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Business of the Month: June 2020
Lynn Richie, Board President
4262 County Road B, Land O' Lakes, WI 54540
Phone: (715) 547-3950
Vilas County is rich in history, nature and culture, and often it is that culture that provides us with that same purpose and sense of wonder. Georgia O'Keeffe once said, "I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for."
A cultural establishment that offers people of all ages that sense of wonder and purpose can be found in Land O' Lakes. Established in 2008, Land O' Lakes Arts (LOLA) is dedicated to promoting the arts in Northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan through classes and cultural events for all ages, year-round. It's mission is to support local artists in fulfilling their artistic potential while also bringing enrichment, arts education and beautification to the people of the area, which contributes to the vitality of the larger community.
"LOLA offers something for everyone: art exhibits, musical performances, lectures, Reader's Theater, cooking, dance classes, pottery throwing, painting, and a wide assortment of classes in various mediums," said Wendy Powalisz, LOLA Program Director. "LOLA hosts many free events, looking to bring creativity and vibrancy into the community - Porch Songs Summer Music Series, Arty Parties, and art demonstrations including pottery, carving, indigo dying, plein air painting, and more."
Activities are indeed year-round, and while managed differently during Covid-19, here is the annual event list: on June 21st LOLA celebrates Make Music Day https://lolaartswi.com/classes-events/make-music-day/ with live performances throughout town. September brings Art Harvest, featuring artist demonstrations, tours of the Community Garden, and a quilt show. October is the Annual Zombie Crawl, where area artists face-paint zombies, then crawlers shuttle to local bars and restaurants. Winter brings more events, including National Youth Art Month in March, where local students feature their artwork in a gallery.
From mid-June through mid-August, classes are focused towards families, held every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon. Adult classes are year-round with local artisans as instructors. Some adult classes include: watercolors, acrylic painting, line dancing, fiber arts, wood working, cooking, and writing. For more information on summer classes contact Wendy at [email protected].
"As a non-profit with just two staff and a volunteer board, the heart of LOLA is still the community," said Wendy. "Without the support the community has shown for us, we wouldn't be the Arts Center we are today."
From humble beginnings starting with a portable sawmill, Pukall Lumber Company has evolved to become the areas largest private employer, and yet one that remains rooted in family values and community. Since 1937, this family-owned and -operated wood products manufacturer has grown steadily to become one of the largest pine lumber mills in the state and the premier lumber and building supply businesses in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We can email you a PDF highlighting many of the wonderful aspects of our area: