Wreaths-First-American-CenterThe bitter cold this week has at least been good for outdoor sports: the area outdoor ice rinks are now ready for their Friday, December 13th season opening. I saw the Park Department hosing the 400 block rink down on Wednesday; I can’t imagine that was a fun job when the air temperature was -8. Sylvan Hill is also opening this weekend for snow tubing fun.Nine Mile Forest is marginal, but will be open by Monday Dec 16. Bring on the winter weather fun.

Business Member News

Have you ever heard a business associate say “My Facebook posts just don’t have the viewership that they used to?” Yep, Facebook is tinkering with the Newsfeed algorithms once again and business pages are suffering. That’s why RelyLocal Wausau uses an integrated approach of social media, blogging, direct mail, email, and web search and directory to get your message out. Don’t put all your efforts in just one social media channel,contact us today to find out how to make RelyLocal work for you.

Loving Traditions Cakery

Christmas cookies 2013Do you love Christmas Cookies, but find the rolling out and decorating tedious? Loving Traditions Cakery to the rescue! They even have an ‘ugly sweater’ cutout cookie, perfect for your next holiday party. All of their cookies are made from scratch and they use real butter. Don’t have time to bake but want to serve your family cookies that are made with love and care? Call or send them a message; Loving Traditions Cakery would love to be a part of your Christmas Traditions. . .

Kreger’s Bakery and Deli

Speaking of Christmas delights, Kreger’s Bakery and Deli is filled to the brim with chocolates, barks, and other holiday delicacies. They’ve even got the proverbial fruitcake and stollen. But hurry, as delicious as they are, once they’re gone, they’ll be gone for another year. Kreger’s Bakery & Deli. . .

L Boutique Studio Ladies Night Out

How would you like a boutique shopping experience all to yourself? Think of any occasion or reason to host a boutique party: birthdays, showers, sweet 16, customer appreciation for your business, Christmas Season party (doesn’t have to be in December……just sayin’), or for any other unique “Ladies Night Out” get together. You can even earn boutique bucks so you can get something special for that special occasion coming up while hosting a fun event. Contact L Boutique Studio for details and to schedule a date.

Clements Insurance Agency

Watch for the new look for the Clements Insurance Agency.  Their new logo  was just unveiled on their exterior sign last week.  The  remodeling of the existing office building on 317 Sixth Street should be completed in time to celebrate their 30th year anniversary in 2014.  One thing that will not be changing is their  reputation for delivering the best service and rates for all Personal and Business Insurance need.  The Clements Agency is an independent agency representing over 12 companies!

Local Business Roundtable

Our Local Business Roundtable is the runaway networking hit of 2013. Help us celebrate by networking and engaging is a little (early morning) holiday cheer. Our next event is Thursday, December 19th, 7:30am at the Wausau Entrepreneurial and Education Center. Details on the Buy Local Wausau Blog. . .

Laughter on the 23rd Floor

THERE IS STILL TIME!!! Encore performances of Neil Simon’s “Laughter on the 23rd Floor” will warm your heart and tickle your funny bone! Come out of the cold and join this crazy nine-person cast at Wausau’s YWCA. Saturday, 12/14 @ 7:30 PM; Sunday, 12/15 @ 3:00 PM. Ticket information @ www.riverdistricttheatre.org

10 Ways to Take Back the Holidays

The Christmas holidays got you down? Tired of searching and shopping for the perfect gift for that hard to shop for someone? It doesn’t have to be that hard. Take a deep breath, relax, use these ten tips to take back the holidays on your own terms. Read more on the Buy Local Wausau Blog. . .

Deal-a-Rama Postcard

How would your business like to reach 5,000 households in the Wausau area for just pennies an impression? You can do that by being a part of the Wausau Area’s Largest Coupon: the Local Deal-a-Rama Postcard. Space is filling up for our January card, but some great spots are still available. Details and pricing. . .

Closing Thoughts

The Log Game has made it to the final round! Our work isn’t over yet as this is will be the toughest competition to date. USA today is running a nationwide poll on which high schools have the best football rivalry. The Wausau East/West Log Game made is all the way to the final round, but is trailing in the national championship. You’ve got four days to vote, so head on over and vote early and vote often. The winning schools will receive $5,000 in prize money.

Stay warm, and stay local, my friends.