Isn't That Interesting: Profiles on Our Winners

Frosty Traditions

Dawn Westhoff’s interior decorating training turned out to be the perfect fit for joining Scott’s Bakery, the family business her parents Russell and Jackie established in 1982. One of her most memorable—and biggest—orders was a five-foot-tall wedding cake in the shape of a castle (talk about living happily ever after!). In a non-castle week, the bakery beats through 2,000 pounds of cake. And much of it is for repeat customers—folks who’ve celebrated special occasions, including birthdays, baptisms, confirmations, graduations, weddings and anniversaries with Scott’s scrumptious baked goods every time.

Rocking the House

When the High Noon Saloon opened in 2004 to replace the beloved indy club O’Cayz Corral, the Madison music scene was back. Seven years later, it’s grown into one of the city’s best live music venues and, thanks to owner Cathy Dethmers’ friendly Midwestern style, a gathering place for fundraisers, kid-friendly shows, craft fairs and wedding receptions. One couple got married in the corner of the bar where they’d met for the first time and hired the same band to play at the reception. One of High Noon’s more eclectic regular acts is The Gomers, locally famous for their live music hootenanny Rock Star Gomeroke. During the recent production of Wicked at Overture Center, cast members delighted a High Noon audience with a Gomers-backed karaoke set. Dethmers’ booking talent is both formidable and prescient. Many musical careers have taken off prior to booked shows, causing a run on tickets—Ray LaMontagne, Sara Bareilles, Avett Brothers and Carolina Chocolate Drops, to name a few.

Bicycle Heaven

Tucked into a couple of unassuming blocks on Regent Street lives one of the most impressive bicycle emporiums around. Budget Bicycle Center’s four stores of new, used and specialty wheels house more folding bicycles than anywhere else in the world and the most recumbents in Wisconsin, according to proud owner Roger Charly. He also tells us his operation boasts the largest used bike inventory on the planet. It’s also a museum of sorts—with antique posters dating back to the original bicycle boom of the 1890s. “From free Red Bikes to electric-assist bicycles to the lightest triathlon bicycle, we have them all,” says Charly. “Bicycle riding and advocacy is our passion.”

Animalistic

For fifty years Spring Harbor Animal Clinic has been keeping our pets (and their owners) healthy and happy with everything from basic health care to laser-assisted de-claws and arthritis therapy to state-of-the-art breeding. The west-side business also grooms and boards and has been owned by the same veterinarian, Morris Link, for more than forty years.

— BN

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