Business Spotlight

Country Inn & Suites Breaks Ground

Country Inn & Suites Breaks Ground

A groundbreaking ceremony was recently held on the northwest side of Fort Atkinson at the site of the new Country Inn & Suites. Representatives of the Hetts family, Connery Construction and Cornerstone Hotel Management Inc. gathered with City and Fort Atkinson Area Chamber of Commerce officials for the ceremony at the new hotel location at the 1600 block of Madison Avenue.

Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM is a privately-owned, leading hotel company with more than 1,370 hotels in operation and under development in over 110 countries and territories worldwide. Country Inns & Suites is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and is one of seven brands within the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group portfolio.

A leader in the upper midscale hotel segment, Country Inns & Suites locations feature residential architecture and welcoming interiors to provide the feeling of home with amenities such as free high-speed Internet, fitness centers, swimming pools, complimentary cookies, and much more. The Fort Atkinson property will offer 83 suites and a 3,400 square foot meeting and conference center, which can accommodate 250 guests. The anticipated completion date is targeted for Spring 2018, with reservations for the conference center beginning early in the new year.

This is the second property in Fort Atkinson constructed by Connery Construction, and managed by Cornerstone Hotel Management, Inc, based in DeForest, WI. The company manages nine other properties in Wisconsin.  

Pictured in the groundbreaking photo from left to right are: Dave Bienfang, chamber ambassador; Russ Turk, PremierBank; Mason Becker, Fort Atkinson City Council president; Tim Connery, Connery Construction Inc.; Randy Connery; Rhonda Shore; Brian Brandstetter, Cornerstone Hotel Management Inc.; Ron Robinson, construction foreman; Rodney Hetts; Jameson Hetts; Kelli Hetts; Lucas Hetts; Kaylin Hetts; Charlie Huebner, construction foreman; Carrie Chisholm, chamber executive director; Dave Witte, chamber president; Tom Dehnert, chamber president-elect; Eric Frey, chamber treasurer.

Studio 8 – W.I.G.S. Program for Cancer Patients

Studio 8 – W.I.G.S. Program for Cancer Patients

Studio 8 was opened in 1987 and continues to strive to be innovative and progressive in their business model. With 7 staff currently ranging from age 21 on up, Studio 8 provides all age groups with the range of expertise to handle generational hairstyles. From perms, styles, and basic color, to very meticulous coloring techniques, Studio 8 offers everyone their desired hair outcome. They also offer many massage modalities, full skin and hair care lines, facial peels, pedicures, manicures, and the list goes on.

Since 2015, Studio 8 has been teaming up with the Jefferson County Cancer Coalition for their W.I.G.S. program. The program is available to cancer patients in the county who desire a wig. The client sets up an appointment at Studio 8 with an experienced stylist to select their best wig choice which includes a wig stand, caplet, shampoo, conditioner and spray, all free of charge.

The W.I.G.S. program is funded by an annual plant sale held the Saturday before Mother’s Day. There are hundreds of plants for purchase which include annuals, perennials, house plants, succulents, 130+ hanging baskets, and potted decorative pots that are planted for the person who doesn’t feel confident with their designing skills.  All plants are grown locally in a private greenhouse.

Children and adults alike are encouraged to participate in the Build-a-Basket activity that takes place during the plant sale. The participant pays for the basket which includes the hanger, dirt, 3 plants of choice, and a Mother’s Day card for that special someone.  Participants then decorate their baskets and can decide to build it on site or take home the supplies and plants and build it there.  Dads and grandparents are encouraged to sign their little ones up so the children can surprise their moms with a signature basket designed especially from them.

To date, the event has raised over $12,000.00 for the program.

Call Studio 8 at (920) 563-8888 to sign up for a basket or stop by for their plant sale on Saturday, May 13 from 8am to 1pm at 17 William Street in Fort Atkinson.

Cornerstone of Hope Expands Resale Store

Cornerstone of Hope Expands Resale Store

Cornerstone of Hope, a non-profit, Christian faith based organization, primarily serves the communities of Jefferson and Rock counties, as well as Dane, Green, and Walworth counties. Cornerstone of Hope exists to improve the quality of life for working-class families, veterans, and senior citizens in the low to middle-income bracket who wish to improve their lives and the lives of their children through better nutrition, safer living conditions, and affordable housing. They get their funding from a variety of sources, and firmly believe that wherever they raise their funds, that the funds stay strictly in that area. They also write grants and have multiple fundraising opportunities, as well as raising funds through their two resale stores, located in Fort Atkinson and Janesville.

Cornerstone of Hope has three primary projects, Produce for Pantries, new construction, and renovations. Produce for Pantries is primarily a summer based project which has individuals, businesses, and churches who all come together to build and install raised-bed gardens. They supply the frame, dirt, plants, and seeds, and ask in return that any unused produce be taken to their local food pantry. New construction consists of building homes for low-to middle-income families that make between 30 and 80 percent of the county median income. Their renovations cause helps senior citizens maintain living in their current homes, weatherization of homes, and code-compliant home repairs.

To assist in making a difference or for more information, visit or call (608) 754-1228.

Gallery on the Main

Gallery on the Main

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. The proprietors of Gallery on the Main in downtown Fort Atkinson would agree. They are in the business of framing those pictures, and helping clients showcase their most prized possessions. Whether it’s a child’s preschool painting, a collection of hard-fought medals, or an original masterpiece passed down through the generations, the Danielson Family wants to help you preserve and highlight your treasures.  

For the last 20 years, Susan Danielson’s eye for design was what attracted a loyal clientele. Helping customers pick just the right color mats and style of frame from the myriad of choices was her gift. Susan recently decided to retire but is still consulting on special projects. Susan passed on her passion to her equally talented and devoted daughter-in-law, Heather Danielson, ensuring the future of this Main Street business for years to come.

Heather has a degree in graphic design and is working to grow the business through social media and a stronger online presence. Sharing some of her latest projects on Facebook has sparked the interest of prospective customers and inspired others to try some creative framing techniques. Gallery on the Main also linked up with Fort Community Credit Union’s Buzz Points program to further reward their customers for shopping locally.   

Take a look at your walls and see if they need a facelift. Then go see Heather at 211 S. Main Street, get inspired by her eclectic product line, and go home with a picture or two that tells YOUR story. Hours: Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday: 10AM-5:30PM, Thursday: 10AM-7PM, Saturday: 10AM-4PM. Closed Sunday & Monday.