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.

Mayfair Mall - What We SHOULDN'T Do

Mayfair, Neighborhood, Community, Tosa Business

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Dave & Buster's Opens a New Location and a Can of Worms

Tosa Business, Restaurants, Mayfair, Neighborhood

It’s difficult to explain to people what Dave & Buster’s is. Their tagline is “Eat, Drink, Play” which is pretty accurate for a business that is part restaurant, part bar and part arcade. I visited the new Dave & Busters at 2201 N. Mayfair Road on a Thursday night, just days after its grand opening. Overheard on that night, was this exchange:

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The Perfect Last-Minute Packer Gift

Mayfair, Packers, Tosa Business

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.


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Mayfair Turns 50

Mayfair, Reminiscing, Tosa Business, Tosa Landmarks

What’s the secret to a successful mall? It’s simple – change or die.


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McCormick & Schmick’s – Mayfair Dining Goes Under the Sea

Mayfair, Restaurants

For no good reason, other than thinking it’s St. Patrick’s Day and everybody is at Mo’s, the family and I dined at the new McCormick & Schmick’s restaurant which opened their Mayfair location on Monday.


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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.


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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.


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