Wahlstroms buy Bavarian Inn
Published: Thursday, May 22nd, 2014
Marcel and Sherry Wahlstrom didn’t have your typical honeymoon.
Sun-splashed beaches and picturesque balcony views were replaced by painting, hammering and ripping up carpet with vice grips.
Such is life in the hospitality business.
The Wahlstroms, new owners of the Bavarian Inn Motel, were married two weeks ago and gave up the pampering and excess of a traditional honeymoon to continue work on their new property which opened under ownership that didn’t have the last name of Jackl in over 40 years.
“We spent our ‘honeymoon’ working behind the front desk,”âï¿½ï¿½Marcel said with a laugh.
The Wahlstroms finalized the purchase of the motel from Joe and Ginnyâï¿½ï¿½Jackl April 1 and opened for business April 15. Immediately after completing the purchase they went to work on making the property their own, working 18- to 20-hour days completely renovating the lobby area that now boasts a brighter interior, a relocated front desk, a continental breakfast area and a “living wall” of 150 plants.
And they’re just getting started.
“We will continue to remodel and renovate moving forward,”âï¿½ï¿½Marcel said.âï¿½ï¿½“It’s fun for us to see people come in who have been past workers or just familiar with the property. Their eyes light up and we can tell we did it right. They really like it.”
The fact that the Wahlstroms even own the property is a splash of serendipity, as they weren’t pursuing motel ownership. Rather, they were simply looking for a condo to move into in Rapid City.
The life-long Rapid City residents were looking to downsize their home and the realtor they were working with in Rapid City just happened to be the same realtor who was listing the Bavarian Inn. Since the two were also virtually life-long workers in the hospitality industry, he suggested they take a look at the Bavarian Inn.
“We were familiar with it. We had driven by it on Sunday drives and thought it was a charming little place,”âï¿½ï¿½Marcel said.âï¿½ï¿½“When he mentioned it, we came up and looked at it with a new set of eyes.”
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