Main Street openings and closings

Nello’s now open

Stoughtonites have a new pizza and dinner spot to check out.

Nello’s Pizza is housed in the former Marsala’s on Main spot at 135 W. Main Street.

The restaurant is open for carry out and dine-in dinners seven days a week starting at 4 p.m. Lunch will be offered in the future.

For information, call 873-7440. A website is still under construction, but should be up and running soon.

Pour House shuts doors

Main Street Pour House closed at the end of March after nearly six years in business.

The bar and restaurant was known for serving craft tap beers and offering live music on many nights of the week.

Owner Jeanne Dunbar told the Hub she was looking for a new place along Main Street after closing March 21.

A post on the Facebook page of the business said the bar and restaurant was given a notice to vacate in mid-March.


Owner hopes to open brew pub for Syttende Mai

The owner of a new Stoughton brew pub hopes to open at least the bar portion of the restaurant by mid-May for Syttende Mai.

“My wife says ‘you’re too ambitious,’” Viking Brew Pub owner Vik Malling said. “But that’s my target.”

The pub, at 211 E. Main St., will also eventually include a restaurant and a brew house where Malling can brew his own beer recipes.

Those features, however, are on an unknown timeline for now, as Malling continues to work through the process of submitting plans and construction.

“I don’t want to open up the restaurant portion in a stumble,” he said.

The menu will eventually include brew pub staples like burgers and brats, along with dishes that pay homage to Stoughton’s Norwegian culture.

Malling said he is also considering contract brewing in the meantime, in which he could use his own recipes for craft beers but would use another brewery’s equipment.


New bed and breakfast offers peek into Stoughton history

A house built by the city of Stoughton’s namesake will now offer city visitors a peek into the 1800s as a bed and breakfast.

Mary, Glenn and son Lance McNaughton began the process of creating the historical B&B in October, when they rented the 516 S. Page St. house from its owners.

“We’re going to give people an opportunity to see the house and be part of it … share the experience,” Lance McNaughton said. “We want you to step into this room and feel like you’re in the past.”

The house, built in 1856 in a Greek revival style by Luke Stoughton and later transformed to Italian style in the 1880s, is located right in the city’s historical district down the street from the historical museum.

It includes a near-exact replica of the original fireplace and furniture set up in one room, with a grand piano and sitting area right next door. Or, if guests want a more technology-fueled experience, the next room includes a flat-screen television, as well.


Blackhawk closing Stoughton branch

Blackhawk Community Credit Union will be consolidating its Stoughton branch with its Edgerton branch this year.

That means the eventual closing of operations at 1525 U.S. Hwy. 51.

According to a news release from the company, the trend of more online banking drove the company toward consolidation.

“We will be offering and investing in the latest in banking technology, so that members can continue to do business with us wherever and whenever they want,” CEO Sherri Stumpf said in the release.

The decision to close the Stoughton branch came after “careful consideration of its market presence, as well as the costs and benefits to the entire membership,” the release said.

The Stoughton branch opened in 2010 will continue to operate as Blackhawk Community Credit Union until the consolidation is complete. Lisa Palma, director of marketing and innovation for the credit union, said there was no timeline for closing the branch yet.


One Friend to Another

Photo by Scott Girard. Troy Teubert looks at a car in his shop at East-side Automotive, which he opened in June. He bought the business from childhood friend Tommy Dyreson, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and had to retire from repair work.

Troy Teubert had worked in the auto repair business for a long time and was happy with his job at a repair shop on Madison’s west side.

But then a childhood friend approached the Stoughton resident with an offer that was tough to refuse.

Months later, Teubert was the owner of his own shop, having bought TD Automotive from his friend, Tommy Dyreson, who had to retire after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s. It’s now been renamed East-Side Automotive, and business has gone so well, he’s gone from being the only employee to managing four other people in just six months.

Teubert, who now does a little bit of everything there, has gotten a lot of help along the way, with his wife recently joining the staff and referrals from Dyreson and from other automotive shops that don’t do certain kinds of repair.

“That’s what small-town life is supposed to be about: family, friends and community,” he said.

Childhood friends


Sen. Miller visits AdamCan recycling business

Photos by Mark Ignatowski. Sen. Miller looks at an iPad showing a video about how Notstad’s business works as he welcomes Miller to the Mandt Community Center.

Sen. Mark Miller visited Stoughton’s Adam Notstad at the Mandt Community Center in Stoughton on Friday, Nov. 15 as part of the Take Your Legislator to Work Campaign.

“It was exciting to see this operation and see how excited Adam is to be part of it,” Miller said during his tour last week.

Notstad owns his own collection and recycling business. AdamCan Recycling helps local businesses and organizations meet their green business objectives. Notstad crushes cans using a commercially-built can crusher operated by a remote wireless switch powered by his wheelchair.

Notstad was born with a deletion on Chromosome 8, a rare chromosomal disorder and suffered from complications from cranial surgery, according to previous stories in the Hub. With help from his family, support staff and the community, Nostad launched the recycling business in 2011.


SCPA plans January move

Photo by Bill Livick. The Stoughton Center for the Performing Arts will move at the end of the year from its 11-year home at 515 E. Main St. in Tobacco Junction to condominium space at 2320 Jackson St.

Coleen Kehl calls it a “positive trade-off.” She will lose some lobby and scene-shop space but will gain bigger studios. And she will own them.

Kehl, the owner and artistic director of the Stoughton Center for the Performing Arts, will lose square footage when she leaves the Tobacco Junction building to move her business to the condominium she purchased at 2320 Jackson St. But she will gain nicer, larger studios and the knowledge that when she builds the new dance, drama and music studios this time, she’ll be investing in a space that she owns – for the first time.

“It is a big investment, but that’s not something that I am a stranger to,” Kehl said. “I have built out multiple spaces in the past. I’m done now because I own this condo space.”


Dance Dimensions looks to create resource beyond Stoughton

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.


Grocery store holds food pantry fundraiser

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.


Third Thursday program to highlight local businesses

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.