Streetwise: Tacos and haunted houses, ethical clothing and downtown dining


By:  Laura Schulte

There are quite a few new businesses heading for Wausau in the next few months. 

Wausau Center mall is getting a haunted house, two new restaurants are preparing for opening and a downtown clothing store is looking to educate women on where their threads come from. 

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Daly's to feature small and large plates, craft drinks

Tee and Jim Daly are pulling together the final touches for their new downtown restaurant, Daly's. 

The couple, which owns Basil in Weston, has been hard at work approving their menus for food and drink, while creating a new atmosphere for the building, located at 307 Third St. The restaurant will feature both small and large plates, drawing on all different types of food. And the bar will feature upscale wine, craft cocktails and beer and a large selection of bourbon, curated by Jim Daly. 

The restaurant will also feature regularly scheduled music acts, in hopes of drawing in the young professional crowd, which is a demographic that Basil currently isn't reaching, Jim Daly said. 

Daly's will likely open in mid-November.

The newest downtown Wausau shop is aiming to make local women a little more aware of where their clothing comes from. 

Poppy's Boutique, which will open on Oct. 28, is located at 316 Washington St. Owned by Raissa Dupuis, the store will carry brands that are ethically sourced and produced. Many of the brands, Dupuis said, help to rescue women from the slave trade in foreign countries by providing jobs. 

The store will be a new experience for Wausau customers, Dupuis said.

 "It's a different experience than the mall. It's not just buying clothes, but I'll style them as well," she said. "I want to have that connection with people, help them find the stuff that makes them feel beautiful." 

The grand opening will be on Oct. 28 from noon to 4 p.m. 

Wausau Center mall will soon be home to a spooky witch and her lair, thanks to the team behind Imaginar Adventures. 

The new Wausau company, launched this year by Rachel Davis, is hosting the Spooktacular Haunted House in a vacant space in mall, opening on Oct. 20. 

This isn't the first time Davis has done a haunted house. She's worked with other organizations to bring spooky haunts, but her creations have never had a permanent home. Last year, her haunted house was at the Wausau Children's Museum in the mall, but wasn't as scary as in years prior. 

In order to make the haunted house suitable for children, there will be daytime haunts with the lights on. In the evenings, though, the scares will be frightening, so its recommended that only those who can handle a fright. 

The haunted house will run for children from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 20. 21, 27 and 28 and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct. 31. The adults' open house will run from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Oct. 20, 21, 27 and 28 and from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the 31. 

Try out some of the best cuisine that downtown has to offer, during the second Downtown Dining Week of 2017. 

From Oct. 16 through Oct. 20, restaurants will offer three-course, price-fixed menus. Twelve different spots throughout the area will participate: 

  • 319 Bistro
  • Back When Café
  • Chatterbox
  • City Grill
  • La Prima
  • J. Gumbo's
  • Jalapeno's
  • Malarkey's Pub and Townies Grill
  • The Mint Cafe
  • Polito's Pizza
  • The Paisley Mug
  • Peking Restaurant

Lunches will range from $7 to $15 and dinners will range from $12 to $35. 

There's going to be a new place to grab a quick taco in Wausau. 

La Taqueria will soon inhabit the old Blockbuster Movie space at 520 S. 17th Ave., turning it into a trendy new spot to eat and drink. The owners, sibling duo Valeria and Luis Melendez, got the idea for opening the new joint after struggling to find tacos like the ones they remember eating when they lived in southern California as kids. 

"Our family has wanted it ever since we moved to central Wisconsin," Valeria Melendez said. "(And) the community has been asking for it." 

Most of the food served at La Taqueria will come from recipes passed through generations of the Melendez family, and the kitchen will be overseen by the Melendez's mother, who they learned to cook from. 

Valeria and Luis Melendez hope to open their restaurant in time for the holidays, once the renovations of the building are completed. 

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Weekend ghost tours return to downtown Wausau Wausau Ghost Tours


By:  Sean Caldwell at WSAW

Wausau is a city with a lot of history including some restless ghosts.
Ahead of Halloween, the Wausau Paranormal Research Society is hosting it's 15th year of walking ghost tours, showing off some of the city's most notorious haunted spots.

