The Bagelmeister Main Street Contest Finalist

Five businesses throughout the state, including one in Fond du Lac,  have been named finalists in the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s (WEDC’s) first-ever Main Street Makeover contest.  Modeled after the popular reality TV show, the contest asked businesses located in the 36 Wisconsin Main Street communities to provide details on how their establishment could benefit from a “makeover” from the WEDC’s Main Street staff. The winning business will receive personalized technical assistance and up to $10,000 to implement the changes that could include interior and exterior design improvements and marketing, business planning and merchandising assistance.

The five finalists are:

-The Bagelmeister, a sandwich shop and bakery in Fond du Lac.

-Driftless Café, a restaurant in Viroqua that features food from local farmers and producers.

-Miner Theatre, a movie theater in Ladysmith that has been in operation since 1948.

-Schroeder’s Department Store, a fourth-generation business in Two Rivers that was founded 1891.

-The Looking Glass, a rapidly growing vintage merchandise store in Osceola. 

The winner and a runner-up will be announced at the 24th annual Wisconsin Main Street Awards dinner on Friday in De Pere.