WAUSAU – We’re counting down the days to spring, and as the weather warms up, so does the new business activity in Wausau.
We recently told you about social media recommendations for the best local fish fries, a Kronenwetter woman’s clay jewelry business, how a local cafe and brewery made waves in the area, and how the new owners of the former Patina Coffeehouse plan to revolutionize Wausau’s coffee scene.
In this edition of Streetwise, we feature four Wausau-area businesses that have opened new storefronts: a boutique featuring local artists, a new breakfast, a photography and selfie studio, and a new location. for a Mongolian barbecue restaurant.
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Opening of JN Creations LLC Gift Shop
Last month, this boutique opened in a new location at 608 Washington St. in Wausau. Here, owner Julie Navarro sells her art and the work of Wisconsin designers.
Navarro creates home decor and artwork, ranging from acrylic wall art and cityscapes to mugs and wine glasses. Other artists and artisans consign handmade jewelry, maple syrup, soap and more. The store also sells art supplies.
“It’s a lot under one roof…a one-of-a-kind gift shop for all occasions,” Navarro said.
She also aims to give back to the community through her store. Half of the proceeds from an exhibition of handmade cards will go to a different local charity each month, she said.
In addition, JN Créations offers individuals and small groups opportunities to create. Navarro has run card-making classes in the past, and in the future she hopes to offer more classes, art kits, demos, and open-ended crafting sessions for kids and adults.
JN Créations is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays. The store also has limited hours on some Saturdays.
For more information, call 612-756-1177 or visit the store’s website and Facebook page.
Garden Pancake House opens in former Perkins restaurant
The old Perkins restaurant in Schofield is in new hands and is serving breakfast again.
Garden Pancake House, which opened Feb. 28 at 508 Grand Ave. in Schofield, serves breakfast, lunch, dinner all day and fish fries on Fridays.
The breakfast menu focuses on crepes and specialty pancakes with fresh fruit and Nutella. Asked about the food, one of the owners said: “We try to make all our stuff from scratch – soups, Hollandaise sauce, whatever is fresh and good quality. When we make our galettes de potatoes, we start with raw potatoes.”
Meanwhile, reviews online and on social media have praised the restaurant’s crepes, French toast, coffee and quality of service.
Garden Pancake House is open daily from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, call 715-298-7350 or visit the restaurant’s Facebook page.
LUV LLC offers selfie studio, photography and shop
Over the past year, LUV LLC has carried out its photography and decoration business online. But last month, owner Pana Thao opened a photography studio, selfie studio and boutique at 205 E. Thomas St. in Wausau.
A selfie studio has backgrounds and spaces for customers to use their phones to take selfies. At LUV LLC, Thao offers 10 different themed sets with cell phone holders. Customers can also bring their own photographers.
“The theme for this (month) is called ‘Once Upon a Time’ and it’s based on fairy tales,” Thao said. “It’s a dream come true, bringing art to the public.”
Thao also sells women’s clothing and accessories through her boutique and SHOP LUV LLC Facebook page.
Asked about LUV LLC’s plans, Thao said she plans to regularly refresh her boutique and selfie studio offerings and continue her charitable work, such as last August’s fundraiser for the Fire District of Riverside of Rothschild.
LUV LLC is open walk-in from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, while Tuesday is open by appointment only. Thao recommends that clients looking for photography sessions or groups of five or more make an appointment before coming to the studio.
For more information, see LUV LLC’s Facebook page or call 715-212-3128.
Zhou’s Mongolian barbecue reopens in Rothschild
Zhou’s Mongolian BBQ has moved from its former location in the Wausau Center mall to 1122 Grand Ave. at Rothschild. Their new building formerly housed the Bamboo Hut, which closed in September 2020.
Zhou’s Mongolian BBQ offers a range of bourbon flavored meats and Chinese chicken dishes like Orange Chicken and General Tso and Sushi Rolls, Egg Rolls and Rangoon Crab. Meals are available for take-out or delivery.
Zhou’s is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday and Wednesday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. You can view their menu and order food online at zhousbbqrothschild.kwickmenu.com.
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Rebecca Loroff writes about news and happenings in central Wisconsin. Contact her at [email protected]