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.

Tosa's Construction Zone - Resistance is Futile

Community, Neighborhood, Tosa Business, Things that bug me, Construction


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Restaurant Resurgence Makes Tosa a "Hip" Destination

Neighborhood, Tosa Business, Tosans, Restaurants

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First do no harm - a call for a culture of kindness

Personal, Hope, Kids, Neighborhood

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Mayfair Mall - What We SHOULDN'T Do

Mayfair, Neighborhood, Community, Tosa Business

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To the Tosa Farmers Market - Jiggety Jig!

Community, Tosa Business, Tosa Landmarks, Tosans, Neighborhood

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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 Holiday Outdoor Decorating Police

Things that bug me, Christmas, Neighborhood

I think it’s time, people. It’s almost March…or it will be when you’re reading this. I know, there’s still snow on the ground. Nevertheless, it’s time to take down the Christmas decorations. That’s right, I’ve designated myself the holiday outdoor decorating police. Feel free to object.

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Neighborhood, Restaurants, Tosa Business

The other night, having once again found myself at the end of the day without dinner on the stove, my husband, daughter and I went to Balistreri’s on 68th Street. Being Thursday night, it was fairly busy.

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Tree Stumps and Vigorous Lawns

City services, Neighborhood

Dear City of Wauwatosa,

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Me and Oprah and the Big Tosa Give

City services, Community, Neighborhood, Tosa Business

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I Heart Tosa

Community, Kids, Neighborhood, Restaurants, Tosa Business

Once in a while, I encounter a few things that remind me why I love Tosa. Sometimes it’s something small, sometimes funny, sometimes a little sad. Here are a few:


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A sad letter to Drew's

Community, Kids, Neighborhood, Reminiscing, Tosa Business

Dear Drew’s:

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Things That Millie is Wondering

City services, Fun, Halloween, Kids, Neighborhood, Restaurants, Tosa Business, Traffic


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Swan Sign - Premium Parking Causes Concern

Neighborhood, Tosa Business

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Parkway Musings

Nature, Neighborhood, Weather


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