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