Pfister friends provide post-fire kindness

It seems to me that almost everyone I meet has a story about the Pfister Hotel. Take Don Sefton, for example.

Don lives in Seattle with his husband and works as a senior event manager for Thomas Douglas Catering. I first contacted him this summer because I am writing an…

07 Jan 1:32 PM 0 Read More...

32 years ago tonight ...

A Facebook friend – who I do not know in real life – just sent me a message that, with her permission, I am sharing.

Her message read “New Year’s Eve is always a special anniversary for my husband and I. Every year he whispers in my ear ‘today is our…

31 Dec 3:55 PM 0 Read More...

The case of the missing fruit plate

Once every few blue moons, I seem to be in the right place at the right time.

Christmas Eve was one of those nights. I came to the Pfister for a couple of hours before a holiday party and drifted around from the Lobby Bar to the lobby to Blu…

31 Dec 2:35 PM 0 Read More...

Parents need Date Nights, too

Date night. This is one of my favorite word combos in the English language. The phrase conjures all sort of warm, fuzzy images of candlelight, silver movie screens, red wine rings on paper napkins and hands brushing hands.

It was obvious to me that Amy and Patrick – snuggled up on…

24 Dec 4:41 AM 0 Read More...

'Twas the night before Pfist-mas

‘Twas the night before Christmas,
and all through the Pfister
a few creatures were stirring,
some misses, some misters.
 

 
The stockings were hung
without a single demand
and stuffed with the sounds
from the piano man’s hands.
 

 
A few guests were asleep
in pillow-topped…

18 Dec 6:08 PM 0 Read More...

From facelifts to world peace: What Pfister guests want for the holidays

A couple of nights ago, I went to the Pfister’s Lobby Bar and Blu and randomly asked visitors and guests what they wanted for the holidays.

“You know, if I were Santa or Oprah and the sky was the limit,” I said.

I was surprised, amused and touched by…

15 Dec 5:11 PM 1 Read More...

Reading tea leaves (with pinkies up, of course)

Sometimes, as a female, I’m amazed by my lack of stereotypically-female experiences.

The Pfister Hotel, however, is helping me fill in some of my traditional lady blind spots. For example, this summer, I got my first manicure in the spa, and a couple of weeks ago, I went…

10 Dec 7:38 PM 0 Read More...

Eavesdropping, postcards and the lost art of film cameras

I love a coincidence. I really do. I might even take it one hippie-sandaled step further and think about some things as more than a coincidence. But that’s rare.

Recently, I experienced a good ol’ fashioned coincidence at the Pfister Lobby Bar.

I was sitting at the bar…

06 Dec 8:34 PM 0 Read More...

A hotel scavenger hunt

Every year, Karen Parr and a friend take their now 12-year-old daughters to spend an afternoon at the Pfister’s Lobby Bar for a splash of holiday cheer.

The foursome have done this for four or five years in a row and have documented the annual event with…

29 Nov 12:18 PM 0 Read More...

Traveling with the team

As the Pfister Narrator, I do not approach sports figures or celebrities when they are staying at the Pfister. Oh, I sneak glances when I see them pass through the lobby and maybe elbow the person next to me with a “well, look at him” nod, but I allow them…

24 Nov 7:09 PM 0 Read More...

A secret Pfister rendezvous

No matter how much we love our family, by December 26th some of us are ready to branch off from the holiday family tree so we don’t snap.

It’s usually nothing personal, we just need a little down time – one hermit hour or maybe 24 – after weeks of…

18 Nov 7:47 PM 0 Read More...

Get a whiff of this: the Pfister's best-smelling guests

When I was in college, I had a roommate who wore Eternity perfume, and to this day, when I smell it, I am flooded with college memories of cramming for Psychology tests and going out for Mexican food at 2 a.m.

