A shop in downtown Crandon is treasured by the community Submitted: 09/01/2017
A shop in downtown Crandon is treasured by the community
Dakota Sherek
Dakota Sherek

CRANDON - Downton Crandon features all kinds of stores, but one shop in particular is treasured by many.

"I just had a passion for this kind of stuff," said Tricia Novak.
Novak owns Tricia's Treasures and Bistro, which has been a part of downtown Crandon for nearly 20 years.

"To be honest I'm surprised with how amazing and how successful this place has gotten," said Novak.
Novak started up her store when she was 24 years old.

"I just had a vision that I wanted to do something fun," she said. "I was into crafty things and making homes pretty/"

Tricia's Treasures expanded into multiple buildings over the years, selling home d├ęcor, clothing, accessories, and even coffee and food.

"Now it's just become a huge, like, strip mall in little downtown Crandon," said store manager Wendy Matuszewski.

Matuszewski has worked with Novak for 13 years.

"I love this place," said Matuszewski.

The customers love it, too.

"I think it brings a lot to the area just because she's got stuff you can't find in some of your big stores--so it's a big asset to the town," said Winnie May, a longtime customer.

May's daughter is a fan as well.

"I really like coming here because I get to look at all the cool jewelry," said 9-year-old Addison May. 
And Novak appreciates her customers.

"A lot of my customers become true friends, so I've met a lot of people, in a way. I've seen families grow up. I mean, I have several families that started with their little kids in here and now they're having kids," Novak said. "It's amazing." 

Novak says the support from the community has been amazing.

"I love this little town. It's gotten to be such a destination for everyone."

Novak believes that as the community grows, so will her business.

"We have to push forward, we never go backward, and I think if we keep going forward, we're only going to see bigger and brighter things in the future." 

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