Blodgett Häus shines light on downtown Marshfield
By Adam Hocking
MARSHFIELD — Browns Living, an assisted living management company with 31 facilities in Wisconsin and Minnesota, opened their new corporate offices, known as the Blodgett Häus, to the public and to the business community on Sunday, Jan. 11.
About 30 local businesses occupied the Blodgett Häus, setting up displays to showcase their services and allow the community to learn more about them. As people trickled in throughout the day to get a glimpse of the new building, they also had a chance to meet business owners and see what downtown Marshfield has to offer.
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Things will be great when you’re downtown
A main reason the management of Browns Living chose a location on Central Avenue was to bolster the economy of the downtown area.
“We wanted to reinvest in the downtown, and hopefully that starts a new trend of everyone wanting to be downtown,” said Executive Vice President and a co-owner of Browns Living Christopher Howard. “For a corporate office with a lot of employees, on their breaks they can go to the coffee shop. They can go shopping. You can walk everywhere.”
Howard added, “We thought it would be a great way to show everybody what downtown Marshfield has to offer.”
Howard said that the process of revamping the building inside and out took about two years. Prior to moving into the Blodgett Häus, Browns Living twice outgrew its previous facilities as the company expanded.
Browns Living’s Director of Marketing Services Mae Johnson said she was eager to open the new offices so that everybody in the company could be in one location.
“I’m really excited to have a place to call home for work. We’ve all been kind of scattered. Some of us have worked in the Arpin office. Some of us are working from home. … We’re all excited to be together and work together and have that kind of synergy together,” Johnson said. “I think it will be really great for efficiency.”
Johnson added that she is also excited to work in the downtown Marshfield area.
“It will be great to be able to have all those amenities really right next door,” she said.