Saturday is opening day of the gun deer season, but it also marks the opening of holiday shopping. Read more in our biggest, fullest issue ever.

Opening day of deer hunting season is upon us and the Thanksgiving holiday is right around the corner. That means it’s not only open season on the deer, but area shoppers are honing their skills and are ready to hit the stores this weekend and next. It is truly amazing how fast time rolls by once the holidays start to pile up. The next month will go by in a flash, we’ll wake up on New Year’s Day and wonder: where did all the time go.

With that being said, the next next issue of the newsletter will move ahead one day to Wednesday, the 23rd of November so reading the newsletter doesn’t interfere with your holiday plans.

This week’s issue is jam packed with information, so please excuse the length. Our local businesses are pulling out all the stops this holiday season. So shop local this holiday season and experience the added extra value that our local and independent businesses provide to our community.

Business Member News

I’d like to welcome new business member G&K Services of Weston to the RelyLocal Wausau family. G&K Services provides handyman and contracting services inside and outside your home. In the winter they will do snow blowing for your sidewalk and driveway, either on a seasonal contract or as a occasional service. But their focus during the colder time of the year is interior painting. Call them today to get the interior rooms of your house painted for the holidays.

Vino Latte‘s wine clearance sale is this Saturday and Sunday with a Friday preview for Wine Club Members. They need to make room for the new vintages so for every three bottles of select clearance wines you purchase, you can buy three more for a penny each. That’s like 50% off a half case of wine. Stock up now for the holidays, you know you will need it.

The holidays are all about the food; if you are a foodie like me, you will love to start off the New Year with a Taste of Home Cooking School/Culinary Vacation in January 2012!!Let Dragon Flight Travel book a 5-day/4-night getaway to El Dorado Royale and El Dorado Casita Royale and you will enjoy an all-inclusive, gourmet experience and participate in hands-on, unique cooking classes and more. You’ll learn new techniques and savor delicious, Mexican recipes that you can make at home and enjoy every day! Also, delight in cooking demonstrations by well-known executive chefs from the El Dorado Royale and Taste of Home® Culinary Specialists. Indulge yourself in the many flavors of Mexican cuisine and enjoy turquoise waters, splendid suites, revitalizing spa services, stylish bars and exquisite restaurants. Itinerary dates are January 4-8, 2012, contact Dragon Flight Travel for details and package prices.

Coming up this Saturday is the Central Wisconsin School of Ballet’s Nutcracker Ball, November 19,  5:00 – 9:00 pm. This is a family event to Kick-Off the Holiday Season! Located at the Jefferson Street Inn Grand Ballroom in Downtown Wausau you will find for Kids: Scavenger Hunt Photos With Your Favorite Nutcracker Character Holiday Craft Corner (decorate cookies, color nutcracker…s, make candy cane reindeer) For Adults: Silent Auction Holiday Giving Tree where you can receive a XBox 360 Kinect, a DSi, or a Nook Everyone will receive a gift! Fashion Show featuring Nevaeh Gallery Boutique, Younkers, and Nicole’s Boutique For Everyone: Carriage Rides Holiday Sweet Shop Holiday Buffet Dance the Night Away with ‘Music in Motion’ And memories to last a lifetime. Tickets $25 Adults, $15 ages 6-12, $5 ages 5 & under. For tickets Call 715-842-4447 CENTRAL WISCONSIN SCHOOL OF BALLET. 715.842.4447. 124 N 3RD AVE • WAUSAU, WI 54401. EMAIL: info@cwschoolofballet.com

Speaking of NevaeH Gallery Boutique, They are having a one of a kind artisan treasure this weekend at their shop in the Washington Square building. All jewelry and scarves are on sale November 18th & 19th. So many custom and handmade styles to choose from. Treat yourself or find that perfect gift for a special someone.

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Stoned and Wired is offering a beading class on Saturday December 3rd and December 17. Learn how to do the Russian Spiral with Karla Wipperfurth while making a Russian Spiral bracelet. These bracelets are really neat and would make a great accessory to your holiday wardrobe. Cost is $25 plus materials fee. Contact Stoned and Wired to register.
Stoned and Wired will also be closed on Wednesday the 23rd and Thursday the 24th of November. But please visit them on Friday the 25th when they will have a really great special offering the store, details next week.

This Saturday, November 19 head on down to Dale’s Weston Lanes for the Holiday Home Party and craft show. See over 20 vendors display a wide variety of holiday craft and home party items. What a great way to get your shopping knocked out for the hard to buy person. Details are at the Buy Local Wausau blog.

Closing Thoughts

I feel like I’m only scratching the surface of great events going on this week and into next. Watch my blog as I’ll be updating it daily with more specials and events. Next week’s issue will be even more action packed as we go full tilt into the Shift your Shopping theme for this year’s holiday season.

If your business has special plans to combat the consumerism of Black Friday or will run a promotion for Small Business Saturday, please email me at michaelmartens@relylocal.com. Not only will your message will go out to hundreds of loyal locals in the Wausau area in our weekly newsletter, but we also connect with over 16,000 people weekly on our Facebook page and receive over 5,000 hits monthly on our blog and RelyLocal Wausau website. No one else can give you this much localized exposure at such a low cost.

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