Strangers become friends over food, paint and travel stories
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Strangers become friends over food, paint and travel stories

[next_message styles=”2″ title=”Gathering of the Senses II”]We’re thrilled to bring our second iteration of Gathering Of the Senses on Saturday, March 15th at 5pm. Tickets are $95++ per person. RSVP by calling 414-935-5950 or emailing m1res@marcuscorp.com. Find more information, including the full menu, visit here.[/next_message] Last week, artist-in-residence Stephanie Barenz, executive chef Brian Frakes and I hosted an […]

Would you put this in your coffee?
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Would you put this in your coffee?

In my eight months as the Pfister Narrator, I’ve learned a lot about traveling, hotels, art, people and, just last night, trends in coffee. I sat down next to Ron and Jonathan in the Lobby Bar and noticed they were both enjoying tall, black coffees. We started chatting and I asked them if they were […]

Discussing dentistry: from the art of whitening to biting down on that goop
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Discussing dentistry: from the art of whitening to biting down on that goop

For the second year in a row, here the Pfister hosted employees of Henry Schein, a worldwide distributor of medical, dental and veterinary supplies. Although the company is based in New York, the dental headquarters are in West Allis, which is what brings the workers to Wisconsin. Last night at the Lobby Bar, I chatted […]

From facelifts to world peace: What Pfister guests want for the holidays
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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 peoples’ responses to my question. Here […]

His shocking story sparks inspiration
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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 ever said fewer words during an […]

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Minnesotans, motorcycles and the Mall of America

A few years ago, sale I went to the Mall of America in Minnesota for the first time. I was surprised to see a kiosk featuring shirts that read “friends don’t let friends drive to Wisconsin” and merchandise embossed with other playful-but-rivalrous messages. I turned to my partner, advice who is from Minnesota. “Minnesota doesn’t […]

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The Pfister Five: Meet international model Raengel Solis

Welcome to a new series on the blog called “The Pfister Five.” Occasionally, order I’ll post a five-question interview with a guest. To kick this off, here’s a chat with Raengel Solis, an international model who stayed at the Pfister recently.  Raengel was born and raised in the Dominican Republic. Eight years ago, she moved […]