6 Green Bay Packer Costumes That Will Haunt Your Dreams

Ah, Halloween. That time of year when we can be anything we want, free from limitations. Living in Wisconsin as we do, that often includes the fine men of the Green and Gold. Whether it’s dressing up as a player, wearing cheesehead gear, or putting a frozen Lambeau Field on your head, it’s an easy way to […]

5 Reasons People Hate Wisconsin (And Why They’re Wrong)

A quick Google search of the words “Wisconsin sucks” will reward you with no less than four YouTube videos, a number of angry blog posts and threads, and a t-shirt that implies unpleasant things about our relationship with Minnesota. (Our haters are nothing if not resourceful.) As someone who was, well, a teenager at one point, I’ll admit […]

Love, Loss, and What I Wore: A UWFox Performance

Whether it’s finding the shirt that’s the perfect cut or just getting pants that don’t make your butt look weird, shopping for flattering clothing can be a mighty struggle at times. If you’ve ever fought with a salesperson or just been unable to admit you went up a cup size, you might want to check […]

Coffee Shops, Baristas, and the Downtown Appleton Art Scene

Starving artists and coffee shops go together like, well, biscotti and café au laits. While “coffee shop art” doesn’t always have the best connotations (did anyone else think of this sketch from Portlandia), I’ve been surprised and delighted at the range of skill displayed in downtown Appleton coffee shops over the years. ACOCA, Aspen Coffee […]

How to Brew Your Own Kombucha in 7 Easy Steps

Sweet, tart, and slightly tangy, kombucha tea is the latest craze among the people-that-like-to-make-fun-things crowd. Made with with tea, water, sugar, and a living culture called a “SCOBY”, it’s fun to make, tasty, and full of wonderful probiotics. For a peek into this latest trend, I grabbed my smartphone and begged a friend to let […]

Why Are Cupcakes So Flippin’ Popular?

Okay, but seriously, what’s the deal with cupcakes? In the past few years, they’ve gone from just another bakery item to glamorous pieces of TV lauded and Pinterest-beloved art. The cupcake craze has found its way to Northeast Wisconsin with stores popping up like The Cupcake Couture in De Pere and Fat Girlz Bakin in Appleton. […]

5 Rockin’ Independent Record Stores in Northeast Wisconsin

Don’t call it a comeback. Though the music industry isn’t the titan it once was, a resurgence in the popularity of vinyl has breathed new life into independent record stores. Vinyl sales have jumped dramatically from their 2008 levels going from 1.9 million units to 4.6 million units. Meanwhile, 2012 saw vinyl sales grow for the […]

7 Reasons You Should Date a Wisconsin Woman

Ever since the ladies of California got their anthem with the incorrectly spelled “California Gurls”, I’ve been looking for something that lauds the beauty and know-how of my fellow female cheeseheads. Since I haven’t seen it—and since I’ve lived my life around amazing Midwestern ladies—I am here to inform you on why Wisconsin women are […]

Houdini Plaza Opens At Last!–The New Face of Downtown Appleton [Infographic]

After months of looking like the set of a post-apocalyptic movie, Houdini Plaza is finally done! Does anyone else hear the Hallelujah Chorus? Appleton celebrated accordingly with a rockin’ summer party that included an illusionist, a speech from Mayor Tim Hanna, and live music from the cover band RPM. Armed with an iPhone camera I […]

5 Times It’s Hard Being an Anti-Social Person in Wisconsin: An Open Letter

Dear Wisconsin, I love you, I do. Unfortunately, I’m also deeply introverted and not great at interacting with others in public. While I’m grateful for the politeness of my region, it does lead to problematic situations that I’m sure would happen less if I lived on a coastline. Back me up here, my anti-social brethren. These […]