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Business of the Month: April 2020
In this incredibly difficult time as we all navigate through the Coronavirus Pandemic, we at the Vilas County Economic Development Corporation still find it vitally important, perhaps now more than ever, to continue to recognize and celebrate our area businesses, and we do that each month when we choose the Business of the Month. Therefore, for April we extend our congratulations to Little Bohemia Lodge and owners Debby & Dan Johns who were selected among many nominations received.
It was 80 years ago when the Dillinger Gang eluded Melvin Purvis and Hoover’s newly formed FBI in a hail of gunfire in the shootout at the Lodge. The release of the Universal Studios’ production “Public Enemies” starring Johnny Depp in 2009 documented the great chase and spectacle that was the Dillinger Gang, which helped form the modern-day FBI that we know today. Stop in at the Lodge to see artifacts from the Lodge’s place in history as well as the Hollywood production. Here’s your chance to observe an intense moment in American history in the unique setting known since the 30’s as “The Famous Little Bohemia Lodge.
In their nomination, the nominating entity stated the following of Little Bohemia Lodge: “The owners give so much back to the community, consistently donating to area organizations and even to smaller school programs such as the Mercer Middle School Volleyball program (the last two years they have donated cases of burger patties, hot dogs and buns for the tournament concessions hosted at the Mercer School).
In December, Little Bohemia Lodge donated almost $2,000 of just their liquor sales from the Alliance Mani-Wish Fundraiser they hosted on December 7th to help purchase Christmas gifts for children from families in need within the Lakeland School District.”
Among being a stellar lodge, restaurant, and destination of choice for tourists and area residents, we congratulate Debby and Dan Johns and all of their staff for their generosity and commitment to Vilas County to ensure our history and culture live on for future generations.
Located in Eagle River, the Northwoods Children's Museum has thought outside the box continuing its programming and mission to give back to the community even during Covid-19.
Congratulations to the new $3.3 million Country Market in Lac du Flambeau (LdF) for being selected as the VCEDC July Business of the Month. According to Melissa Doud, LDF Business Development Corp. Interim COO, the Country Market which opened in June, has enhanced the entire shopping experience.
Congratulations to Land O' Lakes Arts, a cultural establishment that offers people of all ages that sense of wonder and purpose.
Steve and Lisa Coon have turned their passion for the outdoors into a successful business and yet, feel their true success comes from being integrated into the community, a community they feel is like family.
Congratulations to Eagle River's Last Resort for 38 years in business providing great customer service and experiences to Eagle River visitors, and providing a positive influence on the Eagle River community.
In 2016, April graduated from a business startup course, now called Nicolet Entrepreneur Training (NET) program, offered through a partnership with the VCEDC and Nicolet College. "With ongoing support from the VCEDC, including rental space within the Eagle River Business Incubator, I was able to develop and implement my business plan, founding Starlight in 2016," said April.
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