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WISH Steakhouse



Fish Tank Bar & Grill WESTON — When Darrell Bradfish opened the Fish Tank in Weston in 2008, he didn’t serve a lot of seafood. Now, 19 months later, the Fish Tank won the prestigious honor of having the best fish fry in the Everest area. “We’ll take it. I didn’t even know we were in the running, but we have been getting a lot of compliments on our food,” Bradfish said. Initially, Bradfish served the fish with an original recipe batter, but about six months ago he also started offering a beer batter. Rothschild resident Joanne Benzinger and her husband of 50 years, Larry, both 72, like that the

restaurant offers different batters because they order one of each. “The fish is very good,” Joanne Benzinger said. “There’s not a lot of batter that you have to peel off.” She also likes the nonsmoking dining and the atmosphere.“It’s very roomy in here. Even when they have a lot of people, you don’t feel crowded.” “I’ve heard of people driving past because the parking lot looks full, but I want them to know we always have room,” Bradfish said. “We seat 160 people.” The Benzingers try different places to go out for fish on Fridays, and said they agree with the

survey results. “If you want a good fish fry, come out to the Fish Tank. It was a five-star meal,” Larry Benzinger said. Bradfish said he appreciates that his customers have recognized that he hired new kitchen staff and now provides consistency in addition to quality food. “Winning the best fish fry in the area is like gold to me,” he said. Fish fries are served 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays. The Fish Tank is at 6606 Highway J,Weston. For more information, call 3558268. — Tammy Obermeier, Everest Herald


Joel Kasten, chef and co-owner of WISH Steakhouse in Weston, brushes a steak with butter.

BEST STEAK WESTON — Joel Kasten, chef and co-owner of WISH Steakhouse, knows good meat comes from happy cows. He buys the best quality meat he can get, which is probably one of the reasons WISH was voted the best place to get a steak. “We just started using Allen Brothers out of Chicago, which is just a great product,” Kasten said.

Kasten usually features seven or eight types of steak on his menu, including several bone-in varieties, which he said is becoming more popular with customers. “People are really asking for bone-in steaks. Meat with the bone in has more flavor,” he said. But the real secret to Kasten’s steaks is butter. Lots of butter. “We dip the meat in butter when it comes out

of the broiler,” he said. “It helps the meat rest and redistributes the juices so they don’t all come out when you cut into it.” WISH Steakhouse is at 5006 Jelinek Ave. It’s open 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Fridays for lunch and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays for dinner. For more information, call 298-2903. — Amy Ryan, Everest Herald


WESTON — Kelly Anne Barttelt of Weston doesn’t mind grabbing wings or a burger on a date with her husband. But when she wants to have a special night with him, she heads to WISH Steakhouse in Weston, voted the best place for a romantic date. “It’s the right combination of atmosphere and really good food,” she said.

“It’s the perfect package for a date.” Owners Dan Maas and Joel Kasten designed the restaurant with intimacy in mind, installing high booths, soft lighting and painting the walls in warm colors. “Our goal when we remodeled this building was to be comfortable and cozy. Some places you go

are wide open and you can see everybody. That’s not intimate,” Maas said. WISH is at 5006 Jelinek Ave. and is open 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays for lunch and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays for supper. For more information, call 298-2903. — Amy Ryan, Everest Herald


Samantha Sutton serves Larry and Joanne Benzinger of Rothschild fish fries March 5 at the Fish Tank in Weston.


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If you look around the Everest area, chances are you’ve seen Dave Junion’s work on sports posters, drama posters and portraits. His willingness to take on almost any

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Tie: Briq’s Soft Serve and WISH Steakhouse WESTON — Whether your sweet tooth is craving an ice cream cone or creme brulee, the Everest area offers great places for dessert. Readers voted for both Briq’s Soft Serve and WISH as having the best desserts. ◆ At Briq’s, you will find 96 percent fat-free soft-serve ice cream in vanilla, chocolate and vanilla-chocolate swirl that you can get a pound at a time. “Our trademark is the one-pound cone,” said coowner Kevin Briquelet Miller. “Some people are scared away by the size of it, but a lot of people get them.” Briq’s sells ice cream in smaller quantities, too, and offer a variety of toppings, from fresh strawberries to raspberries, hot fudge and just about anything else you can think of. “If we have the ingredients, we’ll make it for you,” Briquelet Miller said. Briq’s is at 3907 Schofield Ave. in Weston and is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. in the spring and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. after school lets out in June. For more information, call 355-3090. ◆ At WISH Steakhouse, the desserts definitely are not fat-free, but they’re all homemade, right down to the hot fudge sauce on the hot fudge brownie sundaes. Joel Kasten, chef and co-owner of WISH, said next he’s going to start “dabbling in ice creams.” “We do our own sorbets





