Rhinelander Chamber Wants Your Business of the Year Nominations
Story By Lyndsey Stemm
RHINELANDER - You can help choose the best businesses in Rhinelander. The Chamber of Commerce wants your nominations for Business of the Year.
Every January the chamber holds its annual dinner. For the second year the Chamber is honoring outstanding local businesses.
"We award four different awards. We have three businesses of the year awards and one community volunteer award. There are three different categories for the businesses. It's either retail, tourism or professional business. Those are the different categories we have for the chamber members," says Executive Director Lara Reed.
Anyone in the community can make a nomination. The volunteer award does not have to go to a chamber member, they just have to be someone making a positive impact in the community.
The chamber is accepting nominations through Friday.
PRESQUE ISLE - The art of violin making dates back hundreds of years, and Brian Derber is carrying on the tradition. He wanted to go into furniture making, but fell into instrument design after taking a class in college. In 1999, he opened his own school. It's the only violin making school in Wisconsin.
"The program itself is modeled after a German school of violin making," said New World School of Violin Making Owner Brian Derber. "Students have to fulfill a certain requirement before they can apply to graduate. So the minimum time they are with me is three years."
Students start out by making the body of a violin in their first year. As they progress, they add the scroll and varnish, which can take months for students to finish. Nearing the end of their stay, they can even try to make a cello.
"In the time that I have with students in the school here, I can only give them so much, and then it's time for them to go someplace else and get more knowledge," said Derber.
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