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Stevens Point Streetwise: New pet grooming salon and distillery, and Starbucks reopens in Crossroads Commons

By Caitlin Shuda, Stevens Point Journal,


STEVENS POINT – What’s happening with businesses in the Stevens Point area?

Streetwise has your answers. These roundups offer an easy way to stay up to date with what’s happening on the Streetwise beat. If you know of a new business, a development or a place that’s closing, send me a note at If you have questions about something opening, closing or changing in the area, send me those, too, and I'll do my best to find an answer.

This roundup features distillery, pet grooming and Starbucks news.

New distillery opens in Knowlton

Knowlton House Distillery is officially open in Knowlton. The distillery opened late last month and offers tours, classes, craft cocktails and food near Mullins Cheese.

Luke and Heather Mullins founded Knowlton House Distillery, producing whiskey, vodka and gin. The distillery brings together expertise and passions from both Luke – a fourth-generation cheesemaker with Mullins Cheese – and Heather – a product development scientist with a master's degree in brewing science. Construction on the distillery began last September.

Knowlton House Distillery's flagship product line is called TenHead, and it includes vodka and gin made from pure milk sugar, a byproduct of making cheese. According to a release from the distillery, guests are surprised to hear the vodka is distilled from milk sugar, as there are only a few distilleries in the world that do that.

Heather said the community has welcomed the new distillery, filling the cocktail lounge within 15 minutes of opening the doors for the first time.

According to the release, people can expect to find TenHead spirits in liquor stores, bars and restaurants later this fall.

For more information, find Knowlton House Distillery on Facebook.

New pet grooming salon opens in Plover

A new pet grooming salon is up and running in Plover. The Plover Rover opened Sept. 20 and held a grand opening celebration Saturday at 3021 Patton Drive in Plover.

According to The Plover Rover website, Brooke Wiza and Annie Clark previously groomed at Happy Paws in Wisconsin Rapids before opening The Plover Rover shop. The website says it's a luxury one-on-one based groomer shop that provides a calmer experience to fit each specific pet.

"Our top priority is your dog's safety and comfort," the website says. "We will not push a dog just to get a groom done, instead we will work with you to help achieve a happier experience."

The grooming service offers grooming packages that include full haircuts, baths, brush outs, coat blow-outs, nail trimming and more for extra-small through extra-large dogs. Customers can add on additional treatments for appointments as well.

For more information, visit or find The Plover Rover LLC on Facebook.

Starbucks in Crossroads Commons reopens

The Starbucks in Crossroads Commons is open again after crews finished renovations inside.

The location was temporary closed at 120 Crossroads Drive last month during the construction. A banner outside the location at the time directed people to a QR code with a list of other locations to visit, including on Division Street in Stevens Point, Plover Road in Plover and inside Metro Market in Stevens Point.

More local business news:When will Ross Dress for Less open in Stevens Point?

More local business news:We now know when Scooter's Coffee will open in Stevens Point

Contact Caitlin at or follow her on Twitter @CaitlinShuda.

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