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Business of the Month: May 2020
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. Since the opening of the gas station/convenience store in 1991 they have grown into a sporting goods store, clothing store, grocery store, rental outfitter and bike service/repair shop.
“These two are always looking at the needs of the community and consumer when making decisions regarding the growth of their businesses,” said Theresa Smith, Executive Director Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce. "Steve has been instrumental in the broadband project that will offer high speed affordable internet to every home and business in the township of Boulder Junction. The Coons are supporters of local events and are always willing to give their time and resources to fundraising efforts for organizations as well as community members in need," she said.
According to co-owner Lisa Coon, working in Vilas County is “like being part of a big family. We both love working with customers and living in the community. We look at our customers more like family. And, we truly enjoy working with our employees, we are blessed to have a great staff.”
Although co-owner Steve is a native of the Northwoods, Lisa and Steve spent many years living in the US Virgin Islands. According to Lisa, the Northwoods drew them back. “We love the outdoors and the ability to be outside year-round, you can bike, kayak, snowshoe - there is always something to do. I don’t think there is a more beautiful place to live.”
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.
Congratulations to Land O' Lakes Arts, a cultural establishment that offers people of all ages that sense of wonder and purpose.
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.
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