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Downtown Neighbors: Stacked Eatery

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Written for the Dunn County News, June 2015

Opened last year, Stacked Eatery has generated quite the buzz. The ladies behind the unique restaurant seek to provide a different kind of late-night dining experience and do their part to help the downtown — and community — thrive.

Stacy Gregerson, originally from the Baldwin-Woodville area, and Tosha Larson, a Menomonie native, started the business together. Both had previous restaurant and management experience, so opening an eatery seemed the most appropriate decision.

The business has been a labor of love for the pair. (more…)

Downtown Neighbors:

Brenna Long 2Menomonie Police Department
Written for the Dunn County News, April 2015

When I accepted the position as executive director of Main Street of Menomonie last August, one of the first things former director Joanie Dulin asked was if I wanted to partake in the Citizens Police Academy through the Menomonie Police Department. She said it was a great experience and spoke highly of it, so I figured I would jump right in and try it out.

I found out that she was right. The hours spent at the Citizens Academy — which lasted for seven weeks last fall — quickly became one of my favorite parts of the week. I learned so much, everything from the set-up of the jail, the chaplain program, the SWAT team, the drug task force, and much more. An additional opportunity was brought up after the conclusion of the program — the opportunity to go on a ride along with a police officer. (more…)

Downtown Neighbors: Main Street of Menomonie Annual Meeting

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Written for the Dunn County News, March 2015

More than 50 people enjoyed the refreshments at The Raw Deal when they attended Main Street of Menomonie Inc.’s annual meeting on Feb. 26 — and celebrated the organization’s upcoming 25th anniversary. The event was a reunion that featured special remarks from former Main Street directors Marilyn Tye, Mary Solberg, Shelley (Stewart) Janke and Joanie Dulin.

Lead by current Board President Josh Risler along with 2014 President Lauren Evans and Main Street of Menomonie Executive Director Brenna Long, the successes of 2014 were reviewed and details of what to expect in 2015 were shared. (more…)

Downtown Neighbors: Marion’s Legacy

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Written for the Dunn County News, February 2015

It’s that time of year again: love is in the air, so it’s time to show affection for loved ones through cards, candy, poems — and chocolate!

For those working at Marion’s Legacy, Valentine’s Day is the busiest day of the year. In addition to the internationally-recognized truffles that are available for purchase at the cafe, Valentine’s-themed treats such as heart brownies and possibly chocolate covered strawberries will be available. (more…)

Downtown Neighbors: Barrel Room

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Written for the Dunn County News, January 18, 2015

Downtown Menomonie is fortunate to have a diverse selection of shops, restaurants, and eateries. However, there is one thing that the downtown was lacking until August 2014 — a wine bar.

Barrel Room is owned and operated by Rick and Mary Bygd. As community members, they saw a need for a place to go for a good glass of wine and just to hang out. As business owners, they saw opportunity in the perfect location for their endeavor at 320 Main Street, the former Ms.Ellaneous, near the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts and, as the couple observes: “right in the heart of where everything is… There’s so much energy and passion in downtown right now, we have a huge opportunity to continue to grow that.” (more…)

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…)

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…)

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