When it comes to expanding the Dance Dimensions dance studio beyond Stoughton, Nick and Shawnee Stratton are keeping it in the family.
Shawnee runs the dance company, located at 1401 E. Main St., and her husband Nick recently joined her as vice president and creative director to help expand the client base beyond Stoughton and even outside the state.
Nick’s main priority was improving the website, a project he began thinking about after having learned how to code and build websites on his own over years of running his own businesses because he “never had enough money to pay people to do what I wanted done.”
Three weeks ago, the new site went live, and it includes separate sections for different styles of dance, including contemporary, modern, lyrical, funk, hip-hop, tap, ballet, pointe and jazz.
The community has bought more than $1,000 worth of food and counting for Stoughton food pantries through a Pick ‘n’ Save fundraiser.
Starting in October, Pick ‘n’ Save of Stoughton had its first food pantry fundraiser, where the store offered $1, $5 and $8 bags of food that customers could purchase to donate.
The store, so far, has sold 203 bags, and it’s going so well store director Francisco Mendez said the store will continue the fundraiser.
“We thought that with the hard times the community is going through, and talking with our two Stoughton food pantries that they keep seeing a lot more people, we thought we could do something nice for the community,” he said.
Several downtown retailers are planning to stay open Thursday night in hopes of drawing more local business.
More than 10 local businesses will be staffed until 9 p.m., said Cheeser’s owner Peg Schuett.
“We’re just trying to see if we can get some more of the local population to know that we’re here,” Schuett said.
The idea came from discussions at a recent merchant meeting. Participating businesses include Cheeser’s, Saving Thyme, Big Sky restaurant, Gemstone Jewelry and Engraving, Spry Whimsy Fiber Arts, Diakonos Designs Studio and Gallery, the Main Street Pour House, Believe, Nordic Nook, Studio 184, Bellasazi Salon and spa, and possibly more, Schuett said.
Schuett said that if the event turns out to be popular, they would consider adding more frequent events. The idea is along the lines of what the Stoughton Chamber of Commerce leaders had pitched recently.
Photo by Scott De Laruelle
St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store in Stoughton is now open on U.S. Hwy. 51 in the old Stoughton Motors building next to Blackhawk Credit Union. A grand opening will be held the first weekend in October.
When it comes to helping others or finding a good deal, bigger is always better.
That was the idea in the recent move of the Stoughton St. Vincent de Paul store to its new location at 1509 U.S. Hwy. 51. Now with nearly triple the space on the sales floor, more people are donating items to the store, more people are buying items and more area people in need will receive help from the proceeds.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul bought the former Stoughton Motors used car dealership earlier this spring to relocate the store, which had been located at 111 W. Jefferson St. since it opened in 1991. Ernie Stetenfeld, associate executive director for St. Vincent de Paul-Madison, said the primary motivation was gaining more space.
The society had successfully renovated an old car dealership in Verona into a store in 2011, and officials were confident they could do the same in Stoughton.
The Cooksville Country Store, above, will host a grand opening later this month. The store is operated by Sue Ebbert, who also runs a similar operation near Fort Atkinson. Ebbert said the store offers some “more specialized things – what you wouldn’t find in your average grocery store.” The store occupies the first floor of the historic Cooksville general store, a structure that has been in existence since 1847.
Looking to escape the cookie-cutter grocery stores and return to an age of treasured recipes, home-made goodness and all-natural taste?
Sue Ebbert is hoping that her new “Cooksville Country Store” will attract those who are, with an old-style tradition that dates back possibly further than any other general store in the state.
Ebbert, the operator of “Simple Country Living” near Fort Atkinson, was looking for a second location a few months ago when a customer suggested the old Cooksville General Store, vacant since January 2012. Ebbert sold beef at her store, but also many specialized cooking items, like 30 different types of spices, jams, jellies, soup mixes, pastas and more. She had never visited the store, but immediately fell in love with its charm.
[Photo by Bill Livick]
Pat Murphy demonstrates some basic martial arts moves in his new studio on East Main Street.
