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A Unique place to shop

Rhinelander woman’s creativity behind success at new store

by Lori Lodes
llodes@thebusinessnewsonline.com

After just a year in existence, Unique Creations in Rhinelander has developed quite a following among customers drawn to the store’s repurposed, refreshed and renewed furniture pieces. Owner Kate Bauman set up shop in October 2016, capitalizing on her creativity to take old pieces of furniture and make them new again with a nod to both practicality and beauty. She’s been redoing furniture for about three years now, gaining experience at a similar business before establishing her own business. “I’ve always had a passion for art and finding this niche where I can be creative and still supply practical furniture/home decor pieces that can be used for years to come has been a perfect match for me,” she said.Read More

Rising from the ashes

Weston Lanes has recovered from fire, recession

by Jerry Rhoden
jrhoden@thebusinessnewsonline.com

Visitors to Dale’s Weston Lanes may not remember the damage, but Dale Elliott will never forget it. He remembers all of the details from the morning his bowling center at 5902 Schofield Ave. nearly went up in flames. That includes the pull on the back of his shirt when he was about to race into the burning building with the intention of putting it out and saving everything. It was the fire chief pulling him back. “Where the ’blank’ do you think you’re going!?” Elliott recalls him saying. “I was just inside the door and a ceiling tile fell and almost hit me in the face. I couldn’t breathe already, but you just want to save the world.” An electrical fire behind the front desk on the morning of April 30, 2007, nearly cost Elliott everything he’d built since taking ownership of the center in 1991.Read More

People who make a difference

Voigt has a love for volunteering

by Lori Lodes
llodes@thebusinessnewsonline.com

Yolanda “Yo” Voigt’s first volunteer experience as a candy striper in a nursing home not only introduced her to the benefits of volunteerism, but also laid the foundation for a long career in the healthcare realm. Voigt is the director of volunteers at Aspirus Wausau Hospital, a role she has held for the past 15 years, but her career at Aspirus dates back 37 years and included roles in billing and human resources along the way. She said she “absolutely loves what I do,” coordinating the efforts of the more than 750 volunteers associated with the hospital. Her role includes supporting all volunteer activities for the hospital; coordinating recruitment, retention and recognition of all volunteers; providing support for the gift shop, coffee shop and other programs; and generally showcasing the value of volunteer service to the organization.Read More

Growth Strategies

Merrill window maker hits sweet spot with multi-family units

by Lori Lodes
llodes@thebusinessnewsonline.com

The name Sierra Pacific Windows may not have a long tenure in the Merrill community, but the window manufacturer at 1815 Water Street, definitely has. The former Superseal, a division of Hurd Windows and Doors, became part of the Sierra Pacific Windows family in 2014. Since then, it has become the West coast company’s sole manufacturer of vinyl windows available to more than 600 dealers in the U.S. and internationally. The windows are not available through big box stores. Most of the company’s vinyl window sales are in the residential market, but about 10 to 12 percent are sold to the commercial market. This includes multi-family units and mixed-use buildings, a boon since single family home ownership has declined.Read More

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