Editor's note: Looking back on 2012, there were a lot of ups and downs experienced by the Port Washington and Saukville community.
While the good times are often easier to remember, it's important to also take note of the tragic events that mold the community and bring its members together — and to never let go of the memories of those we have lost, who meant so much.
This series of Top 10 stores in Port Washington and Saukville takes a look at some of the most memorable moments here this year. The top 10 stories were chosen based on qualifications such as the number of readers on an article and the amount of Facebook "likes" or "recommendations" it had, as well as community impact — among other considerations.
The No. 1 story on Patch this year was the announcement and arrival of Duluth Trading Company in Port's downtown.
Former Mayor Scott Huebner called the 6-year-lease of the former Smith Brother's building a win for the city.
Mayor Tom Mlada attended the opening night event of the store in September, and called the opening a celebration of "our brand as a city, alligned with Duluth Trading."
"It certainly has been a team effort — and tonight ... it's really a committment that we're celebrating," he said. "It's also a celebration for the city of Port Washington — for our community as a whole."
See photos of the store and read more about what it has to offer.