14 Jun 2017

Creativity Comes in the Morning

Creativity Comes in the Morning

This morning, I return to these things: bacon, eggs, smoky coffee. The ting of fork on plate. The warming mid-morning light. I’m sitting by myself to soak up the quiet in the café, but two tables over, Carol beams. She exudes a calm joy that I need this morning. A jewelry designer, she proudly shows […]

10 Jun 2017

What to Do When Your Kids Grow Up and Move Out, according to Jeff and Lisa

What to Do When Your Kids Grow Up and Move Out,     according to Jeff and Lisa

1. Head out to celebrate your 27th wedding anniversary. 27 years, while just the beginning for you two, is such a hard-won, precious accomplishment. 2. Run into the Pfister with your sister and niece to pick up a gift card for a friend and have so much fun that you decide to just stay at […]

3 Jun 2017

The Rule Is To STAY FANCY

The Rule Is To STAY FANCY

Until today, all my four-year-old sons Oliver and Milo had seen of the Pfister was the restroom outside the cafe. I’d had to drop off some materials while I was in the midst of applying to be the next Narrator, and the plan was that I’d just run in quickly while my husband waited in […]

24 May 2017

I’ll Be There For You (Cause You’re There For Me Too)

I’ll Be There For You (Cause You’re There For Me Too)

Want someone to light up? Ask them about the people they love. I do that in Blu tonight. Chelsea and Lexi are the kind of friends who gush about each other in the most endearing way. They’ve been friends for only two years but both immediately say it feels like much longer, because they’ve slipped […]

16 Mar 2017

HUMANS OF THE PFISTER | MARCH 2017 | Transitions Edition | “The Classic Look is Made to Last”

HUMANS OF THE PFISTER | MARCH 2017 | Transitions Edition | “The Classic Look is Made to Last”

Today’s HUMANS OF THE PFISTER post is about “Transitions”–but also kind of an anti-transition story.  It’s more a story about endurance, about a stalwart establishment that has survived three transitions to become a 25-year staple of Wisconsin Avenue, just a half-block west of The Pfister. Meet the proud owner of The Sophisticated Man, Diane Hamiel, herself a sophisticated woman […]

15 Mar 2017

A Room With a View: Afternoon Tea at Blu (Finally!)

A Room With a View: Afternoon Tea at Blu (Finally!)

(Suggestion: Play while reading.) It is no wonder that Blu has been named the Best Hotel Bar in Milwaukee by OnMilwaukee.com.  But it’s not only their thirst-quenching selection of premium cocktails that earned them this billing–or their stunning views of downtown and Lake Michigan, or their bookings of some of the hottest jazz and other […]