It is one of the things I enjoy most about owning my own business, networking and working together with other businesses. It makes me so proud to see people who enjoy doing what they do and the pride and love of community that they express everyday through what they do. I saw one example of this on Facebook recently. Crosscut Solutions and The Flower Pot right here in Manawa are doing a bit of cross marketing with one another. Bring in a receipt from your purchase at The Flower Pot to Crosscut Solutions and vice versa and be entered into a drawing for a free flat of flowers or vegetables. What a great idea. So go out to Crosscut Solutions and see the creative and beautiful things that Amy Starr has to offer and be sure to like them on Facebook. For more examples of creativity stop downtown to see Lori Ferg at The Flower Pot, she has many gift items as well as she is incredibly creative in floral design, check out some of her creations on Facebook and click the Like button while your at it. Do you have weddings, graduations, family gatherings in the coming months? Check out all that Amy and Lori have to offer at their businesses to get your outside and inside spaces looking beautiful.
Remington Quality Food’s right here in Manawa is celebrating their 5 year anniversary, starting next week. These are the moments to celebrate in our community, Dean and Wendy brought a grocery store back to Manawa after we had not had one for almost a year. Such a monumental task at the time, and they really are such a cornerstone of our community and work to preserve this small town way of life that we all appreciate and cherish. So to celebrate there will be free cake, coffee and kool-aid offered all week long, along with many other tasty samples. On Wednesday May 2nd, there will be a chicken brat demo and a visit from Cooper the Gold n Plump chicken. On Friday May 4th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be a Kornucopia popcorn demonstration, and at 5 p.m. Dave & John will be there with Flavor 8 soda, you may remember we did a blog post a few weeks ago about them and their sodas. On Saturday May 5th, the American Legion Manawa Post 226 will be passing out free flags while they last, there will also be a Brat Fry from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and in Wisconsin, there isn’t just about anything more American than the Flag and a Brat Fry. For Sunday May 6th from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. our neighbors from Dupont cheese will be at Remington’s offering samples of their fine cheese, and let me just say fresh Colby cheese from Dupont is a very fine thing indeed, you can check out more about their cheese at www.duponcheeseinc.com. So come on out next week and help Dean and Wendy and the friendly staff at Remington’s Quality Foods celebrate 5 years in our community, stop by and let them know how much we appreciate them!
How would you like to trade some work for a 2 night stay with all the perks of a paying guest? It’s spring time in Central Wisconsin and it’s “project time” around here. There are flower beds to be spruced up and cleaned out, weeds to be pulled, plants to be moved. Even a few “light repair” type projects can be had. What is your expertise? Perhaps we have a project that is suited to your expertise, or to get your hands dirty doing something a bit different. Either way, it’s a wonderful time to be working outside and a beautiful time in Central Wisconsin, especially for a 2 night stay! Enjoy working for your 4 hour time slot, and then the rest of your time is your own. There will be a snack each afternoon for you to partake at your leisure, and a full breakfast each morning, and access to the coffee bar just outside your bedroom door 24/7. Call today to arrange your “Gardening Getaway”!
Waupaca County is a very large artisan county. Many potters, painters, fabric arts, quilters, glass and metal artisans call Waupaca home. Not only for it’s beauty but also for the vibrant art scene as well. Here is just one more example of that. Opening Sunday April 29th from 1 until 7 and running until the following Friday May 4th. Their opening night premier is on April 30th from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. , there will be appetizers, a cash bar and music from 3 Clowns/No Circus. Enjoy an evening of art and contemplation. The artists are from the Upper Midwest, Wisconsin and also our local area. For additional information visit their website at www.fineartsfestival.org or contact Bill & Lee Schultz at 715-258-5060 for more information. This is what is known as a “juried show”. Which if I understand correctly, a juried show means there is a committee that is choosing the art for the show. So there is a selection process and the art you will see at this particular show is from professionals to students and in between. So come to the Waupaca Expo Center and enjoy a taste of the Waupaca Art scene, and once again immerse yourself in one more reason people love Waupaca County.
