Love is in the air. Valentine’s Day is only a week away and many of our local businesses are pulling out the stops to attract the love birds in all of us. If you are looking for a distinctive gift for the one you care about, think local.  Just a $20 shift in local Valentine’s Day spending can mean big bucks for our local economy.

Business Member News

What’s more convenient than the phone book and faster than a web search? It’s the RelyLocal Mobile App. Installed on your iPhone or Android mobile device, this app gives you quick access to all the great RelyLocal Wausau local business members. Install it today, click on one of the links below:

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On our mobile app we feature a different local business each week. Install the app and find out who this week’s featured business is. Don’t have a smart phone? You can still play along by going to m.relylocal.com.

Design Resumes

Please welcome new RelyLocal Wausau Business Member Julie Walraven of Design Resumes. In this tough job market you need every edge you can get. Julie offers resume writing services and interview coaching that will help you stand out from the pack. Make an investment in your future, contact Design Resumes today.

The Planted Seed

The Planted Seed invites you to join them Saturday mornings starting at 9am. Golden Age Cheese demos, Gluten free and regular bakery items from Green Apron Bakers and Burich Bunch Bakery, Dynamite Dog Treats and Handcrafted jewelry from Designing Visions by Karen and so much more. At 10am, we will be introducing Urban Street Bistro to the Wausau area! Located on Wausau’s Near West Side. . .

Lenten Fish Frys

Ash Wednesday is just about here, that means Fish Fry Madness. Yeah, I know we can get fish fry year round in Wisconsin, but Lenten fish frys are special. Richard’s Restaurant and Bar will offer fish fry on both Wednesday and Saturdays and will feature Smelt throughout Lent. I love those little guys. Find out which other RelyLocal businesses offer fish fry, visit our Dining and Restaurants category.

Central Wisconsin Social Media Conference

Social media is here to stay and businesses that ignore it are missing out on a significant segment of their customer base. The Central Wisconsin Social Media conference is open to anyone wanting to learn more about things like Facebook, Twitter, Linked IN, video, and customer service via social media. With breakout sessions designed for newcomers and experience users alike, you will certainly come up to speed on the latest social media trends. Tuesday, March 5th presented by UWSP Continuing Education. Read more. . .

William Jennings Bryan

We all learned about this guy in high school history class, but other than the Scopes Trial and the Cross of Gold speech, what do you know of him? William Jennings Bryan was a dynamic person and considered one of the top orators of all time. The River District Theatre brings the man alive in their one man show Keeping the Faith: The Life of William Jennings Bryan. This Friday – Sunday at the Wausau YWCA.

Trina Nelson Fundraiser

Trina Nelson, 22 years old, was diagnosed with T-Cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma just 12 hours prior to delivering her daughter Quinn on January 31, 2012. A 9-month intense chemotherapy regimen began within the week.  Trina’s cancer is very aggressive and she is currently in a maintenance phase of treatment. In an effort to ease the financial burden of medical expenses and daily needs, family, friends and neighbors are having a benefit in her honor on Saturday, February 16. Read more. . .  

Valentine Day Tea

Register today for an old fashioned tea party. The Marathon County Historical Society’s Valentine Day is Saturday, February 16th. Mothers with their young daughters and sons are invited for an afternoon of tea and scrumptious delights. Held in the beautiful Woodson History Center. More details. . . 

Closing Thoughts

The local economy is big subject on our Facebook page, and this includes financial literacy. Still there are those that work hard but just can’t get ahead. If you or someone you know needs help, the Marathon County Family Resource Center is holding a “Financial SOS – Making Ends Meet” program this Thursday, February 7th from 6-7:30 pm at the Wausau Family Resource Center, 705 S. 24th Ave in Wausau. This hands-on workshop will teach you about credit cards, work benefits and how to save money. Participants will also do a budget that will work for their family. For more information or to register, call (715) 845-6747. Free childcare is available.

Until next week, stay local my friends.