Happy Independents Week! We ask that you support our locally-owned, independent businesses every day, but especially during Indie Week! Want to keep it local? Always start with theRelyLocal Wausau Local member directory!

Business Member News

As we celebrate Independence Day and the founding of our Nation, we should also remember the small and Independent business owners too this holiday week. “It’s a time to reflect on the importance of economic democracy and community self-determination by celebrating the nation’s locally owned independent businesses,” says AMIBA director Jennifer Rockne. Independent’s week runs July 1-7, RelyLocal Wausau is your local resource for locally owned and independently run businesses. Look for the round, red RelyLocal sticker in the places you shop, and if your favorite business isn’t a member yet, encourage them to join.

Briq’s Soft Serve

Progress is being made at the new location of Briq’s Soft Serveon Merrill Ave and County U. I’m really looking forward to it’s opening.


Don’t have plans for the 4th of July? Come to Mosinee for the Annual 4th of July celebration at River Park. There will be live music and fun for the kids plus a great fireworks display over the river at dusk. And best of all Briq’s Soft Serve in Mosinee is right there and OPEN until MIDNIGHT! Stop by for a Brownie Briq Mountain or any one of your favorites. See you there. Have a happy and safe Independence day! Briq’s Soft Serve. . .

Jalapeno’s Restaurant

There are some big changes going on in the Washington Square building. Most notably, El Jalapeno Mexican Restaurant and Baris changing their name to Jalapeno’s Mexican Restaurant; but they still have the same owners and excellent food. Starting Sunday June 30th they will be closed to continue doing some great changes with at the restaurant and will reopen July 10th. Make sure to stop down and check it out!

Wild Birds Unlimited

I love following along with Wild Birds Unlimited on Facebook, every week I learn something new about our feathered friends. Question from yesterday: Why are my goldfinches eating my swiss chard? Goldfinches are one of the last birds to begin nesting along with the Cedar Waxwings beginning now. They need lots of calcium to build all of those eggs they are going to lay – so plant some swiss chard and enjoy watching them eat their salad! Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop. . .

Jean Bean Soup Company

Starting July 4, Jean Bean Soup will be available at Wausau Wellness Center in frozen quarts! Stop by for their grand re-opening on July 4 from 9-6 for free samples and gifts! I’d highly recommend trying one of their smoothies from the Jungle Juice Bar. Yum! They are located on 17th Avenue close to the old Blockbuster. More about Jean Bean Soups. . .

Marathon Savings Bank

Need tickets for the upcoming Wisconsin Valley Fair? Stop at any one of the four Marathon Savings Bank locations to purchase your season pass. An advance season pass is $22. We will be selling until July 27th. Find the nearest Marathon Savings Bank Location. . .

Free Swim Day

Three Wausau area Kiwanis Clubs are sponsoring a free swim day for ages 17 and younger on Wednesday July 10 from 1 to 6 pm, at Kaiser, Memorial, Schulenburg Pools and at the Splash Pad in Marathon Park. Since pools are free from 6 to 7:50 PM on Wednesdays, the whole day is free for youth and the evening free for youth and adults. In case of rain the free day is moved to July 17th.

Deal-a-Rama Postcard

Reserve your space in the RelyLocal Wausau Deal-a-Rama Postcard. This 9×12 large, full color postcard goes to 5,000 homes in the Wausau and Weston metro areas. The next card, to be mailed in mid August, and will feature businesses with pre-season and back to school specials. This is a great opportunity to get your message in front of homeowners looking for these services at a cost of about a nickel an impression. Learn more about the Deal-a-Rama.

Closing Thoughts

Hopefully your Independence Day holiday will be peaceful. We’re hitting the road this 4th of July to spend a couple of days of rest and relaxation. Of course even when we’re on the road, I advocate seeking out and supporting the local community’s independent businesses. You can read more about our statewide travel exploits on my travel blog www.backroadwisconsin.com.


Have a Happy Independence Day and keep it local, my friends!