Joel Kasten, chef and co-owner of WISH Steakhouse in Weston, prepares a hot fudge brownie sundae March 12. Left: Kevin Briquelet Miller, co-owner of Briq’s Soft Serve in Weston, prepares a one-pound cone, shown below.

in-house. We’re always trying new things,” he said. After Easter, the restaurant will have a new dessert menu featuring homemade donuts with three dipping sauces and a s’mores dessert. “We want to capture the campfire,” Kasten said. WISH is at 5006 E. Jelinek Ave. in Weston and is open from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays for lunch and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays for supper. For more information call 298-2903. — Amy Ryan, Everest Herald

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Log Cabin Restaurant SCHOFIELD — You don’t have to be an early bird to enjoy the best breakfast in town. It’s served any time of the day at the Log Cabin Restaurant. Purchased by Keith and Marlene Kappel in 2004, the Log Cabin once again has been selected as the best place for breakfast by Everest Herald readers. “This recognition goes above and beyond the fact that our main goal is good food and good service,” Kappel said. “I am friends with the majority of my customers.” That relationship must resonate with his customers as the counter is always full of groups of friends that meet every day to eat breakfast and “shoot the bull.” “We have one round about 7 a.m., and another at 9 a.m. One group calls themselves the ‘board of directors,’ who discuss everything from family to world politics,” Kappel said. Kappel said being awarded best breakfast in the Everest area also is about the relationships he and his staff members

build with customers. Curt Zich of Weston has known Keith Kappel for about 15 years, and Zich still heads to the counter at the Log Cabin every day for breakfast. Zich said he likes that the Log Cabin is locally owned and that the Kappels serve “good old American food.” “It’s good food at a good price, but it’s also more of a social event,” said Zich, a self-employed electrician. “(My friends and I) like to think we’re solving the world’s political problems” when dining at Log Cabin. Kappel said he appreciates his patrons and friends for taking the time to vote. “There’s no strangers at the Log Cabin — just friends we haven’t met yet,” Kappel said. The Log Cabin is open 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays and Mondays, 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays and 24 hours on Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, call 3593669. — Tammy Obermeier, Everest Herald

ROTHSCHILD — When it comes to coffee, residents in the Everest area prefer the freshly roasted beans at Cuppa Joe’s in Rothshchild. “It’s just good, robust coffee,” said John Krumos of Weston. Cuppa Joe’s owner Sue Syring said her coffee is so good because she pays close attention to where she gets it. She uses local roasters when she can, including New Roots Coffee Company in Ringle. “Our beans are AMY RYAN/EVEREST HERALD really fresh. Joseph John Krumpos, left, and Val Kostka, both of Weston, stop for coffee March 10 at Cuppa Joe’s (Zimmermann, owner in Rothschild. of New Roots Coffee) will roast on Tuesday, and we’ll have it by Thursday,” she said. “Joseph trains us constantly and is constantly checking our quality.” Beth Schultz, executive assistant to the superintendent for the D.C. Everest Area School District, said she hits Cuppa Joe’s at least once a week for coffee. “It’s our picker-upper,” she said. Cuppa Joe’s is at 315 Kort St., Rothschild. For more information, call 241-7379. — Amy Ryan, Everest Herald

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Stu Meyer, chef at Razz’s Breakfast Bar & Grill, prepares the base for crab chowder soup.


WESTON — Most people wouldn’t think to venture down an industry-lined street for a good lunch, but readers of the Everest Herald know better. Tom and Diana Rasmussen opened Razz’s Breakfast Bar & Grill in the middle of a Weston industrial park three years ago, and this year the restaurant was voted the best place for lunch in the Best in Everest survey. Employees of Baer’s Beverage go to Razz’s for lunch about three times a week, and hamburgers are one of the eatery’s most popular lunch selections. “It’s good food and close to work.They have very good burgers,” said Chris Baer, 24, an employee at Baer’s Beverage. “It’s the taste of the burger, the good buns and they put a lot of vegetables and extras on them. It’s just an allaround good burger,” Baer

said.“There is no chain food for us.” On Fridays, Baer also likes to order the crab chowder soup. Razz’s manager Tiffani King said it is the most popular soup on the menu.The head chef, Stu Meyer, makes all the soups from scratch. “(Meyer) has some real unique ones, like pizza soup, BLT soup and always has a special soup of the day,” King said. The Rasmussens said they appreciate being recognized for their food, and said it is a dream come true for them to open the bar and grill and for it to be so successful. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Razz’s is at 5307 Westfair Ave., Weston. For more information, call 298-1046 or log on to www.razzsbarandgrill. com. — Tammy Obermeier, Everest Herald

