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. 

Catch up on this week's business news in Wausau here: 

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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