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"The Vault" opens in Ellison Bay

A new business in Ellison Bay hopes to capitalize on what the previous tenant left behind. Although the Nicolet Bank branch location no longer exists in downtown Ellison Bay, the bank’s safe remains.  The Vault, a new gourmet popcorn shop that also features gelato and baked goods, is owned by Curt Bawden, who purchased the building in March after a previous sale of the property fell through. Bawden, along with his wife Amy, had the facility remodeled but kept the integrity of the teller stations and layout.



The original name of the store was to be “Bank on Goodness”, but due to Wisconsin law preventing a non-financial business from having “bank” in the name, Bawden settled on “The Vault” since the original safe remained with the property. “Bank on Goodness” is now the slogan for the shop.  Inspired by his late father, Bawden dedicated the backyard area as Lenten’s Land of Gnomes at the June 19th opening. It features a huge painted wooden gnome that his father carved. Other gnome carvings are showcased around the store, along with signs referencing the banking industry. The Vault is open every day except Mondays from 11 am until 8 pm.






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