Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Emery Art Studio and Gallery Hosts "One Night Stand" Exhibition - March 29th

The Emery Art Studio and Gallery presents, for one night only, a unique and exceptional exhibition of nationally recognized, award winning artists.

Artists: Jacqueline Blatchford, John Galbo, Dennis Heimbach, Althea Jones, and Marilu Patterson

Date: Saturday March 29th, 2008 - 5:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Location: 233 E. Main St., Sun Prairie, Wisconsin

Sassy Cow Creamery Introduces Bottled Milk Straight From the Farm (Wisconsin Ag Connection)

Brothers James and Robert Baerwolf, a pair of third generation Wisconsin dairy farmers, launched a new farmstead milk bottling operation, offering fresh-bottled milk direct to consumers straight from the farm. Sassy Cow Creamery, located seven miles north of Sun Prairie, is a culmination of the Baerwolf family's dedication to connect consumers with farmers. In fact, their brand new, state-of-the-art creamery is designed with the customer in mind, with a farmstead retail store opening to the public in mid-April.

Their high quality bottled milk is produced from the family's dual nearby dairy herds: a 400-cow traditional dairy and 100-cow organic dairy, located within miles of each other. Sassy Cow Creamery may be the first farmstead operation to offer both traditional and organic bottled milk.

Click here for the original story at Wisconsin Ag Connection.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Sun Prairie Chamber of Commerce Business News - March 21, 2008

Congratulations to Schönheit Gardens for being featured in the ‘I Brake for Plants’ article about independent nurseries in Wisconsin in the March/April 2008 issue of Midwest Living magazine. Recycle your used plastic nursery pots and trays (any size or color) at Schönheit Gardens starting April 1st between 8 and 4 Monday through Friday. Starting April 19th (opening day at Schönheit Gardens) you can bring in your used pots anytime between 8 and 6 daily.

Ritter Insurance Agency has been selected as a General Casualty Premier Partner - an elite group of top-performing independent agencies. Less than 10 percent of General Casualty's contracted agencies have achieved Premier partner status.

Kathy Schmitz of Ritter Insurance was awarded Top Producer for number of groups and Top Performer for number of members with Group Health Cooperative for 2007.

Mary Volker of MCV Salon & Spa marks 35 years in the styling business. MCV Salon & Spa is located at 351 E Main Street, Sun Prairie.

Click here for more information from the Sun Prairie Chamber of Commerce.

Atlantis Taverna Gets Critic's Kudos (Capital Times)

Nice to see one of Sun Prairie's Downtown restaurants getting a little praise and recognition in the Greater Madison market. The reviewer called Atlantis Taverna "very good" and was one of four restaurants that the critic reviewed and that had "something to remember."

Click here for the full review at Madison.com.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

General Casualty's Purchase by QBE to Create More Jobs (Sun Prairie Star)

General Casualty’s recent purchase by an Australian-based company, QBE, will result in more jobs in Sun Prairie, according to General Casualty President Pete McPartland. McPartland presented remarks during the March 11 Sun Prairie Rotary Club meeting held at the Colonial Club Senior Activity Center, 301 Blankenheim Lane.

Because the company has no campus similar to General Casualty’s in Sun Prairie, the company’s ownership will likely lead to more jobs.“I will also say it will lead to more employees in Sun Prairie, not less employees – there’s no doubt about that. The reason is QBE does not have a campus like ours anywhere in the world,” McPartland said, referring to the 150-acre, three-building facility located just off Highway C in Sun Prairie. “There’s room for more and QBE doesn’t have anything like that, so they look at our campus and being from Australia, they’re just salivating at the potential to do things.

Click here to read the full article in the Sun Prairie Star.

Prairie Harvest Co-op To Elect Board Next Week (Sun Prairie Today)

Prairie Harvest Market Cooperative has scheduled its first Meeting of the Membership, to be held next Tuesday, March 18, at 7 p.m. in the City Hall Community Room.

Click here for the full article from Sun Prairie Today, or go directly to the Prairie Harvest Market Cooperative Website.

Charter Launches Highest Speed Internet Yet in Sun Prairie (Capital Times)

Charter Communications announced that it is launching Charter High-Speed Internet Max service, with downstream speeds up to 16 megabits per second (Mbps) in communities that include Sun Prairie and Baraboo.

Click here for the full story in the Capital Times.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Sun Prairie EDC Hosts Second Annual Business Roundtable

On Tuesday March 11th, more than 50 business representatives and local officials from the community attended a Business Roundtable event hosted by the Sun Prairie Economic Development Council and were treated to a hot breakfast in exchange for their ideas on a multitude of ideas. This is the second consecutive event held by the EDC. The meeting was held at the Westside Community Facility in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.

Attendees were provided a short overview of the EDC's activities over the past year, as well as a brief summary of some of the City's Economic Development efforts. City Planning Director Scott Kugler provided the group with a status update on various developments throughout the City. Four smaller discussion groups followed the opening comments, and included topics on Business Attraction and Retention, Main Street Reconstruction, an update on the Comprehensive Planning process, and training and educational resources available through the Sun Prairie Area School District. Comments from each of these group discussions will be assembled and shared with EDC members for evaluation and potential action or recommendation in the next week or so.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Sun Prairie Memoribilia Store Buzzing After Favre's Retirement (Channel3000.com)

Co-Owners Work On Quarterback's Web Site, Fan Mail

SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. -- A Sun Prairie Packer memorabilia store was the hottest stop in town as news spread on Tuesday morning about Brett Favre's retirement.

The phones at Fan 4 Ever have been ringing off the hook and a steady stream of Favre devotees have been popping in to scoop up some No. 4 merchandise.

Click here for link to the full story at Channel3000.com.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Press Release: SSM Health Care Finalizes Land Purchase in Sun Prairie for ER and Health Care Campus

SSM Health Care of Wisconsin announced today it has finalized the purchase of property at the corner of Reiner Road and US 151 to build its emergency medical facility. The 17 acres of land anticipates expanded health care services that could include a hospital.

At the same time, SSM Health Care also announced today that an architect has been chosen to design and construct its emergency medical facility in Sun Prairie, and to develop a master plan for a health care campus in the city. The architectural firm selected to design the site and ER is Flad Architects. The initial facility, a satellite emergency center of St. Mary’s Hospital, will open in March 2009.

“We have purchased property which will meet the current and future health care needs of Sun Prairie area residents,” said Mary Starmann-Harrison, Regional President & CEO of SSM Health Care of Wisconsin, the parent company of St. Mary’s Hospital. “As the city expands we intend to be there to serve its health care needs.”“

We have been working with St. Mary’s Hospital to bring Emergency Services to Sun Prairie,” said Patrick Cannon, Sun Prairie City Administrator. “And, as the City of Sun Prairie grows, additional local health care services are being addressed.”