OSHKOSH – There’s a new business in town for pet owners in a pinch.
Stay and Play Pet House opened in early February at 3792 Jackson St., offering dog and cat grooming, daycare, and boarding services.
Cassandra Running and her father’s wife Sherry Slife bought and renovated the building this fall, emptying the interior and adding an indoor and outdoor play area, grooming station, kennels and other amenities.
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They got help from Sherry’s husband, Curtiss Slife, who has years of experience remodeling homes and storefronts.
“Sherry and I learned a lot from working with him,” Running said. “And I think that was my favorite part of it all, being able to work side by side with my dad.”
Stay in Play is on the north side of Oshkosh, which Running said its commuter customers have found convenient for its proximity to Interstate 41.
Running and Slife take pets for a few hours at Stay and Play or for several days. There is no rigid schedule for the cats and dogs that stay there, Running said. Animals are supervised and allowed to play when they wish, or to nap in kennels when they do not.
“We take pride in knowing our dogs and our customers,” Running said. “We want to have this relationship with our customers. We want our customers to know us and be comfortable.”
Expanding Duluth Trading Co.
Duluth Trading Co. is renovating its outlet store on South Koeller Street, expanding into a nearby storefront.
Duluth moved their factory outlet to a new storefront next to their location at 1132 S. Koeller St. and built the old location for expansion.
When this is all done, the Duluth store in Oshkosh will have both full-price products and outlet products between the two storefronts, which will be connected by a hallway, said Holly Dugan, spokesperson for Duluth.
Duluth opened its outlet and call center in Oshkosh in September 2015. It was the company’s second outlet store and fourth location in Wisconsin at the time. The store has solid items with cheeky names, including “No BS” shirts and “Buck Naked” underwear.
Dugan said the company hopes to complete the renovation and open the expanded store in the second quarter of 2018, which ends in July.
Oshkosh, a center of technological jobs? You bet
Believe it or not, Oshkosh is something of a low-key hub for tech careers, a trade publication has found.
CIO Magazine, a publication designed for tech professionals, ranked Oshkosh No. 3 in its list of 10 “Under the Radar” Cities with Excellent Tech Career Opportunities at the end of January.
The magazine pointed out that Oshkosh’s short commutes, diverse economy, and low cost of living make it a well-rounded place to launch a career in tech. The CIO used data from the ZipRecruiter job site, which weighted job prospects based on factors such as walkability and unemployment rate, not just high wages.
Small and mid-sized towns in the Upper Midwest largely round out the top 10, with Wausau ranked No. 9 and Minneapolis No. 10. Here is the full breakdown of
- Fargo, North Dakota
- Colombia, Missouri
- Oshkosh, Wisconsin
- Honolulu Hawaii
- Ames, Iowa
- Lincoln, Nebraska
- Lewiston, Idaho
- Des Moines, Iowa
- Wausau, Wisconsin
- Minneapolis, Minnesota