Filling in Vacant Storefronts: Main Street Bounceback program supports small businesses in every Wisconsin county

1 Apr 2022


As you drive north on Highway 51 through the town of Mercer, you may skip over the old building on your left across from the Krist Gas Station. At first glance, there’s not much to the worn brick and faded brown paint façade. But inside a transformation is underway. Kim Norkunas and her husband Chip are renting out the space and renovating it to fit their vision.

“You have a vision. You gut everything. You’re like, ‘I see it.’ But other people are looking like, ‘Are you sure?’” said Kim.

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