The Central St. Croix Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce Taylor Heinrich as the chamber scholarship recipient for 2017. Taylor is connected to the Chamber through her employment at Parkside Restaurant & Bar in Hammond. Her dedication to her community and desire to pursue a business major at UW-Stout stood out as defining qualities. Congratulations, Taylor!
The Central St. Croix Area Business of the Month for May 2017 is Schuggy’s American Grill & Taphouse. Owners Trent and Betsy Schug are natives of Glenwood City and graduated high school; Trent in 2005 and Betsy in 2007. They lived in River Falls while Betsy attended UWRF. Trent attended school for graphic design in the cities. Trent started a graphic design, website development and marketing business, Great Lakes Media, after graduated with an Associates Degree in 2008. They moved to Brainerd in early 2011 for Betsy’s job as a Soil Scientist for the NRCS (Natural Resource Conservation Service), a branch of the USDA. Trent continued to operate Great Lakes Media while living in Brainerd, working to help many clients in the restaurant and hospitality industry.
Trent said, “Both Betsy and I worked in restaurants and bars throughout high school and college and owning my own was always a thought I kept on the back burner throughout my industry experience.” The opportunity to buy Barnboard from the Kremers and Borgs, the previous owners, became realistic in 2013. They took full ownership on December 19th, 2014 of BarnBoard Grill and Saloon in Roberts.
Trent took a year to settle in as the owner of BarnBoard Grill and Saloon and got his own system in place. Then he gradually made changes before completely overhauling the menu and the food with more homemade options, creativity, and higher quality ingredients. Since improving the quality and amount of love that goes into the food, the Schugg’s have seen the business grow significantly. This combined with great, consistent staff has allowed The Barnboard to continue its success.
In early 2016, Trent felt like it was time to start pursuing a second location. When JJ’s Sports Bar in Hammond went up for sale again, Trent went to take a look at this location. After assessing the investment, Trent decided that Hammond was the right location and the right property overall.
Trent explains, “I began cleaning in August and was finally able to take full ownership on October 18th, 2016. Around that time we started knocking out walls and hoped for a January 10th opening. My dad, Tom, and I usually spent 6 days a week working on the remodel, which included demolishing the walls of the old bathrooms to greatly expand the kitchen, and then moving the bathrooms to the north end of the building, as well as constructing a divider wall between the bar and new dining room, not to mention, gutting the basement to host a new beer cooler and office.”
Schuggy’s opened this past February and the kitchen officially opened on March 15th.
Trent continues, “We have had an overwhelmingly positive response so far and business has stayed very steady through our first month and a half. We are wrapping up phase 1 and will soon be moving into phase 2 which includes outdoor improvements which potentially include: parking lot and patio in the vacant north lot, volleyball courts and a bean bag area in the back, redoing the front porch and front face of the building. We have hosted 2 great bands and we are planning on regularly hosting quality entertainment at least a couple times each month.”
Trent concludes, “We look forward to providing Hammond with great food, friendly service in a beautiful and clean atmosphere.
The Central St. Croix Chamber of Commerce celebrated the May Business of the Month – Schuggy’s American Grill and Taphouse – on Thursday, May 5th with a Business After 5 and a ribbon cutting.
The Central St. Croix Chamber of Commerce welcomed new member Family Resource Center St. Croix Valley with a ribbon cutting on Tuesday, April 4th.
Family Resource Center St. Croix Valley is a nonprofit organization that offers free parent education and family support to families in Pierce, Polk, and St. Croix counties. Their mission is to strengthen children, families, and communities by offering education, resources, and support. All programs are free and available to any family that seeks them.
A 1998 assessment by the St. Croix County Department of Health and Human Services and University of Wisconsin-Extension identified a need for increased support for local families with young children, especially teen parents. In response, the Family Resource Center St. Croix Valley was formed and obtained their 501(c)(3) non-profit status in 1998. With an original name of St. Croix Family Resource Center, the organization initially served only St. Croix County before expanding services to include Pierce, Polk, and St. Croix Counties and changing its name to Family Resource Center St. Croix Valley in 2006. The main office remains at 857 Main Street in Baldwin, with Family Resource Center group meetings and home visits occurring throughout Pierce, Polk, and St. Croix counties.
Strong early childhood education benefits everyone — children, families, and, ultimately, the communities to which they belong. That’s why Family Resource Center St. Croix Valley programs are available at no cost to any family with children prenatal until school entry. Designed to strengthen and empower parents by promoting healthy child development during the critical early childhood years, our programs promote optimal child development and positive parent-child relationships. Services include hospital and Home Visits, development screenings, Baby & Me and Play & Learn groups, parent education, resource networks, and a Young Parent Program.
For more information on Family Resource Center St. Croix Valley, visit www.frcscv.org or call 715.684.4440.
The Central St. Croix Chamber’s March Business of the Month is Corner Clippers located on Main Street in Roberts. Corner Clippers opened on August 24th, 2012 in Miller’s Corner (Corner of Hwy 65 and Cty Rd TT, Roberts) then moved to their current location (111 West Main Street, Ste B) reopening on September 25th, 2015.
Owner Dani Peterson opened the local salon because she loves what she does and wanted to work closer to home, have more control over her schedule and be able to attend her children’s’ school activities.
Dani is a native of Prescott, WI and has lived in the Hammond/Roberts area since 1999. She graduated from the Minnesota School of Cosmetology in Woodbury and has been cutting hair for over 12 years.
Corner Clippers offers clients cuts, colors, styles, and facial waxing plus tanning. Dani plans to add more services in the future while growing her business and providing clients with the best experience possible.
A person note from Dani; “I would like to thank everyone who has supported us the last 4.5 years we’ve been in business. None of this would have been possible without their loyalty and I’m forever grateful!”
Pictured from Left to Right: Ryan Peterson (Corner Clippers), Lisa Lyon (First Bank Baldwin), Jeff Campbell (Campbell Insurance Agency), Pam Deutch (Helmer Printing), Kailey Westerdahl (Corner Clippers), Cindy Brown Bauer (Minuteman Press), Dani Peterson (Corner Clippers), and Lisa Christensen (ASIL Design)
Saturday, February 25, 2017
“A Tour Around Hammond & Roberts, WI”
Join us for the 1st annual Central St. Croix Area Chamber Tour the Towns event! This event is designed to showcase our tavern/restaurant chamber members, offer a fun night for members, their guests and the community all while raising money to support future chamber events and contributions.
Tour the Towns will include a bus ride around Hammond and Roberts on the night of Saturday, February 25th, with stops at the Chamber Member bars/restaurants. The 50 person capacity bus, will spend approximately 45 minutes at each stop. Your ticket includes: bus ride to participating bar stops, beer on the bus, a raffle ticket, to-go bag, drink specials and appetizers at each stop – PLUS – networking with other (really fun) business people!!