I have to admit, there are times I get a little more excited about writing my article than others…and for this one, I’m stoked! In mid-May, Downtown Rhinelander Inc. held our very first Open House for Available Properties. We knew that it was a good thing to do. We knew it would be helpful for us, the property owners and the prospective business owners. What we didn’t know was whether it was going to work. By work I mean, would any of the properties be rented? Would people actually come to DRI and inquire about our downtown?
I am proud to say a resounding yes! We have helped to rent the second property on our list. A non-profit organization, Kids In Need, will be locating to Brown Street and a tattoo artist is coming to Rives Street. Now, that is enough to celebrate, right? But wait-there’s more! We have three more interested parties looking at spaces and a new property is being added! I feel confident in saying that this DRI project is and will continue to be a success.
The Downtown Rhinelander Inc. office is officially into the busy season. Please try to attend the Fourth of July Parade. It is always a good time and the best time to connect with friends and family. When you come to the parade, I want you to be sure to really take a good look at what is downtown. It is amazing what there is to offer in every category, including food, beverages, movies, pharmacies, appliances, furniture, toys, clothes, insurance companies-it goes on and on.
Next month I’ll cover what is coming in August, but I want you to be able to plan ahead, so here are the dates for upcoming DRI events: Aug. 1-4 is the Oneida County Fair. Please stop by the beverage area to say hello. Aug. 7 is Redikulus Dae. Aug. 17 is the ATV Pull & Pub Crawl, and this year it is all happening on Brown Street! Last, but certainly not least, is our new event…Aug. 31 is PotatoFest! Before the day even gets here, there will be a PotatoFest historical exhibit at ArtStart July 10-Aug. 30. On the day of the event, there will be live music, a parade, the farmers market, a couch potato race (yes, couches on wheels racing down the streets of Rhinelander), contests, kids activities, food, food, food, potatoes, potatoes, potatoes…well, there is more tell but I’m going to make you wait. As always, these events take a lot of people to make them happen. If you have any spare time and could help at any of these events, please contact us (715) 362-7374.
Have a safe and happy Fourth of July.
Maggie Steffen is available at the Downtown Rhinelander Inc. office, located at 26 N. Brown Street. Call her at (715) 362-7374 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.