The group's co-director Anji Spialek spoke with Sunrise 7's Sean Caldwell about what their research has found and why recent redevelopment projects in the downtown area might lead to an increase in paranormal activity.

The guided walking ghost tours run from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 14, 21, and 28. Tours leave every 15 minutes from the Wausau Elks' Lodge where tickets can be bought at the downstairs bar.

WPRS is also hosting a "Haunted Wisconsin" presentation at the Carmel Crisp Cafe in Oshkosh on Oct. 20 at 5 p.m., and a local presentation on "Wausau Area Haunts" on Oct. 26 at 6 p.m at the Marathon County Public Library, Wausau Branch.

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Streetwise Wausau: Downtown Dining Week serves up local restaurants' best dishes

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By:  Laura Schulte

Get ready to try out some of the best dishes downtown restaurants have to offer during Wausau's Downtown Dining Week. 

The downtown week of local eats was so popular last spring that the Wausau River District, a downtown nonprofit that advocates for businesses, is bringing back the event for the second time this year, said executive director Liz Brodek. 

From Oct. 16 through Oct. 20, select restaurants will offer three-course, price-fixed menus. Twelve restaurants will participate:

  • 319 Bistro
  • Back When Café
  • Chatterbox
  • City Grill
  • La Prima
  • J. Gumbo's
  • Jalapeno's
  • Malarkey's Pub and Townies Grill
  • The Mint Cafe
  • Polito's Pizza
  • The Paisley Mug
  • Peking Restaurant 

Restaurants will offer lunch menus for $7 to $15 and dinner menus from $12 to $35, according to a press release from the River District. Some restaurants will create completely new menu items for the week-long event, while others will highlight customer favorites. 

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Trolley ride added to annual 'Christmas on First' event next month in Wausau


By:  Heather Poltrock

The Wausau River District has announced a trolley will be added this year's annual Christmas on First event. It's the 25th year of the event.

The event features locally owned businesses. Organizers say it's a chance to get people to places they may not normally shop and a first chance and sneak peek at holiday gifts at stores on First, Second, and Third avenues.

The event is Nov. 4 from 9 a.m. to 5 and Nov. 5 from noon to 4 p.m.

This year’s participating businesses include Blossoms and Bows, Builer’s Cycles & Fitness, Buttermilk Creek, Dime and Dollar Thrift Store, Navieve Fromagerie, Needle Workshop, and River District Antiques. 

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Street art contest runner-up to finish mural at new Wausau restaurant


By:  Maria Szatkowski with WZAW

In the last several weeks the city of Wausau has become home to more than a dozen new murals.

The newest is set to be complete Oct. 3 in a restaurant on Third Street in Wausau.

Artist Stephanie Kohli recently won second place in the city's 'Art Lives Here' street art contest. Now, her work will be featured in the city's newest restaurant, Daly's. The restaurant's bar will open next month.

Kohli said she was honored to create the mural.

"For me this is such an amazing opportunity to have such a large piece of artwork right here near the 400 Block. There's a lot of different festivals and things that go on here, so it's a good place to have artwork out in the art scene."

Kohli's mural is about half-done. She said she hopes to finish next week.

Daly's is located at 307 Third St. in Wausau.

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City of Wausau installs cameras around 400 Block to improve public safety New surveillance cameras put up on 400 Block added for safety


By:  Kevin Carr with WZAW

The Wausau Police Department now has eyes on the 400 Block 24-hours a day following the installation new surveillance cameras.

The cameras were installed Wednesday near 3rd Street and Scott, 4th Street and Jefferson and on top the Grand Theater.

The installment of cameras was proposed last year after concerns rose concerning the number day-drinkers on the 400 Block, Mayor Robert Mielke said.

"In a facility or location that size, when you have a lot of people congregating, it's just good to have as far as another thing for the police to use as far as to monitor, see what's happening," Mielke said.

The technology is designed to be a public safety tool, but Wausau Police will be able to utilize it to help crack future cases that occur around the 400 Block.

"If something does happen, we're able to go right to the video to be able to watch it live, or to go back in time to review the recording," Wausau Police Lieutenant Ben Graham explained.

Graham said all patrol lieutenants will be able to access a live feed that shows what the cameras are viewing 24 hours a day.

"Hopefully that will deter those with a criminal lean to not behave criminally when they're out and about," Graham said.

