Cellar bringing back Dubuque beer; a woman starts a massage business; accounting firm moving into a former restaurant

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Biz Buzz shares business information from all three states. In this edition, we highlight developments in Dubuque and Dyersville, Iowa, as well as Cuba City, Wis.

Local vineyard owners are bringing back a historic Dubuque brewery operation.

Dubuque Star beer will soon be served at Stone Cliff Winery’s tasting room, located in the historic Dubuque Star Brewery building at 600 Star Brewery Drive.

“We have people coming from out of town and they say they want to try the Dubuque Star Beer,” said Bob Smith, co-owner of Stone Cliff Winery. “Now we can say, ‘Okay.'”

Smith pointed out that Stone Cliff Winery will remain unchanged – only now it will be co-located with the Dubuque Star Brewery operation. The brewing business will be co-owned by Smith; his wife Nan; and Jodi Bryson.

Dubuque Star Brewery was the oldest brewery in the state, having been founded by the Rhomberg family in 1898, according to the city of Dubuque.

The brewery has had several owners over the decades. The historic building was acquired by the city of Dubuque in the early 2000s, and information about the brewery’s history is prominently displayed in the building.

Stone Cliff Winery has operated from part of the building for more than a decade, Bob Smith said — years after the brewery ended operations on the property.

“After the pandemic, I started looking for ways to better protect our business in the community,” he said. “Then one day, in the middle of the night, I thought, ‘I wonder if (the name Dubuque Star Beer) is still there. And I saw on the website of the Secretary of State that it was available. I was so excited that I couldn’t sleep.

Smith said winery staff have been working for the past five months to prepare to sell Dubuque Star Beer in July. He said six to eight beers will be offered to start, including a lager, an IPA, a beer and a pilsner.

Beer will be brewed in Potosi, Wisconsin until a beer brewing system is installed alongside winery operations. Smith said the process could take another year or two.

“But we won’t bottle it and we won’t sell it to other operations,” Smith said. “It will be sold right here in our bar.”

Stone Cliff Winery can be reached at 563-583-6100.

Southwest Wisconsin native finds success with massage therapy business

After starting her own massage therapy business, a southwestern Wisconsin native found success in helping others.

Rachel Mueller operates her business, Revive with Rachel, in Cuba City, Wis., at J. VanNatta Salon & Spa, 108 S. Main St. Mueller offers a range of relaxation and therapeutic massage services.

“I personally didn’t think that at 24 I would be able to (open my own business),” said Mueller, from Hazel Green. “It’s been kind of a whirlwind, but I’ve had so many supporters.”

Mueller said she attended massage therapy school at Zeal Salon Spa & Academy, 11938 Sherrill Road, and continues to work there on Mondays.

However, when the opportunity arose to rent space at the Cuba City J. VanNatta Spa, Mueller jumped at the chance to start her own business. She has been working in Cuba City for six months.

Mueller said she enjoyed being able to help heal people and make them feel better the most, and the community supported her work.

“In a five to ten year plan, I would like to have my own building in the area, maybe hire a therapist or two and start my own little business,” she said.

Revive with Rachel operates by appointment only, usually Tuesday through Friday. The company can be reached at 608-732-2940 or by emailing [email protected]

Dyersville accounting firm moves to former restaurant

A Dyersville accounting firm will move into the town’s former Pizza Hut.

BAC Certified Public Accountants, currently located at 117 Third St. SE, will open at its new location at 1845 Eighth St. SE later this year. Owner Ryan Brinkman said the property was acquired in May and the aim was to move in by November 1.

“Our slogan is, ‘We’ve got your BAC,'” Brinkman said. “We have our customers’ backs, and that’s something we’re proud of. To stay ahead of the innovation curve and keep accelerating, this was an important opportunity for us. We are really delighted to have seized this property.

Dyersville’s Pizza Hut restaurant opened in the 1980s. It was one of four local Pizza Hut locations that abruptly closed in September 2020 amid the bankruptcy of NPC International, one of the largest chain franchisees.

Although BAC staff loved the current location, Brinkman said, the new building is more than double its size. He said the teams will spend the next few months renovating the interior of the former restaurant into an open-plan workspace.

“We have the opportunity to have a formal conference room again and better invite people into the space,” he said. “It’s better for the staff, which improves overall workflow and team livelihoods.”

Brinkman added that LAC is looking to add another certified public accountant to its staff, which currently has six full-time employees. Brinkman said he plans to hire two more people by the end of the year, as well as two or three more people next year.

He also said he plans to build additional space on BAC’s new property in the coming years.

“It’s the first phase,” he said of the move. “As we continue to expand into the space, phase two would be to install an additional building in the main parking lot.”

LAC office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The firm can be reached at 833-222-2721 and can be viewed online at cpa-bac.com.


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