WESTON — The competition has been fierce the last three years for the best hamburger in the Everest area, and this year was no different.After only three years in the area, Razz’s Breakfast Bar & Grill has taken top honors for the best hamburger in the Best in Everest survey. The customers at Razz’s don’t seem surprised by the news. “These are the best burgers in town — actually, I think in the county,” said 54-year-old Todd Tetting of Weston. He and Joe Powers, 45, also of Weston, are repeat lunch customers at Razz’s. And it’s the food that keeps bringing them back. Powers said when deciding where to go, he and Tetting agreed on Razz’s because the burgers were so good the first time the duo had them.When the two were at Razz’s in early March, both ordered the BLT burger. “I may need a vice grip to fit this in my mouth,” Powers said of the burger. All of the hamburgers at Razz’s are made from a half pound of fresh beef straight from Townline Market. Chef Stu Meyer is the burger master at Razz’s. The Razz Burger is the most popular burger on the menu. It features a toasted butter bun, mayonnaise, Swiss and American cheeses, fried onions and mushrooms, said manager Tiffani King. King said everyone at Razz’s appreciates that their loyal customers went out and voted for them as the best place in the area to get a hamburger. “We take great pride in our food, and always have,” she said. You can get one of Razz’s




Joe Powers, 45, left, and Todd Tetting, 54, both of Weston, enjoy half-pound BLT burgers at Razz’s Breakfast Bar & Grill. award-winning burgers from is at 5307 Westfair Ave., 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays Weston. For more informathrough Saturdays. Razz’s tion, call 298-1046 or go to — Tammy Obermeier, Everest Herald

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Tie: Khamchanh’s Chinese Food and Chang Garden ROTHSCHILD — Readers in the Everest area must believe in tradition.There was a tie for best place for Asian food between “something old” and “something new,” with Khamchanh’s Chinese Food in Rothschild and Chang Garden in Weston taking the honors. ◆ Khamchanh Sirivong opened her restaurant in Rothschild in 1984 and, after 25 years, has survived Asian buffets and restaurants coming and going, road construction and the downturn in the economy. Sirivong and her husband, Kam, of 38 years have owned, operated and cooked for the restaurant for the duration, and still average about 250 carryouts a week. “We don’t have the overhead.We have never hired a chef. Kam has always done all the cooking, and I do the prep work. It’s down-home cooking made fresh when

you order it,” Sirivong said. Becki Olson, owner of the Purple Paisley Shirt and Consignment Shop, prefers Khamchan’s because she likes the amount of food she gets for the price she pays. “It is made when you order it — you taste the freshness,” Olson said.“And they are all very nice there when they wait on you.” Khamchanh’s is open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 3:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays; it’s closed Sundays. For more information, call 359-4040. ◆ Chang Garden-Weston is celebrating it’s first anniversary in the area this month.And it was something new for Brooke Peterson of Merrill. Her mother, Jean, hosted a surprise birthdaty party there on March 4 for the 18-yearold, featuring a Hibachi grill dinner.


“This is amazing,” Brooke said.“It was such a nice surprise.” Jean and her husband, Larry, recently went on a trip and loved the experience of having their food grilled in front of them by a professional chef.They wanted their daughter to experience it. Chang Garden features Asian decor throughout the restaurant, fish tanks and Asian music. “We were voted one of the Top 100 Chinese Restaurants in the nation in 2009 for our decor,” employee George Gray said. PHOTOS BY TAMMY OBERMEIER/EVEREST HERALD Chang Garden is open Sushi chef Jimmy Chen works the hibachi grill March 4 for Brooke Peterson’s surprise 18th11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays birthday party meal. Peterson, second from left, was there with her boyfriend, from left, through Thursdays, 11 Jordan Porter and her parents, Jean and Larry Peterson, all of Merrill. a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays. Reservations are highly recommended on Serving Wausau and surrounding Fridays and Saturdays. communities for 119 years! For more information, call 359-1720. — Tammy Obermeier, Everest Herald

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Khamchanh Sirivong, left, and her husband, Kam, prepare a take-out order in their Rothschild restaurant, Khamchanh’s Chinese Food.


