Streetwise: New stores, restaurant and beauty studio open


By:  Laura Schulte with USA Today Network Wisconsin

 If you're looking for a new place to pick out the perfect holiday gifts, downtown Wausau has three new businesses to check out. 

Poppy's Boutique and Uff Da! offer up some new products, while Daly's Restaurant provides the perfect place for a post-shopping cocktail. 

And if you need a little pampering for yourself after all that shopping, make sure to make an appointment at V Beauty House. 

Here's this week's business news from Wausau: 

Downtown boutique, restaurant open for business

Shoppers can now add two new spots to stop during their downtown trips. 

Daly's restaurant, located at 307 Third St., opened on Oct. 26, serving craft cocktails, craft beer and charcuterie plates. The restaurant plans to start serving food once the kitchen is completed, a Facebook post said. 

And around the corner, Poppy's Boutique, 316 Washington St., opened on Oct. 28, giving women a new place to shop for ethically-produced clothing. 

The store also offers jewelry and accessories for women, and owner Raissa Dupuis hopes to add men's and children's clothing in the new year, if business goes well for the store. 

There's a new tenant in the mall, and he's aiming to bring a little Norwegian culture to Wausau. 

Russ Erickson is the owner of Uff Da!, which opened on Oct. 28 in Wausau Center mall, after relocating from Rothschild. The store sells signs, as well as hand-made wooden furniture and hand-made woolen mittens. 

The name of the store comes from Erickson's Norwegian heritage, having grown up hearing his family members utter the phrase when under stress. 

Uff Da! opened eight and a half years ago in the Cedar Creek mall, and closed this spring so that Erickson and his wife could take their signs on the road to different shows across the state, such as the Iola car show. He was planning on reopening in Rothschild this winter, but after a trip to the mall, decided to take a leap and reopen in downtown. 

Erickson plans to keep the store open through the spring at least. 

Vanexa Yang has always loved makeup, and after searching for a career that fit her, skin care came naturally. 

Yang opened V Beauty House in April as a makeup studio, and expanded in October to include skin care like facials. Her studio is located in Schofield, at 1326 Schofield Ave., and offers customers a personalized, comfortable environment for their treatments. 

Yang, who has had eight years of experience doing makeup for T.V., movies and models, now does makeup for any occasion, including photographs and weddings. She also offers makeup lessons, so that women can learn how to use their makeup to its fullest.