While police use the cameras, City-County IT helps maintain them. And though not everyone may be comfortable walking under surveillance, Mielke believes the new cameras do more good than harm.

"It's not used to be intrusive, or anything negative," Mielke said. "It's just another way of boosting public safety and security, and frankly it's just today's world."

Besides the cameras around the 400 Block, Graham said existing cameras around the city can be found by Thomas Street and Grand Avenue, around the police station and in city hall.

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Ignite Nutrition blends up smoothies in downtown Wausau with an eye on health


By:  Laura Schulte

Kayla Ermeling is finally living her dream of helping to make downtown Wausau a little healthier. 

Ermeling opened Ignite Nutrition, a smoothie bar and fitness club located at 515 Third Street, for the first full day on Monday. She held a soft opening over the weekend and was blown away by how many people showed up. 

Ignite Nutrition adds a whole new menu to the downtown, bringing a healthy, lower-calorie option for lunch or breakfast. There are 24 smoothies on the menu, and all are 250 calories or fewer.

Ermeling, 23, graduated from Wausau West High School in 2012. She attended the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, which is where she developed her passion for healthy living. After gaining more weight than she was comfortably with during a study abroad trip to Mexico, she turned to a nutrition club to help her learn to treat her body better. It worked for her. Once she realized all a club could accomplish within a community, she decided to move back to her hometown and start a nutrition club of her own. 

There's more to the business than just smoothies, too. For $8, each customer gets a small "shot" of flavored aloe, which can help soothe the stomach and aids with digestion, Ermeling said. Then the customer selects a flavor of iced tea, which helps to boost energy and metabolism. Then comes the smoothie, rounding out the entire experience for the customer.  

Each customer gets a cup of tea to sip on while they wait for their smoothie at Ignite. The tea is meant to boost energy and metabolism, Ermeling said. 

Now that Ignite is open, Ermeling is excited to start helping community members get on track with their health. She said that she offers free nutrition coaching, which consists of a wellness profile to help customers achieve their goals safely. In addition to the nutrition coaching, she's also working to bring in a yoga instructor for weekly classes that will be free with the donation of a canned food item. 

Ermeling pours the smoothies into a cup before serving them on Sept. 20.

Ermeling doesn't want community members to be intimidated by the idea of fitness, either. It doesn't have to be scary or overwhelming, she said. After all, she once was the one looking for help when it came to losing weight and taking care of her body. 

"We're not scary," she said. "Getting healthy, losing weight, building muscle— we've done that too." 

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Basil owners prepare to open new downtown Wausau restaurant


By:  Laura Schulte with Wausau Daily Herald

The owners of a Weston fine dining spot are bringing their craft to downtown Wausau. 

Tee and Jim Daly, who own Basil in Weston, will take over the former Crostini Bar location, making it into a wine bar and restaurant called Daly's. 

The change in ownership comes after Crostini Bar closed abruptly in late August, after less than three months in business. Compass Properties, the owner of the building where the business is located at 307 Third St., then took control of the space and sought new tenants. 

The Dalys opened Basil, located at 2106 Schofield Ave., in January 2010, bringing a new fusion of flavors to Weston. The restaurant boasts everything from Irish food to Thai tastes on their menu. It was then a new venture for an entrepreneurial couple. In 2014, Tee Daly won the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce's ATHENA Leadership Award for her work as the first southeast Asian-American realtor in the region.

Mark Craig, the manager of Compass Properties, said there were several applicants for the space, but ultimately Daly's was the best fit. The Dalys were also able to take over the spot quickly, signing on to the lease about three weeks after Crostini Bar closed. 

The new downtown spot will be open and serving wine and cocktails as soon as Oct. 1, pending the approval of the transfer of a liquor license, with the restaurant opening as soon as a full-service kitchen is installed, Jim Daly said on Monday evening during a Public Health and Safety committee meeting in Wausau. Eventually, Daly said, the restaurant will have live entertainment and outdoor bistro seating as well. 

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Basil owners to open new restaurant in downtown Wausau Owners of Weston restaurant expand to 2nd location in downtown Wausau


By:  WSAW Staff

The owners of Basil in Weston will open a new restaurant at the former Crostini Bar on 3rd Street in Wausau.

City records show Crostini owners surrendered their liquor license after only being open several months.

