Mother’s Day is coming up this weekend and Memorial Day is right around the corner. Before you know it, we’ll be in the dog days of summer. Is there any way we can slow things down a bit?

Next Week, May 13-17 is National Bike to Work Week. Does the high cost of gas got you down? Would you like to add a little exercise to your day? Did you know that on average most trips under three miles can be made in the same or slightly less time on bike than by car. Ditch the steel cage next week and take to the road on your bicycle. I’ve got my all tuned up and ready to roll on the new Central Loop.

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One of the benefits of RelyLocal Wausau membership is publishing your businesses news item in this newsletter. This newsletter covers a highly localized area, 75% of our readers are from the Wausau Metro Area. We also have a 30% open rate, which is almost double the industry standard. Contact me to learn more about connecting with this loyal local audience.

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The Planted Seed

We are building a community!  Opening day of the new Gateway Market – Wausau farmers’ market.  Located at the corner of Stewart Ave and 2nd Ave, in Wausau’s River District.  Join our local vendors this Saturday and celebrate the founding of this weekly summer event. Gateway Market – Wausau is on Facebook, email at gatewaymarketwausau@icloud.com or contact The Planted Seed 715-301-1133 for more information.

Gateway Farmers Market

Come Saturday, this empty parking lot will be transformed into a vibrant farmers market.

Farmers market season is certainly here. Not only do we have the new Gateway market opening up, but Weston’s farmer market opened last Tuesday and the Wausau Farmer Market will open on Saturday. Early season farmer markets can be dicey in selection; mostly hothouse veggies, starter plants, and preserved food. But if this warm weather continues, we’ll have an abundance of produce in no time. Details on area farmers markets can be found on the Buy Local Wausau Blog.

Resch Insurance Agency

Resch Insurance Agency is partnering with Covenant Community Presbyterian Church’s annual mission trip to feed and clothe the homeless on the streets of Chicago. We would like to take as many packs of socks as possible to give with pairs of shoes. If you would like to help, we will be accepting donations of packages of socks or cash at our office on 5503 Schofield Ave in Weston through May 29th. Please help make this year’s mission trip a success.

Loving Traditions Cakery

Graduation season is here. Do you have a confirmation, high school, or college graduation in your family? Don’t forget the cakes and desserts from Loving Traditions Cakery. From simple to sophisticated, Loving Traditions can create anything you need. Plus they can provide cookies, cake pops, bars and other desserts to make your celebration a success.

Turf MDs

Aaahhh, the grass is finally starting to turn green. A healthy lawn is a fertilized lawn; but application can be difficult and tedious. Use too much and your precious fertilizer literally goes down the storm drain, and that’s not a good thing. Turf MDs is here to help with professional knowledge and experience, they’ll apply the right amount to make your lawn look ‘golf course green.’ Either single application or contract for the whole season, contact them for details.

Northstar Cleaning and Restoration

You may think of Northstar Cleaning as the carpet cleaning people, but did you know that they also can do the carpets and upholstery in automobiles, campers, and RVs? If your getting your camper out of storage and notice it needs a freshening; give Northstar a call.

Local Business Roundtable

Coming up in little over a week is our next Local Business Roundtable. Yeah, it’s early, but it was the only day we could get the room. This month we’ll have a special guest presenter and topic: Darien Schaefer of the Wausau, Central Wisconsin Convention and Visitors Bureau will talk about tourism and our local economy. We’re consistently hitting 25-30 people every month, with quite a few new faces, and we have room for more.Read more and RSVP for our next event on the Buy Local Wausau Blog.

Closing Thoughts

I saw this article from the New York Times and it started me thinking on how we classify businesses as small vs big and local vs global. “Most Americans praising small business are probably thinking in qualitative rather than quantitative terms. Small is beautiful because it’s local. Size matters less than connections and commitment.” Do smaller businesses have a stronger commitment to our community? As a business grows, does it begin to lose touch with those community connections? I encourage you to read and discuss the article.