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New additions to downtown Wausau

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By Anna Carrera

WAUSAU (WAOW) -- It seems like there's always something new to see in downtown Wausau and more is being added all the time. From new stores in the Wausau Center Mall to different shops along Washington Square, the face of downtown continues to evolve.

There have been lots of new additions around downtown and now the city is trying to make a final decision on what to do with another building on the block.

"We love Wausau," said Bobby Nowak, the co-owner of Sweet Lola's Cupcakery and Bake Shop. "Our kids love Wausau. We talked about moving when my job was being changed and they begged daddy please we want to stay in Wausau."

The Nowak's love being in Wausau and now the people in the city are learning to love eating at their bakery. Bobby and his wife, Kara, opened the doors to Sweet Lola's two weeks ago and even though they haven't advertised at all, they say they've had a good response.

Bobby Nowak says they are excited to bring their big town aspirations to downtown Wausau and even though they've got the newest shop on the street, there are still a lot of new faces.

"It has been just wonderful," said Coldwater Creek store manager Cambria Mares. "The reception of bringing this store to this community has just been off the charts. The ladies are just, they're bubbling over with excitement."

Mares says when Coldwater Creek opened in June, they kept the original historic value of the building with the beautiful high ceilings and original hardwood floors.

"We're so fortunate here in Wausau to be able to celebrate a community that loves its downtown and works hard to keep it alive," said Mark Craig, the general manager of Compass Properties.

The downtown area has seen most of their major renovations in the past decade and the city's invested about $120 million in the project. The next big question mark on their agenda is what to do with the vacant federal building.

"I'm hoping that with the federal building, we make a wise choice that years ahead we look back and say that was the right decision," said Craig.

New renovations are happening outside as well as inside, with the addition of new stores to the Wausau Center this week and more planned for the future. And for the downtown area, the sky's the limit.

"We're excited for people to come in and see what downtown Wausau has to offer and we're so happy to be a part of that," said Kara Nowak.

The city plans to talk about at least two different proposals for the Federal building on Monday. So even though a lot has changed, there will still be plenty more to enjoy here downtown in the future.

Online Reporter: Anna Carrera

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