A Wausau City Council subcommittee is expected to approve the liquor license transfer to the Basil owners Monday night.

Basil owner Jim Daly said crews are already remodeling the 3rd Street building. The new restaurant, Daly's, will have a full menu. Daly said he hopes to have the bar open next month and the kitchen in November.

Daly said Basil will remain open.

He said they had been looking at downtown locations for quite sometime.

Basil opened in Weston in 2009.

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18 murals help to bring life to Wausau's north side


By:  Laura Schulte at Wausau Daily Herald

Downtown Wausau got a little more colorful over the weekend thanks to the addition of 18 new murals. 

The murals, which were created by local artists participating in the Art Lives Here competition, were completed during Artrageous Weekend. In addition to murals already in downtown Wausau, the new works of art are helping to create a new "arts" district on Third Street, said Liz Brodek, the executive director of downtown nonprofit the Wausau River District. 

The River District helped bring the murals to life by partnering with Gisy Marks, the owner of the Glass Hat. It has long been Marks' dream to create a haven for artists

At the end of the weekend, the public was able to vote on the top three murals, which were in turn rewarded with prize money. In first place was Caylea Sather, with her painting of a man wandering into space on the southern side of the Glass Hat. In second place was Stephanie Kohli, with her smaller mural of a woman, also on the southern side of the Glass Hat. In third place was Raechel Schultz and Bec Heart, with their black and white mural on the side of the Pollack Inn. 

Brodek said that the murals are already having an effect on the northern end of Wausau, with increased foot traffic as people stop to look at the murals. 

"To see this art along Third Street, revitalizing the area, is so incredibly cool and humbling," she said. "The amount of time, effort and talent these artists shared with the community has more value than words can convey. They poured so much into their work, and we are so grateful for each contribution that has given new life to the area." 

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'Art Lives Here' kicks off in Wausau


By:  Courtney Terlecki at WAOW

Colorful artwork is being created on Third Street of Wausau's east side.

Artists went to work Thursday and they have until Sunday to finish their pieces. There will be 20 murals spanning from Glass Hat to Loppnows. Organizers said that's a prime area for artistic revitalization.

'Art Lives Here' is the first street art contest in Wausau.

"I'm hoping it'll bring more creativity or more of a community aspect just having art around," said Wausau artist Caylea Sather. "I don't think enough communities are involved enough in art."

The annual Artrageous weekend in Wausau on Sept. 9. Third Street and downtown Wausau will be filled with different art events.

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Artrageous Weekend takes over Wausau

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Wausau's Artrageous Weekend returns this weekend, with the debut of the 42nd annual Birds in Art exhibit at the Woodson Art Museum.

Marketing and Communications Manager for the museum, Amy Beck, says this year's Master Artist has a unique distinction.

Beck said, "Don Rambadt is a Milwaukee sculptor, and he is the first Wisconsin Master Artist for the Woodson Art Museum since the inaugural exhibition 42 years ago."

"Don's work may well be familiar to people who have seen his work in 16 previous exhibitions," said Beck. "We are thrilled to have about 17 of his sculptures on view in the Master Artist exhibition."

The theme has been the same for 42 years, but the art itself is always new. Beck says the earlier you are on Saturday, the better, as 60 artists will be talking with visitors about their work from 9am to 12 noon.

Birds in Art is on display from Saturday, September 9th, through November 26th. As always, the Woodson Art Museum is free to enter.

The exhibit is only part of Artrageous Weekend, with the Art in the Park sale in Marathon Park and the 53rd Festival of Arts around the 400 Block downtown.

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Festival of Arts returns to Wausau Sept. 9-10, free shuttle available Wausau's Artrageous Weekend


By:  Heather Poltrock

Wausau's Festival of Arts will mark its 53rd year when it returns to Wausau the weekend of Sept. 9-10.

Since its inception in 1965, this outdoor celebration of the arts has become an annual event in the heart of Wausau's historic downtown.

The events are part of Wausau's ArtRageous weekend. There are four locations, Art in the Park in Marathon Park, 'Birds in Art' at the Woodson Art Museum, Festival of Arts and the Center for Visual Arts galleries.
The event give the public a chance to view exceptional artwork, free entertainment, and children's activities.