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WESTON — Sam’s Pizza has been in the area for 52 years, and for 48 years John Huber has been making pizzas there. Huber now owns Sam’s Pizza in Wausau and Weston and, according to Everest Herald readers, he makes the best pies around — for three years running. “It’s just good — the crust, the cheese, the meat, everything,” said Scott Fust, 38, of Mosinee. Everything Fust likes on the pizza — with the exception of the cheese — is made at the restaurant. “Nothing is pre-fabbed. We make it all fresh daily, even the sausage,” Huber said. AMY RYAN/EVEREST HERALD Delmer Polak, 40, of Alana Polak, 4, of Merrill rides in a coin-operated semi while her 7-year-old brother, Drew, plays video games at Sam’s Merrill likes to stop in at Jacob Hinker, a cook at Sam’s Pizza in Weston, cuts into a pizza March 10. Sam’s when he and his Pizza in Weston. family are in town. “We love the thin-crust pizza,” he said. “We took a vote, and all four of us wanted to come here.” WESTON — Sam’s Pizza Huber likes that his cusowners John and Lynelle tomers are so happy. Huber love having kids in “I’m really pleased people their restaurant. think so highly of us,” he “It keeps us young,” John said. “It’s a good feeling.” Huber said.“We’re familyFor more information, oriented, and it’s all about call 355-5800. the kids.” — Amy Ryan, Everest With that attitude, it’s Herald no wonder Everest Herald readers picked Sam’s Pizza as the best place to have a kid’s birthday party and the best family-friendly venue. “It’s just a good atmosphere. It’s good food, and the kids can run around — Alana, 4, and Drew, 7 and play,” said Jim Jaeger of — play games. Mosinee. The price is right for fami715.359.0091 While there isn’t fancy lies, too. Huber offers a party Send us playground equipment or package that will feed five photos of your Get the most bubble & bark for your buck waterslides at Sam’s, there people with a large pizza, kids, sports event, is a game room with coinsoda and ice cream for less pets, vacation operated rides and video than $20. Hours: and more. games. “You can get by pretty Mail to: 800 Scott St.,Wausau,WI 54402 Monday-Saturday 7 am-8 pm “Nobody has arcades cheap,” he said. Send e-mail to: Sunday 10 am-8 pm like this anymore. It’s like For more information, call Go to: turning back time,” said 355-5800. 1462 Grand Ave., Schofield Delmer Polak, 40, of Merrill, — Amy Ryan, '*($(#! &($"%) 1blk south of Schofield Elementary as he watched his children Everest Herald



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also offers pilates, yoga, facials, herbal body wraps, whirlpool, sauna, manicures and pedicures. “This is the place to come and relax,” John Anderson said. “We will have something that works for you.” Wendy Morris of Mosinee goes to Health Touch for a massage three or four times a year, but “it should be more often,” she said. “It’s so relaxing, and it takes the aches and pains away,” she said. “It just keeps me going.” Health Touch Spa is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays. For more information, call 359-1074. — Amy Ryan, Everest Herald


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Kristie Pellitteri-Reynolds, a massage therapist at Health Touch Spa in Rothschild, gives a massage to Wendy Morris of Mosinee.

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“I have artistic freedom here,” Herrin said. “It’s nice to come in to work and have my space.” Customers also enjoy the relaxed and private areas. “It’s just so friendly, and you feel at home here,” said Donna Zettler-Krall of Wausau. “It’s just a beautiful salon.” She also likes the stylists. “No one else can cut my hair like Steven,” she said. “I’ve tried other places, and I always come back.” It’s that customer satisfaction that makes the staff at Robert Anton happy. “You get to make people feel good about themselves. That’s the best part of my job,” Herrin said. For more information, call 359-2900. — Amy Ryan, Everest Herald

“I like to promote their business. They have great designers (and) customer service, and their plants and flowers are beautiful,” Lemmer said. Krueger delivers about 200 arrangements a week, but during the week of Valentine’s Day, deliveries can top 200 each day. Prom is right around the corner, and the staff is ready. “Prom is a fun time for us. The new trends are unique, fun and funky and sometimes with a little glitz,” Eiden said. For more information, call 359-2290. TAMMY OBERMEIER/EVEREST HERALD — Tammy Obermeier, Beth Eiden, manager at Krueger Floral-N-Gifts in Schofield, Everest Herald prepares a bouquet for delivery.

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Steven Elliott, owner of Robert Anton and Associates, cuts Donna Zettler-Krall’s hair March 9.

