A community that supports shopping local
Downtown business association keeps growing

Enterprise Staff

Jan. 25, 2018

OCONOMOWOC ó Lori Boldig and her husband, Tom, have been co-presidents of the Downtown Oconomowoc Business Association since 2015. They are the owners of The Gallori, 133 E. Wisconsin Ave., located in the heart of Oconomowoc.

DOBA started in 2008 as a grassroots effort by downtown businesses to band together as a collective group with the common goal of driving foot traffic into downtown during road construction on Wisconsin Avenue. The association has grown to more than 60 businesses members and hosts at least six events every year.

Recently Lori Boldig took a few minutes to answer some questions for the Enterprise.

ENTERPRISE: What makes Oconomowoc a great place to work, own a business, live and play?

BOLDIG: The community support all year round. There is a a small-town, hometown attitude that canít be beat. We have activities all year round.

ENTERPRISE: What are some events you are looking forward to in 2018?

BOLDIG: Chili Fest of course, you have to embrace the cold! Gallery Night in May always brings out the best in student art from the local schools. Fall Festival in September is a great time to shop, listen to some great bands and enjoy watching local dance groups perform.

ENTERPRISE: What makes downtown Oconomowoc unique?

BOLDIG: We have a great mix of shopping, dining and services. The community really supports local businesses.

ENTERPRISE: How would you describe the economic climate of Oconomowoc?

BOLDIG: The economic climate is great. With the majority of street level store fronts filled, itís tough for new retailers to find a spot to open a new shop in the downtown business district.

ENTERPRISE: What have been some challenges and triumphs for Oconomowoc in recent years?

BOLDIG: The biggest triumph is rebounding after the recession and road construction. It has been a long road but weíve turned the corner. The challenge is to maintain a diverse mix of street level retail shops to bring more shoppers to the downtown business district.