Tomahawk Remodel Project Strives to Attract New Businesses to Downtown

By: Jennifer Kliese
By: Jennifer Kliese

Despite Friday's blistering heat volunteers started arriving in downtown Tomahawk at 5 a.m. for a special project.

"By 5 the paint was being mixed we had volunteers lined up and my phone was ringing off the hook clearly what this meant to me was the community wanted this to happen," says Liz Milender, executive director of Tomahawk Main Street.

Tomahawk Main Street is working on a new project. They're revitalizing a building that was damaged by a fire last fall. The community development organization says the group hopes to improve Tomahawk's look to draw in new businesses to the struggling downtown area.

"We are basically starting a campaign to invite businesses and entrepreneurs to downtown Tomahawk to start their business," says Milender.

She says business owners and residents are showing so much support for the project, which proves the community wants to see downtown succeed.

The project would have cost about $500 but thanks to generous donations from the community, it was covered in full.

Organizers say business owners appreciate improving the look of store fronts because it draws in new customers and encourages new business owners to come to town.

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