SCHOFIELD — Krueger Floral-N-Gifts in Schofield has dominated the florist category in the Best in Everest survey all three years, and manager Beth Eiden thinks she knows why. “We pride ourselves on having the freshest flowers in the area. Because of our wholesale division (in Kronenwetter), we are able to cut out the middle man,” Eiden said. She also attributes the wins to her eight fulltime and three part-time designers. “We have a diverse staff of designers. They all have different styles and techniques, and a lot of experience,” she said. Eiden adds that Krueger has a wonderful location and carries a variety of items in its store. “Everyone knows we’re here. Also, we have fresh, exciting home decor, candles and gifts besides the florals,” she said. Virg Lemmer, 56, of Mosinee had Krueger duplicate her mother’s wedding flowers for her own wedding and has been a loyal customer and mouthpiece ever since. She even has a hidden container she calls her “flower garden fund” that she puts extra money in just to go to Krueger. “I go in there for everything. Fresh flowers, garden plants, Christmas decor. I have an outdoor pond statue waiting for me now,” Lemmer said. She also watches the after-Christmas sales and plant sales, and calls all her friends to let them in on the deals.

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Alissa Lodholz, 25, of Schofield looks through clothing March 9 at Goodwill.



WESTON — It’s no secret that Goodwill offers some good deals on everything from clothing to toys. But it doesn’t just sell used items. The store also carries new items, such as cleaning supplies and personal hygiene items. “We carry a lot of cleaning items, things that we don’t get donated,” said Bob Karls, assistant team leader for the Weston store at 2711 Schofield Ave. “That way, we have everything you might need at a good price.” Alissa Lodholz, 25, of Schofield, likes the variety of merchandise at the store. “It’s cheaper than you can find at most stores, and not everything is used,” she said. The best part? The revenue from the store goes back into the community. Goodwill works with local organizations, such as D.C. Everest Senior High School and North Central Health Care, to train workers and offer job experience.

“A lot of the people we work with, they’ve never worked before. Here, they can get work experience and get a comfort level in the workforce so they can go out in the community and get a job,” Karls said. Sales associate Jill Preston has worked at Goodwill for seven years. “I just love the people I work with, and it’s a great environment,” she said. The Goodwill store in Weston also donates items it cannot use to other local organizations, such as the Humane Society of Marathon County and food pantries. “If someone has a need, let us know. We can help,” said LaVonne Wadzinski, store team leader at Goodwill. Goodwill is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call 3556086. — Amy Ryan, Everest Herald


ROTHSCHILD — With countless waterways, forests and fields, the Everest area is a hotbed for outdoor sports enthusiasts. And when hunters and fishermen need gear, they head to Gander Mountain in Rothschild. “This is the place to go,” said Chris Gedde, 31, of Tripoli. “They have a little bit of everything.” “It’s a man’s store,” added Richard Nutting, 52, of Schofield. AMY RYAN/EVEREST HERALD Nutting is an avid Chris Stine, 24, of Plover checks out fishing lures at Gander Mountain in Rothschild. fisherman and bow hunter, and he said he likes the deals he can find at Gander. “There’s a lot of little stuff you can throw in your tackle box. You never know when you might need it,” he said. Mike Stine, 24, of Plover works in NO M MSG SG Rothschild and he likes to head over to Gander to pick up musky gear. “There’s just a good selection,” he said. Gander Mountain is at 1506 Highway XX in Rothschild. It’s open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. For Take out more information, call and delivery 355-5500. — Amy Ryan, available Open penn 7 D Days ays a W ay Week eek

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WESTON — The Target Store in Weston was voted the best place to buy kids’ clothes for the third year in a row. “We have a good assortment of high quality clothing at a great price,” said Lois Watson, the executive team leader for soft lines for 21 years at Target. “We carry trendy girls, boys and juniors’ clothes,” Watson said. Vicki Aho-Szpylman of Kronenwetter said she loves Target. “They have cute, stylish clothes at a price you don’t feel guilty about when they’ve been outgrown in three months,” she said. In the junior section, Watson said customers can find the same styles they’re seeing in the department stores, but they will pay

much less at Target.“We have that look without the price,”Watson said. The store also carries an extensive line of athletic wear. “We have coordinated, trendy looks with the nice dry-fit fabric,”Watson said. Many readers like the convenience of shopping at Target. “I just bought my daughter some pajamas and slippers for pajama day at her school this week,”Tina Kollmansberger of Weston, said.“It was great to run in and find something quick.” Target’s store hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, call 355-4494. — Tammy Obermeier, Everest Herald



Lois Watson, the executive team leader for soft lines at Target, straightens clothes in the girls’ section.

