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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.

If Only it Would Wrap the Presents Too

Mayfair, Tosa Business

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?


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The Art of the Cart

City services

Talk to anybody around Tosa and they’ve got one thing on their mind: Jeez, those new recycling carts are ugly!


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Mayfair Wins Store War, Loses Battle of the Plow

Mayfair, Tosa Business

Friday, a friend and I spent the day shopping…at Brookfield Square. Yes, we cheated on Mayfair.


Anyway, I noticed a couple of things while conducting retail therapy. First of all, despite all of the renovations and new stores and restaurants, Brookfield Square still doesn’t compare to Mayfair. This is just my opinion, but I was less than impressed by the offerings at Brookfield Square. Lots of repeats and somewhat mediocre quality that add up to just a “wanna-be” mall. Any stores that Mayfair and Brookfield Square share are infinitely better at Mayfair. It seems like they’re targeting the bargain hunter, but for my money, Southridge would be a better value.


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Doing Christmas in Style...Movie Style


It's Christmas Day and I found everyone. I mean everyone. This afternoon and tonight, they are at the Majestic Cinema in Brookfield. While the rest of the world is hanging out in living rooms and dining rooms celebrating this very special holiday, several hundred of us packed one of the 16 movie theatres just west of Wauwatosa.

This time, our family did it in style. Last week, we purchased VIP seating (you have to go to the box office) for the afternoon showing of National Treasure 2 - Book of Secrets shown on the Ultra Screen. It was pretty cool. Along with the price of admission ($11.50 before 5:30 pm, $14.50 after 5:30 pm), each of us got a sizeable bucket of popcorn and reserved seats in the front row of the VIP section. We were able to choose our seats and they were waiting for us when we arrived. It was really cool, especially since the show was sold out.

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Making Our World a Little Safer

Fun, Things that bug me

 Do you feel safer today? I thought so. Me too. Yes, folks, the crack TSA team at New York’s LaGuardia airport has spared all of you from a potential disaster – me transporting toothpaste into Milwaukee. Let me explain.


My family and I just returned from a short trip to New York City. Great town. Huge crowds, Broadway, miles of walking. Everyone should visit at least once in their life. You should see the sandwich that $20 can buy! You think the prices at John’s Sandwich Shop have gone up? Try Times Square. Gulp.


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