Just look at those Tomatoes

Garden-Tomatoes-rainOur garden is in full bounty mode. Although a wetter than average June and cooler than average July has slowed things a bit, our tomatoes are being super productive. The key to this year’s bumper crop was redoing the garden with some new raised beds and using Hsu’s Growing Supply’s Garden Blend soil. It was just the thing our tired dirt needed. So, when you have plenty of tomatoes, what do you eat? Why not a chef’s salad, and there is nothing better on chef’s salad than Western Dressing. Make your own, the recipe’s on the Buy Local Wausau Blog.

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Business Member News

How does RelyLocal work? It’s a community campaign to promote and support our local businesses. Business members can take advantage of the cooperative marketing opportunities like this newsletter, Local Deals Postcard, and social media promotion that amplifies their message. Your business can also get on-board. Contact us today to learn more.

Before I Die. . .

Before-I-die-wall-peterson-kraemer-1What a great idea! The Before I Die wall at Peterson Kraemer Funeral Homes & Crematory is a getting a lot of attention. The wall, empty when I took these pictures yesterday is now half full today as I drove past it. What’s on your bucket list?

The Fat Bike Revolution

10447544_10152651446247048_7033688818063388145_nI’ve got a friend that’s in love with his fat bike. In fact, he’d probably marry it if he wasn’t already married. But you don’t have to go to such extremes, as Sprocketz Bike Shop in Weston now has a fat bike in stock starting at $700. What’s a fat bike you ask? It’s like a mountain bike but with super wide four inch tires. Imagine floating on the sand or snow while pedaling away- yep you can do that with a fat bike. Check out these bike at Sprocketz and keep cycling all winter long.

Please join us on August 24th, 2014 for the “Bike For Honor Flight 2014”! All proceeds will benefit the Never Forgotten Honor Flight in their mission to provide a “Trip of a Lifetime” to our Veterans. With your help, this event has raised over $100,000 in the past 4 years to benefit the Never Forgotten Honor Flight in Central WI. I’ll be a the event volunteering my time as a sweep for the 50 mile ride. The preregistration deadline may have passed, but day of registrations are welcome and encouraged. Come on down to the Weston, Aspirus YMCA for what will be a great ride! 

Kid’s School Pictures

10495711_10152607148885791_1045012576410592448_oIt’s back to school time and that also means cookie-cutter school pictures. Did you know for about the same price as those cookie-cutter poses you can get top professional portraits for your teen at school-package pricing twice a year, every year. More details at Laura J Studios. . .

Local Business Roundtable

Local-Business-Roundtable-July-2014Coming up on Thursday August 28th is our next Local Business Roundtable. This has become one of the ‘don’t miss’ networking events in the ‪Wausau‬ area. Why not come and find out why.Details on the Buy Local Wausau Blog:

Meals on Wheels

Thank you Caring Transitions of Central Wisconsin for sharing this great volunteer opportunity from the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Central Wisconsin.

  • Want to change your community, help older adults and make a few dollars?
  • Meals on Wheels drivers receive mileage reimbursement while delivering hot, nutritious meals right in your community.
  • We are in need in these communities: Wisconsin Rapids, Antigo, Merrill and Wausau.

Call today to find out how you (and your car) can help change a life: 1-888-486-9545.

New Faces at AbbyBank

AbbyBank would like to welcome two additions to their Wausau & Weston team: Peggy Hardt, VP/Business Development Officer and Brenda Anderson, Assistant Vice President / Mortgage Loan Officers. Brenda’s role will specialize in real estate lending, whether the purpose be remodeling, building or buying a home. Peggy’s role will support local business managers and entrepreneurs by helping them save money and become more efficient while using strong financial products and services. The addition of these officers will continue expanding AbbyBank’s real estate and commercial lending presence in our Wausau and Weston market.

Craig Stuedemann, Senior Vice President of Lending, states “Both Peggy and Brenda possess knowledge and experience that will enhance the AbbyBank experience of providing outstanding financial service to our customers while continuing to support our local communities.” AbbyBank, banking in Abbotsford, Wausau, and Weston . . .

Closing Thoughts

The Buy Local Wausau Blog is undergoing an overhaul! Some of the changes are now evident and many more are on the way. As we work through the changes and upgrades over the coming weeks I hope that you will find the blog  to become a premiere community site for the greater Wausau area. Is there a feature you’d like to see in the new site? Drop me an email to michaelmartens@relylocal.com, I’d love to hear it.