ROTHSCHILD — When it comes to finding something unique and different, Mary Baumann, owner of Water Street Arts in Rothschild, knows just where to look: her own backyard. “We feature local, regional and state artists here,” Baumann said. “We’re really trying to promote the local guys.” As a result, Baumann has a constantly rotating stock of paintings, photographs, jewelry, soaps, ceramics and other handcrafted items. “It’s a really good mix,” Baumann said. Mike and Jill AMY RYAN/EVEREST HERALD Wildenberg of Kentucky Mike and Jill Wildenberg of Kentucky peruse prints March 10 at Water Street Arts in travel to the area freRothshchild. quently, and they always stop at Water Street Arts for lunch and to browse for gifts. “We’re looking for a housewarming gift for a friend, and I’m sure we’ll find something,” Mike said during a recent stop.“It’s just unique and different.” Thanks for voting us a favorite place to shop! They also enjoy the Your shopping and your donations help people food. “It’s really good, and right here in our community. it’s healthy,” Jill said. Baumann said she For a different shopping draws people in with her experience every day, “lazy coffee shop” atmovisit your Weston sphere, but they always Goodwill at 2713 Schofield Ave., stay to look around at or The Talent Shop at the art. 217 Scott St., Wausau “It’s nice because we have something for everyone — men, women and children,” she said. Water Street Arts is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.Tuesday through Saturday, with extended hours on some Fridays. For more information, call 355-6868. — Amy Ryan, Everest Herald

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BEST BEER SELECTION ROTHSCHILD — With 50 types of beer — 20 on tap and 30 in bottles — The Bar at 10302 Market St. in Rothschild has one of the largest beer selections in the area — and the best selection, according to readers of the Everest Herald. “(The beers are) changing all the time, too,” said owner and general manager Sam Kilgas. “We try to keep the tap knobs fresh and new.” Kilgas said he tries to


ROTHSCHILD — Sam Kilgas, owner and general manager of The Bar in Rothschild, doesn’t want any of his customers to miss a moment of the big game. “We’ve got more than 20 TVs in here. There’s even one in the men’s bathroom, so you don’t miss anything,” he said. It’s one of the reasons Jay Curtis, 48, comes all the way from Tigerton to spend time at The Bar. “You can watch every TV in the place, and it’s a good atmosphere,” he said. “Usually when you come in, there’s something good on.” Kilgas said he gets all of the major sports games, including tournament packages and season tickets, so he can offer a wide variety of sports. “During March, it will be NCAA all the time, but then we’ll have major league baseball in spring and football in the fall,” he said. It’s not just professional and college sports, though. “We’ll put anything on.

coordinate beers with the seasons, offering bock beers in the spring, and tries to accommodate special dietary needs. “Right now, we have three gluten-free beers and gluten-free dishes on the menu,” he said. “I know people who have celiac disease, and it’s tough for them to find a place where they can have a beer and pizza.” Cory Cooper, 35, of Kronenwetter said he has

his favorite beers, but he always ends up sampling something different at The Bar. “If they get something new in, I’ll definitely try it,” he said. The Bar is open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, call 355-7001. — Amy Ryan, Everest Herald

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RJ’s Bullshooters Saloon


The Office Bar SCHOFIELD — So, you think you can sing? Then head down to the karaoke stage at the Office Bar in Schofield and battle for a piece of the $5,000 purse dolled out during the yearlong contest. That’s where readers of the Everest Herald voted as the best place to go for karaoke. The bar pulls in about 50 singers every Wednesday night. People from 21 to 85 years old get up and sing anything from rap to country and even some heavy metal, said manager Carrie Romanowski. Michelle Ganski, 25, of Wittenberg is a fan of karaoke night. She said she always has liked to sing and said the bar is so small, that everybody is accepted. “You could be the worst or the best singer, and everybody gets along,” she said. Ganski also said she loves the atmosphere and

thinks Brian West is the best. West is the star of the Wednesday evening shows and has been running the karaoke nights and contests for three years now, Romanowski said. Each week, the winner of the contest draws an envelope containing a cash prize from $25 to $100. Then the weekly winners come back for the monthly finals. The monthly winner receives $300, and each of the monthly winners return for the year-end grand karaoke finale. “It is a huge finale. People from Minnesota, Illinois and Michigan come for it,” Romanowski said. “And we fit them all in.” The weekly karaoke contest starts at 9 p.m. every Wednesday. The karaoke finale is set for Aug. 27. For more information, call 3555432. — Tammy Obermeier, Everest Herald

want to supply your own live music, karaoke starts at 9 p.m. every other Thursday. “The bar draws all age groups, from 21 to 80,” Gajewski said. The building has an open setting with plenty of room to dance and have parties. “People like to have their parties here because they can have 25-plus people and not be stuck in a back room somewhere,” Gajewski said. Food is served 11 a.m. to midnight Mondays through Saturdays and from noon to midnight Sundays.


