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Beaver Dam has a wide variety of retail shopping venues, from businesses in the historic downtown, to new retail developments on the city’s edges. Several concentrations of businesses stand out as shopping districts, with clusters of retail stores and shops. In addition, several streets accommodate a mix of both residential and retail business along most of their length.

The original commercial business and retail shopping district for the city was downtown. Today this district is bounded roughly by Lincoln Avenue on the east, Mill Street on the south, Madison Street and Beaver Street on the west and Third Street on the north. The heart of this historic district is Front Street, which is the continuation of Park Avenue/Highway 33, coming from the east. The downtown business district is undergoing a revitalization as part of a multi-year, multi-phase Downtown Redevelopment Project. It is home to a coffee shop, antique stores, jewelers, auto repair shops, restaurants, dry cleaners, furniture stores, a floral shop, attorney, insurance, real estate and other professional offices, hobby and gift shops, banks, the city’s only movie theatre complex and such institutions as the Dodge County Historical Society’s local history museum, Beaver Dam City Hall, the Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce and the Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre.


Another cluster of business, with a variety of retail tenants such as a department store with a pharmacy, a grocery store with a bank branch, gas stations, restaurants, lodging facilities, a Walgreen’s and an automobile dealership, can be found at the Highways 151 and 33 (Park Avenue) interchange, on Beaver Dam’s east side. This concentration of business is adjacent to the family center and ice arena recreational facility and is within two blocks of both the Beaver Dam campus of Moraine Park Technical College and the Beaver Dam High School. It runs west along Park Avenue/Highway 33 to Roosevelt Street.

Along N. Spring Street, between Mackie and Main Streets, there is a cluster of retail business that has been built on land that is part of the redevelopment of the former Monarch Range manufacturing plant property. It includes a grocery store, which also houses a bank branch and an independent pharmacy. Other retail businesses in the area include a strip mall with a variety of tenants, a floral shop, an office supply store and a local credit union.

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The largest concentration of retail shopping today in the city of Beaver Dam is found along N. Spring Street from about Wayland Street north to County Highway B, with the largest cluster of business centered on the intersection of N. Spring Street and Industrial Drive. Businesses along this corridor include: a wide variety of restaurants, lodging, gas stations, office space, strip malls with a variety of tenants, furniture and appliance stores, a bowling alley, auto dealerships, Kohl’s Department Store, Dunham’s Sporting Goods and a variety of retail stores and gift shops.

Brand new “big box” stores and Beaver Dam’s newest retail developments are also found along the County Highway B interchange with Highway 151. They include three auto dealerships, two motorcycle dealerships, a Wal-Mart Super Center, a Menard’s, fast food chains, clothing stores, banks and a variety of retail businesses.

A number of restaurants and taverns, auto repair shops, several gas stations, a hardware store and the only marina on Beaver Dam Lake cluster along the southern portion of Madison Street and along County Highway G at the southern tip of Beaver Dam Lake. The southern end of S. Spring Street also hosts a growing number of retail and service businesses including an insurance agency, a kitchen and bath remodeling store, a floor covering showroom and a financial services office.

Although there is a concentration of medical offices adjacent to the new Beaver Dam Community Hospital, there are also doctor, dentist and other medical professional offices throughout the city, including many within the retail business clusters already mentioned.

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