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New consignment store coming to downtown Beaver Dam

September 28, 2018

A new consignment store will be coming to downtown Beaver Dam.

Tekla Wlodarczyk Nunez and Cari Villarreal will be opening Las Dos Chicas in time for the Fall Downtown Fest Oct. 27. It will be at 120 Front St., a building that the city was interested in purchasing. The shop will be focused on medium-to-upscale clothing for men and women.

Nunez said the store’s logo is ready, she is working on the Facebook page and they are already taking in items as the space is readied for opening. She also plans for the shop to be a creative space for artists to share their work.

The property was purchased by a firm associated with Mike Wissell, a real estate agent, in late July for $52,000. It previously housed a karate studio. Wissell said it was really the only fit for his client out of a few he showed her.

In late August, the city’s Community Development Committee approved in closed session to make an offer to buy the building. Officials have discussed using downtown revitalization funds to purchase the building and demolish it to make way for a path from Front Street to the new Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre location, 117 W. Maple Ave.

However, Wissell decided to go in a different direction, saying it was in the “best interest of the downtown business community that we should keep the building and find a different route to get.”

He did not disclose what the city offered.

“I just didn’t feel that was the right property,” he said, though he said he is still an advocate of having a pathway to the new theater building from Front Street.

In capital projects borrowing for downtown, the city set aside about $220,000 to purchase buildings downtown and tear them down for the proposed pathway. Though there have been closed-door discussions among officials over the past few months, nothing officially has been approved. The Common Council voted in March to raise the city’s debt limit to borrow money for both downtown spending and other ongoing road projects.

Work to plant trees downtown and refurbish the alleyway to the new American Bank Square and Tower Parking Lot finished recently. New benches for the downtown area will arrive in mid-November.

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