Please sign up to have a family heirloom or collectible or some other antiques appraised. This is shaping up to be another wonderful community event to not only participate in but to also come on out with friends and family and watch all the action surrounding the appraisal fair. Mark Moran has been doing these for many years and tells us that not only is the turn out wonderful, a good time is had by all that participate and attend. There will be refreshments and food , as well as John Gunnell will be there to do some slimmed down auto appraisals. Here are just a few of the comments that Mark has received over the years.
“Mark Moran did an exceptional job at our Antique Appraisal event. The history and bits of information he included made it educational as well as entertaining. Regardless of the monetary value, he made each piece important and we heard many wonderful stories. Mark was professional, yet he made us all feel as if we were right in our own living room. We had barely started the program when an audience member asked when we were going to do it again! I would highly recommend Mark’s Antique Appraisal event.
“Our Friends group, who sponsored the event, were very pleased with Mark and the rave reviews from the community. Thanks Mark … we’ll see you again soon!”
Land O’ Lakes Public Library
My town responded enthusiastically to the Antiques Appraisal Event and we plan to do it again in 6 months or so! Mark Moran was very pleasant to deal with and his knowledge of the subject matter should be obvious from his credentials. I want especially to pass on that I appreciated how respectful he was with the public about their treasures, whether they were worth anything monetarily or not (most aren’t). People went away feeling satisfied and enriched by the stories they heard. We are a small public library who can’t afford many programs, and this one was definitely worth choosing.”
It is certainly a feather in our cap, to have John Gunnell of Gunner’s Great Garage in our Community. He is so knowledgeable and has his ear to the ground and his finger on the pulse of what is going on in the world of collector cars. He is presenting Lake Speed, Jr. this Saturday April 7th from 9 a.m. until noon. The topic will be the best oils for collector cars. Lake comes from a background in stock car racing, his Dad was a well known NASCAR driver. He has a lot of information to share regarding the new motor oil specs and how classic car owners and high performance car owners should approach the new oil specifications that were introduced in late 2011. Lake Speed Jr’s seminar at Gunner’s Great Garage will answer these puzzlers and a whole lot more. Circle April 7th on your calendar and come on out to the seminar. Please RSVP if possible by calling 715-281-5925 or emailing Gunnellj@TDS.net.
We are so excited to introduce our logo to you. It has been a long time coming, I really never thought much about having a logo, until recently. I thought it was a lot ado about nothing, branding statements, logos, a consistent business presence. I had heard about all of those things from PR people and marketing folks, in webinars and general conversation, but was sure you could thrive in business without them. I’m sure people still can, however we decided to tap into the design talents of Shawn Buchholz at Carbon Freckle. Shawn has designed rack cards and business cards and all without the benefit or addition of a logo. So I went to see her and told her what our thoughts were and our branding statement was and told her to come up with a design. We received our first proof and I really liked it, had some tweaking along the way, and now our logo has a life! Some business owners like to handle all aspects of their business, designing logos and coming up with their branding statements, and such. I have always been of the mind that people have God given talents that far exceed what I can do, and that I as a business owner should tap into that when I can. Shawn works with us, and is so good at making it a collaborative effort, we are so fortunate to have her and her business here in our community. So thank you Shawn for bringing our logo to life!
