cleaning and Restoration

If you’ve driven by the Northstar Cleaning offices on Stewart Ave, you may have seen the bright red collection boxes. Northstar Cleaning and Restoration has a convenient drop box for Easter Seals clothing drive donations. Stop by their location on Stewart Ave. during business hours and drop the items in our office you will receive a FREE $50 Northstar gift card! Other wise use the drop boxes for you after hours donations.

Happy Mac Digital Electronics

Personal electronics are a popular gift during the holiday season, especially if you have teens and preteens in your house. Happy Mac carries the full line of Apple personal products including the iPad, iPod, and iPhone. Plus from now until the 24th, they’ve got a new special every day. A different deal is available every day, so head to their website to find out what’s on sale next.

Did you ever think that living in the country that you would not be able to get reliable Internet Service? Previously rural dwellers had a choice of dial-up and slow/marginal satellite service. But not anymore. Exede Satellite from offers speeds up to 12mbps and plans that are in line with cable or DSL. Plus get a free Computer tune-up now through December 31st when you install Exede Satellite.

Local Business Roundtable

Join us for the next Local Business Roundtable on Thursday December 20th at 7:30am. This month we’ll be discussing Permission Based Marketing. Do you have any experience with Permission Marketing? Want to learn what Permission Marketing is? Then join us at the Entrepreneurial and Education Center for this fun and informative networking session.

Deal-a-Rama Postcard

I still have at least two vertical ad spots available on our next RelyLocal Deal-a-Rama Postcard, scheduled to be mailed in January. Contact me today to learn how you can effectively and affordably use direct mail to send your message to 5,000 households in the Wausau area. If you’ve never tried direct mail before, the Deal-a-Rama is a great and affordable way to test the waters.

Closing Thoughts

In the intro I mentioned Pinterest. Pinterest is an up and coming social site were you ‘pin’ your favorite websites and images to a virtual pinboard. Other Pinterest users can then share and repin the items to their boards. Pinterest is a great place for inspiration, especially if you are a crafty, foody, a DIY kind of person. Yes, RelyLocal Wausau has a pinboard, and I welcome you to follow it.