Door County’s Great Northern by Design Hosts Open House

• Great Northern by Design will host an End of Season Open House Feb. 18 – 19 from 11 am – 4 pm.

To say “thank you” for another good season, hot apple cider and snacks will be served. The final end of the season sale will culminate with all lamps, rugs, and art prints at 40 percent off. Some lamps will be on sale for 60 percent off. Other items will also be on sale including quilts, Italian ceramics, table linens, pewter, candles, lotions and all home accents.

A drawing will be held at 3:49 pm on Saturday to win a ceramic platter. (The winner need not be present to win.)

After the Open House, Great Northern by Design will be open by appointment only until spring. March will be spent preparing for the new spring arrivals including exclusive hand painted ceramics from Italy and wooden furnishings, handmade in the US by David Lee.

Great Northern by Design is located 1 mile south of downtown Fish Creek at the Settlement Shops on Highway 42. For more information call 920.868.4135.

• The annual Career Day for Door and Kewaunee County 8th grade students will be held on Tuesday, March 15 from 9 am to 2:30 pm at NWTC-Sturgeon Bay. The event is sponsored by the Door Kewaunee Business & Education Partnership, NWTC, and the Sturgeon Bay Noon Rotary Club.

The Career Day program provides area students an understanding of local career clusters and the variety of occupational opportunities available; information about the skills that employers are looking for; and recommendations about what courses and extracurricular activities they might participate in during their high school years to prepare them to enter the local workforce.

For more information and/or to volunteer as a presenter for Career Day, contact Stacie Tess at 920.743.3113 Ext 201 or via email at [email protected].

• Baylake Bank recently received two awards, one regional and one national, recognizing its role and positive influence as a community leader. The Greater Green Bay Convention & Visitor Bureau (CVB) honored the Baylake Bank Tall Ship Festival as “Event of the Year,” and the American Bankers Association presented the bank with a special certificate of recognition.

“We are committed to community involvement and service, and it is very rewarding to know that our efforts have had a positive impact,” commented Baylake Bank President/CEO Rob Cera.

For more information call 920.743.5551 or 1.800.267.3610 or visit

• Thursday, Feb. 24 the Door County Economic Development Corporation and the Door County Visitor Bureau will host Steve Robinson, Illinois Regional Development Director for Constant Contact, for a day of training on cost-effective tools businesses can use to reach customers through email marketing and social media.

To compliment Robinson’s presentation, local social media expert and Constant Contact business partner Stephen Kastner of DesignWise Studios will discuss how businesses can use social media networking on a local level.

The first seminar, entitled “The Power of Email Marketing,” will take place from 9:30 am – noon. The session will teach attendees how communicating with customers regularly can help businesses stay connected, generate increased referrals, repeat sales and customer loyalty. The program will present a concise but comprehensive overview of how easy it is to create and send professional-looking email newsletters and promotions.

The second seminar, entitled “Social Media Marketing Made Simple and Local,” will take place from 1:30 – 3:30 pm. This session will focus on strategies to get the most out of social media activities, including time management.

The seminars will be held at the Gibraltar Fire Station, located at 3496 County Road F. For more information and/or to register for either or both session, email [email protected].

• With its issuance of the Lunar New Year stamp on Jan. 22, the Postal Service marked the beginning of its “all-Forever” commemorative stamp program. All future commemorative First-Class Mail stamps will be Forever stamps. Their value will always be equal to the First-Class Mail 1-ounce rate for standard-sized envelopes no matter when they are used.

With no plans to discontinue production of the low-denomination make-up stamps, the Postal Service will offer 1- to 5-cent and 10-cent stamps to help bridge the price gap. The stamps are available at local post offices or online at