Ice-Shack-lake-wausau-treeEvery year from December to the end of February, a little community sprouts on Lake Wausau. As you drive the McCleary Bridge on your way to Rib Mountain, I’m sure you’ve seen the ice shacks dotting the landscape. But have you ever ventured onto the ice? The lake is typically safe for vehicles by Christmas, but unless you’re familiar with ice conditions, your best bet is to park in the small lot and walk out amongst the shacks. This week’s warm up is perfect weather for a bit of ice fishing. So grab a rod and and an auger and try your hand at a bit of ‘hard water’ fishing.

Local Business News

In an article published by Adweek, the social network Pinterest saw an active user growth of 97%. Other hot social media sites included Tumblr and Instagram. The big loser this past year? Facebook was the only social site to actually drop in activity. Is it time to revisit your social media strategy? My kickstart program gives you at least an hour of 1-on-1 time to review your social media needs and help set a strategy for moving forward. Best of all, it’s only $75. Contact Wausau Interactive today to schedule an appointment.

Snow Sculpture!


10903977_10153046336548748_5985994221360649518_oThree truckloads of pristine, powdery snow were packed into concrete forms today at the Woodson Art Museum. Another form can be seen downtown on the 400 block. Team USA Snow Sculptors will work their magic this weekend at the Woodson Art Museum, Noon-5 pm; and downtown all next week. Come see them in action! Also don’t forget that Winterfest is next week Saturday. Check out the Wausau Area Events website for details and schedule of events.

Six Word Love Stories

Can you write a love story in only six words? Shorter than a Haiku, the Marathon County Public Library’s six word love story contest will make you flex your literary muscle. Deadline is February 9 and winners will be announced on Valentine’s Day.Details on the Buy Local Wausau Blog.

Caring Transitions online estate sale

Starting this Friday! Another online auction by Caring Transitions of Central Wisconsin. Featuring glassware, collectibles, and antiques; you’ll won’t want to miss it. Details on the Caring Transitions of Central Wisconsin website andFacebook page.

Richards Restaurant and Bar

This Sunday is our 3rd Annual Soup Cookoff from 2-5, and EVERYONE is invited! It’s $5 to enter a soup in the contest, but we also need LOTS of people to taste-test all the delicious soups, for FREE! Winner of the contest will receive a Richards gift certificate for dinner for two!! If you’d like to enter, just do so Sunday. Invite a bunch of friends, because we always have a ton of soup left, so come and enjoy a free meal!! Richard’s Restaurant and Bar. . .


Fin_Wellness_Conf_2015Do you want to make better financial decisions? The Financial Wellness Conference at John Muir Middle School is scheduled for February 7, 2015. With classes and seminars geared to both youth and adults, this all-ages conference has something for everyone looking increase their financial literacy. Find more information on the AbbyBank website…

East Riverfront District Open House


Wausau-east-riverfront-district-oct-2015Do you want to know more about what’s happening in the development of Wausau’s East Riverfront District? The City will be holding in open house to answer questions at City Hall on Tuesday, January 27th from 5:00pm – 6:30pm. More details can be found on the Buy Local Wausau Blog.

Northern Air Merchant Services

SURVEY SAYS!!! We have all seen the game show Family Feud where the host asks the contestants to give the top answers from survey questions. I ran across a survey of questions posed to business owners across the US. The question was; Give us your #1 New Year’s Resolution for 2015? The top answers were as follows;
#4 Adopt new technology and launch or grow Social Media Marketing
#3 Increase revenue
#2 Attract New Customers
Can you guess what the #1 answer is? It is something simple and something every business owner craves. Visit the Northern Air Merchant Services website and reveal the #1 answer.

Local Business Roundtable

Our ever popular Local Business Roundtable is moving to Fridays. Thanks to the support of the Wausau Entrepreneurial and Education Center, we are able to to continue providing this valuable networking opportunity for free. But the downside of that is that we need to move to a day of the week were the facility is less utilized. So mark your calendar for Friday, January 23 at 7:30 for our next meeting. The full details can be found on the Buy Local Wausau Blog.

Closing Thoughts

Could growlers of beer become more convenient? Brewpubs and small breweries often offer growlers, or 64 ounce bottles that can be filled with beer, sealed, and then consumed offsite. But now grocery stores want to get into the act. Lobbying has commenced by the Wisconsin Grocer’s Association to allow stores with a Class A liquor license the ability to fill and seal those popular vessels. Could this be a good thing for craft beer drinkers and the beer industry? Read more at this article from WPR’s Central Time.