West Bend business news briefs

By Judy Steffes - Special to the Daily News

May 11, 2015

Fleet Farm takes renewed interest

In 2004, Mills Fleet Farm announced it would construct a store on a 30-acre parcel along highways 33 and Z.

Within a few months, issues arose about traffic access, wetlands and site plans and then, nothing. For 11 years the project sat stagnant.

Last summer, West Bend City Administrator T.J. Justice and Mayor Kraig Sadownikow reached out to the Mills brothers.

One of the owners and two corporate officials visited the site.

“The city met with them last summer and one step was to wait until spring to do some wetland delineation work,” Justice said. “We are in active dialogue with the company in hopes our conversations would result in the store coming to West Bend.

“I’ve been told, as has the mayor, we were not a priority in terms of new locations and now that has changed.”

City says no to Blooming Acres plan

As the spring planting season heats up, quite a few neighbors have inquired about Blooming Acres, a seasonal gardening business in the Westwood Shopping Center, 2374A W. Washington St. Owner Nathan Neumann started the operation in 1989 selling holiday trees and plants out of a temporary shelter across from the old Pick ’n Save north.

When he opened, Neumann ruffled a couple feathers across the driveway with Stein’s Gardens and Gifts as it carried similar product and fought for customers.

In 2014 the West Bend Plan Commission approved an outdoor permit for Neumann’s shop with the qualification he meet fencing requirements, standards for an outdoor greenhouse and staffing for a year-round operation.

One year later, the Plan Commission reviewed and revoked the site plan for Blooming Acres. Minutes from the April 8 meeting read: Upon a motion by Al Tennies, seconded by Ryan Petersen, the Plan Commission unanimously revoked the site plan approval for the outdoor sales area for 2374A W. Washington St. requiring that within 60 days, either the fenced area be removed or a new site plan be proposed for the area.

Committee members were concerned Neumann did not meet the obligations of the approvals granted by the commission.

Night Owls Tavern to open in Slinger

A bar will open in June in Slinger as Mike Duchelle, owner of Aiden O’Reillys in Allenton, launches his second establishment at 121 Kettle Moraine Drive North.

“I’ve owned the Allenton business for seven and a half years and I like the location in Slinger because of the community park across the street and I’m a big supporter of Slinger High School sports, hence the name Owls,” Duchelle said.

He remodeling with a new drop ceiling and upgrades to plumbing and electrical. Duchelle said the tavern will have a sports theme with team photos, jerseys and a goal to promote Slinger High School sports.

Duchelle closed on the purchase of the building formerly home to establishments like Patty O’s, Roadrunners Bar and Grill and Strange Brew Tavern.

The Village Board in Slinger will review the establishment’s liquor license May 18.

Ruth-Anne’s Gourmet Market, 136 N. Main St., is closing

“It was a tough decision but I’ve done this for nine years so that’s long enough,” owner Frank Smith said.

Smith and his wife Sue bought the business in August 2006.

“I don’t have a timeline on when we’ll be closing,” Smith said. “As long as we have product to sell; it could be the end of May or the end of June. When it’s gone we’ll close the doors.”

Smith said no one is looking to take over or buy the business. He said retirement will likely mean moving to a warmer climate.

Ruth-Anne’s was started in April 1998 by Nina Mehring. It was one door south of St. Somewhere Caf, which is now Grasshopper, 241 N. Main St. Other past owners included Jenny Kieckhafer Hansen and Peggy Furger.

Karen’s Energy Health & Wellness Center has closed

A typed note was taped to the door of the business, 1427 W. Washington St., in the same strip mall as Ries’ Sausage Plus Spirits, King Buffet and Minuteman Press.

The note read, “Moving to Utah! Last day April 30. Shop our online store KarensEnergy.com We loved being in Wisconsin! Thank you Wisconsin!”

Owner Karen Urbanek opened the shop in March 2013. She had been in business five years in Nenno, operating out of a building next to an old church on Highway 175 west of Allenton.

Limping Coyote Mexican Grill is expected to open later this month at 109 Main St., Kewaskum

“We’re going to bring some good Mexican food to this community,” owner Benito Rodriguez said.

From Waterford, Rodriguez found the business online. He and his business partner, Ele Martenez, have 20 years experience in the food industry. Rodriguez said they will serve lunch and dinner, employ about 20 people and have seating for 70.