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.

The Sip and Shop Debate

Tosa Business

The other day, I received a text from my friend regarding this article about stores offering alcohol to patrons. She said that it bothered her. And she wondered what it will mean for events like the very popular Diva Night that we have here in the village. She suggested I blog about it and so, here I am. 

I had the same thought when I read the article – I should blog about this. The problem is, I’m not entirely sure how I feel about this topic.


On the one hand, it bothers me that, in a time when we should encourage revival of the economy by any means, the Department of Revenue is putting up roadblocks. What better way than a little cocktail to loosen up a checkbook and promote spending?


On the other hand, is it wise for us to inject alcohol into each and every situation? Are we sending the message to our young people that we can’t shop for shoes unless we have some booze?


I think the answer lies somewhere between the two extremes. Those who have earned their liquor license the old-fashioned way, may suggest that we shop and then stop for a cocktail at one of the many drinking establishments in our village. Then again, creating an evening of shopping, complete with refreshments, is nothing if not a creative way of boosting business. And, in the end, healthy local businesses are good for Tosa.


This summer, I wrote about Diva Night in the village which includes complimentary drinks while shoppers browse. Based on attendance alone, it seemed to be a huge success. In fact, it gave me the perfect opportunity to stop in stores that I had never visited. I sincerely hope that Diva Night won’t be compromised because of this.


Because these blogs are interactive, I’ll turn this over to you, my readers. What do you think? Is the Department of Revenue being too harsh? Is it OK for local shops to offer a cocktail to shoppers? Have you taken advantage of one of these special shopping events? Please, share your thoughts below.


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