This week the weatherman asked the question: is this our January Thaw or an early spring. I’m putting my money on the January thaw. With temps in the 30’s, it certainly is nice outside. But it looks like colder weather will soon return, so enjoy it while you can.

Business Member News

This January we are having our first ever Free listing promotion. If your business is not already listed in our RelyLocal Wausau local business directory, you can do so for free. This basic listing includes Contact Information, Description, and Logo. You can upgrade your listing to an enhanced listing for only $25/month. Enhanced listings increase your businesses visibility with higher placement in the directory more keywords and search engine (SEO) categories, images, video clips, documents, social media promotion, business owner profiles, inclusion in our blog and email newsletter. Plus you’ll also receive a window sticker to proudly display your affiliation with RelyLocal and our Buy Local Campaign. It’s a tremendous value for what you receive, and your first step starts with clicking on the link below.

Jackie’s Attique

What’s up over at Jackie’s Attique? I was in the shop yesterday and it looks like furniture’s been moving, and she has a great collection of Fire King and McCoy ceramics. Want to know more? Check out her new Youtube video:

Home Insulation Company

Thursday January 10th is National Cut your Energy Costs day. We should all be conserving energy in one way or another. It makes good financial sense and helps preserve our natural resources for future generations. I hope by now that you’ve caught all the low hanging fruit in your house like switching to compact fluorescent bulbs, using a programmable thermostat, and turning off unused lights and devices. But how do you take the next step.The Home Insulation Company can help with an independent energy audit and insulation products that will lower your energy bills and make your home more comfortable.

Richards Restaurant and Bar

The Packers are still in the playoffs! Head over to Richards Restaurant and Bar Saturday night to watch the Packers beat the 49ers! Prime rib and snow crab buffet $24.99, Happy hour prices (starts @ 6:30), a dozen wings $6, raffles, free shots at every packer score, homemade pizza unlimited toppings $10 tube shots 6 for $5. Hope to see you there!

Lindsey Marie Photography

Lindsey Marie has quite a deal this month. Go online to schedule a January 25th/26th outside winter Mini Sessions. The winter landscape is beautiful and this would make perfect Valentine’s Day cards! 

Marathon Hardware and Rental

Saturday January 19th is the 10th Anniversary of locally owned Marathon Hardware. Great sales up to 80% off, Prizes, giveaways and More!! Plus a brat fry with Proceeds going to the Marathon Area Business Association F.U.N. “Flowers Under Our Noses” Project.

Deal-a-Rama Postcard

WAtch your mailbox for the January Deal-a-Rama postcards. This month we’ve sent cards to over 5,000 homes in the Wausau and Weston area. If you didn’t receive a card, you can stop at Jackie’s Attique in Rothschild to pick one up. I’m also looking for additional drop locations for cards, so if you business would like a couple dozen to distribute, let me know. Space is available for the February card, which will be mailed on the 12th of February. Postage may be going up but the Deal-a-Rama is still a great deal at less than a nickel per impression. 

YWCA Men Who Cook

The YWCA’s Men Who Cook event is fast approaching. My table of 8 is sold out, but plenty of other seats are still available for the Saturday January 19th event. At Men Who Cook, local celebrity chefs prepare an elegant four course dinner for a table of eight. Cuisine ranges from American, Continental, Mediterranean, South Pacific, and more. I’m doing a French meal based on the food and culture of the Alsace-Lorraine regions of France. Follow along this week with my dessert, a delicious Rum Cake.

River District Theatre

This weekend marks the Wausau debut of New York playwright and Marshfield native son Dean Gray’s production of “Uncle. An old photo of a beloved Uncle with another man begins a young Manhattan composer’s journey that intertwines with that of his deceased Uncle. Secrets are revealed, choices are made,and second chances offered. How will it end? Inspired by a true story. January 11-13 in Wausau’s YWCA, 613 Fifth Street. Friday & Saturday 7:30 pm, Sunday 3 pm. Tickets are $10 reserve by phone at 715-298-9250 or pick up tickets at Art, Books & Banter 614 3rd St. Tickets are $15 at the door.

Get Smart Wausau

How’s your financial wellness? Everyone can use a check-up and the Get Smart Wausau Coalition is offering a Financial Wellness Conference on Saturday January 19th. Admission is low and includes continental breakfast, a book, and a free copy of your credit report. For more information and registration, head over to the Buy Local Wausau Blog.

Email Newsletters for Business

Did you know that 94% of Americans use email on a daily basis. (Makes you wonder what the other 6% do). Coming in February I’m offering a class in creating email newsletters for your business. Even if you use social media to connect with your audience, email is still valuable. I’m you’d agree since you’ve read this newsletter at least this far. Registration is through the UWMC Continuing Education department and details are on the blog.

Closing Thoughts

Making the rounds to area businesses after the holidays, I’ve been taking an informal poll on how their shopping season was. Things are sounding optimistic as most shops are reporting either slightly above or well above sales for the season. That’s great news to hear. Let’s keep our local economy rolling by continuing to ‘Buy Local.’ Have a great weekend.

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