This week has been unbearably hot.  But I know this newsletter is so cool, it lowers my body temperature every time I read it. Speaking as a person that doesn’t have air conditioning in their house, I try to get as much accomplished as possible before lunchtime so I don’t have to suffer through the heat of the day. Oh well, cooler weather is ahead, so I’m not going to complain (too much that is).

balloon-fest-crowdWe had a great time at the Balloon and Rib festival last week,that I posted a recap on my blog. Check it out to catch some great pictures of the balloons.

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.

Cutie Pie Photo Studio

Cutie Pie Photo Studio WestonPlease welcome our newest RelyLocal Business Member: Cutie Pie Photo Studio. Cutie Pie Photo Studio in Weston gives you baby, infants, and children’s photos in only an hour. No need to wait for prints, schedule your session online today. Cutie Pie Photo Studio on RelyLocal Wausau. . .

Jalapenos Mexican Restaurante and Bar

The reboot of Jalapeno’s Mexican Restaurant is almost complete! The long awaited furniture arrives on Thursday and the area’s favorite Mexican restaurant will be open for dinner on Friday. You’ll find the same great food, but a totally different look. Head for the thatched roof in the Washington Square building.

River District Theatre

Last weekend I saw a most excellent performance from the River District Theatre titled “Lovers and Patriots.” Now I’ve talked about this show quite a few times and I usually recommend that people take in one of their engaging performances. But Lovers and Patriots is something you really need to see. It brings the personal side of one of our founding fathers John Adams and his wife Abigail’s relationship to life. The City Pages also has a great review of the show in this week’s issue. You can still catch the show this weekend with performances on Friday evening at 7:30pm and Sunday at 3:00pm at the Wausau YWCA (613 5th St). Details are on the Buy Local Wausau Blog. 

The Planted Seed

We are celebrating the 2nd Anniversary of Sugar ‘n Spice Cheesecakes, LLC with free funfetti cheesecakes on Saturday, July 20 (while supplies last).   Hannah (and baby, Harvey) will be here from noon to 1pm to thank everyone for their support over the last 2 years!  New summer menu flavors: Dark chocolate peanut butter and Key Lime will be available, along with the all time favorite flavors.  Check out Sugar ‘n Spice at or on Facebook.  Meet Hannah this Saturday at The Planted Seed, 402 S. 2nd Ave, Wausau.

Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home

The weather is only supposed to get hotter! So why not reserve your spot for pie and ice cream?! 715-845-6900

Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home

This is one seminar you do not want to miss! Mary Boyd, Pre-Planning Specialist at Peterson/Kraemer as well as a Marathon County Medical Examiner there to answer your questions. Call 715-845-6900 to reserve your spot!

Financial tip of the week

Thank you Travis of Financial Fiduciaries for another great personal finance tip.

My financial institution recently added a fee to automatically transfer from my savings to checking account. Be familiar and revisit your bank and/or credit union’s fee policies regularly and know how to avoid them. Transfer fees, ATM charges, checking account overdrafts, and interest missed due to required minimums add up fast and will cost you more than you think over the long term. Accepting these fees is like throwing away your change after paying with a five or ten dollar bill!

Local Business Roundtable

Our next Local Business Roundtable is scheduled for Thursday, July 25, 7:30am at the Wausau Entrepreneurial and Education Center. This FREE breakfast networking meeting is a great place to meet new people and make valuable connections. This month’s topic will be about face-to-face networking in the digital age. Online social tools are great at making connections, but it still takes a personal touch. Read more at the Buy Local Wausau Blog

Deal-a-Rama Postcard

Call today to reserve your space in the RelyLocal Wausau Deal-a-Rama Postcard. Spots are filling up fast. 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

What happened in the Pine Grove Cemetery last week was a real travesty. This is one of our favorite dog walking spots, so it hurts us to see all those broken headstones. But one local business is working to turn that around. Read more on the Buy Local Wausau Blog.
Remember last spring when the television crew was in Wausau taping an episode for the Food Network program “Food Court Wars?” Well our episode will air this Sunday at 7:00pm on the Food Network. You can read more on the Buy Local Wausau Blog about the competition that pits two local teams as they battle to win a prize that includes one year of free rent for their mall food court restaurant idea.

Keep it cool and don’t forget to stay local, my friends.