A Business Study – The Filling Station

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One of my goals with this blog is to highlight people who are successful in their careers in these challenging times as well as post about things that make me think. In the past, I have focused on my friend, Michael Schroeder’s new music CD in the post, Postcards on the Road, I talked about my connection with Jason Alba in My Journey with LinkedIn, and today, I will share one of the businesses in Wausau that I frequent.

On the last Wednesday of every month, I meet with a group of Christian Business Leaders to discuss things that affect our Christian witness in the workplace. The group was originally started by Coy Sawyer, from 89Q radio. We meet pretty early in the morning for breakfast at The Sixth Street Filling Station, located at 1314 North Sixth Street in Wausau.

I met the owner, Joan Schnitzler, when I’ve paid my bill and chatted a bit. Joan bought the restaurant from the original owners in March of 2008. I asked her how it felt to have just bought a new business in this economy. She said that though it is challenging, by encouraging more groups like our group to meet at the restaurant, she has been able to sustain business.

It is a smart strategy but one that many restaurants don’t go out of their way to encourage. Groups like ours of 20+ people meeting can disrupt other customers but we have found that most people still come in for coffee during our breakfast and some even stay and have their own breakfasts. Our group has an open session when we  discuss the topic at hand and respond to the questions by the leader or spin off of each other’s comments. We’ve become a very bonded group even though I didn’t know many of the participants when I started.

We all enjoy the Filling Station, in January, we had their Cinnamon Roll French Toast and it was delicious! The Filling Station has great prices, the unique french toast is only $3.79 unless you want bacon, sausage, or ham with it for $5.69. I had their 5oz Grilled Chicken Breast for $4.74 on a visit with a friend. They serve breakfast and lunch, opening at 6am on Tuesday through Sunday. I never tried their Flurries (M&M, Cookie Dough, Oreo, Snickers and more ) but I bet they would be yummy.

They make all the breads there … with my February breakfast, I had a cracked wheat roll and a sample of the carmel pecan rolls… very yummy!

The decor is really fun. It has all these very old gas station related signs and decorations. It fits the theme of Sixth Street Filling Station. Joan seems to be doing okay in this economy but I think that is because she focuses on giving great food at great prices. I’ve never gotten the Jumbo Cinnamon Rolls for $1.89 or the Jumbe Caramel Roll for $3.32 but I have watched them walk out the door. My favorite word, yummy!

If you are in the Wausau area, I think you would have fun at the Filling Station. Tell Joan I sent you!


6 Responses to “A Business Study – The Filling Station”

  1. 1 Andrew Plath March 1, 2009 at 1:51 am

    Great article Julie.

    It is good to promote a business.

  2. 2 Julie Walraven March 1, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    Hi Andy! I do what I can. I have alwaya promoted small business in particular but now I have the ability to do it digitally. Hopefully it will motivate someone to go have breakfast or lunch!

  3. 3 Emma March 1, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    Hey I love this blog. I can see the time and effort put into this.. Thanks!

  4. 4 Jim Oberschmidt March 2, 2009 at 6:19 am

    This Delicious story of business fellowship is surely one to lift the vision and dreams of your friends, followers, and family.
    It is a great example for a beginning entreprenuer like me. I have over 30 years as an employee, and am pursueing more time liberty, to write and provide a service through a home business. Wow, oh , wow, keep up your great style, and work.

    Peace and hope, Jim Oberschmidt

  5. 5 Mike March 2, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    Just passing by.Btw, you website have great content!

    Don’t pay for your electricity any longer…
    Instead, the power company will pay YOU!

  6. 6 Andrew Plath March 8, 2009 at 1:18 am

    I took Mom there this noon. It is a great place. It is a little like Hudson’s, but smaller and locally owned. It was good to get out before I started sanding the pantry floor. The fumes from stripping were getting to me.

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