Finding Their Path: Stoughton women ‘believe’ and more

Photos by Scott De Laruelle. Deborah Myren and Darlynn Hoare operate Believe on Main Street. In addition to a variety of products, the store offers classes and workshops on topics like Reiki healing, ionic foot baths, soul ray colors and meditation.

Something about hand-made tu-tus hanging above a bar table adorned with beer bottlecaps next to books on Reiki, crystal healing and the paranormal seems right at place along Stoughton’s colorful Main St.

Deborah Myren and Darlynn Hoare have lived in Stoughton for decades, and operate “Believe,” (155 W. Main St.), a “metaphysical gift shop” and much more. The store has morphed from an art gallery of the same name to include a variety of products and services  – everything from incense, oils and crystals to books, music and bird feeders.

There is also plenty of artwork and other items for sale from nearly 50 local artists, including a wide spectrum of paintings, clothing and more.  


Stoughton Trailers wins early decision against Chinese competitors

The U.S. International Trade Commission gave an early victory to Stoughton Trailers, LLC in the company’s unfair trade allegations.

The ITC conducted its preliminary investigation in response to Stoughton Trailers’ unfair trade petition, filed on April 23.

The “affirmative determination” in the investigation means that the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue to conduct its investigation.

The Stoughton Trailers petition alleged its Chinese competitors in the 53-foot domestic container manufacturing industry had used government subsidies and currency manipulation to undercut the market.


Stoughton Trailers files trade petition against China

Stoughton Trailers recently filed an unfair trade petition against Chinese competitors it alleges are using government subsidies and currency manipulation to undercut the market.

The allegations center on “53-foot domestic dry containers,” used on trains, a market that has grown to 95 percent Chinese manufacturers in the last several years, according to a press release from Stoughton Trailers.

Stoughton Trailers is the only current U.S. manufacturing company to produce the containers, according to the press release, although marketing manager Scott Nachreiner told the Courier Hub that there were more competitors in past years until the Chinese companies began cornering the market.

Nachreiner said that alleged subsidies from the Chinese government along with currency manipulation make it hard for U.S. companies to compete.


Niche Offerings

Photo by Scott Girard Lilystone owners Rick and Sue Smith, left, and manager Lindsey Brewster stand behind the counter at the store.

The building at 193 W. Main St. was nothing more than a storage facility for the almost six years since Smith Photography had moved to its new location at 401 5th St.

The owners, Sue and Rick Smith, decided the space should finally be put to use, so they came up with an idea.

“We thought, ‘Let’s do something with it,’” Sue Smith said. “We don’t like empty storefronts downtown.”

They wanted to use that storefront to “fill a hole,” which was a lack of “unique gift-giving” options around Stoughton, said Lilystone manager and creative design consultant Lindsey Brewster.

“I was tired of just picking up the everyday gift,” Brewster said. “I think we’re all inspired by things online like Pintrest and (do-it-yourself) stuff.”

But keeping up a unique product line can be quite a bit of work, and Brewster and the Smiths have spent plenty of time already since the Nov. 21 opening looking to bring in new products.


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.