Door County Business Briefs

People can obtain ideas for creating diverse decorating styles when they tour Door Peninsula homes during the Showcase of Homes May 8, 9 and 15 – 17.

Designers from Door County Interiors, the Egg Harbor-based home furnishings store, have decorated interiors of three homes on this year’s showcase. The homes decorated by Door County Interiors have looks ranging from arts and crafts to casual. Furniture, fabrics, rugs, window coverings, finishes and accessories help pull each style together. In addition their visual appeal, the interiors are comfortable, according to Carol Trimberger of Door County Interiors & Design.

The event is sponsored by the Door County Home Builders Association.

More information about Door County Interiors & Design is available online at or by stopping by the showroom, 7266 Hwy. 42, two miles south of Egg Harbor.

The Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) reminds business owners that the organization continues to offers monthly office hours in Northern Door County, providing business counseling and entrepreneurial services.

Each month, DCEDC Economic Development Manager Sam Perlman offers free, one-on-one business counseling sessions, providing advice on business planning, financing, business incentives and other issues. As a member of the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Network, DCEDC also has the ability to tap into the expertise of the statewide support network to help find solutions to business issues and questions.

Individual, confidential sessions will be held Wednesday, May 6, beginning at 1pm in the Sister Bay Fire Station EMS office, 2258 Mill Road. An appointment is requested and can be made by contacting Perlman at 920-743-3113 x 204 or via e-mail at [email protected]. Walk-ins are also welcome, based on scheduling.

The Jacksonport Craft Cottage, celebrating their 25th season this year, will transition into their seasonal hours on Friday, May 1 when they will be open daily from 9 am – 5 pm.

Owners, Sue and Joe Jarosh, opened their shop in 1984, first featuring artwork from several friends. After opening, they received a letter from Fannie Miller, an Amish quilter from Wisconsin. She would be the first of many Amish quilters who would display their quilts, wall hangings and table runners at the popular Door County gift shop. The Jarosh’s now include spring travel to Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Iowa and Minnesota as well as Wisconsin to visit Amish quilters who have their work showcased at the Jacksonport Craft Cottage, as well as two annual Amish quilt shows held at the Sister Bay Village Hall in mid-July and October.

In addition to Amish work, the Jacksonport Craft Cottage showcases many well-known Door County artists, such as Kari Anderson, Audrey Off, Dave Hackett, Bridget Matzke, Gail Ring, Ken and Pat Klitzman and many others.

For more information, stop by the Jacksonport Craft Cottage, located at 6275 Hwy. 57 in downtown Jacksonport, or call 920.823.2288.

On April 8, 2009, seven local Door County Board of REALTORS® members representing Door and Kewaunee counties, joined 380 REALTORS® from across the state in Madison in an effort to raise awareness of the major issues affecting the real estate market today.

Known as REALTOR® & Government Day, the Wisconsin REALTORS® Association chose several key pieces of legislation and focuses the day’s agenda on these issues. The current legislative focus of the Wisconsin REALTORS® Association include the following goals:  eliminating the $5.7 billion deficit without raising real estate-related taxes, improving and focusing on foreclosure mitigation programs, promoting the availability and affordability of health insurance for independent professionals and reducing property taxes.

For more information on the 2009 REALTOR® and Government Day visit For more information on the Door County Board of REALTORS® visit or call the Sturgeon Bay office at 920.743.9651.

Nine Door County businesses partnered with the Door County YMCA in their efforts for the 2009 Strong Kids Campaign by participating in the “Business Round-Up,” which raised over $2,700.

Participating businesses included Boettcher Communications, Cornucopia Kitchen Corner, Culvers, Door County Nature Works & Designworks, Harmann Studios, Hide Side Corner Store, Harmann Studios and Wilkins and Olander. A portion of their proceeds, as designated by each business, was contributed to the Door County YMCA Strong Kids Campaign.

The Door County YMCA is very excited with the success of the first year of this program and is hoping to make this an annual event, including even more local businesses during next years campaign. They greatly appreciate the businesses that stepped forward in the first year.

For more information contact Cindy Weber at the Door County YMCA at 920.743.4949 or email [email protected].