business: Calling all Knitters - 04/05/10 05:14 AM
Fiber arts enthusiasts! Did you know that you can get yarn, patterns, needles and more all in Monticello? Knitter's Treat is the work of Ruth Knight Sybers, who's textile art is on display at The Dining Room at 209 Main. Knitter's Treat carries a variety of out-of-print and hard to find patterns, and Knight Sybers is willing to track down and special order patterns that you might be searching for.
This week, Knitter's Treat is having a spring sale at The Dining Room. There are two rooms filled with yarn, patterns and more. This sale runs April 8 through April … (3 comments)

business: Business Spotlight: Ideate Ink in Monroe, WI - 03/10/10 01:34 PM
Keep it local.
That is one of our core beliefs in business and life. Supporting local businesses keeps our local economy strong and vibrant.
So, when we decided it was time for a new look for our business cards recently, we picked up the phone and called Adam Bansley over at Ideate Ink in Monroe. We gave Adam a photo and the text we wanted on the cards, and told him we wanted a classic design that was clean and readable. We had a proof within a day or two, and the cards were in our hands in next to … (0 comments)

business: Propery of the Week - Commercial Building in Monroe - 02/09/10 07:43 AM
This week's featured property is a commercial building in Monroe, Wisconsin.
Here is your chance to own a piece of Monroe’s history dating back to circa 1865.
The historic Lanz Building is a rare property with over 14,000 square feet on 3 levels located on corner lot in Downtown Monroe. This location is ideal for your business or non-profit, a well traveled corner between Turner Hall and the Square. There is newer electrical, 16” solid masonry walls, exposed brick walls, 11’ ceilings on main floor and 9’ ceilings in basement. The building is loading dock capable, and there is underground … (0 comments)

business: Save some green and get clean - 02/03/10 03:10 AM
Wisconsin winters are hard on our cars, what with all the salt and sand from the road making everything a dull grey and the ice that can build up. It can be damaging to the finish and undercarriage of a vehicle to leave that on too long.
We'd like to help you have a little money while protecting the investment you have in your vehicles. Readers of our blog can save 10% on any car wash at Pro-Image Car Wash in Monroe or receive $10 off any vehicle detail in the month of February. Simply mention Cheese Country Realtors or Luis … (4 comments)

business: Propery of the Week - Commercial Building in Monroe - 01/26/10 07:04 AM
This week's featured property is a commercial building in Monroe.

This is a great investment property with potential for whatever you need. There is over 4400 square feet of commercial space here, or you could take the 2066 square foot second floor and make it your residence with plenty of room in the 2338 square foot main floor for a business. You could also easily convert this spacious stone building into apartments. Elevator to all floors. This property is conveniently located a block off Monroe's beautiful downtown square. New furnace, new water heater and other improvements make this a good … (0 comments)

business: Local Business Spotlight: Nikki's Diapers - 01/26/10 06:56 AM
Being passionate supporters of both locally owned businesses and the environmental movement, we have been happy patrons of a New Glarus business for a while now.  Recently, we have been hearing more and more people talk about this business, which warms our hearts.Nikki's Diapers in New Glarus is an internet-based company turned brick and mortar store.  We have had the pleasure of spending time with Nikki and her husband, and they are lovely people.  They started the company from their home a number of years ago.  Nikki wanted to fill the gaps for parents who were searching for quality cloth diapering … (2 comments)

business: Business Showcase - Europa in Monroe, WI - 06/09/09 05:37 AM

Things change, but some local businesses have been around for years.  One of these is Europa.
Europa has been a mainstay business in Monroe for years. The store is well known for heritage lace, stocking items of a quality that is difficult to locate in this pre-fab world. The inventory also has always included a variety of collectibles and interesting items. Europa has had some changes in recent months, though.
After moving to the Downtown Square, Europa then changed owners. New ownership always alters a store slightly, and the new owner, Heather, has been busy updating the stock at Europa, … (0 comments)

business: New store in Monroe - Sequels - 05/29/09 08:09 AM

A new store joined the Square earlier this month. Sequels features higher end consignment furniture.
The only constant is change, and change is something that we do see in the businesses that line Monroe's Downtown Square. It is refreshing to see a new store offering something different and obviously in demand for our area.
Have you outgrown your college furnishings, but do not have the budget for more refined furnishings yet? Did you just purchase a new home and ran out of furniture before you ran out of rooms?  Do you prefer to buy consignment pieces due to the lower … (2 comments)

business: Upcoming workshop "See Jane Grow" - 04/14/09 06:07 AM
Positive change is brewing in America’s countryside with women-owned businesses growing at twice the national rate. Women also constitute one of the largest, fastest-growing groups purchasing farms today.
These trends will be showcased at an upcoming free seminar, “See Jane Grow,” in Monroe on April 30 at 6:00 pm. The interactive seminar offers support to existing women ecopreneurs and those who hold dreams of launching their own business related to food and agriculture.
“From farmers to food artisans, from mompreneurs to retail business owners, women launching green business prioritize more than profit,” explains Lisa Kivirist, co-author of the award-winning book, ECOpreneuring … (0 comments)

business: Shopping for kids in the Monroe area? - 03/14/09 09:17 AM
There is a window on the south side of Monroe's Downtown Square that often shows little hand prints and nose marks. The kids cannot help themselves; the toys and clothes in the window display at Kidz Kloset are so colorful and fun that getting closer is the natural thing to do. Kidz Kloset has a great selection of clothing and shoes for infants and toddlers, plus a selection of wonderful pieces for preschoolers and elementary age boys and girls. Once glance, one touch will let you know these are not big box store items. Finding durable children's clothing locally is a … (6 comments)

