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Downtown Neighbors: Simple Sports

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Written for the Dunn County News, December 17, 2014

Rory Feddersen has a ‘simple’ dream: For his business to stand the test of time. Showing no signs of slowing down, he has done his part to do just that in the past 15 years since he opened Simple Sports, now located at 400 Main Street.

Originally from the Midwest, Feddersen traveled the country before returning to settle in the Chippewa Valley. Once there, he began managing a bike shop in Menomonie under Jim Rolbiecki with Riverside Bike and Skate. This opportunity was the platform that he needed to gain valuable business experience, and Simple Sports opened three years later in December of 1999.  (more…)

Downtown Neighbors: Leissa’s Hair Studio & Day Spa

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Written for the Dunn County News, November 26, 2014

Historic Downtown Menomonie is fortunate to have a diverse selection of businesses offering a wide variety of services to residents and visitors. Of those, few have been in business as long as Leissa’s Hair Studio & Day Spa, located at 226 Main Street.

Owner Leissa Berenschot opened her salon 29 years ago. Her passion for small business, fashion and the salon industry runs in her family — her mother and aunt are retail owners and several family members are entrepreneurs. Notably, all of Berenschot’s siblings are business owners located their businesses in the downtown of their respective communities.  (more…)

Small Business Saturday card

Small Business Saturday revised

Find the Elf in the Window 2014

elves and drawing slipsThe elves are back, out and about in downtown Menomonie! From November 17 until December 9, keep your eyes peeled for the chance to win a $100 Main Street Gift Certificate! For more information and clues on where to find the elves, CLICK HERE


Gearing up for Small Business Saturday!


Visit downtown Menomonie on Saturday, November 29 for all of your holiday shopping needs!

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Downtown Neighbors: Marshall’s Drive-In


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Written for the Dunn County News, October 12, 2014

Marshall’s Drive-In is not a new business in downtown Menomonie. In fact, some may consider it to be a historical part of the community. Many have fond childhood memories from their visits to the bright orange drive-in — from working there as a waiter or waitress to family outings for root beer and cheese curds — Marshall’s was a fundamental restaurant in the Menomonie community from its construction and inception in 1933.

One can imagine, then, the excitement that was generated when the iconic eatery re-opened this September. Owner Tom Mauel purchased the drive-in 10 years ago after hearing that it was for sale through a friend. (more…)

WinterDaze 2014 Parade Registration


The 2014 WinterDaze parade registration form is now available!

Click HERE for more information

Click HERE to download the form directly!

Downtown Neighbors: Hundredth Monkey

Hundredth Monkey-Rebecca KildeHundredth Monkey
Written for Dunn County News, August 19, 2014

Rebecca Kilde has a very creative background and is full of ideas that she wanted to share with a community she loves.

After exploring a number of different “maker spaces” around the country, including Leonardo’s Basement in Minneapolis, she looked for a vacant store front and found the perfect location at 129 Main Street to open The Hundredth Monkey Maker Space. In addition to a great space for the whole community to use, its location right across from the UW-Stout campus filled with engineering and art students is an added bonus. (more…)

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