Regardless of young or old, and whether you want to learn to defend yourself or just get in really good shape, Murphy’s Martial Arts in Stoughton has a program for you.
Martial arts expert Pat Murphy and two business partners – Renee Timm and Tim Scot – opened the new studio at 1740 E. Main St. on Aug. 10. Timm and Scot run the business side of the operation while Murphy does the instruction.
His approach to martial arts involves teaching respect, self confidence, courtesy, focus and discipline, along with fitness and self defense. The result is greater self esteem for virtually everyone who Murphy teaches, he said.
And he couldn’t be more thrilled to open his own studio in Stoughton.
“I’m really honored to be here and to teach martial arts,” said Murphy, a seventh-degree black belt. “It’s pretty much what I’ve been born to do.”
[Photo by Mark Ignatowski]
The Kornor Kaffe bistro will be open to the public and features a variety of coffees, teas, cold beverages and food items.
A nearly $1 million renovation at Nazareth Health and Rehabilitation Center includes not only new and updated rooms, but a new public coffee shop and a courtyard.
The improvements at the 99-bed facility were completed this summer, and Nazareth held an open house last week. The work began in October.
Most notable to the public is the addition of the Kornor Kaffe, located on the ground floor of the facility, which will be open daily. The bistro offers indoor and outdoor seating and boasts a wide variety of food and beverages.
Inside the facility, the ground floor and three floors for residents each got makeovers.
Renovation details include:
• Updated and modernized resident rooms
• 35 private rooms were added
• Three deluxe suites equipped with walk-in showers and a living room were added
• Patio spaces were renovated and opened on all levels for the residents to enjoy throughout the seasons
[Photo by Derek Spellman]
Studio Zen co-owners (from left) Lea Ann Wackett, Angel Heft and Jessica Wackett bring a personal touch and flair to their fitness studio. Studio Zen opened in early May at 1060 W. Main St., Ste. 12.
If you’ve recently noticed a column of runners moving up and down Stoughton streets and passing around a medicine ball, there’s a reasonable explanation.
It’s part of the approach of Studio Zen, the city’s new fitness boutique.
The boutique approach means “getting away from the pre-packaged fitness classes,” said Angel Heft, a personal trainer and fitness instructor and one of the studio’s three owners. “We really create our own class.”
Studio Zen opened in early May at 1060 W. Main St., Ste. 12. Heft joined forces with Lea Ann Wackett and her daughter, Jessica, to launch a studio that offers its own brand of health and fitness classes to go along with yoga and Pilates classes.
Lea Ann Wackett got to know Heft through a fitness class she had taken from Heft. Heft has been teaching fitness classes for almost a year-and-a-half now in Stoughton, although previously it was through another studio.
Elyse Tebon knows how a Dean Foundation Reading Clinic can make a difference. She saw it happen with her son when he went to one in Middleton.
Now, she’s helping others have the same experience in Stoughton.
Dean Foundation started a reading clinic here six months ago, using a room in Stoughton Hospital. The program has already grown enough that within a couple of months it will be moving into a new and larger home.
“With more rooms, we can help more kids,” said Tebon, a Stoughton resident who works as the primary tutor at the local clinic.
The Stoughton clinic opened in January, becoming the fourth of its kind started by the Dean Foundation. The other three are in Portage, Middleton and Madison.
Through the clinics, children who struggle with reading, no matter what the cause, can get help, said Al Arnold, the program director. Arnold has been clinic.
North American Fur Auction houses operations inside the Stoughton Business Park North. [Photo by Bill Livick]
It’s not exactly common knowledge in Stoughton, but the largest fur trading company in North America is located right here, operating quietly in a business park.
That piece of trivia is, however, well-known to a radical animal rights group that tracks the mink and fox ranching industry and targets fur farms, hoping to sabotage their operations by releasing animals.
The FBI classifies such raids as terrorism, specifically “Animal Enterprise Terrorism.”
The Animal Liberation Front on May 31 released its latest “guide to destroying the fur industry.” In a submission to the Hub about that 58-page document, it promised “to spark a wave of attacks and animal liberations at fur farms nationwide.”