Aahhh, Halloween; that special days when kids get to pretend and adults act like kids. Looks like this year’s Halloween is going to be wet and foggy, so if you will be out Trick or Treating, make sure your kids are wearing reflective clothing, stay on the sidewalks, and watch for traffic when crossing the street. And while you’re out, don’t let the spooks get you.

Business Member News

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Downtown Holiday Open House

This Saturday and Sunday, join The Planted Seed and 10 other specialty shops for the 21st Annual Christmas on First Open House! Visit all 11 shops on Wausau’s near West Side for a chance to win the grand prize, valued at over $1,000.00. Door prizes, refreshments and gift ideas. While you’re at The Planted Seed, don’t forget to pick up a couple quarts of Jean Bean Soupsor Sugar and Spice Cheesecake.

CJ’s Catering of Wausau

CJ’s Catering of Wausau has great options for holiday parties!! Full banquet events…. we are preferred caterers at many locations in the Wausau area. CJ’s offers a wide variety of menus, and styles of service at awesome prices. Office party??? catering menus offer items such as grilled tenderloin rolls, crab stuffed cream puffs, raspberry baked brie, rosemary cream sauce topped pork tenderloin, garlic encrusted cod and our signature seasoned whipped potatoes. Italian buffets of Fettuccini Alfredo, fresh made lasagna, warm garlic breadsticks and Caesar salad. Are you hungry yet???? Call CJ’s at 843-7673 for a great quote!!!

The Clay House

Clay-House-Empty-BowlsTHANK YOU to everyone that painted a bowl at The Clay Houseand everywhere else for the Neighbor’s Place Empty Bowls benefit! You are special people! So many beautiful bowls will be brought to the Rothschild Pavillion in the coming week for theNeighbors’ Place Empty Bowls fundraiser on November 9th. If you were not able to paint a bowl this year PLEASE consider attending the actual event. You’ll enjoy delicious soup and take home a beautiful bowl that someone put time and effort into.

AbbyBank

AbbyBank wants to help make our communities be a great place to live by helping with providing Holiday meals to local families in need. We will match up to $2,000 in donations for the Wausau and Weston area food pantries through Peyton’s Promise. In addition, we will match up to $1,000 in donations for the CUP food pantry that helps the greater Abbotsford area. If you want to donate, we will be taking the donations through December 10th. Let’s see if we can max out the matching funds… Will you help out? AbbyBank Locations in Wausau. . .

Financial Fiduciaries

Financial Fiduciaries in Wausau reminds us that many people use the changing of the seasons as a signal to do a careful review of their financial status. And with good reason – evaluating your plan now is a great way to ensure that you are ready for the end of the year and the start of 2014. Here are six questions you should discuss with your financial adviser to ensure that your portfolio is in tip-top shape this fall – consider it a winterizing kit for your investments: (read more)

Wisconsin Public Radio

Looking for a different advertising venue for your holiday marketing? Wisconsin Public Radio’s seasonal packages may be just the thing for you. With packages ranging in length from five to thirteen weeks, a WPR’s holiday package may be just the thing to reach new customers during one of our most important sales quarters of the year. Contact Wisconsin Public Radio. . . 

St. Peter’s School Holiday Craft Fair

A great place to purchase locally made items for Christmas is one of the local holiday craft fairs. Saturday November 23, St. Peter’s Church and School in Schofield will hold their craft fair from 9:00am – 3:00pm. Drawing – Free door prizes given away, products and demonstrations, lunch concessions and booths from Local Crafters and your favorite home businesses. Vendor space is still available, call (715)359-3020 for details.

Closing Thoughts

You’ve probably heard that Amazon is building a distribution center in Kenosha. How will this affect Wisconsin shoppers? Well, the good news is that your orders will come faster, but now that Amazon has a presence in the state, you will also have to pay sales tax. I think better news is that this, along with increasing their minimum charge for free shipping to $35, puts the online store on a more equal footing with local merchants.

Have a great start to the weekend, and keep it local, my friends.