Northeast Wisconsin
June 2011

June 2011

Do you remember the first piece of furniture you ever owned? Perhaps it was a hand-me-down from a family member, something to make your dorm room a little more cozy. Maybe you bought a table with some of the money you earned from your first "real" job. For me, it was a mission style futon, which I bought in 1997. Even though the purchase was years ago, I remember two things about it: the funky plaid print and that I spent way more than I should have on that ridiculous monstrosity.

I wish Furniture Phases would have been around back then. The Appleton business sells gently used furniture and home décor items bought on consignment. There's a huge assortment to choose from in the 9,000-sq.-ft. showroom, and it's constantly changing. I was amazed at the quality of the inventory and even more amazed by the prices when I recently visited. To learn more about owner Marcia Smick's philosophy on the subject, turn to page 50.

On the subject of phases...

If you recall, a couple months ago I told you I'd be running a half marathon. Today, as I write this, I've happily completed my first 13.1-mile race.

Was it easy? Hardly. (The 25+MPH winds were a real challenge.) Was it fun? Now that I've had a few hours to process the whole thing, I'd say yes. The crowd support was encouraging and I met some great people. Then, accomplishing something I set my mind to is a pretty great reward in and of itself.

Over the past few months I diligently prepared for the race by following a training plan — basically putting one foot in front of the other, repeating as necessary. It was time consuming, often frustrating and sometimes boring. But in the end it was totally worth it.

I've come to really love running. I know that's not a phase. As for running another half or even a full marathon, the jury's still out...

Never say never.

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To find the answer to this question we asked Mark P. Brettingen, the owner of Changing Headlines, to share his insight. Mark has been in the hair industry for almost four decades and next year will celebrate his 30th year as owner of Changing Headlines in Appleton. NP: We all…
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The Better Business Bureau (BBB) gets calls all the time from people who are being harassed by debt collectors. There are ethical debt collection companies out there, but there are also a number of companies who violate the rules set forth by the Federal Trade Commission. Some scammers also pretend…
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