Business on Broadway

By: Sarah Stokes
By: Sarah Stokes

All week long Newscenter 13 will explore Stanley. We'll look at its history, its future, and what makes it unique. Tonight, in our first "Our Town Stanley" report, Newscenter 13's Sarah Stokes shows us the heartbeat of its main street: The businesses on Broadway.
You can quickly get a sense of small town Stanley by stopping to catch some of its sounds.

You don't have to go far to hear a friendly hello, or cars cruising into town.

And the cha ching of commerce is ringing. But if you listen carefully, you can hear the whirr of tradition. Bob Valk has been buzzing hair on Broadway since the sixties. He says, there are "lots of nice people to work with."

But just a couple blocks down from where you can get an old fashioned haircut and some hot spot fishing advice, you can get a taste of the next generation. What was a saloon and a market is now two floors of home decor.

One of stanley's native sons was our tour guide... Bill Chwala is also guiding Stanley's Chamber of Commerce as President. And a bustling Broadway is a beautiful sight, he says "I look at it and think I'm home."

Chwala was born, raised and now owns a constuction business here.

Chwala says it's a "small town atmosphere, you know everybody and care about our neighbors and our businesses, you want to make things better keep things as they were."

He says Stanley has been growing by two or three businesses a year.

"it's full. We've got room for more but it's full."

He says now that highway 29 touches town, it's pulling people and progress in, "definitley it's grown, we've got a new highway... Ethanol plant, hospital correctional facility... Definitley grown."

The newest store in town is owned by an out of towner. Debbie Harvey lives in Cadott but wanted to start up the Country Spoolhouse here. Harvey says "everyone here was so friendly I knew they wanted us here, that means a lot."

She wants to stay, to grow and smells success in Stanley wHere she says support is key. But with the new, sometimes the old has to go... What was a fixture for a century had to come down in February.
The Hotel Royal spot is like a missing tooth in stanley's smile, Chwala says "hopefully we'll have a new business there soon."

The corner lot will be up for auction soon and there are some things in the works for the industrial park too. Chwala says there is some "speculation on some nice size employers coming in."

So if you're on 29, Chwala wants you to swing in and hear the sounds of community, smell some success, see what's happening, and get a taste of what touches their hearts. He says "I'm very proud of what the people have done in this community."


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