In one of our neighboring communities, Iola, there is a fun and artistic place and lots happening within it’s walls. Lessons From the Art grew out of a need that was seen in the Community by it’s owner Tammie Jo Berg. Lessons from the Art offers music lessons, voice lessons, art classes and a really cool idea “Picasso parties”. How fun would it be to get together with a group of friends and create pieces of art. They offer these “arty party’s” for groups of 6 to 15 for $8 per person. What a great idea to offer for groups of girlfriends, children’s parties, even a group of teens to get together and be creative, or a group of “red hatters” to enjoy time with one another. Registration must be done a week in advance as they need time to pull together the materials. On their website http://lessonsfromtheart.com, they give suggestions such as button art, canvas creations, shoe art, tie dye shirts ( come on now, who doesn’t remember tie dye), t-shirt rugs, however you are not just limited to these, custom arrangements can be made. They have their schedule up for Art classes for the month of April so check them out. Waupaca County is a very large artisan county and this is just one more example of that. Lessons from the Art has also offered several day long retreats for women, some time to reflect and reconnect with not only yourself but others as well. Stay tuned for more on this wonderful and innovative place, but for now, check out their website and see how to get yourself plugged into the Artist community that is Waupaca County.
Samantha Zander owner of Simply Inspired has been making jewelry since her Sophomore year in High School. She found a space for rent in Manawa and it all just came together very spur of the moment. She offers homemade lotions, shower gels, lip balms, soaps, body scrubs, and the absolute coolest crayons that are so fun and different. She can customize the packaging and scents, for example, if you are a bride looking for a unique thank you gift for your bridesmaids, you can work with Samantha to formulate a signature fragrance and label for a an awesome personalized gift to say thank you to those who were a part of your special day. Samantha wanted to be able to offer some more natural options, since she herself has some allergies to different products. Another line of things she is working on is handmade slippers, Samantha loves slippers and wanted to offer a variety of them in her store. She offers a “punch card” for every $10 you purchase she punches the card, and when the card is full you receive a $10 credit towards your next purchase. Samantha and her “Simply Inspired” items will be at the FFA Alumni 16th Annual Craft Show at Crystal Falls Banquet Hall in New London on April 1st from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. so come on out and meet Samantha and see the variety of items that she offers. You may also be inspired. Like Simply Inspired on Facebook and visit her at the her store located at 407 Bridge Street in Downtown Manawa, or call her at 920-538-4121. Currently, Samantha is putting the final touches on her website which will be offering on line sales.
I recently returned to Jolly Rogers in New London, I have to admit I hadn’t eaten there in awhile, and this is only the second time. I was on my way home from Milwaukee and decided to stop and pick up pizza. The gentleman behind the bar was very nice and he also happened to be the person making our pizza. So I ordered my pizza and I sat at the bar and was able to see him in the kitchen making it. I was really impressed, they have a dough ext-ruder (I think that’s what it’s called) that has various settings and you run the pizza dough through it and continue to thin it out, because we ordered thin crust. The last step in working with the dough was he threw it up in the air, like wow, it was cool to watch. Then, he proceeded to put it on the pan and add our toppings, and then into the oven it went. He came back to the bar and we were talking about their expansion project, they are planning to move the bar into the adjacent building and in fact it will be an Irish Pub (very fitting for a City that holds one of the largest St. Patty’s Day Festivals and parades in the state of Wisconsin), and the previous bar area will be converted to more family dining. They also have a frozen pizza business called “Jolly Bob’s” which is carried in many locations here in Central Wisconsin, and their frozen pizza business will also be in a part of the new building. They will also be offering outdoor dining by the river, which will be really great, very serene to be sitting near the water enjoying a meal with friends and family. Of course they are known for their pizza, but are not just a one trick pony. They also offer pastas, homemade calzones, sandwiches, burgers, wings and you can get take out, and even delivery of any items on the menu in the New London area. And in the tradition of “Man vs Food”, they have a 26″ pizza challenge, if you can eat one 26″one topping pizza by yourself in 1 hour, you can win $100 and get your picture on the wall of fame….that my friend’s is a lot of pizza no matter which way you slice it. He also told me of a story of a local Dr. who had climbed Mt. Everest and in one of his blog posts stated he was really craving a bacon cheeseburger pizza from Jolly Rogers, now that is customer loyalty personified. So next time your in the New London are, or have a hankerin’ for a good pizza, stop on in to Jolly Rogers located at 220 N. Water St. or call them at 920-982-2333 www.jollyrogerspizzeria.com.