MONROE, Wis. (WMTV) – “Store Small,” a message displayed on a Monroe storefront, might clarify why the town’s historic downtown district bustled with customers Saturday.
Contained in the Dawn Donut Café, out-of-town customer Ryan Moter stated, “I at all times attempt to store native. I feel it’s actually necessary, particularly after the pandemic.”
The shop is Kevin Visel’s newest entrepreneurial enterprise. It opened mid-September and mid-pandemic.
“We felt prefer it’s essentially the most counterintuitive time to start out a enterprise and purchase a constructing and renovate all of it,” Visel stated. “However we simply had such a fantastic peace about it and the providing we have been going to have the ability to carry to our neighborhood so we took that leap of religion.”
Across the block, Mama + Littles, a kids and girls’s boutique, additionally debuted this 12 months. Co-owners Ally Langkamp and Jordan Lafferty stated the opening was partly a response to shedding a job through the pandemic.
“I wished to be completely happy, and this was simply a type of issues that I take pleasure in doing so I made a decision to strive it out,” Lafferty stated.
On Small Enterprise Saturday, enterprise homeowners inspired shoppers to buy domestically year-round.
“I feel it’s necessary. I feel it’s laborious. It’s laborious for me. I nonetheless discover myself drawn to the comfort of the big-box retailer on-line,” Visel stated. “However if you store native, you get to know the folks you’re shopping for from. You get to know the folks you’re dwelling from, and that’s the muse of a neighborhood.”
The Dawn Donut Café and Mama + Littles each acquired a $10,000 state grant as a part of the Foremost Road Bounceback program. It runs till June and is made for companies that transfer into vacant property in Wisconsin.
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