A free shuttle bus will transport attendees between the four locations. The shuttles run every 15-20 minutes between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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Street Art Contest in Wausau This Weekend


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The Wausau River District is bringing a street art contest to Wausau for the first time.

The "Art Lives Here" contest will begin on Thursday, where about 20 artists will create murals on private businesses and homes on the north end of Third Street for ARTrageous Weekend.

Elizabeth Brodek, Executive Director of the Wausau River District, says most of the artists participating in the contest are local artists. 

"Someone, generally, has some kind of contact with them," she said. "It's a really cool thing, that we have so many local artists in our community, that then will get to showcase their incredible talent out in the community for everybody to see."

The event will be open to the public and Brodek says will be things happening on Saturday.

"We have music from noon to 8 on Saturday. We have the Vietnamese food truck coming out on Saturday, as well, to feed everyone. Everyone is invited to come and explore all day Sunday to look at the finished, or mostly finished, pieces. All of the artists will be finished by 1pm," Brodek said.

The winners of the contest will be chosen by people who have donated do the contest. You can make a donation at the Glass Hat Bar or the Wausau River District office.

The first place winner will receive $750, second place gets $350, and third place takes home $150.

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Wausau to get healthier with 'Ignite Nutrition' health club


By:  Stacia Kulakowski

In just a few days, a new nutrition bar offering smoothies and fitness camps is set to open up in downtown Wausau.

Kayla Ermeling fell in love with the idea of opening a nutrition club after seeing many in the Green Bay area where she went to school.

"We are one of the only communities that doesn't have a nutrition club, and I felt it would be great to bring it back to my hometown," said Ermeling.

'Ignite Nutrition' will feature healthy, fast food as well as fitness camps that offer weight loss challenges, coaching and more.

"I think it's going to bring a great sense of community and unity to the area; it is a great, positive environment, and it will be a great way for people to get out of work for a bit and be put in a good mood while getting a quick easy meal," explained Ermeling.

Ermeling mentioned that the choice for having smoothies in her new nutrition club, was an easy one, because she believes that smoothies are an amazing way to start out your day.

"A smoothie has 24 grams of protein, 21 essential vitamins and minerals, and they are served with aloe and tea," explained Ermeling. Aloe helps with digestion, bloating, heartburn, and that is my favorite way to start my day! The tea is amazing, and doesn't taste very much like tea, but it helps with energy and metabolism."

Ermeling promises that the club will feature different flavors of the week, as well as weekly fit camps and smoothie specials launched in October.

The fitness classes will be free with a canned good donation. Ermeling said that she wants to help others get fit, while also helping give back to the community.

'Ignite Nutrition' is set to open up the week of Sept. 11 and is located at 515 3rd St. in Wausau.

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Jessica Kopecky's 'Welcome to Wausau' mural brings a pop of color to downtown


By:  Laura Schulte with the Wausau Daily Herald

Jessica Kopecky doesn't consider herself an artist. She's had no formal training in painting. 

But that hasn't stopped her from undertaking a huge artistic feat: painting a mural over 14 feet tall that will soon welcome visitors to Wausau. The mural is located on the side of the Needle Workshop, 312 S. First Ave., on the building's south side, making it clearly visible to Stewart Avenue traffic in and out of downtown Wausau.

For the last two weeks, Kopecky, 34, has been hard at work whenever she gets the time, scaling the scaffolding with paint in hand. When the mural is finished, it will feature a postcard design with the words "Welcome to Wausau" in the middle of the wall, surrounded by depictions of spring, summer, winter and fall. 

The mural was designed by Kopecky, who works as a graphic designer. All of the drawings were done by hand, then digitized, which helped her keep the proportions of the drawing as she increased the size. The drawing, she said, was created with the city in mind. 

"It's made for this community specifically," she said.

Jessica Kopecky paints the petals of a flower for her mural on Wausau's near west side. (Photo: Laura Schulte/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin)

Once it's finished, Kopecky hopes her mural will become a spot where residents and visitors will snap photos. 

"You're supposed to be able to take a picture in front of it, and then digitally send a postcard," she said. 

Kopecky pitched the idea to the Wausau River District, a nonprofit downtown advocacy organization, which then helped her find a location for her art, as well as funding to buy paint and other supplies she needed. She said that though the task is large and has put her a little out of her comfort zone, the community has been supportive of her which has helped to fuel her work. People even stop by with words of encouragement.

