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Bayshore looks to stay fresh with next development phase

Feb. 16, 2013 1:57 p.m. | Bayshore Town Center opened in November 2006, replacing Glendale's former Bayshore Mall with dozens of new stores, restaurants, offices and apartments, creating the first such town-center-style development in southeastern Wisconsin.

Now, plans are being discussed on the next development phase at Bayshore. They include additional apartments, along with new retailers to replace one of the town center's anchors - Sears - once its lease expires in a few years.

There's no specific schedule for when those things might happen, said David Moss, who in July became Bayshore Town Center's general manager. In the short term, Moss is focused on landing new retailers, part of the ongoing job of keeping Bayshore relevant as shopping and dining tastes change.

"Who is sexy in 2006, and who is sexy now?" Moss said.

The former list includes women's clothing retailer Coldwater Creek, which closed its Bayshore store about two weeks after Christmas. It's being replaced this spring by Express, which sells both men's and women's apparel, and has been the most heavily requested store by Bayshore shoppers, Moss said.

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Shorewood girls blunt Brown Deer rally on parents' night, 54-46

Feb. 15, 2013 10:58 p.m. | It wouldn't have been parents' night, it just plain wouldn't have been a Shorewood girls basketball game Friday night, if there hadn't been a little drama in it.

So that's why the Greyhounds built a 14-point lead against area rival Brown Deer, blew it, and then got it back just in time to pull off an exciting 54-46 Woodland Conference victory.

"We've been in a lot of games like this all season," said Greyhound coach Jeff Eimers. "Quite a few in fact. ...but hey, everyone had a good time tonight. Everybody got their money's worth (laughs)."

With the victory, the Greyhounds improved to 7-10 in Woodland Conference play and 11-10 overall while the feisty Falcons fell to 4-13 and 7-14 overall. Both teams will be at WIAA sectional seeding meetings on Saturday.

For Brown Deer coach Vinnie Murray, it was another good effort come up just a little short. The Falcons were again for the fourth game in a row without junior point guard Sabrina Wimmer, who is battling an ankle injury.

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Video: Daykin discusses Bayshore Town Center

Feb. 15, 2013 9:55 a.m. | In this week's Land and Space video, reporter Tom Daykin talks about plans on the next development phase at Bayshore Town Center.

 

Teavana's dirty secret: Why the tea you brew doesn't taste like the store samples

Feb. 15, 2013 6:45 a.m. | If you've ever tasted a sample of the high-end loose-leaf tea served at a Teavana store and been so wowed you splurged on a couple of ounces to take home, you've likely wondered why the tea you brewed at home didn't taste nearly as good.

You'll likely recognize the following scenario:

I recently walked by one of the Teavana stores in the Milwaukee area. The sampling station outside tempted me into trying a blended chai oolong tea. I've never been a tea drinker, but it was so wonderful, I had to venture inside to at least inquire about the price.

The Teavana sales rep's reply floored me: The loose-leaf tea was around $9 per ounce! Prohibitively expensive. I was reluctant to spend that much, so I figured I would start by trying an ounce. But to my surprise, the sales rep said they don't sell less than 4 ounces when it's a blend.

As I hesitated, the sales rep proceeded to explain that I'd only need one teaspoon of oolong tea to brew an 8-ounce cup. She explained, as it says on the store's website, that 2 ounces of tea will brew between 25 and 30 8-ounce cups. By that guideline, she explained, I would be paying less than $1 per cup. (I later figured that my purchase, which was $19.27 with taxes, would amount to 64-77 cents per cup.) Not bad compared to a coffee shop, right?

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50 in a row: Germantown boys rout Nicolet, 99-45, in finale

Feb. 14, 2013 10:16 p.m. | Veteran Nicolet boys basketball coach Paul Hepp probably knows his team did Germantown coach Steve Showalter and his defending state champion Warhawks a huge favor on Jan. 4, when they scared the heck of them in a 76-69 loss, the closest North Shore game of the year for Germantown.

And how did Showalter and the Warhawks pay Hepp and the Knights back in the regular season finale Thursday on Nicolet's senior night?

In a very rude and thoroughly impressive fashion, as Germantown scored the first eight points of the game and never gave Nicolet a chance to breath as the Warhawks won their 50th game in a row with a 99-45 demolition.

"It's like I told our guys," said Hepp. "It wasn't a revenge game for them because we didn't beat them (back in January), but they just wanted to show how good they really are and they did."

And in doing so, Germantown continued a season-long trend of showing up and playing great against very good competition, because these Knights (9-5 in North Shore play and 14-8 overall) had won six in a row, had held their last four opponents to under 50 points and had won 13 of their last 16 going into this contest.

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Glendale parade will go on

Feb. 13, 2013 8:41 a.m. | Although doubts were cast a month ago, Glendale's Fourth of July parade is set to move forward this year with a group of resident volunteers committed to planning the venerable event.

While the city's 2013 budget included $12,000 for a fireworks show amid Independence Day festivities this year, no money has been earmarked for a parade, which in years past cost between $6,000 and $7,000.

The decision not to fund the parade, made late last year by the Common Council during budget deliberations, was a deviation from past years where city funding had been allocated toward fireworks and a parade. Budget constraints were cited as a reason for the decision.

Barring outside resources - in terms of planning and financial contributions - Mayor Jerry Tepper and City Administrator Richard Maslowski last month said a parade would not take place this year.

"City staff is not equipped, or do we have the time, to plan and implement a Fourth of July festival," Maslowski wrote in a memo.

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