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Michelle Ganski, 25, of Wittenberg sings karaoke March 3 at The Office Bar in Schofield.

WESTON — It has been less than a year since Bob and Ronda Gajewski took over ownership of RJ’s Bullshooters Saloon in Weston, and they already have grabbed the attention of live music fans in the area. RJ’s Bullshooters was voted the best place to go for live music in the Best in Everest survey this year. “It’s just a clean, fun place,” Bob Gajewski said. “I also think it’s the service they get here, our employees, reasonably priced drinks and, of course, the bull.” RJ’s Bullshooters Saloon has played host to many national acts, including Craig Morgan, Billy Currington, Tracy Lawrence and Randy Houser. “We get between 400 and 900 people coming in for these shows,” Gajewski said. In addition to the big acts, Bullshooters has live music every Friday and Saturday night, and Gajewski is proud of the names he pulls in from the local and regional arena. “We’ve had Jerry Schmitt and the Whitehouse Players, The Mason Dixons out of Minneapolis, Minn., and Rick Monroe and John Karl from Nashville, Tenn., just to name a few,” Gajewski said. He rounds out his live music with polka music from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays and rock bands every other Thursday night. If you

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Marcus Cedar Creek Cinema ROTHSCHILD — It seems teenagers agree that the price of a movie ticket is not too much to ask for a chance to get away from their parents because they voted Marcus Cedar Creek Cinema the best teen hangout. “And as parents, where else can you send your child away for $10?” said Carlo Petrick, communications manager for Marcus Theaters. On a serious note, Petrick said that, traditionally, theaters have attracted a lot of teens — a key audience that goes to movies. “It’s an affordable way for people to find entertainment. Movie-going is an experience they can enjoy at a good price,” Petrick said. The year 2009 was a record year for attendance in theaters, he said. Cedar Creek Cinema has 10 theaters and, in December, it added it’s first digital theater to show 3-D movies. Petrick said it’s a big deal for the area since the next closest digital theater is about 90 minutes away. Amelia Stranz, 14, of Weston sent out invites to a group of about 20 of her friends to see the TAMMY OBERMEIER/EVEREST HERALD March 5 showing of “Alice The marquee sign lights up the Cedar Creek Cinema in Rothschild. in Wonderland” in 3-D, the first night the movie ing information, call 355- Cedar Creek Cinema. in Stevens Point, Merrill came out here. — Tammy Obermeier, 1080 or visit marcustheand Marshfield. “We all wanted to see Everest Herald For showtime and pric- and select the it, and it’s a great place to hang out with friends,” Amelia said. “I like sitting in the theater. It’s really nice, and they keep it clean.” Cedar Creek is the only cinema in the area; the next closest theaters are


Cuppa Joe’s ROTHSCHILD — When it comes to a lowcost date, nothing beats a cup of coffee and a muffin, which is probably why Cuppa Joe’s in Rothschild is where Everest Herald readers head when they want to get together. “It’s about $4 (each), and you can sit and drink coffee all day,” said owner Sue Syring. Syring said she has cheaper treats than the muffins, too. “Our Scotch-aroos are really rich and cost a mere $1.60. They’re a kicked-up Rice Krispie treat with chocolate and butterscotch. I can’t even eat a whole one, they’re so rich,” she said.

Lois Alt, assistant superintendent of curriculum and technology for the D.C. Everest School District, said she and her husband, Mike, often meet for coffee in the morning. “It’s just a nice way to start the day,” she said. Cuppa Joe’s barrista Ashley Vial said she often takes dates there. “I like drinking coffee, and it’s a cool cafe, really unique,” she said. “Plus, there’s a nice couch to sit on.” Cuppa Joe’s is at 315 Kort St., Rothschild. For more information, call 241-7379. — Amy Ryan, Everest Herald

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Champine’s House of Wheels


Precision Body and Frame WESTON — Precision Body and Frame in Weston has been in the area since 1986, straightening crunched bumpers and busted doors, and even fixing motors and replacing ball joints. “We take care of mechanical as well as bodywork. It’s a complete service center. We don’t outsource,” said Bob Yach, co-owner of Precision. Yach joined the business at 1509 Post Ave. in Weston in February, but comes to Precision with more than 20 years of experience in bodywork. “It’s something I’ve done all my life. My dad started Yach’s (Body and Custom) in 1955 and my brother, Henry took over in 1969. Henry was my mentor, showing me what needs to be done,” Yach said.

