Business

Tue
29
Jul

Dollar General opens in Brooklyn


Photo by Scott Girard. Dollar General opened in the Village of Brooklyn July 4. The store employs around 12 people, according to the Village of Brooklyn newsletter.

Village of Brooklyn residents have a new option for last-minute gifts, household accessories and other knick-knacks with a new Dollar General store.

The store opened its doors July 4 after purchasing the land at 303 Douglas Drive from Union Bank and Trust late last fall, Village President Nadine Walsten told the Observer.

Walsten said the village did not have to get involved in the process to recruit Dollar General to come to Brooklyn, instead finding the company was strongly interested thanks to the size and location of the community.

“They look at villages like Brooklyn that have a need for the kind of store that they have,” Walsten said. “The kind of research they do is to look for communities that would really benefit from having a store.”

And those benefits will be many, Walsten said, especially having the “convenience factor” of a store in the village.

Fri
11
Jul

Walker visits Oregon business


Photos by Scott Girard. Gov. Scott Walker and Mark Mortensen talk about MDF desktops the company coats.

Gov. Scott Walker stopped in Oregon Tuesday morning to tour the All-Color Powder Coating Inc. facility and talk with employees and managers. The stop was part of Walker’s campaign against Democratic challengers in the November election.

All-Color president Mark Mortensen said he was “very proud to have him select us to come visit.”

Thu
10
Jul

The student is the master


Photo by Scott De Laruelle. Dog trainer and Happy Buddha Dog Trainer owner Dan Antolec sits with his dogs Buddha and Gandhi.

Dan Antolec might be in charge around his two black Labrador retrievers, Buddha and Gandhi, but he’ll quickly tell you that he, not they, is the student.

“After all, the only true dog experts are dogs,” Antolec said.

Antolec, CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed), is the owner of Happy Buddha Dog Training, and not surprisingly, he takes a very Zen-like approach to his work. Raised on Madison’s east side, he and his wife have lived in rural Brooklyn for more than 30 years, enjoying the wide-open spaces and scenery for their variety of animals.

But it wasn’t always that way for Antolec, who grew up always wanting a dog, but with a  father who didn’t believe the city was the right place for one. That’s a bit of knowledge that was passed on to the son, who has taken the care and compassionate training of dogs to a whole new level.

Mon
16
Jun

Photography business gets ready for senior picture season


Photos by Scott Girard. Michelle Allen-Daubenspeck, left, has run her business in Oregon since 2010. Right, Allen’s sister Jaime Thayer serves as business manager for Allen as she has for the past six years.

For years, Michelle Allen-Daubenspeck managed her photography business out of her basement until she acquired a storefront in Fitchburg in 2007.

But after three years there, she found the space “impersonal” for a commercial business that is about working with people. She then discovered a building on Market Street in Oregon, where she lives, and Michelle Allen Photography has been there for the three years since.

“It’s going pretty good,” she said of business.

Allen-Daubenspeck does a range of photography, from business and newborn portraits to senior pictures and weddings.

“I really like to interact with people, and kids especially are my favorite,” she said. “You never know what you’re going to get.”

Most of her business currently, though, comes from senior pictures, of which she does up to 120 per year, most falling over the summer months.

She’s looking forward to that part picking back up soon.

Fri
09
May

Moonlight shining: Brooklyn multimedia design business finds success out of home office


Photo by Scott Girard. Moonlight Designs Studio Owner Brit Springer shows off her website, which she is in the process of redesigning. Springer runs her multimedia design business out of a basement office in her Brooklyn home, where she moved to in 2012 from Colorado.

Brit Springer went to college to become a painter.

But in today’s technology age, she’s putting her art instincts to a different use: multimedia design.

Her business, formerly One Ear Productions and called Moonlight Designs Studio since 2012, is run out of her Brooklyn basement in a home office she shares with her husband.

Springer said she realized designing websites was something that could open more doors for her than painting, plus she already had skills because much of her painting was done on a computer before paper anyway.

“If I’m already on the computer, I might as well jump in,” Springer said.

And when she got a job with a company helping build websites for home building companies in Colorado, she realized how much she enjoyed it, and even though she hadn’t been trained in graphic design, she quickly found success.

Tue
22
Apr

Zing-A-Ding enters 20th year in business


Photo submitted. Zing-A-Ding owner Matt Rolfsmeyer works to repair a dent in a car as part of the paint-free dent removal business. The company uses special equipment and techniques to remove dents without having to repaint parts of the car. Rolfsmeyer and his wife Patty have owned the Oregon-based company for 20 years.

