What’s going on inside the small businesses of Lake Geneva?
New Years news for some of Lake Geneva’s small businesses: Long Nails on the corner of Geneva Street and Center Street is a successful long-term business in Lake Geneva. It is a great place to go for some well-deserved pampering. They have some wonderful nail artists that go out of their way to make you comfortable and love your nails. None of this will change in the new year, but there may be other changes. One of the great nail artists will be taking over ownership of the business as the current owner is starting a new adventure that is as different as it is intriguing. Gi, the current owner of the nail shop, has been great at running the place, but she’s ready for a pretty abrupt change. Gi is partnering up with an old and loyal friend to open a Thai restaurant right across the street from where Long nails is currently located on Geneva Street. As long as the private trial opening goes smoothly, an official soft opening will be set.
Another exciting development is that C.R. Goodfinds, the terrific gift store, that has been at the Fancy Fair Mall for over a year and is a favorite of many, will with the new year change their location. We have been assured that nothing else will change when it comes to the great selection of beautifully displayed unique home goods and gifts, however. The question that arises is; will we have another large storefront sit empty on Main Street? Will C.R. Goodfinds remain downtown, or head to the outskirts of town for cheaper rent? What will happen to this prime window storefront in the iconic Fancy Fair Mall?
The results of the first annual Christmas window contest in Lake Geneva:
The votes are in and have been counted. On Thursday, the-21st-of-December, the winners of the first Holiday Window Display Competition were announced. The newest member of the Lake Geneva BID (Business Improvement District) Bridget Leech has gone above and beyond when it comes to caring for Lake Geneva, and the wonderful small businesses running up and down its main streets. She brightened up the Tree Lighting Ceremony, made “Shop Small” a bigger deal than ever before, and started the Holiday Window Display Competition. This competition is going to be an annual event that will help make shopping downtown an even more thrilling holiday event. The number of voters surpassed everyone’s expectations, and an additional winner was added to the list. Community Choice ended up with two winners; C.R. Good Finds and Paws for Treats were the public’s two choices. The Social Media Favorite went to Edie, Best use of Merchandise was Overland Sheepskin Co., and Best Overall Display was Cornerstone Shop and Gallery. This is a fun new holiday tradition that brings the shop owners and the community together. Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you to all who participated. What a great feather in the cap of the newly revived BID operation.