Yach’s specialty in bodywork is coupled with his partner Rick Bender’s passion for business. “It takes both ends to make a business go,” Bender said. Both men, along with their employees, are dedicated to keeping customers happy. “Quality is job one,” Yach said. “We want complete customer satisfaction. If the job isn’t done right, it’s made right.” One thing they do is complete detailing, even with mechanical repairs. “It doesn’t matter how small the job is; we’ll vacuum (your vehicle) out and make sure it looks good when it leaves the shop,” Yach said. For more information, call 359-9655. — Amy Ryan, Everest Herald


Dean Champine, manager of Champine’s House of Wheels in Kronenwetter, prepares a used car for sale. care of the people they cater to,”Woodward said. “It’s all about nostalgia ... doing business the old-fashioned way,” Dean Champine said.“Well,

as much as the law will allow.” Champine’s House of Wheels, 2154 Old Highway 51, Mosinee, is open 8 a.m. to 5:30

p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. For more information, call 359-5236 or go to — Tammy Obermeier, Everest Herald

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Dennis Bourgard, a painter at Precision Body and Frame in Weston, gets a minivan ready for a paint job.

KRONENWETTER — When Lyle, Marilyn and Gary Champine opened Champine’s House of Wheels in 1972, there wasn’t a car for sale on the lot.Any and everything else that had wheels (hence the name), but not cars.They started selling cars in 1973, and now, 35 years later, this familyowned business has been voted the best car dealership in the Everest area. “We’re just humbled by this award. I guess we’re just honest people, and we stand behind our products,” said Dean Champine, Lyle and Marilyn’s son.“We don’t sell anything we wouldn’t drive ourselves.” Dean and his brother, Dale, manage the dealership with their father, Lyle. Champine’s offers reliable and reasonable used cars and trucks with a diverse inventory, from family sedans to sports cars.They are not loyal to one brand, and if you are looking for something you don’t find on the lot, Dean said they will help you find one somewhere. “We are very passionate about selling cars. This is not just a business for us,” he said. Rocky Woodward, 56, of Kronenwetter has been the Champines’ neighbor for 25 years, and has purchased at least 12 vehicles from them. “The age of a business means a lot.They have built up a great reputation, and I personally know numerous satisfied customers who purchased vehicles here,” Woodward said. “They are loyal to the community and take

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WESTON — Griesbach Auto Service & Sales , 5910 Mesker St., Weston, has been named the best mechanic’s shop in the area for the third year in a row. Owner Jon Griesbach appeared humbled by the win again. “All I can say is that having great technicians is the key,” Griesbach said. He has two full-time Automotive Service Excellence-certified technicians and Griesbach is a master certified technician and the service adviser. “We also have constant communication with our clients,” Griesbach said. He said he lets his customers know ahead of time what to expect so there aren’t any surprises. Gertrude Petroske, 70,


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of Weston said Griesbach always has taken care of the service on her vehicles. “They are real honest people. They wouldn’t cheat anyone,” Petroske said. “It’s nice to have a mechanic like that. “I like the fact that I can take my car in and it’s usually done right. But if it’s not, they will correct it. That means more to me than always getting it right the first time. I can trust them,” Dave Thompson, 61, of Weston said. Griesbach Auto is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. For more information, call 355-1553 or visit www. — Tammy Obermeier, Everest Herald


WESTON — With three wins in the past three years for best mechanic in the Everest area, Griesbach Auto Sales & Service now can add best customer service to its list of wins. “We are in it to help the customers,” owner Jon Griesbach said. “Yes, we need to make money, because we need to be here for them in the future to assist their needs.” Gertrude Petroske, 70, of Weston can attest to the great customer service at Griesbach. “I actually bought my vehicle here, which was a TAMMY OBERMEIER/EVEREST HERALD full-size van to hold walkAutomotive Service Excellence-certified technicians Richard ers and oxygen equipment Russell, from left, and Frank Niewolny stand with owner for my son,” Petroske said. and service adviser Jon Griesbach outside Griesbach Auto “When it was totaled in an accident, Jon went to Service & Sales in Weston.

Minnesota to get a different one for me.” That kind of service is what Griesbach provides for his customers. “We treat our customers the way we want to be treated,” Griesbach said. Griesbach also offers a 36-month and 36,000mile guarantee on most repairs, free shuttle service to and from home or work, and 90 days same as cash for unexpected repairs for those who qualify. Griesbach Auto Service & Sales is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. For more information, call 355-1553 or go to www. — Tammy Obermeier, Everest Herald

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