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New program spotlights businesses positively impacting Falls

Oct. 9, 2013

Menomonee Falls — A new program in Menomonee Falls launched Monday to shed light on local businesses positively impacting the community.

Matt Dorner, assistant community development director, spearheaded the program that will showcase a cross section of local businesses once a month at Village Board meetings. Bank of Memories & Flowers and Glenroy Inc. were the companies selected to kickoff the recognition program. The goal is to select one smaller business and one larger company to share their stories with the board.

"You are a perfect example of why we want to do this," Village President Randy Newman told the business representatives. "It's certainly an honor to have you guys in the village and being such a vibrant member of the village."

Melissa Mass, owner of Bank of Memories & Flowers on Appleton Avenue and Main Street, put every penny she had into purchasing the flower shop a few years ago. When she started, she had five employees and worked on the flowers for eight weddings the first year. Mass has since opened a second location in Pewaukee, has 18 employees and now works on 100 weddings every year.

The business is a full-service flower shop with same day delivery all over the greater Milwaukee area. It also has a variety of specialty gifts at the store.

The building itself has become a village landmark. It was built as a bank in 1901. The vault is now used as the flower shop's freezer. Before it was a flower shop, it was a pizza place and the outside was painted yellow. The building was restored and remodeled in 1988 and again in 2004. Village Manager Mark Fitzgerald said Bank of Memories & Flowers' façade work has become an example used in promoting the village's downtown grant program that helps fund the remodel of building facades in an effort to revitalize the area.

Glenroy, which is located on Nor-X-Way Avenue, was the larger company showcased Monday. Glenroy manufacturers flexible packaging material. The company is privately owned by the Jablonka family and has been in the Menomonee Falls community for nearly 50 years, said Rich Buss, president and CEO of Glenroy. This year, the company transitioned to the third generation of ownership.

"We're glad to be part of this community," Buss said. "We appreciate all that you guys do for us."

The company has about 165 employees and occupies 200,000 square feet and runs a 24 hour-per-day, seven days a week manufacturing operation.

In addition to creating packaging for things such as motor oil, food or pharmaceuticals, they also produce dry erase boards and the printing on helium balloons.

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