business: Business Spotlight: Bauman Kitchens and Giftware in Monroe, WI - 03/02/09 12:42 PM
When we first moved to Monroe, Luis became entranced by the musical chimes that played whenever we walked into some of the Downtown businesses. A conversation with Scott over at Chocolate Temptation led us to Bauman Kitchens and Giftware, the store selling the chimes and so much more. We have been back often over the years.
Like so many stores in the area, Bauman Kitchens has wonderfully eclectic offering of goods. Walk in, and you see racks of collectibles and gift items. Figurine lines include Precious Moments, Seraphim Angels, My Little Kitchen Fairies, Cherished Teddies and more.
They offer a large … (0 comments)

business: Green County Spotlight - 02/13/09 07:03 AM
For anyone who is living in or interested in the Green County, Wisconsin area, Green County Spotlight is a must see website.If you have not been to Green County Spotlight before, click over and take a look around. This website has been a work in progress for many months now. It is a portal to all about the Green County area.You will find guides to many local businesses as well as specialized guides for different quality of life features:
There is a Food and Dining Guide with information on local restaurants, food tours and culinary events, even recipes. The developers of … (2 comments)

business: Eat local, eat well with Sugar River Dairy Yogurt - 01/24/09 03:23 AM
Sugar River Dairy is an artisan business located in the hills outside of Albany here in Green County. Named for the Sugar River that meanders through the area, Sugar River Dairy focuses on making just a couple of things and doing them extremely well - yogurt and their new line of sour cream.
Owners Ron and Chris Paris are one of only three artisan, homestead yogurt makers in Wisconsin. They focus on small batch, non-homogenized yogurt created with milk from local cows. The cows eat grass in pastures, and they live their lives without the synthetic growth hormone rBGH.
Ron and … (4 comments)

business: Help improve the quality of life here in Green County - 01/07/09 03:31 AM
Future Forward! is a group dedicated to improving the quality of life in Green County to help attract and retain young professionals to our area.
If you are curious about their mission or would like to help in any way, consider coming to the next meeting. Future Forward! will be meeting on Thursday, January 8 from 5:30 until 7:30 pm at Minhas Brewery. There will be a social time from 5 until 5:30 that will include a sampling of Minhas products and a light supper.
The meeting will include a workshop to list Green County's many assets for young professionals. They … (3 comments)

business: Shop Local this Holiday Season, Part IV - 12/06/08 08:05 AM
The final installment of the series on local, independent shopping options in Downtown Monroe.
 
If you have guy's guy on your list, swing into Martin's Sporting Goods.  Archery, gun sports, fishing and more are covered in Martin's.  He also has a selection of sports themed collectibles and baseball cards.  Consider a membership to the SCWA  for any archery enthusiasts on your list.  Members can shoot at the range during any off time, and they save on the regular range fees as well.
Bibliophiles will appreciate books or gift certificates from Old Friends on the Square (north side) or Fireside Books.  … (2 comments)

business: Shop Local this Holiday Season, Part III - 12/04/08 01:17 PM
And our series on keeping it local this holiday season continues.  Up this time, clothing and accessories in the Downtown area of Monroe, WI.
Why keep it local?  Each dollar that you spend at a locally-owned, independent business circulates six times more in the community than each dollar spend at non-locally owned businesses.  Buying that skirt at the dress shop helps JoAnn to buy a book from Fireside, allowing Kathy to purchase lunch from Cafe Claudeen, helping Claudia to pick up shoes at Burrington's.  It makes a difference.
Clothing is always a popular holiday gift, and there are a variety of … (2 comments)

business: Shop Local this Holiday Season, Part II - 12/03/08 04:33 AM
Please consider shopping locally owned, independent businesses for your holiday shopping this year. Each dollar spent at a locally owned business recirculates in the community approximately six times more than each dollar spent at a non-locally owned companies. The muffin I buy at the cafe allows the cafe owner to purchase something at the dress shop next door, allowing the dress shop owner to shop at the pharmacy and so on.
If you are wondering about where to shop in Monroe this year, here are some ideas for the Downtown area. There are so many great businesses that I will be … (3 comments)

business: Shop Local this Holiday Season - 12/02/08 09:00 AM
Please consider shopping locally owned, independent businesses for your holiday shopping this year.  Each dollar spent at a locally owned business recirculates in the community approximately six times more than each dollar spent at a non-locally owned companies.  The muffin I buy at the cafe allows the cafe owner to purchase something at the dress shop next door, allowing the dress shop owner to shop at the pharmacy and so on. 
If you are wondering about where to shop in Monroe this year, here are some ideas for the Downtown area.  There are so many great businesses that I will be … (2 comments)

business: Putting the 3 Rs into practice - 11/19/08 02:59 AM
School kids nowadays can rattle of the 3 Rs quickly.  Reading, Writing and 'Rithmatic? No. I mean the 3 new Rs. Reuse, Reduce, Recycle.The Monroe Clinic has an expansion project underway, and they are doing a stellar job implementing the new 3 Rs into their construction plans. A few existing homes were acquired by the Clinic and had to be removed in order to accommodate the expansion project. Before razing the homes, all of the cabinetry, appliances, light fixtures, radiators, windows and other reusable parts were removed. The Clinic donated them to Habitat for Humanity of Green County. The donations will … (1 comments)

business: The new kid on the block - 11/15/08 02:41 AM
Please join me in welcoming Monroe's newest Downtown business!
Kookaburra's joined the line up on the north side of Monroe's Downtown Square last month. Located between Town and Country Styles and Merle Norman, Kookaburra's features culinary goods from stoneware to spices, from Le Creuset to Bob's Red Mill.
There is something for every level of cooking ability and a wide variety of giftable sets, so do not just walk on by.  Pull the wooden spoon door handle and walk in.
You will be greeted by Laura Winters, a cheery woman in a retro apron. She may be packing up spices on … (3 comments)

 
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