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.
Imagine this: You’re knee-deep in shopping lists and you’re wracking your brain trying to figure out what to get your picky teenage daughter when suddenly, inspiration hits. You know exactly what to get her. Let’s say it’s a pair of stretch jeans The problem is where to find them.
So, you plan a trip to Mayfair and mentally make a list of all the stores that might carry stretch jeans. But you have a budget and it’s important that you get them in the perfect size. Next thing you do is get in your car, drive to the mall and prepare to spend hours wandering and shopping, right?
What if you didn’t have to do that? What if you could search for those jeans online and find out which stores in Mayfair actually carry them? What if you could find out who has them on sale and whether they have the size and color you need? You’re thinking I’ve had too much eggnog, right? Wrong!
Shoppers rejoice! Now, thanks to NearbyNow, you can do all of this and more. www.nearbynow.com is being touted as the Google of shopping for Mayfair Mall. (It also works for Brookfield Square and a few other malls around the state…and the country.)
Simply go to the website, choose the state and mall you want and then type in the item that you’re looking for. It’s that easy. It will even give you a picture of the item, tell you how to get to the mall AND show you where in the mall the store is located. (Especially helpful for those of us with middle-age brain who can’t even find our car keys.)
What if your inspiration hits while you’re already at Mayfair? No problem! Just pull out your cell phone, send a code (Mayfair's code is MF) via text message to NearbyNow, and NearbyNow will send you a mobile menu with results.
I don’t know about you, but in the midst of the holiday season, I’m usually short on time. I end up grouping my shopping trips to save time and get more done. Seems to me that NearbyNow has made it even easier so that I can get in and out of the mall in no time at all.
Now, if I could only get it to do all my other holiday chores….