• The Door County Visitor Bureau (DCVB) unveiled the cover of their 2011 visitor guide during the tourism marketing organization’s 82nd annual meeting at Stone Harbor Resort in Sturgeon Bay.
Jack Moneypenny, CEO of the DCVB, addressed the crowd of local business leaders briefly to talk about how the season went and explained how the cover image of next year’s visitor guide was researched, designed, and photographed earlier this year.
The cover drew praise from the crowd, particularly when Moneypenny revealed a first-ever wrap-around cover for the county’s 2011 official visitor guide.
The 2011 Door County Official Visitor Guide is currently in production and will be available in early January.
Moneypenny also highlighted that walk-in visitor traffic at the DCVB’s Door County Welcome Center has been up dramatically this year, with 61,000 people visiting the center through the first 10 months of 2010. At the same point last year only 43,000 people had visited the center. He said the Welcome Center’s remodeling project in May of 2010 couldn’t have come at a better time.
The DCVB’s Welcome Center is located at 1015 Green Bay Road, Sturgeon Bay. For more information call 920.743.4456.
• On Wednesday, Nov. 17 from 3:30 – 4:30 pm, the Door County Economic Development Corporation and the Door County Visitor Bureau will host an employer learning session for Door County Business Owners entitled, “How Health Care Reform May Affect Your Business,” by Gerald W. Frye. The program will take place at the Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay.
In this comprehensive discussion of health care reform, Frye will focus on what small business can expect – from benefit mandates and new taxes to opportunities to plan for the future.
Frye is president and owner of The Benefit Services Group, Inc., an employee benefit brokerage firm he co-founded in 1987. He has served for over 30 years in various roles in the insurance and employee benefits industry.
For more information and/or to RSVP, email [email protected].
• Nor Door Sport & Cyclery in Fish Creek is gearing up for another winter of indoor cycling. Instructors Freddie Bexell and Linda Menar will provide class options for all types of cycling enthusiasts.
The second floor studio of the Fish Creek retail location continues to be one of the few locations in northeast Wisconsin equipped with CycleOps Power Indoor Cycles by SARIS, the ultimate in technology for indoor cycles.
Bexell, a Certified Spinning® Instructor and CycleOps Power trained instructor, will offer classes six days a week for a third season. Bexell’s programs revolve around the concept of training with power, allowing individuals – no matter their experience or ability – to monitor and evaluate their output. The objective results from training with a power meter will assist participants in tracking their personal progress and reaching their goals surrounding weight loss, fitness and performance.
Menar, who offered a limited class schedule throughout the summer, will also offer classes this winter. Utilizing her extensive background in Spinning® as the foundation for her classes, she will focus on using a mind/body connection to achieve cardiovascular conditioning.
Classes will be offered seven days a week at a variety of times throughout the day. There are no membership fees, and a flat $12 fee for all single classes is charged with monthly or volume Ride Cards available at a discount.
Nor Door Sport and Cyclery is located at 4007 Highway 42 in Fish Creek. For more information or to register for a class call 920.868.2275.
• Theresa Evans, RN and owner of Stone Path Yoga Studio in Sister Bay, recently completed advanced training in Critical Alignment Yoga Therapy (CAT). She completed all four levels of training to become one of 17 yoga therapists in the United States and Canada certified to teach CAT.
Evans studied with Gert Van Leeuwen of Bharata Yoga, Amsterdam. Leeuwen developed CAT after he noticed that many of his students were experiencing chronic pain in the shoulders, back, and hips from repetitive lifestyle related activities.
CAT uses special props to help relax the superficial movement muscles and engages the deep postural muscles designed to hold the spine in its most supportive position. CAT can be practiced by young and old, and by those with varying degrees of strength and flexibility.
Evan’s students range in age from 20 to 79 and include those working with musculoskeletal injuries, MS, Parkinson’s Disease, joint replacements, insomnia, and anxiety as well as those seeking to enhance their over all well-being in a peaceful manner.
Class sizes are limited to 10 participants. For more information, contact Theresa at 920.421.1607 or [email protected].
