Christmas Wishes

This morning at our popular Local Business Roundtable, Annette of Caring Transitions of Central Wisconsin brought up an interesting topic. Christmas is a time when we are often visiting our parents, grandparents, and elderly relatives. Giving gifts to our older loved ones can be difficult, as they may have different needs and tastes as the younger yet. But according to Annette, practicality is the key. Get them something they can use or may need on a daily basis. My grandfather loved flannel shirts, so it was a no-brainer to stock him up with new shirts for the holidays. Gifts aside, sometimes a visit is all it takes to brighten their day.

Business Member News

Time is running out. With just a few days before Christmas, do you find yourself struggling to find that ‘perfect gift’ for friends or family? How about a Wausau Chamber gift certificate. These certificates, available in any amount, are good at more than 300 local businesses that also happen to be Wausau Region Chamber members. Plus with no added cost or administrative fee, more of your cash stays in our local community. Available at the Wausau Region Chamber office. . .

Clements Insurance Agency

Clements-Insurance-AgencyWe’re pleased to announce our newest RelyLocal Local Business Member: Clements Insurance Agency. Representing 12 different companies, Clements Insurance Agency of Wausau will help you find the right coverage at the right price for individuals and businesses for 30 years with auto, home, life, and business insurance. The best thing is that you can also Save two ways with the Clements Insurance Agency. Get a quote and save on your insurance and get a FREE RelyLocal Local Rewards discount card just for checking. Contact Clements Insurance Agency for details. . .

Local Business Roundup

Why shop local? Local retailers generate twice as much sales activity per square foot than non-local retailers. Adjacent stores also benefit from more foot traffic generated by local merchants.

Lil Ole Winemaker Shoppe still has a lot of goodies for those Christmas baskets. Of course wine and cheese still makes a wonderful gift for anyone. We will be closing Christmas Eve @ noon to celebrate Christmas with our family, but will be ready to reopen on the 26th for those post holiday wine needs.

The Clay House wishes to thank you for a fabulous 2013 holiday season and although it is not over yet, we want you to know how thankful we are for your support of our cute little studio in Weston. Please remember that we have gift certificates that can be purchased in any amount for the last minute gift of creativity and memory making! Oh yeah, watch for their new lunch menu coming this January

Don’t forget L Boutique Studio in Marathon. Coffees and Teas and TREATS have arrived for the holydays. Come and get ’em while they last. Quantities are very limited. Both beans and ground, Mystic Monk coffee and teas. Seasonal flavors and GREAT stocking stuffers for the sweet tooth on your list.

Leave the cooking to Cabin Pizza on Christmas eve. They’ll be open from 4 to 8pm on the 24th, so you can concentrate on getting ready for Santa’s arrival.

Complete Cellular Service says: instead of buying a new device for Christmas… Get your current phone fixed to look like NEW! With in-house service and same day repair on most devices, it’s not to late to spruce up your phone.

Indentity Theft Protection

Did you hear the news that up to 40 million credit card accounts may have been compromised due to a data breach at Target? The breach happened between November 27 and December 15, so if you shopped at Target during that time, you may want to watch your account very carefully. Target Corp. advises customers who suspect there has been unauthorized activity on their cards should call them at 866-852-8680. One way you can protect yourself from identity theft is to have the services of LegalShield on your side. With legal representation, identity theft and fraud prevention, LegalShield is affordable protection. Contact local independent representative Steve Stefke for more details. . .

Skating Away

The Village of Weston announces that the Kennedy Park Ice Rink and Warming House will open for the season at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, December 20th!! Hours are 1:00 to 5:00 and 6:00 to 9:00 on Saturday, Sundays and School Holidays and from 6:00 to 9:00 Monday through Friday. Holiday hours are as follows: Open Christmas Eve Day from 1:00 to 5:00, closed from 6:00 to 9:00, Closed on Christmas Day, Open New Year’s Eve Day from 1:00 to 5:00, closed 6:00 to 9:00 and open both shifts on New Year’s Day.

Local Jobs

CJ’s Catering in Wausau is looking to fill a part time position driving one of our route trucks…. This is great position for a stay at home mom looking to work during school hours or a collage student that has afternoon or night classes. Good driving record a must. Must be a team oriented. Contact us at Position starts January 6th.

Looking for some extra cash to pay for those Christmas gifts?Wausau To Go is looking for reliable delivery drivers in the Wausau area. Flexible hours and shifts, Call them at 715-849-3663.

Closing Thoughts

One of the enjoyable parts of Christmas season is my annual Tom and Jerry from the Domino Bar. The warm sweet drink always brings up childhood memories of Christmas. This week I ran across an audio story that shared those same memories of Tom and Jerrys, holiday drinks, and Christmas past. Writer Julie Buckles’ grandfather was famous for the holiday cocktails he served in his Viroqua basement. You can hear the story on Wisconsin Life. 

Have a merry and blessed Christmas.