St. Croix Falls –The Town of St. Croix Falls and the Polk County Economic Development Corporation sponsored a Welcome New Business Event August 12 for the new businesses in the Town of St. Croix Falls in Polk County. “The Town of St. Croix Falls is excited about the new businesses that have recently opened in the business friendly environment of the Town of St. Croix Falls,“ said Steve Palmer, Town Chairperson.
Leading the tour where Town Chairperson Steve Palmer and Steve Healy the Executive Director of the Polk County Economic Development Corporation. The four businesses visited where Big Rock Creek Farm, RM Golf Carts, Inc., Polar Pete’s, and the Dancing Dragonfly Winery.
Big Rock Creek Farm
Big Rock Creek Farm (Big Rock Creek Retreat) is opening up some of its buildings and land for rent to the public.
The farm is located about 3 miles north of St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin just off STH 87 in the Town of St. Croix Falls, and consists of over 1500 acres, including a lodge and wilderness cabin. “We hope people will rent the lodge and cabin or the land for weddings, retreats, family reunions, business retreats and/or picnics, or similar events” said Allen Klein, one of the owners.
“The Retreat’s 20 plus miles of trails are great for biking, hiking, cross-country skiing, horseback riding and similar activities ”, he said. Scott Hansen, the farm manager, said “By renting Big Rock Creek Retreat, it’s like having a state park all to yourself”.
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RM Golf Carts, Inc.
RM Golf Carts, Inc. specialty is building custom golf carts. They design and build limousine golf carts, repair and service all makes and models. They pick up and deliver golf carts.
Owner Mark Kaufman said, “Golf carts aren’t just for golfers on the golf course anymore. Fishermen are using golf carts at their cabins to drive bait down to the dock, elderly are rolling around in style at a family reunion, and golf carts make a public event more accessible.” Kaufman further added “The company’s goal is to expand their business near St. Croix Falls and to begin manufacturing golf carts in the St. Croix Falls location.” Website: www.RMGolfCarts.com
Polar Pete’s Seafood & Meats
Polar Pete’s is a local family owned business that sells frozen seafood, frozen meats, and frozen custard. They also have local offerings such as Louie’s Finer Meats, Morey’s Seafood, American Fish & Seafood, Honey House Honey, Comstock Creamery cheeses, Hooray Puree, Big Butz BBQ sauce, Simmer Down and Morley’s maple syrup, American Homestead ABF meats, Sandi’s Treasure Chest jellies, Backroads coffee served and offered on site, Rice River Farms, Bayview Products, Square One Pizzas, Best Maid cookies and many others.
Priced to be lower than the big-box stores and they actually do mean lower…. including famous wholesale chains! They have the competitive advantage because they buy direct from the producers and are passing the savings on to customers.
Polar Pete’s invites customers to stop in for lunch or grab dinner to go! Their cafe offers daily sandwich specials, hot soup, frozen custard, sundaes, cones & more! Weekly specials and bundles are only advertised in-store or on Facebook.
“We identified a way to bring a great selection of meat and seafood to the area and it has been wholly embraced by the St. Croix Falls area. We are honored to showcase many local products in our store giving many of our neighbors the opportunity for more exposure to these products. Our family has been in the business of helping the people of Polk County for almost 60 years and we want to give our local economies every chance to be sustainable. The vibrant people of this area see the value in a business that is big enough to handle the growing needs of the community, yet small enough to still know you by name. It’s why people choose to live here,” said Peter Ward co-owner of Polar Pete’s Seafood and Meats.
Dancing Dragonfly Winery
Dancing Dragonfly Winery is located in the Town of St. Croix Falls just suth of the Highway 8 corridor on 120th Avenue east of St. Croix Falls.
Dancing Dragonfly Winery is Wisconsin’s newest destination winery. They are working hard to make the very best wines of the St. Croix River Valley. The state-of-the-art production facilities and tasting room are surrounded by 15 acres of cold-climate grapes.
They have a commitment to producing fine wine from Midwest and California fruit that have a natural balance, characteristic flavor, and a hint of elegance. Their first crush was in 2012 and the tasting room opened in the spring of 2013.
“The Dancing Dragonfly Winery believes in close family and friends, lively conversation and great tasting wine. Come and enjoy the spacious tasting room, scenic deck overlooking the vineyard, as well as
the covered patio during the summer. Dancing Dragonfly Winery is a one-of-a-kind destination located on the Minnesota/Wisconsin border, just an hour from Minneapolis/St. Paul. We are open year around. Join us and start your own tradition,” said Todd Schweim, Marketing Director. On Facebook.
The Town of St. Croix Falls is a local municipal unit of government.
The Polk County EDC is a public/private economic development organization formed in 2004 to build and maintain a strong economic base in Polk County through local business growth and expansion throughout Polk County.
For more information about economic development in Polk County, contact Polk County Economic Development Corporation, 715-646-3369, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.polkcountyedc.com.
Photos by: Kirk Anderson of Interactive Business Solutions