Now that the snow and ice has mostly melted from your car, it’s a good time to look for dings from a runaway-shopping cart that might have hit your vehicle this winter.

That’s where Zing-A-Ding, Inc.- an instant paint-free dent repair company– could come in handy.

Zing-A-Ding is owned by Oregon couple Jane and Matt Rolfsmeyer, who have been serving Dane County’s dented cars for the past 20 years.

“Our specialty is removing small dings and dents from vehicles using the process of paintless dent removal (PDR) without using fillers or repainting,” Jane told the Observer in a news release.

The process takes about an hour and can be done at the customer’s home or business. They also have shop space in Middleton where customers can bring their vehicle for repair, but the bulk of their business is done as on-site work at local car dealerships.

Fri
18
Apr

Country View earns honor from state department

Country View Veterinary Clinic was named one of eight “Business Friends of Education” in Wisconsin by state superintendent Tony Evers this month.

The awards recognize businesses that help students graduate well prepared for college and career.

“The collaborative partnerships fostered between industry and education play a key role in preparing Wisconsin students for the future,” Evers said in a news release. “These supportive relationships make a difference in student’s lives and strengthen our communities for years to come.”

Amy Robinson of Country View Veterinary Clinic has lent her expertise as a veterinarian to improve the educational experiences of Oregon High School students and its career and technical education program. In just the past four years, Robinson has worked with 14 agriculture youth apprenticeship students, providing hands-on experience and skills to help them pursue their interests in veterinary or animal fields.

Thu
17
Apr

Peterson makes ’40 under 40’ list

Two-and-a-half months is a long time to keep a big secret.

That’s something Academy of Sound executive director and founder Erin Peterson learned between Dec. 21, when InBusiness Magazine emailed her to inform her she was on its 2014 “40 Under 40” list, and March 1, when she was technically allowed to share the big news.

“I was so excited,” Peterson, 32, said. “I wanted to tell my family and stuff, but I knew my family would be too proud to keep it to themselves.”

Instead, she told one close friend who she knew could keep a secret. Otherwise, it was between her and the magazine.

The list comprises 40 “rising young business stars” in the Madison area and celebrates that “youth – at least in their case” is not wasted on the young.”

The magazine wrote that Peterson “embodies community investment” through her involvement in the Oregon Chamber of Commerce, the Oregon Historic Preservation Commission and the Wisconsin Music Educators Association.

Mon
14
Apr

Fitchburg Farms opens greenhouse off Hwy. 14


Photos by Scott Girard. The new 20,000-square-foot greenhouse will include up to 5,000 hanging baskets with more plants on the ground. The company hopes to expand next year, and plans to have a corn maze behind the greenhouse this fall.

Floral and garden enthusiasts will have another option near Oregon beginning this month.

Fitchburg Farms, located just off the intersection of Hwys. 14 and MM, will open its 20,000-square-foot greenhouse and office April 18 just a few weeks ahead of Mother’s Day.

Fitchburg Farms general manager Josh Wall said in March the business will be “community-oriented,” including where they have gotten the construction supplies and plans for future fundraisers once the business is up and running.

Wall also said they hope to expand the business in the future, including a plan to double the business’ size by next year if all goes as planned in year one.

In the meantime, they’ll use some of their nearly 60 total acres of land for activities such as corn mazes and housing animals on the land.

Their current space allows for nearly 5,000 hanging baskets along with plenty of table space for more plants and flowers.

Sun
13
Apr

Perseverance pays: Headquarters going gangbusters after two-year struggle


Photos by Jeremy Jones. Jamie Bush used lots of local contractors to build his new restaurant and bar on Concord Drive, including Supreme Structures of Oregon, architect Dave Manganero, and Thysse Printing, as well as local carpenters and builders.

Businessman Jamie Bush can’t estimate the number of times he questioned whether it was worth all the time, effort and frustration.

But now that his new Headquarters Bar and Restaurant is finally open at the corner of Concord Drive and Wolfe Street on the village’s south side, Bush is glad he decided to build in Oregon instead of choosing a different community.

But it wasn’t easy.

He opened the new restaurant/bar/volleyball facility Feb. 18, two years after first approaching village officials with his building plans and a request for funding assistance.

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