Dancin on the Door

Dancin on the DoorChildhood summers for Andria Nikoupolis Weliky, were spent with her grandparents Ari and Vie Nichols in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. She remembers those summers fondly as some of the most formative years of her life. She recalls her grandfather owner of the then, South Avenue Cafeteria, teaching her how to count money back properly, and how to talk to customers. The popular eatery was a neighborhood café and and gift shop across from the hospital and had a full retail shop that sold cameras, cigars, knick knacks, candy, greeting cards and gifts. When she wasn’t helping at the restaurant Andria attended dance camps at UW La Crosse, under the direction of dance greats like Joseph Holmes, Jacques d’Amboise and The Alvin Ailey Company.

As a young adult and into her later years, Andria taught dance for the YMCA in Green Bay and neighboring communities but spent the most time teaching in Door County for nearly 20 years.

Today Andria and spouse Jennifer Aldrich own and operate three distinct businesses that flow together, Andria’s Dancin on the Door, School of Dance, Door County Paint & Sip and Salon Fibonacci located on the corner of Harbor School Road and Highway 42 in Egg Harbor.

In 2009, Andria took the Entrepreneur Training Program (ETP) that teaches students how to write a business plan. She met Chuck Brys, a business counselor for the Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (SBDC) who offers free business counseling services through Door County Economic Development Corporation DCEDC. A few years later in 2013, Andria and partner Jennifer wrote a business plan with the guidance of Chuck’s counseling services and was awarded the loan to start the business. Chuck said of Andria: “She has the talent and the experience and the passion and there was no doubt in my mind she’d succeed. She’s a model entrepreneur – bright, aggressive and has a million ideas.”

In September 2014, 3 days before opening the dance studio, Egg Harbor received a heavy rainstorm flooding the building. The dance floor had to be pulled up and redone to dry out. “It was a devastating blow to our psyche but JAR Builders got us back up and running within a week”. The owners of the building at that time offered a space in the building at a discount to make up for the hardship and that is where Jennifer’s Paint & Sip (a paint workshop for adults and Paint & Play, a workshop for children) is located.

In 2016, a long time client of Andria’s, bought the building to invest in creating Salon Fibonacci. Conveniently located next door, JR Builders did the extensive interior work at the salon. With a neoclassical look, and by opening the ceiling to reveal beautifully stained trusses, and adding French doors to for additional light, the salon has a peaceful & serene atmosphere. The salon has two hair stations, two pedicure chairs, a manicure station and a massage room that Andria’s spouse Jennifer will occupy after receiving her massage certification in May.

Andria’s businesses are growing and thriving. To find out more about her adventures or to check on her class schedule, visit
www.dancinonthedoor.com To sign up for a Paint & Sip class for your business or friend group, or to book a date for your child’s party, call 920-868-5089 . To check the availability for salon services at Salon Fibonacci, visit or call 920-868-5225. You can also find the businesses on Instagram and Facebook.

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