What is this man doing in the cold?

Thanks to the polar vortex, we’ve landed into a sub-zero deep freeze. I know we’ve had cold snaps before, but never with such a sexy name as polar vortex. This week has been hard on many people; especially our homeless population and those that routinely work outdoors. One such hard working person is Joe ofJoe Rader Towing. Earlier this week the Wausau Daily Herald followed him around as he jump started and unstuck frozen vehicles in -20 degree weather.

Business Member News

Do you want and advertising method that can make a guaranteed impression? Radio, tv, and print are great, but you are at the mercy of the viewers and consumers of those media outlets. Will they be listening or reading when your ad runs? That’s why direct mail works: every house has a mail box. The RelyLocal Deal-a-Rama postcard goes to 5,000 homes in the Wausau and Weston area. And with no envelope to open, your advertisement is in plain sight when the mail is collected. Keep reading for more information. . .

Village of Weston

Garbage pickup is running one day late this week due to Advanced being closed Monday for the cold weather. The new recycling carts will be used this week. Find out how to place your garbage cart and new recycling cart at the ends of your driveway by clicking this link. They need to spaced far enough apart for the claw on the truck to maneuver to pick them up.

Also City of Wausau garbage collection was suspended on Monday January 6th and pushed back one day.

Clay House

ruffled_plate_classWe received a gigantic shipment of pottery today and in a few days I have another huge load being delivered. We have so many new choices I literally do not have anywhere to put it all! The new cowboy boot vase is one of my favorites. Also join us for our Ruffled Salad Plate class on Thursday, January 16. Learn how to paint with lace for a dramatic effect. Space is limited so call The Clay House today.

Graham Coulson Furniture

If you are looking for a great evening out and live in the Madison area have a look at this. Graham Coulson Furniture will be showcasing some pieces along with a lot of other artists from a wide spectrum of creative disciplines. This is really a big event worth road-tripping to Madison for. Tickets can be bought in advance from the RAW website.

Jean Bean Soup Company

January is National Soup Month! Head over to The Planted Seed, as all of locally produced Jean Bean Soups are $2 off this month. Plus you can register to win a $25 Planted Seed gift certificate. A winner will be chosen on Feb 1.

The Wedding Store

Stop on by at The Wedding Store! This week all ring Bearer Pillows, Flower Girl Baskets, Garters, Handkerchiefs, Gloves, Unity Candles 50% off! Receive 24 scented heart shape floating candles FREE with every $25.00 Purchase! The Wedding Store. . .

Financial Fiduciaries

This time of year we make resolutions to start the year off right. That’s why in January it can be tough to find a spot in the parking lot of the area fitness centers. But Financial Fiduciaries reminds us to also start the year off right financially. You can read more at their blog. . .

YWCA Men Who Cook Event

Planning your upcoming weekends? Check out YWCA’s Men Who Cook event on January 18 at the Grand Theater! It’s a great evening of wonderfully prepared food by local chefs who volunteer their time and talent to support the YWCA’s mission and programs, including providing Child Care for families in need, Bullying is NEVER Cool! and Women’s Empowerment programs. See you there! Thank you Vino Latte for again being a sponsor of this great event.

By the way, I’ll be participating as a celebrity chef for this year’s Men Who Cook. My table is sold out, but there are still plenty of seats available for the area’s premier dining event. Read more about it and my featured entree on the Buy Local Wausau Blog

Local Business Roundtable

Our Local Business Roundtable is the runaway networking hit of 2013. Help us continue the success by joing our next event on Thursday, January 23rd, 7:30am at the Wausau Entrepreneurial and Education Center. Roundtable topic will be about to how to demonstrate value to price conscious consumers. Hope to see you then.

Closing Thoughts

Screen shot 2014-01-09 at 10.54.28 AMOk, what happens when you throw a cup of boiling water into the air when it’s -20 degrees below zero out? Well, if all goes well, it will instantly turn to ice and snow. This week the guys at Becker Communications decided to turn their cameras towards that activity and gave a little demonstration in their parking lot. (kids don’t try this at home, you can still get burned).

Warmer weather is ahead. Have a great weekend and keep it local my friends.