Golf resort to open near Wisconsin Rapids
ROME – Sand Valley Golf Resort will open publicly May 2 in Rome. Local residents will have an opportunity to check out the resort early May 1.
The resort is the largest in the area, and it is part of a larger effort to make Adams County and the south Wood County area a tourist destination.
Founder Mike Keiser once claimed he would never build a resort that was not on the ocean. When he visited Rome and saw the sand dunes and native plants like prickly pear cacti, he changed his mind.
“(Keiser) wrote on a little piece of paper ‘great golf, plus great food, plus great people equals marketing plan,” Murray said. “That’s still (accurate) to this day. Great golf, great food, great people – we are confident that we have all three here.”
Sand Valley will be an all-public resort. For more information about the resort and pricing, visit sandvalleygolfresort.com.
Boy with Down syndrome opens cupcake shop
MARSHFIELD – John Puskas Truel has Down syndrome. But what makes him stand out is his experience as a small business owner, at age 12.
His mom, Patricia, ran a cupcake shop when the family lived in Long Island, New York, and now co-owns Cupcakes on 8th, at 509 E. Eighth St. in Marshfield, with her son. She thought this would be a great way for John to work on life skills.
“It’s what he wants to do,” she said.
John and his mother hope to hire other special needs kids at Cupcakes on 8th, to help them as the shop has helped John in his interactions with people.
“This is what he’s going to do,” Patricia said. “He loves to cook and bake. And so do I, so this works out.”
Payless shutters Wausau mall store
WAUSAU – The Wausau Center mall will have another vacant store front after this spring.
Payless Shoesource announced it was closing the store on April 4 as a part of the wave of closings that will shutter nearly 400 stores throughout the country.
The chain says it will undergo a reorganization plan to eliminate debt, attract new capital, boost its online sales and be more competitive.
New restaurant coming to Sentry site
STEVENS POINT – A new restaurant, Muse at Sentry, will open in the Sentry Theater building later this summer.
Muse, scheduled to open in late July, will replace another restaurant that was in the building, @1800, which closed in August 2015. The changes are part of a long-range plan to renovate offerings around Sentry Theater.
The new restaurant will offer a seasonal menu focused on Americana cuisine, according to a news release, featuring handmade pasta, dry-aged steaks, chops and fresh seafood.
Lunch and dinner will be served Monday through Friday, with space available during the week and weekends for special events like weddings, parties and conferences. Reservations will be welcome.
Central Wisconsin publisher wins award
IOLA – Jones Publishing of Iola has received a national award from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
The Jeffrey Butland award recognizes small, family-owned businesses that have successfully passed from one generation to the next and have at least a 15-year track record. Jones Publishing, celebrating its 31st anniversary in 2017, has 23 employees who produce a variety of niche magazines in Iola.