by Taki S. Raton
Urban fiction writer and journalist James E. Causey will be featured for a presentation and book signing this Saturday, December 15 at the Ayzha Fine Arts Gallery & Boutique in the Grand Avenue Mall, 272 West Wisconsin Avenue.
His first book, “The Twist” was proclaimed “a great debut novel” by an online book reviewer. The sequel “Twisted” has recently been published in 2012. Causey is an editorial writer and columnist for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. His novels are available for sale and will be signed by the author.
Causey was a 2008 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. In 2011, he received a first-place award for sports writing from the National Association of Black Journalist and a National Headliner Award for commentary. He additionally received numerous Milwaukee Press Club recognitions for his writings. Causey is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. and holds an MBA from Cardinal Stritch University in Fox Point and serves as president of the Wisconsin Black Media Association.
The Nieman Fellowship is an award given to mid-career journalist by the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. This fellowship allows winners to reflect on their careers and cultivate their skills. The Nieman is awarded to reporters, editors, photographers, producers, editorial writers, cartoonists, and Internet specialist with at least five years of full-time professional experience in the news media. The fellowship home is at the Lippman House in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Ayzha Fine Arts opened its doors October 19 in observance of the October city wide “Gallery Night” festivities. The gallery represents original works by local, regional, national and international artists for sale, as well as prints, jewelry, cards, books, CDs and organic hair products.
Ayzha is located on the second floor of the Shops of Grand Avenue across from the elevator. The Causey book signing presentation is free and open to the public. For additional information on the author or Ayzha Fine Arts, please contact the gallery at (414) 220-4355.
Article courtesy of the Boston Globe
A few of you may have managed to navigate the sea of humanity at the mall on Friday and emerge with sacks of gifts and holiday shopping nearly done. The rest of us can look forward to days of trudging from one store to the next or hunching over the computer at work, surreptitiously surfing for that elusive deal on a Michael Kors watch or on the FIFA 2013 video game.
But in a world of smartphones and tablets, a host of mobile apps can make shopping much easier – or less painful – by finding the best prices on popular items, locating a hard-to-find gift at a nearby store, or even suggesting what to get your crotchety old aunt.
The best apps are as useful inside the mall as for shopping online. They blend barcode scanning and text input and use GPS and other location technologies so you can compare products between online retailers and brick-and-mortar stores. They also organize coupons according to your location and weed out expired deals.
Most such apps are free, available for both Apple iOS and Android devices.
One of the best is eBay Inc.’s RedLaser Barcode and QR Scanner. It scans quickly and accurately and lists prices at major retailers, online and offline, while showing how far stores with the products in stock are from your current location.
Moreover, RedLaser provides reviews and suggests products similar to those you have scanned. It archives your searches, and you can create lists of the items you’ve been scanning and looking up.
For sheer elegance, ShopAdvisor, from Boston-based Evoqu, is hard to match, with its smart and simple-to-use comparison shopping tool. ShopAdvisor also has an excellent voice input feature. Its search results are detailed and well-organized, and often surprising. I searched for “Mini Cooper” (the ride-on toy for little kids) and got a mix of online and local retailers with prices ranging from $179 to $399.99.
Among price-comparison tools, the elephant in the room is Google Shopper. As with the Internet giant’s other search tools, the app lets you sort and narrow results by distance and other criteria. Punch “Jo Malone perfume” into Shopper, and the app can limit hits to brick-and-mortar stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom, or only to those stores that have the item in stock.
Tilly’s, Teavana and Panda Express join tenant lineup while Buckle expands store space
GREENDALE, WI – Southridge Mall, owned anda managed by Simon Property Group (NYSE:SPG), is pleased to announce the additions of Tilly’s, Teavana and Panda Express as well as the relocation of Buckle. These new concepts are slated to open in the fall.
“These new additions and store expansions show the continuous, positive growth in occupancy at the mall,” said Mary Mokwa, Mall Manager for Southridge Mall. “Throughout this renovation our focus has been examining the multitude of ways the center can offer a diverse tenant mix that improves our family-friendly, contemporary atmosphere. Each of these concepts will further enhance the vibrant environment found at Southridge Mall. ”
Opening its first location in Milwaukee, Tilly’s is a leading specialty retailer in the action sports industry carrying clothing, shoes, and accessories for the surf, skate and motocross enthusiast. The 7,000 square-foot store will offer a variety of popular brands including: Hurley, Rip Curl, Vans, Reef and O’Neill for men, women and children. This Southern California concept will be located on the Lower Lever near Macy’s.
Located on the Upper Level near Center Court, Teavana will offer shoppers a unique retail experience, blending a tea bar where customers can order a variety of different teas, and a retail store selling fine loose leaf tea and tea-related merchandise such as tea pots, gifts and accessories. With more than 100 varieties of tea available, the 900 square-foot boutique is a feast for the senses and features a knowledgeable sales staff which both promotes the healthy benefits of tea and demonstrates the best ways to make and serve tea. The high-quality teas range in flavor from traditional estate teas to creative blends, using teas, fruits, flowers & herbs to provide the best taste available in the market.
Buckle will showcase its new 5,000 square-foot-store located on the Lower Level near Macy’s during its grand re-opening celebration in November. The retailer is currently located on the Upper Level near Center Court. Buckle offers a unique mix of high-quality, on-trend apparel, accessories and footwear that caters to style conscious men and women of all ages. Shoppers can always find their favorite jeans from the retailer’s wide selection of fits, styles, and finishes from leading denim brands such as 7 for all Mankind, BKE, Big Star, Rock Revival, Antique Rivet, MEK Denim, Buffalo, Reclaim, Silver Jeans and more.
Panda Express, the nation’s leader in Asian dining experiences, will open the restaurant’s first new building prototype in the U.S. at Southridge Mall. The new restaurant models will reflect the Bright and Fresh concept that utilizes bold color accents, natural materials and integrated landscaping and is one of two new designs for Panda Express restaurants. The 2,593-square-foot restaurant is known for its high-caliber chefs who prepare fresh and flavorful entrees inspired by the culinary delights of Asia. The vast menu includes favorite entrees like Orange Chicken, Kobari Beef, Honey Walnut Shrimp, Chown Mein and much more. Panda Express will be located in an outlot in the former Leath Furniture space.
Come and celebrate the hiring season for full and part-time seasonal job opportunities during at “JobFest 2012” being held at the Grand Avenue Mall Thursday, Aug. 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Mall’s Center Court. The Grand Avenue is located at 275 W. Wisconsin Ave. Attendees are asked to enter the mall through the main entrance at Wisconsin and Third Street.
JobFest is an active hiring event and consists of only employers with immediate hiring needs. Some of the companies participating in the event are The Marcus Corporation, FedEx Smart Post, Interfaith Personal Care Plus, One Stop Wireless, (Version), Boston Store and more. There will also be resources on transportation, education and the Wisconsin Job Center.
JobFest is sponsored by Interfaith Wisconsin’s Seasonal Workforce Coalition. The Coalition is a group of employers and community-based workforce agencies working together to coordinate 2,000-plus seasonal employment opportunities across the calendar year.
For more information about the event, contact Shannon Gallagher at [email protected] or call 414-220-8696.