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Quest for the best coffee leads to long-running Elmwood business

Friday, August 24, 2018

In the early 1990's, Elmwood resident John Eager's desire for finding the "best cup of coffee" led him to begin roasting his own coffee in a steel pan in his home oven. He eventually moved up to buying a 1910 Royal #5 Coffee Roaster from the East Coast, and had to give away coffee to friends because he could only drink so much of what he made. Eager now is in his 17th year of operating Highland Hollow Coffee and Tea Company on Main Street in Elmwood. He taught himself how to make his wide variety of organic coffees. "People started to...
Sew much talent: Carpenter creates gowns, drama as a home sewer

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Jordan Carpenter has been outfitting people (and stuffed toys and Troll dolls) since as far back as he can remember. Creating garments from his imagination was an instinctive drive. Just like walking, eating or breathing, being creative came naturally for him. However, his first few attempts were pretty disappointing, with clothes not quite looking the way he had hoped or falling off completely from the model. He was a child, after all. "One time my mom took me to Walmart and got a yard of fabric," Carpenter said. "I got this little teddy bear and I kept trying to make a dress...
Utility leadership consider utility trends, look to RFMU's future

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

River Falls City Council Member Diane Odeen has been on the city's Utility Advisory Board since she was first elected to the council in 2013. Earlier this summer, Odeen represented River Falls Municipal Utilities and WPPI Energy (of which RFMU is a member-utility) at the American Public Power Association (APPA) National Conference in New Orleans. "I learned that public power is a big deal," Odeen said. "RFMU is not huge - we have around 6,700 customers—but it is part of a national organization that represents 2,000 public utilities serving 49 million people." Odeen enjoyed learning about communities and utilities of the 1,700...
Wright Law a resource for elder law, medicaid

Monday, August 06, 2018

New to the community, attorney Benjamin Wright is looking to help families with his new practice, Wright Law, focused on elder law. Wright recently moved to River Falls with his wife and 18-month-old child. The move brought them closer to family, and gave Wright an opportunity to open his new practice. "People have been really nice and welcoming here," Wright said. After graduating law school, Wright worked in the criminal justice and child protection systems. There he worked with people who were dealing with the system and its rules for the first time. Continue to full article
Aldi breaks grounds; what's next for Perkins?

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

It has been a busy year thus far for business development in River falls. Aldi, Dollar Tree and Culvers have made plans to come to town, Chippewa Valley Technical College is working on an expansion, and the River Falls Gymnastics club is construction a new building near the high school. Many of these projects have already begun construction. Continue to full article
New Plum City restaurant planned to open later this year

Monday, July 02, 2018

People may have noticed a lot of work happening in the building that used to be Dean's Bar and Grill in Plum City. New owners are getting it ready for their new restaurant and bar. Robin and Jeremy Kannel closed on the property at the end of February, and Jeremy said they actually started tearing things out in the middle of February. The plan is for them to open Beaves, which will be a bar and restaurant. He said they will for sure be open by the third weekend in July, but hopefully they will be able to open sooner depending on...
CCFBank announces new location to open in Ellsworth

Thursday, June 28, 2018

EAU CLAIRE — CCFBank announces the addition of a new location at 218 N. Broadway in Ellsworth. Pending regulatory approval, the new location will be open for business in May. "The CCFBank team is really excited to join the business community in Ellsworth," East Region President Tyler Tomesh said. "Having grown up in, and being based in northwest Wisconsin, it's very rewarding for me to see CCFBank help serve and support similar sized communities within this region." Continue to full article. 
New business looks to spark creativity in Ellsworth

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

For the artistic and creative or those who wish they were more so, a new business in Ellsworth may help people get in touch with their creative side. Kayleen Jakes, owner of Brush Strokes Paint Party, opened a related business in Ellsworth called Brush Strokes Art Supply in March. She held a grand opening celebration April 5. Some in the area may be familiar with Jakes' painting party business. She said she started that business about four years ago. After listening to her customers, she decided to branch out into an art supply store. "Mainly I get feedback from customers at painting classes,"...
Microloans can assist small businesses

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Obtaining the necessary financing can often be a challenge for a small business or entrepreneur, particularly one that is a startup. The reasons include credit quality of the owners, the risk inherent with the nature and type of business, management experience of the owners, and size of the request. Need $1,000 to $50,000 of capital to finance your business venture and unable to obtain your needed credit from traditional lenders such as banks and credit union? A microloan from Impact Seven, WWBIC or Women Venture may be a source of financing. Impact Seven and WWBIC are both U.S. Small Business Administration...
Maple syrup season

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

As the temperatures warmed up and spring arrived, maple syrup producers were out in the woods working to make that sweet treat so many enjoy. Lindsey Baris and her husband Ryan Browne own Rising Sun Farm outside of River Falls and have begun their maple syrup production for the 2018 season. Baris described their operation as a middle-size operation; they produce maple syrup to sell on their farm and at farmers markets. "We have a strong following," Baris said. "We always sell out by next year." Rising Sun Farm has been in operation for 40 years. Prior to Baris and Browne taking over...
New Plum City restaurant planned to open later this year

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

People may have noticed a lot of work happening in the building that used to be Dean's Bar and Grill in Plum City. New owners are getting it ready for their new restaurant and bar. Robin and Jeremy Kannel closed on the property at the end of February, and Jeremy said they actually started tearing things out in the middle of February. The plan is for them to open Beaves, which will be a bar and restaurant. He said they will for sure be open by the third weekend in July, but hopefully they will be able to open sooner depending on...
Maple syrup producer uses technology to improve process

