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.

Bleak Holiday Forecast? Not at Mayfair!

Christmas, Mayfair, Tosa Business

I know it’s not even Thanksgiving yet and it could have been just THE thing to do on a chilly, gloomy Saturday, but based on my visit to Mayfair yesterday, the economy is going to recover just fine, thank you.


My daughter and I headed over to visit Tosa’s largest taxpayer in search of a black dress. We had all day and figured we’d have the place largely to ourselves. Um, no. The mall was packed. Honestly, you’d think it was mid-December a decade ago.


And it wasn’t just mall walkers and people trolling the halls. People had bags, lots of them. The longest lines were at the cash registers. Don’t these people realize they have no money? This is predicted to be the bleakest holiday shopping season in years. Didn’t they get the memo?! Haven’t they watched the news?!


Here’s my take on the situation: Milwaukeeans (and Tosans) are notorious bargain hunters. If there’s a hint of savings, they’ll be all over it in no time. I think our neighbors know a good deal when they smell one. They know that right now, everything is on sale and they’re not going to miss out on that.


So now my wish is that our local (and maybe even national) news organizations take note and start doing stories about surprisingly brisk holiday sales. Imagine that, good news in the middle of our national financial crisis! Hey, I can dream, can’t I?

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