Red Wing Cafe’s doors opened in September 2021 and the community fully embraced the new establishment. The downtown cafe is a place for many to enjoy laughter, memories, and great food. Miti Balazhi is the proud owner and the man behind the curtain. His personality adds character to the cafe and the food is the cherry on top. Miti is originally from Albania specifically F. Y. R. Macedonia. His background is portrayed through the food, environment, and hospitality.

The cafe has a set of traditions, one being that every holiday they throw a kid’s coloring contest. The next contest is for Valentines Day, February 14th. Miti loves to help support the community and the youth that visit. He is notorious for making his famous mickey mouse pancakes for the kids to enjoy. While interviewing Tiffany, Red Wing Cafe’s manager, she laughed and said, “Many times we have to go get Miti and remind him he is the main cook as he creates relationship with every customer that walks in.” This goes to show how important building relationships are to him and his business.

Red Wing Cafe is open six days a week, Tuesday through Saturday 7:00 am -3:00 pm, Sunday 8:00 am – 3:00 pm. Their popular dishes are the loaded biscuits and gravy, farmer’s skillet, and country fried steak. They do run weekly specials with their Valentines special coming up the week of February 14th. They will be having their steak special for two. To find out more about the cafe and their specials you can connect with them on their Facebook.

The Acker Farm forever planted its roots in the farming industry. Don Acker, an Ellsworth native, and his wife Mary started their farming business in 1973 in Iowa. The lifestyle of farming had won Don over at an early age as his father, Wayne was a farmer. The unfortunate death of his father led him on his own path to dive into the agriculture community. The helping hands of family and friends allowed Don to stand on his own feet and start his journey. The best advice Don got at the start of his career was “Surround yourself with good people and work with them.” The Acker family returned to the Ellsworth area in 1987- the start of their journey.

Farming is both a lifestyle and a business. It takes dedication every day and attention to detail. When asked what the best advice for a beginner farmer, Don replied, “You can’t give up your dream, pay close attention to the numbers, and treat people with respect.” Every farmer has an abundance of dedication and inner drive which can be learned by others and applied to their own aspirations. For Don, this dedication to farming created a family affair. This partnership between Don and his two sons, Jay and Cal, is the most rewarding part of his career. He spoke endlessly about how much gratitude he has for the industry for allowing him to work with his sons and watch his grandkids grow, “It doesn’t get any better than being a grandpa!”.

Farming is a way of life for Don, which is no surprise. When we had asked Don, “If you weren’t in farming what would you do?” with a long pause, he responded, “I would work for a seed company.” Safe to say he has and will always be passionate about farming along with building relationships within the community. What’s next? Ackers plans to implement their succession planning to keep their family business moving forward. He wants his community to know that farmers do everything they can to produce quality products.

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In 1999 Bruce Andrews started a business adventure in Maiden Rock, WI. His cousins at the time owned a roofing company and expressed the need for gutter services. Without hesitation, he went down to the bank to get a loan for a gutter machine. The beginning of Bruce Andrews Seamless Gutters was established and in 2015 moved to Bay City, WI.

After the company’s foundation was built, he was able to grow his staff and services. These services grew from gutters only to an all-exterior construction company that has a specialty in gutters, Leaf Lock Gutter Protection, and roofing services. When asked “What makes your company different than others?”, Bruce confidently said, “We do it right the first time!”.  Being a local resident in the community and local business owner, Bruce prides himself on taking care of his clients.

Don’t let the name fool you! The family-owned and operated business has done an exceptional job diversifying from a gutter and exterior construction company to a rental equipment and storage company to Sunrise Coffee on 35. What’s next for Bruce? He is happy to announce that an online sales portal will be available on his website for the public to purchase product parts and accessories.

Where can you find Bruce and his team? You can follow them on Facebook and visit their website to get in contact for a quote.