Hello Wisconsin and happy Wednesday!
Were you one of the millions who looked up at the sky on Monday to catch the long-awaited solar eclipse? Have your eyes been sore ever since? If you happened to glance up without those high-fashion glasses like our nation’s president, here’s how to know if you damaged your eyes.
Retail + agriculture + ads + cupcakes = entrepreneurs
Don’t let age deceive you. Zack Pawlosky may have opened his Oshkosh-based advertising agency Candeo Creative at age 19, but that hasn’t limited his success. Now 25, Pawlosky employs 37 people at his agency, and has his eyes set on the world.
In the town of Holway, Charles Valentine made the best of a bad situation. After his dairy barn burned down in 1999, his wife convinced him to build a greenhouse. But instead of growing veggies for just his family, he turned it into a tomato growing business. He now sells hundreds of pounds of the red veggie a day.
In Wausau, the business incubator is helping women to get a running start when it comes to starting a business. Business owners are learning how to create business plans, balance numbers and ask for advice when they need it. Coco & Mini’s Tastery, a gourmet bakery run by Angela Parker-Jensen, is just one tasty example.
If you’re looking for clothing or furniture with a rustic twist, make your way to Wisconsin Rapids. Rustic Redefined opened in December last year, the brainchild of Jodi Parmeter. Though opening her own business and becoming an entrepreneur was scary, Parmeter said all you need is confidence.
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A former Wausau East High School track star has taken her talents to Alaska. Jayme Dittmar, 28, is helping to shine a spotlight on a highway development project in in Alaska by directing a documentary called “Paving Tundra.” Oh, and she’s also really good at riding a sled pulled by dogs, aka mushing.
Harley Davidson Inc. has revealed its largest product development project ever, meaning that Wisconsin will never have a shortage of motorcycles. The project will include eight redesigned cruiser cycles, and hopefully attracting several million more customers over 10 years. Vroom vroom.
Want a good crime read? Why not read “The Intimidator” series from the Journal Sentinel, which is a six-part story that shows how one man tried to permanently silence the witnesses to his crimes in Milwaukee.
Things to do
Summer is waning, which means you don’t have to worry about that beach body anymore. Celebrate the end of bikini season with a juicy burger from this list of the 12 must-try hamburgers from across the state.
The end of September may be a month away, but you can add the Civil War to your calendar. The largest Civil War re-enactment and encampment in Wisconsin will be stationed in Sheboygan September 23 and 25. It will be two days of action-packed battles, military drills and medical care during the 27th annual Wade House Civil War Weekend.
If you like art and Green Bay, you’re in luck. The city will be hosting the annual Artstreet event Friday through Sunday, which means shoppers will have the chance to browse everything from basketry to ceramics to glass. And if you purchase something on Friday, you’ll get a ticket to redeem for a free gift at information tent. Two for the price of one.
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