Small Business Owners Soldier Bon-Ton Closure

(Beaver Dam) Small business owners in Wisconsin are expressing very little bitterness, even though the bankruptcy of Bon-Ton Stores, Incorporated, will cost them money. Bon-Ton owned the now-shuttered Boston Store in Beaver Dam. Artisans, retailers and crafters in this state are owed 717-thousand dollars and they do not expect to recover very much of that — maybe none.  Twenty claims were filed with the bankruptcy court by smaller companies which make products like maple syrup, jewelry, soap, candles, and religious children’s books.  The vendors say they are simply grateful the retailer reached out to them and made a place on its shelves for their products.  They do still want to be compensated.