The Woman Who Eats Cake Every Day
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The Woman Who Eats Cake Every Day

Debbie was working as a pastry chef when a customer came in wanting a cake like the one they saw in Martha Stewart Magazine. The customer said they’d been to every bakery in town, but no one would do it. Debbie was shocked to hear that, but the bakery where she worked was not properly […]

Too Old For Santa’s Knee
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Too Old For Santa’s Knee

The day after Thanksgiving, Santa makes an appearance at the Pfister Hotel the same evening as the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony.  That’s great, kids love the opportunity to tell the man direct what it is they wish for.  But what about everyone else?  Once you grow up you still want things.   And perhaps more […]

Shrunken Heads of Old Men & Angels of Light Hibiscus
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Shrunken Heads of Old Men & Angels of Light Hibiscus

  Each time I go to work someone from the staff is bound to show me something.   Once, seek Rick the bellhop tells me about his boston terrier, Mugsy. “She grows more and more into a creature every day, and less like a dog. She has creature tendencies.” Such as? “She makes crazy noises.” […]

A Love Letter From the Man With a Kind Smile
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A Love Letter From the Man With a Kind Smile

One day I’m typing in the lobby when a man approaches me. He has a kind face, one that appears illuminated from within by what I’d guess to be a gentle, prolonged love relationship. He just looks easeful and friendly. He inquires as to what I’m doing with a typewriter. When I tell him that […]

The Men Still Sit With Their Songbirds
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The Men Still Sit With Their Songbirds

Mauriah has asymmetrical green bangs, buy viagra but you can’t see them too well in the shady nighttime of Blu. She orders a moscow mule and tells me that she felt really safe when she lived in Taiwan. Sure, scooters and bicycles got stolen but even then the thieves were only borrowing, what was yours […]

She Works 7 Days A Week As A Fashion Designer
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She Works 7 Days A Week As A Fashion Designer

“My biggest bugaboo is blue jeans, advice sweatshirts, flat shoes. I can’t stand it. Every time I get on an airplane, I’m over in Italy, I’m over in Paris, I’m over London, I can tell without even asking which gate I’m supposed to go to where the Americans are they have blue jeans, sweatshirts, flat […]

A Room Full of Barometric Gages
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A Room Full of Barometric Gages

Inside the rouge ballroom is a top-secret gathering of the stylish.   The nation’s first four-year fashion program (Milwaukee’s own Mount Mary College!) is holding a reception for AIDS awareness. There is to be a conversation between Timothy Gunn, American fashion icon who hosts the television show, Project Runway and Sister Aloyse Hessburg, SSND, who […]

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A Poem By LeVar Burton

Recently, Sharp Literacy, an organization devoted to the educational flourishment of urban children held a fundraiser at the Pfister. Actor LeVar Burton, who hosted all 26 years of Reading Rainbow on PBS spoke.   “My mom’s about four foot ten and a half, weighs about a buck and a quarter. I’m fifty-seven years old and […]

The Pinecone Shaped Doorknob on the Seventh Floor
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The Pinecone Shaped Doorknob on the Seventh Floor

The suit store, Roger Stevens will cease to exist at the end of this month after its four decades at the Pfister. Everything is for sale.  Everything. EverythingEverythingEverythingEverythingEverythingEverythingEverythingEverythingEverythingEverythingEverythingEverythingEverything. EverythingEverythingEverythingEverythingEverythingEverythingEverythingEverythingEverythingEverythingEverythingEverything.   But NOT the elk head. That one they tell me is on loan. I show all these manly goods to Wes because he is a […]