Welcome to Spring! If you only looked at the weather forecast and not the calendar, you may not realize that today is the first day of Spring. It’s been a long, cold winter, and warmer days are certainly ahead. My wife is ready to plant her garden, but it’s difficult to visualize those plans when the plot still has two feet of snow on it. I think we all need to be patient.

Business Member News

Common question I receive is ‘how do I get my news items into this weekly newsletter.’ We highlight the businesses that send in information to be included in this weekly letter. So please send your news items and releases to michaelmartens@relylocal.com by Wednesday at 5:00pm to be included in the next issue.

Accent Window Fashions

Patterned interior finishes can spice up a living space. Solid colors are soothing and calm, but sometimes an entire room of solid colors can just seem boring. Patterns can make a dramatic design statement or subtly amp up the interest in a room. The varieties of patterns are almost unlimited – stripes, circles, paisley, polka dots and animal prints. Patterned finishes come in almost any color combination, from subtle to bold, from traditional to totally contemporary. Be brave and add patterns to your life – and to your home. To learn more about how to integrate color and pattern into your living space, contact Accent Window Fashions of Wausau.

Lawn and Garden Show

The annual Garden, Lawn, and Recreation Expo is this weekend in the Patriot Center and Cedar Creek Mall. This free show starts Friday at 3:00pm and runs for the weekend. At the show this year you’ll find RelyLocal Business Members: Hsu Growing Supply and Verhasselt Home Repair. Be sure to stop by their booths, pick up some info and let them know you saw them on RelyLocal. Rural Mutual Insurance, while not an exhibitor has their offices in Cedar Creek, so be sure to stop in and say hi.

Cutie Pie Photo Studio

Have you scheduled your appointment? Cutie Pie Photo Studiohas a couple of spots left for their annual “Bunnies & Chicks” photo sessions on April 11, 12, and 13. To schedule an appoint, go to the website and click Book Now.

Hidden Sources

1926059_1408982232695412_2132718085_oFresh Dairy delivery from Lamer’s; the rBGH free milk is bottled and transported direct from the plant, not from a warehouse! We carry 1% Chocolate in Glass and Plastic half gallons, 2% white in glass and plastic half gallons, Skim milk in plastic half gallons, as well as Orange juice in both glass and plastic half gallons. We also stock sour cream, cottage cheese, butter, eggs and cheese! While supplies last, Yoplait yogurt, both original and greek blended, are buy one get one! Hidden Sources Gluten Free Grocery in Schofield. . .

Central Wisconsin Dairy Delivery

If you would like that same Lamers dairy fresh milk bottled in returnable glass or recyclable plastic containers in addition to cheese, meat, Jean Bean Soups, and breads, delivered to your doorstep; Central Wisconsin Dairy Delivery is ready to set you up with weekly deliveries anywhere in the greater Wausau Metro Area. Never run out of milk again!

Red Clover Market

Sample Saturday coming to Red Clover Market-Weston this Saturday.Come into meet and try products from Big Water Coffee Roasters ,Badger Specialty Foods(local meat), Harmony Cheese,and Burich Bunch Bakery. We also will be having some samples from our kitchen,and items from the Market. Come on in,it’ll be good for you! Red Clover organic grocery in Weston. . .

Cloverbelt Credit Union

Cloverbelt Credit Union of Wausau wishes to share about an automated phishing scam occurring in Wisconsin as well as in New Mexico and Connecticut. The calls are attempts to obtain access to cardholder account information. Cardholders are informed that their debit card has been deactivated and needs to be reactivated. Cardholders are then asked to provide account information such account numbers, expiration dates and PIN numbers to reactivate their debit card.

Please remember that you are NEVER to give out your debit card information to ANYONE calling. If you ever have any questions please contact your financial institution directly.

Local Business Roundtable

Local-Business-Roundtable-Feb-2014-1The Local Business Roundtable is going on the road! This Thursday March 27 at 7:30am, Wausau’s most popular free networking event will be at the Marathon County Historical Society’s Woodson History Center (410 McIndoe St, downtown Wausau). We’ll still have all the networking, introductions and donuts like always, but also have a brief presentation on business in Marathon county and you’ll have the ability to tour the museum’s new permament exhibit. Details can be found on the Buy Local Wausau Blog.

Closing Thoughts

This evening we’re in for a treat. The physics students at Wausau East High School have their annual Parent’s Night where they will be demonstrating their Rube Goldberg machines. Rube Goldberg is a cartoonist famous for illustrating unnecessarily complex machines that do simple tasks. While this is a great way to teach physics and the students do have a chance of advancing to the state Rube Goldberg competition, how often do we take simple tasks and make them more difficult than they need to be.