When Mandi and Tony Buonincontro bought the building at 117 W. Main St. in December 2020, the roof was so damaged that you could see the sky from an upstairs room, and ferns were growing on the floor.

They did much of the work themselves, from carpentry to scouting antique furniture.

To help fund the renovations, they applied for a Community Development Investment Grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). “We were scrambling to get grants because we’re not independently wealthy,” Tony said.

Their application was approved in May, providing $73,000. In a press release, WEDC Secretary Missy Hughes said the project “could be a game-changer” for the village.

[Adapted from: Couple turns Cambridge fixer upper into six-room boutique hotel June 12, 2022 Capital Times]