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Business as Usual: A Recap of the Top Stories in 2012

The top business stories in 2012 include the opening of Duluth Trading Company, changes in the roll-your-own cigarette industry, a couple local businesses that closed and some planned renovations in Port's downtown.

Editor's note: The Port Washington and Saukville area saw plenty of business developments — from new businesses announced to others closing as well as major renovations — throughout 2012.

The following recaps the most-read business stories of every month. The top stories are based solely on the number of readers in the given month.

For more business information in the Port Washington and Saukville area, visit Patch's business section.

  • January: New ownership at Java Dock Cafe stirred a few things up at the local coffee shop.
  • February: Duluth Trading announced its decision to join Port's downtown, with plans to open in fall.
  • March: The hunt for the best margarita in town drew a lot of attention. Find out who won in Port Washington and the Milwaukee area.
  • April: A Harris Bank location in Port Washington closed.
  • May: We Energies again tagged a group of baby falcons in its efforts to help restore the dwindling population of the bird.
  • June:  Morgan Stanley executive and Port native Daniel Ewig purchased the former Lueptow's furniture building, causing the Shoppes of Port Washington to find a new home.
  • July: Operations at a recently opened roll-your-own cigarette shop in Port came to a screeching hault after President Barack Obama signed a federal transportation bill that includes a provision redefining RYO cigarette stores as manufacturers.
  • August: Port's Smoke Shack owner .
  • September:
  • October: The last three months of the year are filled with a controversial attempt to refill the bar after Foxys Bar closed the last weekend of September.
  • November: A new beginning for the former Foxy's location got off to a rocky start in gaining necessary city approvals.
  • December: Building code violations added more bumps to the process for the hopeful business owner, but the council ultimately denied the needed liquor license.

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