Published on June 26, 2021 at 07:23
After nine years of boot-scooting fun, the owners of The Wild Rose country dance club in Kresgeville have announced the sale of the building and their retirement.
“We decided it was time to shut down and enjoy our grandchildren and other family members,” Judi Schuler said.
She and her husband, Ken, accepted an offer on June 11 and was scheduled to close this week.
Due to the speed of execution, the last night of dancing took place on June 12.
Schuler announced the news to his clientele via Facebook, explaining that “we didn’t expect things to move so fast and we expected to be able to have one last farewell dance, but that’s just not possible. Saturday night was our last dance party.
As the sale and closing are ongoing, Schuler could not disclose the name of the buyer or his intention for the business.
“I think it was a unique place. I’m sad to see them go and not see them dancing in the community,” said Jen Rufo, who has danced at the club over the years and attended at the Night in the Country line dancing fundraisers held at Pleasant Valley Intermediate School.
The Schulers purchased the building in April 2011 and spent the next year renovating and obtaining occupancy permits. Their soft opening took place in May 2012.
“We bought The Wild Rose because there were no country dance clubs in the area. We bought it, grew the business and had a lot of plans for it,” Schuler said.
Customers could bring their own alcoholic beverages and food. Snacks and sodas were available for purchase. The interior of the building was decorated with cacti, Western memorabilia, cowboy boots and roses.
Beginners and advanced dancers found a spot on the dance floor each week. There were line dances to do alone, and there were couple dances to do.
“Our customers looked forward to the dancing, the exercise and the camaraderie. It was a lifesaver for some people. There’s nothing else like what we do here,” she said.
It was a place to go to meet old friends and make new ones.
“The Wild Rose was one of the only places I could hang out with friends and meet new ones,” Casey Zimmerman said. “I enjoyed dancing there and have always been impressed by Judi’s patience and energy. They will be greatly missed.”
The Schulers, who will celebrate their 16th wedding anniversary this month, taught line dancing at Montana West in Quakertown.
Then it closed and they got to work finding a place of their own.
The Wild Rose, formerly the J&J Family Restaurant, has become that home for many.
“We had a niche. We danced,” Schuler said. Shutting it down and retiring is bittersweet. We know we are not getting any younger.
Ken has back problems and couldn’t dance. Maintaining the business has been very difficult for them, she said.
“We will stay in Pennsylvania, where our family is. We have a lot of wasted time catching up with family and house plans,” she said.
Over the nine years, the Schulers have hosted a number of celebrations, including weddings, bachelorette parties, end-of-year parties, birthdays and a love of country line dancing. They held a community garage sale in the parking lot once a year.
“I will miss the good times with friends and learning new dances. Ken and Judi are nice, and I consider them good friends and wish them well and happy retirement,” Shannon Egry said.
The Wild Rose has been sold. The new owners have not yet been announced. STACI GOWER/NEW TIMES SPECIAL
Line dancing was a regular event at the Wild Rose. TIMES NEWS PHOTO FILE