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West Side Stories

A Tosa resident for almost 20 years, Karen is a mom and freelance writer, addicted to playing tennis. When not on the tennis court, she spends the fall and winter in the stands at Green Bay Packer and Marquette basketball games.

Karen is the author of “Grab a Bite,” a dining out column and the former community columnist for the Wauwatosa NOW newspaper.

The Smoking Ban – How Illinois Did it Better

Tosa Business

Breathe deep. Ahhhh….yep, it starts today folks, the Indoor Smoking Ban in Wisconsin. Those of us who don’t smoke are pretty darn excited. I’m especially looking forward to visiting a couple of Tosa places that sometimes are WAY too smoky for me: Club Tap and Col. Hart’s.

If you’ve seen a rash of patio renovations lately, you know that businesses owners were preparing for this day. I applaud them and hope that all of us who have avoided certain restaurants and businesses will now patronize those places.

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To the Tosa Farmers Market - Jiggety Jig!

Community, Tosa Business, Tosa Landmarks, Tosans, Neighborhood

Finally, the stars and our schedule aligned and were able to make our first visit to the brand spankin’ new Tosa Farmers’ Market. Located in the Hart's Mills parking lot (along the Oak Leaf Trail across the river from Chancery and Cafe Hollander in the Village of Wauwatosa), the Market is open Saturday mornings June through October.

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How do you fix the broken Brewers?

Brewers, Sports

Yesterday, the doorbell rang. It was a Milwaukee Brewers' representative who apparently doesn’t understand the “No Soliciting” sign on my front door. This nice young lady was selling ticket packages. I was speechless for a moment or two and then I said: “Um, shouldn’t you fix the team first?” Her response was: “Well, I know they’re not doing very good right now but there are still some really good games left.” (Against whom, The Little Sisters of the Poor?)

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