Community Update – April 9

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Wisconsin Rapids welcomes new businesses!

Over the past few months, The Wisconsin Rapids area has seen an introduction of new businesses, and relocation of existing businesses around the area, with two of them filling vacant locations in the Rapids Mall.

Pete’s Meat Service, an established business in Rudolph, is expanding and opened a location in the Rapids Mall in March.  The business, whose success has been built on their offerings of quality meat, had limited operations in Wisconsin Rapids in the past, through our local farmers markets.  The new Wisconsin Rapids retail store gives customers a convenient option of buying locally processed meats year round. Stop by for a tasty sample!

Cure Candles also filled a vacant location in the Rapids Mall in March.  The store not only offers a unique, and locally made, assortment of candles, but also a location for gatherings in their store.  Cure Candles is has taken over the location formerly occupied by Higher Grounds Cafe.  Higher Grounds Cafe is relocating their business from the Rapids Mall to Eighth Street with plans to open very soon.

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Wood County Title opened their doors last month.  Part of the Quality Title Group network-Wood County Title serves Adams and Wood counties in areas related to title insurance, records retrievals and title searches.

Shane Blaser (City Clerk by day) officially opened his business, Blasers, in the city last December.  Blasers offers individuals an indoor location for honing their pitching, batting and golfing skills.  Located in the former NAPA Auto Parts store on Baker St, Blasers has 6 turf and netted tunnels for recreational participants and professionals alike to have the opportunity to play baseball/softball and golf-even when the weather isblasersn’t conducive!

Finally, last Friday, Richard’s Liquors opened its doors on 8th Street.  Owned by Zach Coleman, and named in memory of their grandfather, Richard’s Liquors is a full-service liquor store focusing on wine and craft beer, including specialty products and brands that are hard to find.  With plans of potential partnerships with Wisconsin Rapids businesses, local brewers and distillers, the owners plan to grow their business while keeping their focus local.

This is just a snapshot of small business development in our area.  More is to come; I am excited new businesses are recognizing opportunities in our city and existing infill development.

Get Your Business Online

As small businesses continue to find Wisconsin Rapids increasingly attractive to open their doors, it reminds me the importance of keeping our focus on exposing Wisconsin Rapids businesses to tools and resources they need to experience success in their endeavors.  One such example is the online tools available to all businesses for establishing or increasing their online presence.  Last month, we formally kicked off the Get Your Business Online campaign, with Breakfast Before Business.  This year-long initiative consists of tools and resources that will continue to be uploaded on our “GWisconsinRapidset Your Business Online” website for small businesses.

As your mayor, it remains a priority of mine to connect with innovative ideas to support both new and existing businesses-large and small. We continue to identify ways to make Wisconsin Rapids more welcoming to new businesses to our community, and I look forward to see what is to come.

Coffee with the Mayor

Next Wednesday, April 16th, I invite you to join me at Gracie’s Family Restaurant, 1371 8th Street South from 8:00-9:00AM.  All are welcome to join me for all or just part of the time, for breakfast or coffee, so spread the word to friends and neighbors.

It is with a great deal of appreciation to continue serving as the Mayor of this wonderful City for the next two years! Making our community more competitive for residents and businesses, diversifying our local economy, supporting opportunities for you- our residents- to participate and improving our city business operations will move Wisconsin Rapids forward.

Thank you for reading.

Mayor Zach Vruwink

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