CRANDON - Opening up a business in this economy seems like a big risk.
But for one Crandon business, the risk is paying off.
Craig Kircher opened RC Havok in September.
It's a 5,000 square foot indoor racetrack for remote-controlled cars.
Kircher said he gets quadruple the number of customers and revenue than he projected when he wrote his business plan.
"I think it's only going to get better after Christmas," he said. "The more snow we get and the better the winter, there's nothing to do around the area, so it's kind of a nice thing for everyone to get their hands on and come enjoy."
Kircher said more people are getting involved because remote-control technology has gotten better over the years.
It's also more accessible - cars can be rented in the store, or bought for anywhere from $150 to $1,500.
Kircher's customers say it's fun, but there's also more to it.
"Quality time with family. My cousins race too, my dad's friend races, I try to beat him a lot. He's always in first," said Deion Okrasinski, 13.
"I like the mechanical aspects," said RC Havok member Lyndon Drescher. "Hoping my kids will kind of pick up on some of that, too."
RC Driver magazine ranked RC Havok one of the top five racetracks around the state.
RHINELANDER AND MINOCQUA - Summer gets us outside playing games on the lake or in the yard, but with cooler temperatures this year, trips to the lake may not be as popular.
That impacts certain businesses in a good way. Imaginuity toys stores in Minocqua and Rhinelander have noticed a difference in the toys they've sold this summer.
"We're definitely getting a lot more traffic with the cooler temperatures. A lot more people in the door, which we're loving. We are seeing a lot more people buying more project based items. They're buying a lot of the active play but not so much the water active," said Jessica Hatch, Store Manager.
WISCONSIN/THREE LAKES - Wisconsin continues to be the best state nationwide when it comes to producing cranberries. One Northwoods farm is preparing to make this year even better.
James Lake Farms in Three Lakes harvested close to 8,000 barrels last year. They hope to meet those expectations this year.
Right now they are in the growing season. The assistant manager believes Wisconsin is a natural environment for growing cranberries.
"It's fairly consistent as compared to somewhere out on the coast where most of the other cranberries are grown. I think a lot of those things combined help make it a good place to grow," said James Lake Farms Assistant Manager Benjamin Riker.
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