Monday, June 11, 2018

A local producer said making maple syrup is a craft, just like making a craft beer or wine. And the making of maple syrup, he said, is the fun part of the operation where memories are made. Steve Wood, owner of Wood's Maple Orchard near Elmwood, will be retiring soon and his son and grandson will take over the business. Wood learned the business from his dad and was happy to continue the tradition with his son and grandson. "My dad, he was my teacher," Wood said. "He liked really fancy maple syrup." Wood said they have about 15,000 taps out in the...
CCFBank announces new location to open in Ellsworth

Sunday, June 10, 2018

EAU CLAIRE — CCFBank announces the addition of a new location at 218 N. Broadway in Ellsworth. Pending regulatory approval, the new location was open for business in May. "The CCFBank team is really excited to join the business community in Ellsworth," East Region President Tyler Tomesh said. "Having grown up in, and being based in northwest Wisconsin, it's very rewarding for me to see CCFBank help serve and support similar sized communities within this region." CCFBank currently has 21 locations throughout Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan. "We are putting together a great team of bankers to serve the Ellsworth community.  Continue to full...
Fresh ideas for area business owners offered through workshop

Friday, June 08, 2018

The Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, is bringing an exciting workshop to Ellsworth for the benefit of all storefront small businesses in the region. "Attractive Storefronts and Interior Spaces" will be presented by Lyn Falk of RetailWorks, Inc., an award-winning branding, design and display firm headquartered in Milwaukee. Falk's expertise in retail design, business, science, consumer behavior and environmental psychology help her build healthy, purposeful and productive spaces that move hearts, minds and merchandise. "As much as we might not want to admit it, first impressions are everything," said Kim Beebe, Ellsworth Chamber executive...
New business looks to spark creativity in Ellsworth

Thursday, June 07, 2018

For the artistic and creative or those who wish they were more so, a new business in Ellsworth may help people get in touch with their creative side. Kayleen Jakes, owner of Brush Strokes Paint Party, opened a related business in Ellsworth called Brush Strokes Art Supply in March. She held a grand opening celebration Thursday, April 5. Some in the area may be familiar with Jakes' painting party business. She said she started that business about four years ago. After listening to her customers, she decided to branch out into an art supply store. "Mainly I get feedback from customers at painting...
Another option for morning coffee in Ellsworth

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Not only does the new coffee place in Ellsworth offer a place to get great coffee but it offers a fun, friendly atmosphere for the entire family. Matt Bronk opened The Twisted Oak Coffee House on Broad Street in Prescott in December 2014; his second location recently opened on Main Street in Ellsworth in February 2018. Bronk said Ellsworth made a great choice for his second location; so far he has been happy with the decision to open his second coffee house in the county seat. "I think Ellsworth really needed some good coffee," Bronk said. Bronk said the opportunity to join with Mike...
New pizza place offers homemade pizza, relaxing atmosphere

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Homemade pizza, craft beer, wine, arcade video games and a relaxing atmosphere are some of the features of the new Papa Tronnio's in Ellsworth. Mike Truttman, co-owner of Papa Tronnio's (also known as Papa T's) said they are still using the original recipes from the Papa Tronnio's that he and co-owner Tim Murphy received when they purchased the original Papa T's in Prescott 4.5 years ago. When the owners of Papa Tronnio's in Prescott were selling the business they had had for more than 40 years, Truttman said it was the opportunity he and Murphy were looking for. Buying the existing business...
Rio Loco Cantina opening in downtown Hudson

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

An old downtown building has new life since Rio Loco Cantina opened Monday, March 12 at 417 Second St. The former Ellie's location has a new look thanks to the work of new owners Mike Tupa and Tom Tomaro. The Mexican restaurant has a 75-foot bar, a wealth of seating, a garage door window and an outdoor patio that's also heated. "You've got a nice view of the river, a nice view of Main Street," Tomaro said. "Those are both big pluses." Creating the new space took some time, more than 2 years from purchase to opening for Tupa and Tomaro. "A year of...
New lumberyard to open in Ellsworth

Thursday, May 03, 2018

A local Ellsworth man looks to serve the community with his new business. Blake Brenner of Ellsworth said he planned to open Brenner Lumber the week of March 12, located just outside of Ellsworth (W6345 Highway 10) where his dad, Barry Brenner, had Brenner Builders. Brenner gained experience in construction as he worked at the family business building custom homes. He also went to Chippewa Valley Technical College for wood technics and was in the carpenter's union for eight years. Brenner admitted he had thought he would one day have his own business since his family has experience with entrepreneurship. "It was always in...
Downtown Prescott adds new restaurant in Lucille's

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Prescott residents and visitors will soon have another food option in town, but that comes with a transition. One door closes, another one opens, as the saying goes. Kimberly Braun plans to open Lucille's where the Brickyard Pub and Eatery is currently located at 216 Broad St. The Brickyard served its last meal Saturday, March 10. Braun said plans were made to open Lucille's by April 3. The name Lucille is one that is very close to Braun's heart. "Lucille is my maternal grandmother's name," Braun said. "She worked in the kitchen and my grandfather was a chef. She passed when I was...