Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving and shotgun start to the holiday shopping season is firmly entrenched in the popular culture of our society. But gaining ground is a new holiday: ‘Plaid Friday’ which celebrates locally owned and independent businesses. Just like how a plaid shirt is a pattern made out of interleaved colors, our community wouldn’t thrive if it weren’t for the diversity and variety that locally owned and independent businesses bring. Wear plaid on the 23rd and show your support for local!

Business Member News

The Buy Local Wausau Blog is getting a facelift! The blog, now two years old, is an invaluable resource of what’s happening in the Wausau metro area. But after posting thousands of articles, I’ve noticed that the look and feel is getting a little long in the tooth. Head over to the blog today to see the new format; but come back often as more changes are in store. I’m also looking for guest writers. If you’d like to be part of the blog, drop me a line.

Happy Mac

Put all of that Turkey eating to good use at HappyMac’s Black Friday Big Butt Buster Black Balloon Bonanza. Yes, that’s right. Come in on Black Friday and select from one of over 2000 balloons that we’ll have in the store. Sit on the balloon to pop it to reveal your prize. Each balloon will have HappyMac Black Friday cash inside, valued at up to $1000! Everyone balloon has a prize, so everyone’s a winner. No purchase necessary to play. And go ahead and sleep in. We won’t open until 10 AM. This is a promo you don’t want to miss! See store for details.

Sprocketz Bike Shop

Get Plaid over at Sprocketz on Friday November 23. Sprocketz will be open at 8am so stop in & take a break from the chaos! They’ll have hot coffee and other treats! PLUS some great deals and a PRIZE DRAWING!!!

Kregers Bakery and Deli

We are all ready for the Holidays to begin!!! Order your Thanksgiving Pies, Cakes, Cookies, Rolls, Buns and Bread!!! Or stop in and pick from our freshly baked products we have daily. We also make to order a wide variety of Party Trays–Meats, Cheeses, Veggies, Sandwiches and Taco. We are here to help make your Holiday Celebrations easy and Delicious!!

River District Theatre

The River District Theatre’s FREE preview of their first romantic holiday comedy – It Had To Be You – will be at 3 pm, Thursday Nov. 15 at the YWCA Wausau. They are only presenting the first act, but you will also receive one free ticket to see the full production when it opens on Nov. 30 thru Dec. 2, 3 in Wausau. Just show up – no need to call.

Briq’s Soft Serve

I can’t believe this is the last weekend for Briq’s Soft Serve. Both the Wausau and Weston locations will be closing this Sunday, so this is your last chance to get your soft serve fix until they open again in late February.

Jackies Attique

Jackie’s Attique has new holiday hours: Monday through Friday, 9 am – 5 pm, Saturday, 10am – 4pm and Sunday, Noon to 4pm. And don’t forget that the next “Meet Our Artisans Night” will be on Thursday December 6, from 6pm to 8pm. We’ll be open on Sundays through 12/23/12.

Lil Ole Wine Maker Shoppe

Opening day of the gun deer season is this Saturday. But if you’re not the type to tramp around the woods in blaze orange, then you’ll want to head to the Lil’ Ole Winemaker Shoppe in Rib Mountain for their annual Hunters Widow Weekend on November 17-18th. Sample wines, gifts, and snacks and check out their large collection of wine inspired holiday gifts.

Frontier Communications

Upgrade your Internet and phone service to Frontier Communications Double Play and get your first 3 months of High-Speed Internet are free. With improved broadband speeds and more plan choices, you can stream, shop and share at whatever speed you need. Contact Matt at (715)847-1240 for details.

Vino Latte

Stock up now for the holidays with the Vino Latte annual HUGE WINE CLEARANCE SALE!!! Wine Club members only special pre-sale is Friday, November 16th and every else can save November 17th – 19th. Buy 3 bottles of wine, get 3 bottles for $.01 each! (Select wines, see store for details)

St Peter’s School Craft Fair

A great place to purchase locally made items for Christmas is one of the local holiday craft fairs. Saturday November 17, St. Peter’s Church and School in Schofield will hold their craft fair from 9:00am – 4:00pm. Over 30 crafters and home based businesses will be on display at this FREE craft show. Drawing – Free door prizes given away, products and demonstrations, lunch concessions and booths from Local Crafters and your favorite home businesses.

Closing Thoughts

Veteran’s Day was last week Sunday, but honoring our vets shouldn’t be limited to one day a year. There are 1244 names of Wisconsin Soldiers inscribed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C.. Do you know someone made the ultimate sacrifice in during the Vietnam War? Help honor their lives by putting a face to every name on the wall.