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DRI Moves to More Visible SpotSubmitted: 04/05/2013
Ben Meyer
Ben Meyer
Managing Editor / Senior Reporter
bmeyer@wjfw.com

DRI Moves to More Visible Spot
RHINELANDER - The group in charge of improving Downtown Rhinelander used to be holed up in a small second floor office.

That made them somewhat detatched from the area they were looking to serve.

Now, Downtown Rhinelander, Incorporated, will have a spacious new setting and visible spot on Brown Street.

Today, they were busy moving their office to the former "Spice of Life" retail store.

"We felt that it was time that we had a presence on the main street, and we would be accessible. This way will just make an awareness, not only just to the community, but also in the summertime and people walking through the street," says DRI Executive Director Maggie Steffen.

The area had been open since "Spice of Life" closed a few months ago.

"It's kind of nice to be able to take a vacant spot, an available spot, and now put our money where our mouth is in that we're investing and trying to make downtown a valuable place, which it is," says Steffen.

Downtown Rhinelander focuses on historic preservation and economic development in the community.

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