A popular downtown business, the Cheese Corner was bought by the Vernon Area Rehabilitation Center, an organization dedicated to serving individuals with varying abilities through programs including job training and employment opportunities.

German “Carlos” Vasquez Hernandez and his wife, Carolina Martinez, knew it would be a challenge to keep their two southwest Wisconsin Los Amigos Mexican restaurants operating when the pandemic hit—just months after one of the restaurants had moved to a bigger, remodeled location.

A strong Wisconsin support system and recycled wine bottles helped Sascha pivot from wholesale to retail sales for her gourmet oils and vinegars business.

Thanks to her initiative and networking, Loreen uncorked a new way to stay engaged with her loyal customer base during the pandemic through virtual wine tastings.