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A Local Alternative: Renting New Fiction at The Book Store

In an era of Redbox and Amazon Prime where thrifty customers commonly rent movies for a fraction of their total cost, it is perhaps strange that book rentals in the same vein are overlooked. One explanation, perhaps, is lack of public knowledge—people more commonly associate book rentals with college textbooks, not fiction. Thoughts may turn to war-scarred flashbacks READ MORE

A Local Development: Jack Richeson & Co.

Posted on Jan. 5, 2018 by Cody Wiesner

Art supplies manufacturer Jack Richeson & Co. is now a nationwide name among art retailers, but when it started as a small-scale downtown Appleton paintbrush seller in 1982, it was much like any other local store in the Fox Cities, selling high-quality products to the community. Three decades later, now based in Kimberly, the company READ MORE

Up Next: Menominee Nation Arena

The Menominee Nation Arena in Oshkosh will be the practice area and home court for Milwaukee Bucks’ minor league affiliate, the Wisconsin Herd. This fall, the Menominee tribe purchased the naming rights for the arena located in a city named after the tribe’s chief. “That’s been really exciting to partner with [the Menominee tribe] and READ MORE

IntoWishin’ Arts Offers Opportunities

Posted on Dec. 6, 2017 by Cody Wiesner

Jim Weidert of Menasha is crowdfunding a new business, IntoWishin’ Arts, which strives to solve underemployment and lack of arts opportunities for people with special needs. The Indiegogo campaign has a funding goal of $36,000 by December 30, going to support artist workshops for people with disabilities, art supplies, paying staff, an online store, legal READ MORE

A Local Alternative: Anderson Pens vs. Office Depot

Imagine your average big-box office supply and stationery store—say, Office Depot. Its wares likely include assortments of paper, notebooks and folders, electronics and, of course, a row of shelves relegated for pencils and pens. They have all the affordable standards, Pilot G2s, Paper Mates, the package of 500 Bics you always lose within a week. READ MORE

A Local Alternative: Lyons Fine Books vs. Amazon

Pages & Pipes, an Appleton bookseller that has been in business since 1942, announced on November 3 that it will be closing its doors. The closure, due to the company no longer being able to compete with e-commerce giants like Amazon, reflects a larger competition problem that brick-and-mortar booksellers have faced in the past decade. READ MORE