Personally, I’m not much of a fragrance…

13 Nov 1:53 PM 1 Read More...

A fireside chat with an unconventional foodie

Today was the first snow fall in Milwaukee, but the Pfister Lobby Bar’s fireplace has been ablaze on and off for weeks already. It also suggested to me the ideal time to share a conversation I recently had with Young Kim, the executive director of the Fondy Food Market…

11 Nov 2:27 PM 0 Read More...

Virgie: a woman of great words, great work

Seven months ago, Virgie Johnson found poetry. Or maybe it found her.

It started after she went to a poetry set at a Milwaukee nightclub called Nostalgia that features a spoken word event every Tuesday night called Poetry Unplugged.

“I went and I fell in love,” says Virgie, who has…

04 Nov 6:19 PM 0 Read More...

Do opposites attract?

Years ago, Rick and Debbie went to high school together in Oak Park, Mich., but they were not friends. Debbie remembers Rick, but Rick does not remember Debbie.

“He was a burnout,” she says.

“Let’s just say I had some bad habits back then,” says Rick. “I liked to…

28 Oct 3:05 PM 0 Read More...

The Packers' good luck charm

For three decades, Jane has been going to Packers games. She grew up in Kenosha and from the time she turned 16 she drove every year to a game. And every year – EVERY YEAR – the team won.

“Thirty years, 30 games, 30 wins,” she says.

Jane now lives in Florida…

24 Oct 2:05 PM 0 Read More...

Chef knows

Last week, I interviewed the Pfister’s executive chef, Brian Frakes. He told me a number of interesting things and I sampled a lot of fantastic food (the lemon garlic hummus is criminally delish!), but the nugget that I took away from our conversation – and will never forget – was how…

20 Oct 7:49 PM 0 Read More...

Mixing it up with a marathon runner

Jen is an avid runner who lives in Chicago, but when it comes to marathon running, she comes to Milwaukee. I met her in the Lobby Bar the night before her second time running Milwaukee’s Lakefront Marathon.

Jen lived in Milwaukee from the time she was 12 years old…

14 Oct 2:11 PM 0 Read More...

"Because it is raining"

Most of the time, the people I meet at the Pfister Hotel are there due to foreign travel or to attend a sporting event or because a friend or  family member is getting married. Last week, I met a couple who were at the hotel – specifically in the Lobby Bar…

08 Oct 1:32 PM 0 Read More...

Surviving the government shutdown

When Washington D.C. residents Mary Jo and Buzz booked their trip to Milwaukee earlier this year to attend their niece’s wedding, they had no idea that they would travel under such bizarre and complicated circumstances.

“We’re waiting to find out if he has a job when we…

05 Oct 11:57 AM 0 Read More...

His shocking story sparks inspiration

Ranachith “Ronnie” Yimsut is a genocide survivor, an orphan and a refugee. He is also a brother, husband, father, architect, author, teacher and social justice activist.

But more than anything, Ronnie is an inspiration.

I met Ronnie in the Cafe at the Pfister and I don’t think I have…

30 Sep 1:52 PM 1 Read More...

Making waves at the Pfister

When I found out I was named the new Pfister Narrator last April, I was super excited and couldn’t wait to share the news with my family. When I did, my 11-year-old son Kai River immediately asked, “Does the Pfister have a pool?”

I told them, yes…

28 Sep 11:55 AM 1 Read More...

Rekindling at the Pfister

Sometimes, it takes a while to get it right.

My own life taught me this. It wasn’t until I was 35 that I started living life authentically – the way that was best for me despite judgments of others.

And lo and behold, in being true to me, I found…

26 Sep 1:46 PM 0 Read More...

Oh, the people you meet when riding the elevator all evening

Sometimes I like to play a little game in my life called “Crazy Person.” A couple of months ago I played this game and interviewed the Pfister lion. Then I played a round last Friday night and rode the hotel elevators for a couple of hours, asking anyone who got…

19 Sep 7:02 PM 2 Read More...

Newlyweds at 90

Sure, lots of brides and grooms stay at the Pfister Hotel, but as 90-year-old newlyweds, Ernie and Harriet are quite special.

Their unique situation was apparent to their families who lovingly helped plan their wedding – and it was also recognized by every guest in the Lobby Lounge on…

16 Sep 11:57 AM 2 Read More...
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