Beloit Stories

Remember | The Beloit Historical Society

The Beloit Historical Society, founded in 1910, is the oldest historical society in Rock County. Located on the west side of Beloit, the society manages two sites – The Lincoln Center and the Hanchett-Bartlett Homestead. The Beloit Historical Society includes five buildings on 30 acres of land. Programs, tours and community events are held throughout the year at both facilities. “We’re a worthwhile, important organization and we do unique work in Beloit,” says Paul Kerr,

Experience Beloit | Pops on the Rock

When it comes to celebrating America’s birthday, the Beloit community goes all out. Every Fourth of July, more than 2,500 families, friends and visitors get together in Riverside Park for “Pops on the Rock,” a special evening highlighted by a free concert performed by the Rock River Philharmonic, and fireworks that light up the sky. “It’s a big draw for Beloit and its residents to have this type of show every year,” says Rob Tomaro,

Engage in Beloit | Turtle Creek Chamber Orchestra and Children’s Music Camp

In 2012, a group of residents who shared a passion for music came together to discuss ways of creating a summer-only chamber orchestra as a way to provide family entertainment and supplement music education throughout Southern Wisconsin.  Dr. J. Ian Nie, a music professor at Beloit College, and his student, Carol Roy, called a meeting in April, 2012 along with other interested musicians and teachers of music. Turtle Creek Chamber Orchestra (TCCO) was launches and

Live in Beloit | It’s All in the Family

Ben Thompson was well on his way to a successful career working for a hedge fund company in Chicago, when he made a startling discovery: he really missed the radio business. “Radio is a mix between entertainment and information,” says Ben, general manager of WGEZ-AM and the Janesville/Beloit market manager for the station’s parent company, Big Radio. “I like the urgency and immediacy aspect of the news side. But there’s also the entertainment side that

Work In Beloit | AccuLynx: Finding Software Solutions for Contractors   

When Rich Spanton, president of Mastercraft Exteriors, a national roofing company, had a problem with his software, he didn’t turn to another company for answers. He created his own software. Developed over 15 years ago to streamline roofing contractors' operations, AccuLynx has become the leading cloud-based business management software for exterior contractors. Today, the software serves thousands of companies nationwide and employs hundreds of dedicated individuals focused on helping roofing contractors succeed. “If you are

Engage in Beloit | Project 16:49

16:49 refers to the amount of hours and minutes between the end of the school day and when the school day starts again the next morning. In 2010, director R.E. Burgos created Sixteen Forty-Nine, a moving documentary film about the more than 1,000 homeless teens living in Rock County. The film was shown at the Beloit International Film Festival and later won the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth media award.

Live in Beloit | Caring for the Community

CARING FOR THE COMMUNITY Beloit is known for many things – dining, shopping and recreation, to name a few. Beloit also is a city to turn to when it comes to the best in healthcare. With 1,600 employees, including a strong team of experienced physicians, Beloit Health System is the largest employer in Beloit, and many of the organization's staff call Beloit home. “Physicians who have decided to join the health system are some of the most

Beloit Health System: Providing Quality Healthcare

Beloit is known for many things – dining, shopping and recreation, to name a few. Beloit also is a city to turn to when it comes to the best in healthcare. Dr. Neel Karne with Tim McKevett, Beloit Health System President and CEO, and Dr. Alice Townshend In 2010, those qualities were further enhanced when Beloit Memorial Hospital and Beloit Clinic merged to form Beloit Health System. “We became a comprehensive health system,” says Tim

Beloit International Film Festival Celebrates 10 Years

When organizers of the Beloit International Film Festival (BIFF) started planning the big event a decade ago, they had one goal in mind. “We wanted to bring Beloit to the world and the world to Beloit,” says executive director Rod Beaudoin. Mission accomplished. This 10-day, one-of-a-kind event has put Beloit on the map within the film industry. Every year, BIFF has grown: In 2006, the first BIFF screened 80 films over four days; in 2015

A Sweet Deal – Northwoods Premium Confections

A SWEET DEAL - NORTHWOODS PREMIUM CONFECTIONS Teala and Scott Lamoreux loved visiting the popular Beloit’s farmers market so much, that they decided to relocate their business, Northwoods Premium Confections, from Rockford to Beloit two years ago. And it didn’t take long for the couple to adjust to their new location at 314 State St. Sales are up, and new customers arrive daily to buy confections, fine chocolates, gourmet popcorn and other treats. In fact,

