TOMAHAWK - An old school Tomahawk business didn't win Wisconsin's Main Street Makeover Contest. It could have received state money for remodeling. However, the owner says it's creating a prize of its own and moving forward with its makeover project.
Doug Kirby has kept the Tomahawk community stitched and sewn together for the last 32 years.
"You have to change to survive in any business," said Kirby.
Kirby thought his Sew-N-Vac store in Tomahawk might win Wisconsin's Main Street Makeover Contest and help with its survival.
"The $10,000 grant would have been nice but we had planned to remodel anyhow," said Kirby.
Kirby's store didn't make it to the final round of the contest.However, that didn't stop him from moving forward with his $30,000 renovation project.
"We're enlarging areas that need to be enlarged like our classroom area," said Kirby.
Kirby plans on stripping the carpet, giving customers more space to shop and updating a store that's been around for more than three decades.
"It's another shot in the arm for us and the consumer," said Kirby.
Kirby's willing to foot the bill on his own to make sure his customers get that shot.
"We're willing to change things to help and grow," said Kirby.
Although Sew-N-Vac didn't win the contest to help with its upgrades, it still received help from consultants. Kirby expects the remodeling to be done by this fall.