Business Briefs

Baylake Bank was part of an elite group of customers to receive an Environmental Award from Cintas Document Management. Baylake Bank received the award for partnering in preservation of the environment while maintaining the highest level of document security.

Through its utilization of a secure document destruction program in 2009, Baylake Bank saved 255 trees, 5,700 gallons of oil, 105,000 gallons of water, and 45 cubic yards of landfill. Local Cintas representatives presented the award recognizing these achievements to Baylake Bank representative Lydia Bessert, Vice President of Facilities.

Once annually, Cintas Document Management recognizes customers who excel in their environmental stewardship. Cintas Corporation provides highly specialized services to businesses of all types throughout North America.

Baylake Bank serves from financial centers in Brown, Door, Green Lake, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Outagamie, Waupaca, and Waushara Counties. For more information call 920.743.551 or 1.800.267.3610 or visit

Door County Kayak Tours (DCKT) will be hosting a Grand Opening Bash on Sunday, June 27.

Door County Kayak Tours (DCKT), once located at The Outpost in Egg Harbor, has now moved to 8442 Hwy 42, in Juddville. In honor of the completion of the new office space, DCKT has invited all of Door County to join the guides in a water-themed celebration.

Activities will include a ladder golf tournament, super-soaker fights, a slip-and-slide for all to enjoy, along with a water balloon war. As DCKT is a dog-friendly company, a plastic kiddy pool will be available for the four-legged-friends. The DCKT team will be offering brats and snacks. Wild Tomato is providing delicious vegetarian pizzas.

The DCKT specializes in Cave Point kayaking, beginning at 8 am, 10 am, noon, 2 pm, and sundown. If conditions do not allow for a safe cave cruise, the guides relocate their groups to Peninsula State Park for a scenic tour of Eagle Bluff featuring the Niagara Escarpment or a paddle to Horseshoe Island Bay. Tours start at $55 per session.

For more information call 920.868.1400 or visit

Lautenbach’s Orchard Country Winery is celebrating 25 years of business. Established in 1985, the winery will hold its anniversary party the weekend of Friday, June 25 through Sunday, June 27.

“It’s amazing how the winery has grown in 25 years. This party is a way for us to thank the customers for their support and celebrate the future,” said Carrie Lautenbach-Viste, co-owner and manager.

A much earlier picture of the Orchard Country barn. Contributed

Visitors can expect special promotions on selected merchandise, complimentary product tasting, free winery tours, and door prizes for the first 25 people through the doors Friday through Sunday. Doors open 9 am daily.

Family friendly activities on Saturday include free face painting, horse-drawn wagon rides, and cooking demonstrations from 10 am – 2 pm. Visitors may enjoy a glass of wine on the patio while listening to live rock n’ blues music by Cold Hard Cash from 4 – 9 pm. 

Lautenbach’s Orchard Country Winery & Market is located at 9197 Highway 42 in Fish Creek. The market and tasting room is open year round and current hours are 9 am – 5:30 pm daily and Fridays and Saturdays 9 am – 6 pm. For more information call 866.946.3263 or visit

Local jewelry designers Greg and Samara Christian will open a new gallery, Samara Jewelry, in Sturgeon Bay on June 25. Previously, the couple owned Gold and Silver Creations (GSC) for 25 years. They sold GSC in 2006 and used the last three years to focus on inspiring their creativity and develop new manufacturing techniques.

New to the couple’s jewelry collection is an affordable production line by Samara Christian and her sister, Stacy Philipp. “Door County Jewelry” is a line of sterling silver jewelry inspired by the beauty of nature in Door County. Christian has also designed specialty beads that commemorate Door County locations. The gallery also features the Cancer Heart Pendant; a portion of the proceeds from this item will be donated to non-profit organizations such as Door Cancer.

The Christians specialize in custom design and feature other designers’ work in their gallery.

Samara Jewelry, open 10 am – 5 pm, Monday through Saturday, is located at 33 North 3rd Ave, Sturgeon Bay. For more information call 920.743.6036 or visit

Sweetie Pies is pleased to announce their new offering of fresh homemade quiche each Wednesday at the Settlement Farmer’s Market. The Settlement Farmer’s Market, one mile south of downtown Fish Creek on Highway 42, is open each Wednesday from 10 am – 2 pm or sellout.

The Door County Economic Development Corporation and the UW-Green Bay Small Business Development Center will be offering free, one-on-one business counseling sessions on Thursday, July 1, 9 am – 5 pm, for any new or existing business owners in Door County.

Chuck Brys, Business Counselor for the Small Business Development Center, will be providing advice on business planning, financing and other issues. Brys is a CPA and former Chief Financial Officer for several Wisconsin companies, with over 30 years of business experience and knowledge to share with local entrepreneurs.

Individual, confidential sessions will be held at the Door County Business Development Center, 185 East Walnut Street, Sturgeon Bay. An appointment is required and can be made by contacting Janet Frick-Warecki at 920.743.3113 x 200 or via email at [email protected].