(Beaver Dam) A lot happened in Beaver Dam throughout 2022. Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce President Tracy Propst says there were lots of positive developments including the opening of several new businesses.
“We had Damsels…a cocktail bar and restaurant on Spring Street…opening of Holy Grail Hair Salon and Extension Studio,” says Propst. “Kwik Trip on Madison Street [opened a new store] across the street. Dollar General on Madison Street. Jersey Mike’s. Pizza Ranch. Dragons Den Lounge. Arlo’s Amazing Deals at the Park Village Shopping Center. Spring Street Nutrition. Bradley Finishing opened up a new shop.”
Propst also recognized the opening of the Food is Free BD program at the Habitat for Humanity Restore. It is a 24/7/365 food pantry where those in the community can go any time of day to either pickup food or drop off donations.
During a recent Community Comment, Propst talked new leadership at several local establishments including two grocery stores.
“Beaver Dam Food Pride…the Recheck family had sold to Max and his partners and is under new ownership…and they opened the Caribou Coffee with that,” says Propst. “And the new ownership of Piggly Wiggly from Daryl and Brenda Schoenfield to Fox Brothers.”
Propst also noted a few highlights that occurred over the course of last year.
“Chippy’s Popcorn Creations, they celebrated their 10-year anniversary this year…Nancy Zieman had a sewing studio historical exhibit,” says Propst. “[The Beaver Dam Chamber] received a $7,000 Travel Wisconsin tourism grant for the Wisconsin Arts and Peony Fest…we had over 2,500 visitors with 65-percent were from out of town. We unveiled the Fred McMurray mural [and an] I Heart BD mural. And then [the Beaver Dam Chamber] launched two websites for our city both the chamber and VisitBeaverDam.com.”
Propst says there is a lot to look forward to in 2023 including the opening of Altered by Amanda in the old Kornely’s building as well as a new IHOP, a Noodles and Company, and a combination Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins.