Fred Gahl steps in.
Fred Gahl, the investor, and would-be developer who bought the abandoned school in Williams Bay has been appointed by the majority to become the chairperson of the fundraising for the Riviera Pier Development Committee. This committee eases the project out of the hands of the public works committee (and Cindy Flower) and replaces that organization with a team of willing private citizens with only the best of intentions for doing a great job of putting a beautiful interior for that wonderful old pier complex building together. Fred is energetic, and also runs a business on Sheridan Springs Road in Lake Geneva that buys and sells the interiors and furnishings of the grand old estates getting torn down, redeveloped, or modernized around the entire lake. He’s a very successful man within his field and his other successes and partnerships are nearly silent but all profitable and above board.
Nice appointment, Ms. Klein.
BID is back.
The Business Improvement District has its first meeting on Wednesday, July 8th, at 8 a.m. in the Harbor Shores conference room. This is the first meeting since March 4th due to the virus shutting almost everything down. The BID is all about highlighting downtown and keeping it vibrant and thriving. With the spring election happening during the shutdown the BID has some catching up to do, as well as some appointments to make. The president, vice president, and treasurer positions need to be decided upon. Visit Lake Geneva will be giving an update, and the BID events coordinator will be giving an occupancy and downtown update at this meeting. Covid-19 has hit communities hard and it will be interesting to see how the BID feels downtown businesses are doing.
Topsy Turvy Brewery on Geneva and Broad is now open.
On Wednesday, July 1st, it had a soft opening and has been open ever since. It is super exciting to see the progress and transformation of the old Baptist church that the brewery now calls home. The patio is completed with limited outdoor seating (to accommodate social distancing). The indoor seating and event space are scheduled to open at the end of August. The brews are unique and all made on-site in the lower level of the building.
Openings and closings.
Thumbs Up closed because of the COVID, and until all of its employees can be tested and found to be healthy it will remain closed until further notice.
Grandma Vicki’s and Speedo’s reopened on Monday, but only for outdoor service.
The air conditioning is finally working again at Avant Coffee/Bike Shop.
Inspiration remains fully open and running at near half capacity.
The Ridge Hotel and its coffee shop have reopened, but the restaurant there remains closed.
The Grand Geneva is open, although the restaurants remain closed.
Simple and Simple Bakery are open.
Claw’s is open for take-out.
Place of the Week
Topsy Turvy Brewery