"People are excited to see a mural going up," she said. 

Jessica Kopecky gently peels paper off of the outline of the "Welcome to Wausau" postcard, which she will use to guide her painting. (Photo: Laura Schulte/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin)

The postcard won't be the only mural going up in Wausau this fall. During Wausau's Artrageous Weekend, a festival celebrating art and artists in the area that draws thousands of visitors annually, murals will be painted all along the northern portion of Third Street as a part of a competition called Art Lives Here, hosted by the Wausau River District. The murals will be painted on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and the community will have the chance to donate for a chance to vote for the best mural. The winning artist will have the chance to take home up to $750. 

Kopecky's mural isn't a part of the Art Lives Here event, but she's hoping her art will help to inspire others. 

Jessica Kopecky works on a mural on the side of the Needle Workshop on Wausau's near west side. (Photo: Laura Schulte/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin)

Kopecky believes the number of murals going up won't just make Wausau a brighter place to live, but also will showcase just how much artistic talent there is within the city. 

"This will reinforce us as an artistic community," she said. 

It will depend a bit on the weather, but Kopecky said she hopes the Wausau postcard will be finished in time for the events of Artrageous Weekend. 

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Wausau recognized as part of Wisconsin Main Street Day


By:  Brianna Hollis

Wausau was one of 12 communities recognized for Wisconsin Main Street Day.

State officials, including Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefish (R-Wisconsin) attended the event.

The purpose of the day was to showcase how downtown areas contribute to the local economy.

"Celebrating strong local businesses that are the backbone of our state and local economies," said Wausau River District Executive Director Elizabeth Brodek. 

The comeback of Downtown Grocery was a main part of the day, and organizers used the company as an example of the revitalization of downtown. 

The store closed back in 2015 after a devastating fire. Owners plan on re-opening before the end of the month.

Several efforts have been put forth to redevelop Downtown Wausau, but city leaders know they face certain challenges with the future of the mall being so uncertain. 

They do, however, say the mall and the surrounding area are two separate entities.

"Yes there's absolutely a symbiotic relationship between the mall and downtown," said Brodek. "And we need the success of the mall, but we have been partnering with them to increase foot traffic there."

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Wausau's Downtown Celebrated


By: Staff at WSAU

Wausau was one of the 12 communities that was recognized for Wisconsin Main Street Day on Tuesday.

While the day was meant to celebrate the success of the downtown area in Wausau, the Wausau Center Mall was a topic of discussion.

Executive Director of the Wausau River District, Elizabeth Brodek, tells Newsline 9 they are trying to help increase business at the mall.

"Yes, there's absolutely a symbiotic relationship between the mall and the downtown and we need the success of the mall. We have been partnering with (the mall) to increase foot-traffic there," said Brodek.

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Signs in downtown Wausau promote "walk-ability"


By:  Brianna Hollis at WAOW

New signs have popped up in Downtown Wausau to get people moving.

The Wausau River District in conjunction with the Marathon County Healthy Eating Active Living Coalition put up signs telling people how long it would take to walk to certain popular destinations. 

The goal is to get people to walk more by showcasing how close everything is downtown.

Signs are primarily on 3rd Street, but they are also near the YMCA and in the surrounding downtown area. 

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Wausau to host statewide Main Street celebration

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By:  Laura Schulte

he Wausau River District will play host to state officials Tuesday in celebration of the inaugural Wisconsin Main Street Day. 

Wausau is one of 12 cities chosen to participate in the event, which will highlight the important role downtown plays in the local economy, according to a press release from the River District, a nonprofit advocate for downtown Wausau. 

The celebration will be held at Downtown Grocery, 607 N. Third St., from 10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. Local musicians will perform during the event, and speakers will include Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, Wausau economic development director Christian Schock and Downtown Grocery owners Kevin Korpela and Megan Curtes Korpela. 

The celebration will be open to the public. 

The Wisconsin Main Street Program was launched in 1987, and is overseen by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. Since its inception, according to a press release, the program has helped to create 2,600 new businesses and nearly 1,400 new jobs throughout the state and has encouraged more than $1.7 million in public and private investment. Wausau has been a Wisconsin Main Street city since 2002. 

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