Sola Salon building studios in Southport Plaza

Sola Salon Studios, which develops and rents out fully equipped salon spaces for independent salon professionals, has begun construction on its first location in the Kenosha-Racine area.

The new Kenosha Sola Salon Studios in Southport Plaza will open in mid-July with 31 “move-in ready” studios for independent salon professionals who want to own and operate their own business.

Sola has more than 11,000 beauty professionals currently operating in more than 400 locations.

The Kenosha Sola Salon franchise is owned by Roberta Johnson, who has more than two decades of senior management experience in the health-care industry. She recently helped launch a start-up commercial paving company that was named a Future 50 company by the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce Council.

Space leases are now available in the Kenosha Sola Salon Studios. For more information, contact Roberta Johnson at or 414-559-2887.

Shopko maintaining optical department in Kenosha

All the merchandise has been liquidated and regular retail operations at Shopko’s Kenosha store, 5300 52nd St. have ceased except for the optical department, which will continue operating from the location until officials find a stand-alone location.

While it still is undetermined when the optical department will be relocated, a department official said workers have been told to expect another six to 10 weeks at the current location.

Shopko stores had hoped to keep the Kenosha location open, a few months after it began closing stores in other areas of the state after filing for bankruptcy.

After selling off its pharmacy departments, it had hoped to reorganize as a smaller company, or find a buyer for its remaining stores. It failed to find a buyer.

A year ago, Shopko launched some stand-alone optical stores with success and has considered that as another strategy.

Biz-2-Biz Networking Expo set for Tuesday at airport

The Biz-2-Biz Networking Expo will be 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Kenosha Regional Airport, 9900 52nd St.

The event will be in the AVP Kenosha Aviation hangar.

Participants can network with other businesses, get leads on new customers, discover new products and services and take part in structured networking activities.

There will be two seminars:

“Psychology of Powerful Marketing,” 6 p.m.

“Hire Right the First Time, Every Time,” 6:30 p.m.”

Helicopter rides will be available 7 to 9 p.m.

Admission is $20 and includes seminar, networking activities and refreshments.

Register at

For more information, email or call 262-914-9759.

First responders get in free at Wilmot Raceway in June

WILMOT — Wilmot Raceway, located on the Kenosha County Fairgrounds at 30820 111th St., is offering “First Responder Appreciation Days.”

Each Saturday in June, first responders will received free grandstand admission.

Racing is 5 to 11 p.m. each Saturday.

For more information, go to

New nutrition, health business open in village

PLEASANT PRAIRIE — Profile by Sanford, a nutrition and health coaching program, opened its first southeastern Wisconsin location on May 17 at 9780 76th St., Suite 104.

A grand opening will take place 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. June 13.

Profile is offering an introductory membership of $50 ($300 retail value) for a year of one-on-one coaching, a personalized nutrition plan, food discounts and a free Smart Scale to members who sign up by the end of the grand opening event.

Profile provides nutrition, activity and lifestyle coaching to help members lose weight and keep it off.

Profile was created by Sanford Health, one of the world’s largest integrated health-care systems.

Chris Brumfield is Profile Kenosha’s franchisee.

For more information, go to