Sew Creative and Basically Balsam Recipient of Small Business of the Year Award

June 3rd, 2011 - By admin

Balsam Lake –Sew Creative and Basically Balsam were recognized by the Polk County Economic Development Corporation for their contribution to economic and community development in Polk County.  The Award was presented by Steve Healy; Executive Director of Polk county Economic Development Corporation and Trudy Popenhagen, Board President, during PCEDC’s Business Awards Night at the Amery Golf Club Tuesday May 10th, Caroline and Steve Rediske owners of Sew Creative and Basically Balsam accepted the award.

Caroline Rediske had long desired to be a business owner.  In July of 1995 – she created a home-based custom embroidery business with the dream of someday having a “real store”.   Caroline’s dream was fulfilled in April of 2009 with the opening of Basically Balsam on Main Street Balsam Lake.  Steve Rediske retired from Xcel Energy and was about to change careers.  They bought the original bank building in Balsam Lake and started the daunting task of renovating it into a shopping attraction.   Their local contractor (Nelson Construction) felt the Rediske’s were the true visionaries taking the lead on designing a store that fit into the area.   The end result was more than the Rediskes ever imagined.

Steve and Caroline Rediske have been helping their clients deliver their messages and promote their brands through the vehicle of logoed products and apparel.  They provide a full range of promotional solutions through there capabilities of in house embroidery production and digitizing, screen-printing options, and DTG (Direct to the Garment) printing.  With an endless sea of suppliers and products, their job is to guide the customer to the most effective and impact solution, and then, make it happen.   Sew Creative is still home based…”truth have it I need the home-based environment for my creativity.  Basically Balsam- with my husband Steve at the helm… is busting into the spring and summer with the best merchandise a local tourist store can provide” said Caroline.

For more information about economic development in Polk County Contact Polk County Economic Development Corporation, 715-405-7655,–From Polk County EDC.