• Parallel 44 of Kewaunee has been nominated for the prestigious Manufacturing Award of Distinction.
Parallel 44 is a unique cool-climate winery specializing in grape wine either grown in Wisconsin or that can be grown in Wisconsin. Owners Steve Johnson and Maria Milano began planting the vineyard in 2005.
“It’s a real honor to be nominated for this Award of Distinction,” said Milano. “We want the vineyard and winery to be a destination for wine-lovers, but it’s just as important to produce enough wine to provide for our customers throughout Northeast Wisconsin.”
The Manufacturing Award of Distinction, now entering its 11th year, honors excellence in manufacturing in more than eight Northeast Wisconsin counties. Awards are presented to outstanding manufacturers in categories based on company size, use of technology, sustainability, and exporting.
The nine nominees were honored at an awards banquet on Thursday, Nov. 4.
Parallel 44 is located on Sleepy Hollow Road in Kewaunee. For more information call 920.362.1562 or visit http://www.parallel44.com.
• Baylake Bank has announced the appointment of Darrick Munsch and Jeremy Schwab to their Wealth Management Team. Munsch has joined Baylake as assistant vice president – financial advisor and Schwab as vice president – senior wealth advisor. Both are based out of the Baylake Bank City Center in downtown Green Bay.
For more information visit http://www.baylake.com or call 920.267.3610 or 1.800.267.3610.
• The Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) will continue to hold monthly office hours in Northern Door County for new and existing business owners, providing business counseling and entrepreneurial services.
DCEDC Economic Development Manager Sam Perlman will offer 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 on Tuesday, October 19 from 8 am – 12 pm at the Sister Bay Fire Station, located at 2258 Mill Road.
An appointment is requested and can be made by contacting Perlman at 920.743.3113 ext. 204 or via email at [email protected]. Walk-ins are also welcome, based on availability.
• Van’s Lumber and Custom Builders of Dyckesville would like to congratulate Lawrence Dart, a carpenter for Van’s Lumber, for celebrating an impressive 40 years with the company.
Van’s Lumber & Custom Builders—with locations in Dyckesville and Egg Harbor – has been building homes for over 60 years. For more information visit http://www.vanslumber.com.
• g42 (Gallery 42) in Sturgeon Bay’s Fairfield building will be closing its doors the week of Nov. 22 following Sturgeon Bay’s Fall Art Studio Crawl.
Artist/gallery owner Tim Nyberg explained that he has been focusing on getting into other galleries around the country. He has also signed on with a firm in Minneapolis that will be licensing his art for retail products – from giftware to fine art prints. His first retail product will be a line of drink coasters that will feature his “Bistro Beverages” paintings.
“I’ve been a professional illustrator and designer for over 30 years, so stepping back into the commercial realm feels familiar and comfortable,” said Nyberg. “This time I am bringing an illustration style that has developed (become richer in my opinion) through my fine art.”
Nyberg will continue to show his work at various galleries in the Door Peninsula including The Flying Pig in Algoma, J. Jeffrey Taylor in Fish Creek, and at various restaurants and businesses. He also will have his home studio/gallery open by appointment.
For more information, visit g42art.com. The Fairfield gallery will be open Saturdays and Sundays, 11 am – 5 pm through November 21, or anytime through the end of November with a 15-minute notice by calling 920.785.1123.
• Baylake Bank would like to offer tips to help the public rebuild financially after the recession. An individual’s “survival kit” should start with an assessment of where they are financially in terms of meeting current expenses and future savings. Here are some specific tactics to consider:
– Take advantage of very low interest rates and low home prices.
– Buy your first house.
– Refinance your existing home.
– Saving even a little money each month can go a long way.
– Put money away for long-term, retirement savings.
– Review your insurance coverage.
– Work to improve your credit score.
– Consolidate credit cards.
For more information visit http://www.baylake.com or call 920.267.3610.
• On Wednesday, Nov. 17 from 9 – 10:30 am, Glas Coffeehouse of Sturgeon Bay will host Door County’s monthly Social Media Breakfast, which takes place the 3rd Wednesday of each month. The meeting will feature a presentation entitled “How Non-profit Organizations Benefit from Using Social Media.”
