Laura Schulte, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin
The Grand Theater makes it into national rankings for yet another year, Game Stop is leaving Wausau Center and city streets will soon see Wausau's first "pedal pub."
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The Grand Theater has taken the No. 5 spot in a worldwide ranking of top theater venues.
The downtown Wausau theater took the spot in a ranking by the trade publication Pollstar, in a category of theaters with a capacity under 1,300.
According to a press release from The Grand, the theater also went from being ranked 174 out of all venues worldwide to 143, the first time the theater has even broken into the top 150 in the Pollstar rankings. The rankings put the Grand Theater among venues like the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis, the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville and the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago. Overture Hall in Madison and Riverside Theater in Milwaukee also made the list.
Starting this spring, Wausau residents and visitors will be able to pedal the streets while sipping on beer and wine on a quadricycle.
Wausau Spokeeasy is the first company to bring a "pedal pub" to Wausau's city limits, allowing groups of up to 14 people to enjoy a ride and a drink or two, Dan Dadabo said.
The company launched this winter, taking bookings for as soon as March when the weather will start making a turn for warmer. Even if the temperature remains chilly, though, the bike has the ability to be enclosed and heated with a small heater, said Dadabo.
The Game Stop location will close on Jan. 20, according to management member, James Theobald.
Theobald said that the store, which has been in the mall for about 20 years, consistently hits sales goals and performs well, and attributes the closing to a dying mall culture across the nation.
The Greenheck Group, one of the largest employers in the Wausau area, has promoted five men as a part of a new company organization structure.
"Tim Kilgore, Dave Kallstrom, Aaron Gotham, Rich Totzke and Scott Graf have been promoted to enhance The Greenheck Group's winning ways in all entities and target markets," President & CEO James McIntyre said in announcing the moves. "These strong and experienced leaders will assume new leadership responsibilities and help guide our future success."
Greenheck, which manufactures and sells commercial heating and cooling systems, has 3,300 employees globally including 2,100 in Wisconsin. In addition to its local plants, the company has facilities in Kentucky, California, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Texas, Mexico and India.