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If it is bling you want, Bella Luce Boutique might just be your kind of store. Recently, longtime manager Stacy Corbo bought the store outright and is continuing its sparkling array of jewelry and clothing including being the exclusive dealer for Christine Alexander clothing. Corbo moved to Hudson fifteen years ago with her three children. She admits to having a deep fondness for jewelry that started when she was a little girl. Her father's hobby was working with stones and making jewelry.
The annual Reindeer in the Park with Santa event was almost magical this year with fresh snow coating a pine tree in the bandshell, a decorated snow pile for kids to play on and a host of activities to keep families warm while waiting for a visit with the big guy. The Hudson Area of Commerce and Tourism Bureau sponsor the event which brings civic groups, businesses and corporate sponsors together to create a free event for families to enjoy. From making ornaments to taking a sample of reindeer food home the activities keep everyone warm and entertained.
Rustle up your taste buds and travel across the St. Croix River to try out the newest culinary treat in the St. Croix Valley. Chris and Kristen Johnson, Hudson residents since 2000, are taking their entire family on a new adventure and it centers around food, specifically Texas BBQ. Chris has always had a fascination with food and music. Working as a baker on Nantucket Island during college he earned recognition for his blueberry coffeecake.
Owning a gym is something Joe Balfanz has always wanted to do. The 1993 Hudson High School graduate and his wife Melanie purchased St. Croix Body Zone on Oct. 1. It was formerly located at 131 Carmichael Road. This week it reopened at 2000 O'Neil Road. Balfanz and his brother, Jeremy, own and operate Unlimited Carpentry Services, a general construction firm. As a result Balfanz did all of his own build-out and construction at the new location. The results are noticeable the moment you walk in the door.
Sun Control: The name pretty much spells out the service. The company recently opened a Hudson location, with Hudson native Brian Rosenberger as the general manager. Controlling the power of sunlight, whether it be the heat generated, the ultraviolet exposure or glare (aesthetics), is its goal. Sun Control is a St. Paul based company with locations in Eden Prairie, Rochester, La Crosse and now Hudson. Window tinting is its focus on commercial and residential properties as well as cars. Hudson is the first Wisconsin location to do on site window tinting for cars.
I already had a good start on my column for this week before I attended this year's Veterans Day program. Stop reading and turn to Commander Charles Altman's speech on page 2-3A. It is an important message. (Note: Some of the speech has been excerpted and apperas in the attached online link as well.) Not only did he share with humor his personal story but painted a bigger and brighter picture of the United States than a lot of fellow citizens believe. Take the time. The journey In late October I found myself traveling the complete 390-mile length of the state of Illinois.
Bob, the oldest of the Mueller brothers, was the first one to get involved with martial arts, while the family still lived in Eagan, Minn. That was in 1989. Jeff and Joel each started taking karate when they were 12 and nine respectively. The family had moved to Baldwin by that time. "It was something that kept them straight and taught them responsibility," said Bob, of his brothers. "When you are a kid in this environment there is always an adult with you," said Jeff. "When I was a kid it helped my focus," said Joel.
Curves is celebrating 10 years in Hudson. Dar Goulett, who recently purchased the Hudson franchise, is a believer. She is the third owner of the business and has owned a Curves franchise in a different location. Goulett, a River Falls native, is excited about the new program Curves is offering its clients. CurvesSmart allows clients to track their progress over time and at each station. The Curves concept, for women only, provides a 30-minute workout at 13 stations. The stations are hydraulic so you create your own workout based on your abilities.
There is a new local business on Vine Street. Deirdre Worrell, a Wisconsin/Minnesota state-licensed audiologist and speech and language pathologist, published children's book author, and 16-year Hudson native, has opened a Hudson office for her company, North Ridge Hearing. North Ridge Hearing is the second phase of a successful business started in Pepin where the first office for North Ridge Hearing sits next to the Worrell family-owned ice cream shop, Hear it Melt. The Worrells opened both businesses in July of this year.
Kim Schaffer, a Twin Cities native, has spent most of her professional life in Wisconsin, including the last four years in River Falls. "I love to sew," said Schaffer, who recently opened a branch of her River Falls' business, Custom Needle Alterations, in Hudson. She has been doing alterations, repair work and taking measurements for over 25 years, most of it in Eau Claire for clients such as Dayton's, J.C. Penney's and Scheels Sports. "When I started to serve the Lord, I thought a good Christian must be able to sew," said Schaffer.