[ Photos by Derek Spellman]
Wade Moder, president of the Yahara River Grocery Cooperative’s board of directors, takes a look at a repainted Half Pint at the co-op Saturday morning. The co-op posted its first ever profit last year, and this year is looking good.
It’s a good time at the Yahara River Grocery Cooperative.
The co-op’s cow, Half Pint, has just gotten a makeover. Next month’s Tour de Food, an annual bike tour of area farms and vendors, is already shaping up to be bigger than last year’s.
And the co-op posted a profit for the first since ever last year, while the this year is looking good so far.
“Slowly but surely,” Wade Moder, president of the co-op’s board of directors, said after the unveiling of the repainted Half Pint. “I think we are hitting our stride…I’m personally very optimistic for the future of the co-op.”
That’s quite a change from where the co-op was just a few years ago.
The St. Vincent DePaul thrift store will be moving to Hwy. 51 this fall. [Photos by Derek Spellman]
A St. Vincent de Paul thrift shop worker hangs merchandise at the store’s current location. The shop plans to move to Hwy. 51 this fall.
Stoughton’s St. Vincent de Paul thrift store will be moving east this fall.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul last week acquired the former Stoughton Motors used car dealership, 1509 U.S. Highway 51/138, with plans to relocate there in the coming months.
The Stoughton thrift store, one of six the Society’s District Council of Madison operates in Dane County, has been at its current location at 111 W. Jefferson St. since it opened in 1991. The council is hoping the new, expanded location–about a mile away and on the city’s busiest thoroughfare – will improve the store’s visibility and sales.
“We’re grateful to Stoughton,” Ralph Middlecamp, executive director for the Society’s District Council of Madison, said in a news release. “Our store here has continued to produce revenue to support our mission and has long offered direct charity to the local people in need who are assisted by our conference members from St. Ann Parish.
Stoughton Hospital is one of several area hospitals to achieve the highest level of electronic health record adoption, according to a news release.
Stoughton Hospital, along with Dean Clinic and St. Mary’s, were presented with the Stage 7 Award from HIMSS Analytics, the research division of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).
“Reaching Stage 7 means that all records at a hospital or clinic are electronic,” the release said. “This gives caregivers instant computer access to patient information no matter their location, eliminating reliance on paper records, and reducing the number of preventable errors that can be made using traditional manual systems.”
The Stage 7 award places Dean Clinic in the top 0.9 percent of all ambulatory facilities nationwide in terms of electronic medical record use, the release said. Stage 7 puts St. Mary’s and Stoughton in the top 1.9 percent of hospitals nationwide.
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New floors, paint and lighting are being added to Nazareth Health and Rehabilitation Center as part of $1 million worth of renovations. The project is scheduled to be done by June.
Nazareth Health and Rehabilitation Center is in the midst of a makeover.
The skilled nursing and rehabilitative service facility at 814 Jackson St. began about $1 million worth of renovations in October and plans to have that work wrapped up in June, said Jennifer Johnson, Nazareth administrator. The center’s patient rooms, dining areas, common areas, bathrooms and showers are all to be renovated with new paint, carpeting, tile and lighting.
“So far it’s been going real good,” Johnson said Monday.
Nazareth started the remodel last year largely because the facility just needed some upgrading. Johnson could not say whether this is the first time Nazareth, which started in the 1960s, has undergone such work. If it’s not the first time, it has been a “long time” since the last one, she said.
The center has a total of 99 patient beds, a mix of private and semi-private rooms, Johnson said.
3-year-old Sydney Cull gets a boost at last week’s Community Expo at the Stoughton Wellness and Athletic Center. The annual event connects Stoughton residents and businesses to showcase what the city has to offer and features food and prizes like the one Cull won at the Home Savings Bank booth. [Photos by Derek Spellman]
Adam Notstad, a Stoughton High School graduate, uses an iPad to highlight his recycling business, AdamCan Recycling.
More than 200 people attended last week’s Community Expo, surpassing last year’s turnout, the Stoughton Chamber of Commerce said Monday.
Attendance at last year’s Expo, an annul showcase of local businesses, was about 150, said Erica Dial, the chamber’s executive director. Boosting attendance was one of the goals for this year’s event.
The chamber stepped up advertising for this year’s Expo and relocated the event from the Mandt Center to the Stoughton Wellness and Athletic Center. The latter provided more wide-open space, parking and visibility.
Dial said organizers have received good comments about the new venue. This year’s Expo had 56 vendors, which included local restaurants distributing free samples and gifts and prizes from local businesses.
This is the third year the chamber has helped organize the Expo, which was renamed to “Community Expo” to underscore that everyone is welcome to attend.
Stoughton area residents once again will be able to sample local businesses and local food at next month’s Community Expo.
This year the expo, which showcases local businesses and restaurants, will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. April 11 at the Stoughton Wellness and Athletic Center (SWAC). It is the third year the Stoughton Chamber of Commerce has organized the event, which allows local businesses to network with one another and affords the public a chance to see what Stoughton has to offer.
The venue is a change from the last two years, when the Expo (originally named the Business Expo) was housed inside the Mandt Center. Dave Phillips, the now former executive director of the chamber, last week said the relocation does not stem from any dissatisfaction with the Mandt Center, which he said is a “nice venue,” although the SWAC offers more wide-open space, parking and visibility.
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Downtown storefronts, like this one at 176 E. Main St., are again starting to fill up. An upscale restaurant named Big Sky is planned for this storefront.
Viking Embroidery, a custom embroidery and screen printing shop at 220 W. Main St., opened earlier this month. The shop offers a variety of Stoughton Vikings apparel. It is one of a half-dozen businesses that either have opened in recent months or will open along Stoughton’s Main Street.
A year ago, Main Street’s vacant storefronts at times made it look like a set of broken teeth.
But in recent months, those storefronts have been filling up – with veteran merchants and newcomers alike, with jewelry and sweatshirts and dresses, with a former Wisconsin Air National guardswoman, chefs and artisans. And all that is just on Main Street.
In the closing months of 2012, Stoughton celebrated four business openings. In January, it welcomed two more. In February, three. Another one quietly opened its doors earlier this month. Another restaurant is headed here, perhaps in early May.
The new operations are filling a void left by the closure of other businesses. Some of those businesses closed a while ago. Much of the new activity is concentrated in the city’s downtown area.
Erica Dial, the former visitors services director for the Stoughton Chamber of Commerce, will return as the organization’s new executive director, the chamber announced earlier this week.
Dial will start her new job March 20. She replaces David Phillips, who announced in February that he would be leaving the Stoughton chamber to become the county’s new director of economic development as of March 25. Phillips has been the chamber executive director since September 2008.
“I’m just really thrilled and excited,” Dial told the Hub in a Monday afternoon phone interview.
Dial spent almost four –and-a-half years with the Stoughton chamber before leaving in mid-July 2012. She and her husband were planning to move out of the area so her husband could pursue a new business opportunity.
Stoughton businesses will be among the 200 vendors at the 33rd annual Home Products Show March 1-3 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison.
The annual show allows visitors to get their questions answered, generate ideas and maybe even line up a contractor. This year, it will include local businesses Moyer’s Landscape Services & Hometown Nurseries and Shaw Building and Design.
With the still-wobbly economy, people are still reluctant to make the big investment of building a new home; instead they are focusing on ways to improve their existing homes by remodeling kitchens and bathrooms, building additions and improving outdoor space.
The Home Product Show also features free seminars taught throughout the three-day event by local experts.
Jeff Moyer, CEO and vice president of Moyer’s Landscape Services & Hometown Nurseries, will present a seminar on creating an “outdoor landscape living experience.”