Door County Wine Trail, Inc. Features Seven Wineries

• Seven wineries – including Door Peninsula Winery, Harbor Ridge Winery, Orchard Country Winery & Market, Red Oak Winery & Vineyard, Simon Creek Vineyard & Winery, Stone’s Throw Winery and Von Stiehl Winery – have joined together to form the Door County Wine Trail, Inc.

“The wine trail will serve as a means by which all Door County wineries can work together in achieving a common goal of growing the wine business while preserving the beauty and luster of Door County,” said Tim Lawrie, president of the Door County Wine Trail, Inc. and owner of Simon Creek Vineyard & Winery.

The wine trail is designed to expand the Door County wine market with new and experienced wine drinkers, while also growing the industry and continuing to support the local economy.

The Door County Wine Trail, Inc. is working with Boettcher Communications of Sturgeon Bay on a logo brand design package and brochure. A website will be released in summer 2011.

• Nathan Nichols & Company, located at 8068 Highway 57 in Baileys Harbor, has been named one of Home Accents Today’s 50 Retail Stars for 2011. The high-end shop and design studio, opened in 2000, is owned by Nathan Nichols.

Home Accents Today editors focused on independent and family-run retailers, specifically those considered specialty, home accent or home furnishings stores. Members of the industry were invited to suggest stores and retailers were encouraged to submit information describing their businesses. This list was compiled and narrowed down by research analysts and editors of the publication.

“The 2011 Retail Stars represent some of the best independent stores in the country,” said Jenny Heinzen York, editor in chief. “We salute these inspiring entrepreneurs, and as always, encourage everyone to support their own local businesses.”

The 50 Retail Stars feature, sponsored by Americasmart Atlanta, is published in the May 2011 issue of Home Accents Today.

• Susan Kocken has joined Action Realty of Sturgeon Bay as a full-time, full-service Realtor after owning her own real estate business since 2004 and working as a business professional for 33 years. She has a real estate broker license, has earned her Graduate Real Estate Institute (GRI) designation, and is a CRS and ABR candidate.

The Sturgeon Bay office is located at 819 N 8th Avenue and is managed by broker Cindy Koutnik. To contact Kocken, call the Action Realty office in Sturgeon Bay at 920.743.6906.

• The radio stations of captured six awards, including three first place honors, at the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association’s annual awards banquet held May 7 at the Mariott West in Madison.

President and CEO of, Roger Utnehmer, garnered a first place honor for his editorial commentary about the Michigan Street Bridge. News Director Bob Dohr earned first place awards for Best Newscast and Best Election Coverage. operates four radio stations serving Door and Kewaunee Counties: WBDK (96.7 FM), WRKU (102.1 FM), WRLU (104.1 FM) and WSBW (105.1 FM).

For more information call 920.746.9430 or visit

• The new Artisan and Business Center at NWTC has selected four artists represented by Woodwalk Gallery in Egg Harbor for their faculty. The artist include Kelly Bresnahan in wood turning, Sally Everhardus in the business of art, Kirsten Christianson in sculpture, and Simon Levin in ceramics.

Located in downtown Green Bay, this is NWTC’s newest learning facility. For more information call Woodwalk Gallery at 920.868.2912.

• Door County Interiors & Design is offering a 40 percent discount off Smith Brothers upholstered merchandise through May 31. The discount will include floor items as well as custom orders.

Smith Brothers, operating out of Indiana, makes sofas, chairs, loveseats and ottomans, with a variety of fabric and leather options available.

Door County Interiors & Design is located two miles south of Egg Harbor at 7266 Highway 42. For more information call 920.868.9008 or visit

• From November 2 – 14, Janice Thomas, owner of the Savory Spoon Cooking School in Ellison Bay, will journey to the Linden Centre in China and lead an exploration of the culinary traditions of Yunnan.

Thomas, a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals and Women Chefs of America is known for her personal approach to cooking and creating memories with every meal. She has over 25 years of experience in the food industry and has taught cooking classes throughout the United States and Europe. This will be her second program at the Linden Centre.

For more information or to sign up for the tour visit

• Mitch Larson, owner of On Deck Clothing Company, which has stores in Sturgeon Bay, Fish Creek and Sister Bay, has opened a second Bill’s Dry Goods store in Fish Creek. Previously known as the Lower Deck Sale Store, Bill’s can be found below the Fish Creek Market, just north of the On Deck store. Larson renovated the space, maintaining the early character, including the stone/brick walls.

Bills Dry Goods in Fish Creek features an extensive selection of decorated sportswear and logo wear, as well as manufacturer closeouts of name brand merchandise.

“This store is a tribute to my grandfather, Bill, who was a very successful merchant,” said Larson. “He loved ‘in-store’ sales and deals, and that’s what we are all about at Bill’s Dry Goods.”

For more information visit

• The Sister Bay Advancement Association (SBAA) has launched a new website designed specifically with the 21st century tourist in mind:

This new site is smart phone and mobile media friendly, able to send out information via Twitter, and features YouTube videos from members of the community.

“The new website markets directly to the audience Sister Bay is working to attract,” said SBAA President Ron Kane. “Sister Bay is northern Door County’s year round community. The village is not only attractive as a tourist destination, it is attractive for families looking to live in a small town, with the amenities of a city.”

Boettcher Communications in Sturgeon Bay worked closely with SBAA staff to design the new website. SBAA has encouraged other businesses and organizations to link to their website, and inform SBAA so they may reciprocate as appropriate.

For more information email [email protected].

• Starting in August, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College will offer the Business Management and Accounting Assistant programs at the Sturgeon Bay campus.

“More local learning opportunities like these mean more ways for the people of Door County to reach their career goals,” said Bob Loss, Sturgeon Bay campus dean. “With today’s gas prices, these programs are coming at the right time.”

Graduates of the two-year Business Management associate degree program have employment potential in such areas as sales, administrative services, purchasing, finance, human relations, food services, lodging, health care, and more.

Accounting Assistant is a new, one-year, technical diploma program that prepares students for entry-level accounting positions. The program will be offered on the Sturgeon Bay campus through a variety of delivery modes such as in-person and online. All credits can be applied to the two-year Accounting associate degree program.

For more information call 920.746.4900.

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