The new Plum Pixie Bakery storefront. Photo by Emily Marose
The new Plum Pixie Bakery storefront. Photo by Emily Marose
ELMWOOD, WI -- This past Saturday, June 1, 2013 Elmwood residents got to take advantage of a three for one extravaganza event! Three new downtown businesses, Plum Pixie Bakery, Julie's Gym, and Thrift N' Gift Shop, all together held a day-long, grand opening celebration from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Plum Pixie Bakery
The first stop was at Plum Pixie Bakery where townsfolk, around 8:45 a.m., were lined up for approximately three blocks to get a peek, and a sample baked treat from this vintage -looking corner café.

"I knew when I saw that line, we needed to make more turnovers and sample muffins, or we would have been out right away with what we had previously prepared, " said twenty-something aged owner Ashley Asher of Elmwood.

The bakery/cafe, which will have Tuesday through Saturday from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. as its days and hours of operation, is already on its way to becoming a new morning hangout for locals and commuters.

"You open at 5 a.m.? Well, I will be here at 6 a.m. everyday," said one Elmwood senior citizen.

Another Elmwood senior, Methodist pastor, Charles DeMaris, said, "I like it. It's a well-needed, good place."

In addition to the baked treats like muffins, brownies, turnovers, donuts, etc., Asher is also serving a full breakfast and lunch menu along with coffee supplied from neighboring business Highland Hollow.

Diners can "build their own breakfast" with a choice of eggs, breads, pancakes, waffles, bacon/ham/sausages, or they can take advantage of other, set combination plates. Lunch features a variety of sandwiches such as a Reuben, Ham/Turkey Club, Roast Beef, and many more. On the lighter side, three to four different salad options are also offered. All meal prices range between $2-$7 each.

Asher who once managed the Sandbar in Elmwood, said, "I always wanted to have a café like this because I love to bake and cook foods. Also, I felt Elmwood residents needed another choice in the morning."

Julie's Gym
Come this winter, Elmwood senior citizens and locals will no longer have take risks walking along icy streets and in near below zero temps at times thanks to Julie's Gym.

"It's dangerous for them to go out when it's slippery," said owner Julie Breeggemann. "Their chances of falling down are extremely high." Breeggemann surely knows the stats and health consequences of accidents, because by day she is also a part-time, certified nursing assistant.

So, opening the gym was a totally different endeavor for her, she said. "It's an all new experience. My husband and I talked about it for a year, because we felt the investment part was kind of scary. However, after talking to some friends and the community we knew the need for it was there."
One resident, Sandra Repp, commented, "I really hope she can make a "go" of it."

The gym offers a month to month membership with no contract, but has a one-time enrollment fee of $20. A single membership is $25 monthly plus tax; joint membership is $35 a month plus tax; and a family membership is $45 a month plus tax.

The gym has three treadmills, three elliptical machines, and two bikes for a cardio workout along with three strength equipment devices and some free weights as well as a children's play area. Members will have access to the gym 24 hours/7 days a week, and for an extra cost, they can take advantage of personal training sessions if desired.

"I'll be down here a few hours daily to answer questions, but otherwise it won't be staffed all the time," Breeggemann said. "I didn't want to be too invasive, and I wanted to find a happy medium."

Thrift N' Gift Shop
Technically, the Thrift N' Gift Shop has been open for many years, and it was known formerly as Charmed Gifts. However, in the past twenty fours months or so, it has changed hands of ownership/management, tripled its retail, thrift items, and moved across the street to a much larger, and brighter lit location.

"The other two new businesses approached me, and asked if I wanted the shop to be a part of the celebration, because we really never had a grand opening once we changed everything," said owner/manager Brigdet Miller. "So I said sure, and I thought it was very nice of them to think of us."

Because the new location allows Miller to assign items to separate, designated areas, she says business has soared. "We are busy all day most days now." The shop features one room for glassware, one for clothes, one for shoes, one for jewelry, and etc.

Ninety percent of items that Miller receives are donated from local townsfolk, and most items like clothing range in price from 25 cents to roughly $5. Since Miller doesn't have a dressing room, any buyer can exchange, or return an item if unhappy with it.

Miss Elmwood Amber Schoder, who Thrift N' Gift sponsored, and a regular shop customer said, "If a clothing item doesn't work out, you really only paid a quarter." Her mother Belinda agreed, and further commented, "Yes, really you don't lose out, because you can also bring down your old items without having to drive 20 miles into Menomonie."

Congratulations to these three new Elmwood businesses and best wishes for your success in the future.

UPDATE: There was a typo concerning the name of the Plum Pixie Bakery. This has been corrected. We apologize for the error.