Experience Beloit – Festival on the Rock

Festival on the Rock lights up the riverfront in Beloit Live music, carnival rides and spectacular fireworks are just some of the fun activities that have made Festival on the Rock, a popular celebration in the Beloit area for more than 20 years. “It’s a fun, family-style event for people of all ages,” says Bryce Patch, festival chairman. “It’s a great way to end the summer.” The three-day festival is held every year at Preservation

Engage in Beloit with Leadership Development Academy of Rock County

Leadership Development Academy of Rock County LDA members team up to help keep our communities clean. About a decade ago, some Rock County business leaders came together and determined they needed to create a leadership pipeline. With that in mind, they formed the Leadership Development Academy of Rock County (LDA), an organization that gives participants the opportunity to learn about Rock County’s history, economy, culture and government. “It’s a wonderful concept,” says executive director Russell

Savor Beloit – The Flying Pig, A Treat for All Ages

The Flying Pig has landed in Beloit. The Flying Pig, a popular treat shop known for its many shaved ice flavors and toppings, opened its doors in downtown Beloit in November 2014. “We wanted to expand and thought downtown Beloit would be the perfect spot,” says Lisa Dodd, who owns the business with husband, Greg. The Dodds and their four children moved to the area eight years ago, after living in Little Rock, Ark., where Lisa

Work In Beloit – Ironworks Campus

The Ironworks campus is home to 13 different businesses occupying a million square feet on 24 acres. One of the most popular landmarks in Beloit is the Ironworks campus, located on the banks of the Rock River in the heart of Beloit’s City Center. For nearly 150 years this site was home to the Beloit Corporation. Like many industries in the region, Beloit Corporation struggled and ultimately closed its doors in 1999. But rather than

Work In Beloit – Campbell’s

With close proximity to the rich potato farms of America’s heartland, Beloit was a natural choice for Kettle Brand’s second U.S. potato chip factory. The 140,000 square-foot Kettle Brand plant opened in 2007 with 200 employees. The plant consisted of 4 fryers and 3 baggers. Over the next 3 years, the plant added 2 additional baggers and 4 additional fryers. In 2010, Diamond Foods purchased the plant and promptly expanded the plant in 2011 doubling

Work in Beloit – ABC Supply

  ABC Supply Co., Inc. not only dominates Beloit's riverfront, but stands out in Beloit's employment landscape. ABC Supply's bold white building is a focal point of Beloit riverfront landscape. With their location on a hill overlooking the riverfront, employees have sweeping views of the river, lagoon and beautiful River Side Park. ABC Supply Co., Inc. not only dominates the Beloit riverfront, but stands out in Beloit's employment landscape.  ABC Supply Co., Inc. is the  largest wholesale distributor of roofing

Blackhack Technical College – Flexible Education. Supportive Environment.

Flexible Education. Supportive Environment. Blackhawk Technical College is a leader in making a flexible education in a supportive environment accessible to all students. By offering a wide range of programs and courses, the college ensures that every individual, regardless of their background or circumstances, can access high-quality education tailored to their goals and aspirations. As a proud member of the 16-school Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS), Blackhawk is an innovative and productive resource for Beloit

Healthcare Spotlight – NorthPointe Health and Wellness Campus

NorthPointe Health and Wellness Campus in Roscoe, IL Located just minutes from Beloit, NorthPointe’s 122-acre health and wellness campus is truly a unique health environment. Located on a rolling prairie setting near the corner of Willowbrook and E. Rockton Roads in Roscoe, with a convenient location off- I-90, the campus focuses on prevention, diagnostics and treatment. “The innovative, state-of-the-art health and wellness campus is a natural, healing environment for all ages,” explains Gus Larson, Director

This is My Home – Donna Sykora

Two years ago, Donna Sykora moved to Beloit for a new position. What she found here in southern Wisconsin was so much more. Donna is key account manager for Alliant Energy. In her role, she manages large industrial customers in the Beloit area. In addition, she represents the company on a number of local boards such as the Beloit Chamber of Commerce, Blackhawk Technical College Foundation Board and United Way Blackhawk Region. While taking care

Having A Ball – Recreation Name of the Game in Beloit

One of the reasons Jessie Everson appreciates Beloit is for its surplus of recreational activities. From playing in winter volleyball leagues to biking to participating in summer pickle ball with her husband Tom, the mother of two takes full advantage of Beloit’s many offerings. “We’re very active,” she says. “We try to get involved in something every weekend. If there’s a community event, we make sure to stop by. We take our three dogs to

