Are your March Madness brackets busted? In this issue: Give Old Man Winter the boot, be greeted by a guard deer, help select the next cutie pie, and fight the intergalactic nemesis.

Ok, time for the truth: who really had Wisconsin in their March Madness brackets making it all the way to the Final Four? It’s an awesome accomplishment and our Badgers managed to leave many other higher ranked teams in their wake as they progress to the playoffs this Saturday. Here’s hoping for the best: On Wisconsin and Go Badgers!

Business Member News

Video is a great way to showcase your business. Posting an online video to Youtube not only can promote your business, but increase your business’ search visibility. RelyLocal Wausau offers embedded video clips in the directory and now for a limited time will produce a 60 second ‘virtual tour’ of your business and post it with relevant keywords to drive traffic.Contact Michael Martens to learn more about the power and effectiveness of online video.

Lil Ole Winemaker Shoppe

Lil-Ole-Winemaker-exterior-3Give Winter the boot! Saturday, April 5th from 12 – 7 at Lil’ Ole Winemaker Shoppe. Dig out those beach shorts, tanks and flip flops and get ready for a head start on summer. Feel the heat with Lemon Wine Slushies, our 2 new Summer Sippers, samples from Harmony Cheese and Sugar ‘n Spice Cheesecakes, LLC and top it off with fresh grilled burgers from our local Boy Scout Troop 548! Enter in the drawing to win one of our gift baskets, too! Bring on the HEAT! Lil Ole Winemaker winery in Wausau. . .

Auto Select

April showers bring May flowers, right? Make sure you’re ready for the rain with windshield wipers that work. If they are cracked, squeak a lot or leave streaks and smears, it’s time for a new set. Stop in and we’ll get new ones on in a jiffy. You don’t even need an appointment! Plus check out two new exclusive coupons on our website: Auto Select auto repair in Weston and Wausau. . .

Frasier’s Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling

RelyLocal Business Member Frasier’s Plumbing, Heating, & Cooling runs across a lot of dogs and other animals when they make a service call. But the funniest is the home owner that keeps a pet deer in his yard. Word is that the deer likes to watch television through the window:

Cutie Pie Photo Studio

Take a look at this month’s Cutest Cutie Pies! Head on over to the Cutie Pie website and vote for your favorite. All proceeds from voting go to help the Ronald McDonald House! Also save $10 on your April photo session. Just click and print the coupon, or show it on your smartphone when you stop in. Cutie Pie Photo Studio in Weston. . .

Accent Window Fashions

Sun is streaming into our windows, I know it won’t be long when those warming sunrays will just make the living room unbearably hot. Fortunately the Hunter Douglas Celebration of Light Spring Savings Event starts now and runs through June 13, 2014. Save big with rebates on Duette Architella Honeycomb Shades, Luminette Privacy Sheers, Pirouette Window Shadings, Silhouette Window Shadings, and Skyline Gliding Window Panels. See Accent Window Fashions of Wausau for details. . . 

Grand Theater

The Intergalactic Nemesis, a live-action graphic novel, will be LIVE at The Grand Theater Wausau Tuesday, April 8th at 7:30pm. The Intergalactic Nemesis Live-Action Graphic Novel is a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience that mashes up radio drama with comic-books. Inspired by Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars, and the pulp serials of the 1930s, The Intergalactic Nemesis is a spectacle unlike any other and it’s for the kid in everyone. Tickets available at the Grand Theatre Wausau. . .

Closing Thoughts

Here’s a little Buy Local history for Throwback Thursday. Check out this cartoon published in 1929 on the Buy Local Wausau Blog bemoaning the threat of chain stores to our local economies. Buying local certainly isn’t a new concept, nor is the threat of mass retailers.

Have a great rest of the week and stay local, my friends.