On Main Street

| By Karen Larsen |

On Main Street is a new occasional column which will feature snippets of business news from Waterville and other small Douglas County communities. If your business has news, you are welcome to send it to me at larsen@empire-press.com. We at the Empire Press hope that this column will help promote local businesses, and will help residents to learn about local options for a variety of goods and services.

The most exciting news at The Blue Rooster is that fabric art by Badger Mountain artist Sharon LaCrosse is now on display and for sale. The display includes reversible aprons, shoulder bags, topsy-turvy dolls and repurposed stuffed animals. “I think there’s just a lot of opportunity in stuff that’s already there instead of always having to buy new,” LaCrosse said of her repurposed work.
Most Waterville residents have probably noticed the “For Sale” sign in front of The Coyote Pass Café. For the past seven years, the café has been a successful main street business in this town.

Breakfast and lunch as well as baked goods and coffee are served there. The café was founded by Dean and Barbara Hamilton, who, in the summer of 2007, put a lot of effort into transforming the aging and decrepit building they purchased into an attractive and serviceable business establishment.

For the past few years, the café has been managed by Julie Warner, and Dean and Barbara are no longer living in Waterville.

Dean Hamilton, said he is selling the restaurant because he wants to move on with other pursuits. He said that he plans to keep the café open until it sells.

Though Knemeyer’s has been a family restaurant for about a year now, it can be hard to get the word around. Alcoholic beverages can be ordered, but kids are welcome. The menu includes pizza, burgers, steaks, fish and chicken.

Again, it’s not always easy to get the word around, especially the correct word. Waterville Parlor specializes in men’s and women’s haircuts, and is now located at 101 E. Locust, a few storefronts west of the Post Office.

The Waterville Family Grocery is looking forward to the arrival of spring flowers and hanging baskets. These will be available by Mother’s Day.

Waterville Hotel is now open for the season. Patrons are encouraged to visit the new website at www.watervillehotel.com for detailed information about rooms and rates. The lobby is open until midnight.

For the past five or six years, Greg and Shelley Day have been operating an Internet business selling car parts for classic Chevy ’55, ’56 and ’57 vehicles. In September of 2012, they began a new venture selling firearms. Oldedays Firearms received a federal firearms license and is currently selling new and used firearms and accessories. Oldedays Firearms is located at the east end of town on Highway 2, and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and evenings and weekends by appointment. The Days are currently working on getting the store renovated for foot traffic.

Pamela Grillo wants to thank all those who participated in prom pictures, and she says, “Spring is a great time to start thinking about senior, children and family portraits!”

Elite Woodworking is open again after taking a year off. They are doing custom cabinets, remodels and additions. They are also carrying a line of steel buildings from Federal Steel.