MERRILL - Merrill business owner Sandy Gipple could not believe it when she found out the salon she owned was now in a condemned building. Gipple has been cutting hair for 32 years. She hoped she could retire in her current salon, but that's not the case anymore.
"It was shocking, it took my breath away," says Sandy Gipple, Owner of Images Hair and Tanning Salon. "It was just something that I didn't think was going to happen to us, and if I would have had any inklings that something was going to be happening to my business I for sure would have been looking 60 days ago and not just 10 days ago which is what I've had to do."
The city gave Gipple just 10 days to move out. The karate building next door to the salon collapsed this winter.
That may be why the city says her building is unsafe, but Gipple says the city hasn't even given her an official explanation.
She had been renting the salon building. Fortunately she has a place to move downtown, but she had to buy the new place.
"Before I had just the responsibility of taking care of my girls and making sure things were up and running in the current salon that I was renting," says Gipple. "Now it's going to be all the upkeep is going to be on me, electrical, plumbing, windows, siding, all that now, taxes, that's all going to be my responsibility now."
Gipple will move her salon just up the street on Main in downtown Merrill. She's only going to lose two days of business.
ANTIGO - Messages of support have been pouring in throughout the state since the prom shooting tragedy in Antigo.
Two Antigo women are continuing to support the community by collecting donations not only for the family of the shooting victim, but for the family of the shooter as well.
You can find a box at the Thirsty Soul in Antigo where people are placing words of encouragement, cash, and gift cards for the Wagner and Cooper families.
Lisa Sennholz is a mother of two Antigo High School students. Her son was at prom the night of the shooting. After that night, Lisa knew that something had to be done.
"My first instinct was to do something, to actually reach out and help in some way," said Sennholz. "And I said, I just feel like we need to ask the community to rally around these families and give support."
Lisa and Diane Kondrath, the owner of the Thirsty Soul, originally just hoped to collect cards of encouragement for both the Cooper family and the Wagner family. Soon, they began to collect gift cards and other monetary donations.
"I am overwhelmed with how many people have come in, and cared for both families equally," said Kondrath.
RHINELANDER - For the last seven months, salesmen at Rhinelander's Slumberland Furniture worked in a dark, cramped warehouse. After crews tore down the old building on Stevens Street, crews were busy building a new building on the old one's footprint. That work took longer than expected, but the new Slumberland will open Saturday.
Newswatch 12 got a walk-through with the owner and store manager Friday. The new building is 19,000 square feet, offering about 2,000 sq.-ft. more than the old showroom. The new building features a more open layout with raised ceilings.
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