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The holiday season can bring out the worst in people. Now I’m not talking about anyone in particular, but instead the raft of scams and fake charities that make their appearance this time of year. As we get into the holiday spirit, we often want to spread the cheer around, and scammers know that- they’ll often employ a heart-felt message or sad story to get us to open up our pocket books. Beware of these scams, Detective Jon Kindlarski of the Wausau Police Department has three tips on dealing with potential scams.

If you receive a call from someone you don’t know…

  1. Do not give out personal information such as your full name, date of birth, or address
  2. Do not give out bank account, credit card or Social Security numbers
  3. Verify the person who is calling you is from a legitimate business or organization

Remember, you have the right to hang up at any time.

Local Business News

In the retail sector, you can expect up to 5x the traffic through your social media sites. In fact, the proper use of social media can influence up to half of your holiday shoppers this season. That makes for some pretty high stakes- trust is built by hot you manage your social channels and respond to customer inquiries posted on them. Is your social media ready for the holiday season? My KickStart program is a 1 on 1 social media consultation that makes sure you and your social sites are ready for the holiday traffic. Contact michael@wausauinteractive.com today for details.

Jackie’s Antique Mall on Brown

 

Jackies-Antique-Mall-santaOur Christmas Open House will be on Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 10am to 6pm. Treats and Beverages will be served. Our dealers have stocked the store with some great vintage Christmas decor and gift giving items. Hot beverages and treats will be served. Please share and tell your friends.  Here’s a great video preview of what’s in stock at the shop. Hope to see you this weekend.

Woodson Art Museum

The birds have migrated at the Woodson Art Museum, leaving in their place three excellent exhibitions that open this Saturday November 22nd. James NcNeil Whistler: Realism in Print features 23 prints from the collection of nineteenth-century American artist James McNeill Whistler. Considered one of the greatest painters of the nineteenth century, his etchings also are highly renowned and feature innovative, realistic portrayals of ordinary people and places such as a figure framed in a doorway or a boy seated on a pier.

Also see prints from the 50 Greatest National Geographic Photographs. These photographs are some of the most compelling from National Geographic magazine’s more-than-120-year history. Among the included photographs are Steve McCurry’s unforgettable Afghan girl, Nick Nichols’ iconic Jane Goodall and chimpanzee, Thomas Abercrombie’s never-before-seen view of Mecca, and images of anonymous people’s lives and moments in nature with animals on land and underwater.

Finally, En Pointe: Central Wisconsin School of Ballet Unmasked features a collection of masks that make their annual Nutcracker show so unique and compelling. More at the Woodson Art Museum website. . . 

Lil Ole Winemaker Shoppe

CALLING ALL THE LADIES LEFT ALONE WHILE THE MEN SET FOOT INTO THE COLD… THERE’S FUN IN STORE AT LOWS! Saturday, November 22 from 10-6 and Sunday, November 23 from 11-3. Join us with Wildtree, Arbonne, Felted Mittens, Kim’s BS Sauce with famous pulled pork sundaes, Brooklyn Taste, Tipsy Pig Cakes and Luchi’s Pasta Sauce. We’ll have gift basket drawings and Special Snowman drawing. You’ll cash in on your luck of the draw savings and enjoy our award winning wine-slushies! Stop on down to Lil’ Ole Winemaker Shoppe this weekend and mingle with the rest of the hunting widows!

St Peter Craft & Home Business Expo

St-Peter-Craft-Expo-2014November 22 marks two big occasions in the state of Wisconsin: the start of the gun deer hunting season and the holiday craft fairs. If you’re not the type to venture out into the woods for the trophy buck, then you will certainly want to mosey on down to Schofield for the St. Peter’s school Holiday Craft and Home business fair (115 Eau Claire Ave, Schofield). Running from 9am – 3pm, on Saturday November 22nd, the expo is full of holiday crafts and decorations, and plenty of gift ideas for this Christmas. After stopping at the expo, be sure to continue down old Grand Ave to the Rothschild Pavilion for the Neighbor’s Place annual Empty Bowls benefit to stock area food pantries.

The Sunday Place

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The Sunday Place is located in downtown Mosinee and it sits dead center in the middle of an historic building built back in 1910, as the original Mosinee Post Office. The vault is still part of its décor, with the original tin ceilings, wood floors and a brick wall, all being a part of this beautiful old building. Read more about this unique antique store, open only on Sundays (and Saturdays through the holidays) on the Buy Local Wausau Blog.

Closing Thoughts

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It takes 37 snow plow trucks to the clear the highways and county roads in Marathon County. This doesn’t include all the trucks from the towns, villages, and cities that keep those municipalities clean. So while you are out driving in the snowy weather, remember to keep an eye out for those plow trucks, don’t follow too close, and be aware that they can create whiteout situations with those big blades. For more winter driving tips, head over to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.