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WAUSAU – Sandi Dahlke has all the time been the artistic sort.

She studied inside design in faculty and sometimes spends her free time doing handicrafts or in search of different methods to get artistic. Nevertheless it wasn’t till just a few years in the past that she determined to show her ardour right into a job.

She fell in love with the decor at a barn wedding ceremony she was attending.

“I spoke to the barn house owners many of the evening,” she stated. “Then I appeared on the locations the place folks obtained the (ornamental) items and located that the majority of them constructed them. And so they spent some huge cash.”

That gave Dahlke an concept. If folks had been prepared to purchase classic chairs, cupcake and cake stands, and arbors, why not simply construct the items themselves and hire them out as wanted? She made the decorations out of classic gadgets and gave them new life and function as a substitute of sending them to the landfill.

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When Dahlke began engaged on her enterprise concept, she enrolled within the bootcamp program on the Entrepreneurial and Training Middle within the Wausau Enterprise Park. After finishing this program, she enrolled on a 12-week course on the College of Wisconsin-Stevens Level.

“I actually obtained connected to my concept,” she stated.

Dahlke opened her wedding ceremony and occasion rental enterprise known as Journey Eleven again in December. Since then, she’s been assembly with clients, attending wedding ceremony reveals, and build up her stock. Her enterprise is presently in a nook of the Entrepreneurial Middle’s warehouse. Chairs, tables, backdrops and extra fill the cabinets.

When clients hire from Journey Eleven, they’ll reserve something from image frames to picture backdrops to chairs and tables for the marriage reception, all with a country end. Then clients choose up the furnishings and decorations on the Thursday or Friday earlier than the marriage and return them the next week.

Her enterprise is slowly build up, despite the fact that Dahlke stated individuals are reserving weddings nearly a 12 months prematurely. Within the meantime, she’s hoping to provide small items that will have been forgotten, like image frames or different accents.

“I simply love seeing issues in a brand new and totally different method,” she stated.

Dahlke is presently working the enterprise herself with the assistance of her husband when she isn’t working full-time as a undertaking supervisor for an organization in Rothschild. She can be a mom of two, however her two youngsters love to come back to Journey Eleven’s workplace along with her and play or assist out. Going ahead, nevertheless, Dahlke hopes to develop the enterprise and work with native woodworkers to create new and distinctive items for weddings, child showers, and extra in central Wisconsin.

Within the meantime, Dahlke takes on her new enterprise day by day and is blissful to lastly have the chance to share her skills with the group.

“It helps me deliver out the artistic facet,” she stated.

Do you have got a query or a narrative tip? Get in contact. Contact Streetwise reporter Laura Schulte at 715-297-7532 or [email protected] on Twitter @schultelaura.

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Take a look at the number of rental properties at or go to the Journey Eleven LLC Fb web page.


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