Live In Beloit – A Special Place

Christa Story never thought she’d move back to her hometown, but Beloit is a special place that is ideal for both family and career. Story came to Beloit in 2016 as curator of the Wright Museum of Art, one of Beloit’s crown jewels. In 1930, the college partnered with the city of Beloit to fund the construction of the Wright Museum. Since then, the museum has undergone several renovations over the years. The Wright Museum

Rising Professionals promote Beloit

RISING PROFESSIONALS PROMOTE BELOIT In an effort to get more young professionals involved in the community, the Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce has created the Rising Professionals, an organization comprised of young professionals under the age of 40. The group was created to empower young professionals in the region, provide networking opportunities and promote civic engagement, professional development and mentoring. “We have plenty of young people here in Beloit,” said Tim Dutter, executive director of the

Bushel & Peck’s Local Market

BUSHEL & PECK'S LOCAL MARKET Nine years ago, Jackie Gennett and Rich Horbaczewski of Grass is Greener Gardens, an organic farm located in Monroe, started selling eggs, lamb and chicken at the weekly Beloit Farmers’ Market. Little did they know it would open a whole new world for their business right here in downtown Beloit. The business partners are owners of the popular Bushel & Peck’s Local Market, 328 State St., which opened in 2008. The restaurant

Nature at the Confluence: A Project for 2020

NATURE AT THE CONFLUENCE: A PROJECT FOR 2020 "This is a process of rediscovery and trying to make the Confluence become a community asset once again.” Beloit is located at the Confluence of the Rock River and Turtle Creek. These streams have played a key part in the history and development of the city. They’ve provided diverse habitats for plants and animals, and also have a rich history of being utilized by people. The Confluence

Fulfilling a Dream: Diane Hendricks

FULFILLING A DREAM: DIANE HENDRICKS Diane and Ken Hendricks had a dream for how they wanted their lives to play out. “In 1982, Ken and I had a vision,” says Diane, chairman of ABC Supply Co., Inc., the company she co-founded with her late husband. “We wanted to be productive with our lives, make a difference in our industry and give back to those who helped us achieve our dreams. Ken and I were blessed to

Making a New Home In Beloit

MAKING A NEW HOME IN BELOIT Change is never easy. Uwe Schnell knows this firsthand. Schnell has been all over the world. A native of Germany, Uwe has also lived and worked in Belgium, India, Hungary and Brazil, before making his way to the United States. It’s been a long and winding road, but Uwe can’t imagine being anywhere else. “I enjoy the spontaneity and the business culture in the United States,” he says. “Germans

The Real Indiana Jones

ROY CHAPMAN ANDREWS One of Beloit’s most famous citizens was Roy Chapman Andrews, an explorer, adventurer and writer. Andrews is best known for leading a series of expeditions through China in the early 20th century into the Gobi Desert and Mongolia that led to such discoveries as the first-known nests of fossilized dinosaur eggs. There were plenty of obstacles along the way, however, as he battled sandstorms, snakes, and bandit attacks. It is widely speculated

The Butterfly Club

THE BUTTERFLY CLUB The Butterfly Club is another Wisconsin Supper Club in Beloit that offers sensational food, an inviting atmosphere and keen attention to service for its popularity. “It’s a beautiful thing to have a supper club like The Butterfly Club,” says co-owner Mike Sala. “People like to come here to have a good time.” The restaurant’s rich history dates back to 1924, when Hal and Mae Sherburne opened the Butterfly Tea Room, named for the yellow and

Merrill and Houston’s Steak Joint

MERRILL & HOUSTON'S One look around Merrill & Houston’s Steak Joint, 500 Pleasant St., and Beloit’s rich history comes alive. “It’s a tribute to our city’s past and the industry leaders who created Beloit,” says Jayme Braatz, the restaurant’s general manager. “We want people to feel like they can really connect with Beloit.” Merrill & Houston’s opened in July 2012 in the Ironworks Hotel, after more than a year of extensive construction to both the hotel

The 615 Club

THE 615 CLUB The 615 Club has been a Beloit landmark since 1936. Located at 615 Broad Street, the popular Wisconsin Supper Club is located just three blocks from the Beloit College campus. “The 615 Club has always had its place in Beloit history,” says Gregg Hatley, who along with his wife, RayAnn, are just the sixth owners of the restaurant’s proud history. “I just wanted a place that speaks for itself. It was here