“We’ll have three guest panelists who each serve as staff or directors of different Door County non-profit organizations speaking about challenges they experience in shifting toward a new method of growing and communicating with a public fan base online,” said Stephen Kastner, author of Six Steps to Becoming Social in Business, which will be distributed to attendees for free.
Speakers will include Christine Salmon, Community Relations Director for United Way of Door County, Trudy Herbst, Development Director at the Door County Maritime Museum, and Kastner, Director of Operation Welcome Homes.
Glas will offer a variety of bakery and breakfast menu items as well as coffee beverages and tea that may be purchased downstairs and brought up to the 2nd floor conference room. Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops and wireless devices in order to join in the dialogue as DesignWise techs will project a live Twitterstream comment display as the meeting takes place. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information visit http://www.smbdc.com.
• Peninsula Players closed its 75th season on a high note with the announcement that theatre architect Scott Georgeson has been awarded a “Citation for Distinguished Service” from the Board of Directors of the America Institute of Architects (AIA) in Wisconsin.
Georgeson worked closely with the Peninsula Players board of directors, former Executive Producer Todd Schmidt, and Artistic Director Greg Vinkler in the design of its new stage house and all-weather audience pavilion, which opened to patrons in 2006.
AIA President James G. Otto wrote in his award letter, “This Citation is awarded in recognition and appreciation of your significant contributions and dedicated service in expanding the public’s understanding and appreciation of architecture by linking theatre professionals to the language of architecture.”
For more information about the Peninsula Players visit http://www.peninsulaplayers.com.
• Whether ordering shipping supplies, printing postage, getting information about mailing guidelines, filling out required customs forms or requesting free package pickup, the U.S. Postal Service’s website is a useful tool to help international shippers get a head start on the holidays.
“Shipping packages around the world can often be done without leaving your home,” said Sister Bay Postmaster Karen Sunstrom. “Customers have a virtual Post Office available 24 hours a day to get their shipments prepared, paid and picked up.”
Customers going online can save on postage and order free Priority Mail Flat Rate boxes. Priority Mail Flat Rate boxes are available in four sizes, with shipping prices starting as low as $11.45 to Mexico and Canada, or $13.45 to most other countries. Priority Mail Flat Rate boxes are also available free at any Post Office.
For more information visit http://www.usps.com.
• Simon Creek is in the process of developing a new wine, a sweet red wine. While quality remains the prime attribute in determining the value of a wine, label designs as well as a catchy name are significant factors. Winemakers Tom Payette and Lance Nelson would like their new wine to be as successful as their “Untouchable Red,” and are calling on the public to participate in “Name that Wine.”
The winner of “Name That Wine” will be rewarded with the first case of the new sweet red wine when it comes off the bottling line in the spring of 2011. The winner’s name will also be included in Simon Creek’s May 2011 newsletter.
Participants must be 21 and over. Email name ideas to [email protected].
• Randy and Lisa Daubner and the staff at Fish Creek’s English Inn are looking forward to setting moms in Door County free this Thanksgiving by serving a buffet-style dinner from 12 – 7 pm.
On Thursday, Nov. 25 the public is welcome to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, featuring turkey, ham, sweet potatoes, rice, squash, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, corn, corn bread with honey butter, muffins, baked breads, and a green bean casserole. Attendees will also find additional treats, including eggs Benedict, baked French toast, Swedish meatballs, pepper steak, shish kabobs, kielbasa and sauerkraut, and au gratin blackened whitefish.
The buffet will also feature a full salad bar and fresh fruit. The dessert table will include traditional pumpkin pie and pumpkin bars, bread pudding, apple pie, cherry crisp, tortes, chocolate mousse, and English Inn’s magic bars.
The restaurant’s chocolate fountain will be flowing with plenty of delicacies to dip: strawberries, homemade biscotti, marshmallows, pretzels, cherries, pineapple, cookies and funnel cakes.
The cost is $19.95 per person. For more information and/or to make reservations call 920.868.3076 or contact Lisa Daubner via email at [email protected].