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.
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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.
Butch’s Piggly Wiggly in New London is proud to host The Cooking Mom, Amy Hanten from Fox 11′s Living with Amy on March 22nd at Crystal Falls Banquet Hall in New London. This event last year was a huge success and the expectations for this year are no less bright. There will be many restaurants, vendors and other businesses will be displayed this year. Stop by and say hello to us at our table, we will have some goodies to give away as well. Visit the displays and enjoy samples from the different businesses starting at 5:30 p.m., showtime with Amy will be from 6:30 to 7:30 and door prize drawings will be at 7:30. Amy enjoys demonstrating food preparation with ease and fun, much like she does on her daily show “Living with Amy”. She not only shares recipes with you on the show, but also has others share theirs as well as highlights businesses and things to do all over Wisconsin. She really makes cooking and design so accessible to all of us, and is so relaxed yet passionate about living life with family and friends and having fun doing it as well. So come and check out Amy Hanten at Crystal Falls Banquet Hall in New London this Thursday, March 22nd from 5:30 to 7:30, learn new things and enjoy spending time with other foodies as well.
One of the charming aspects of living in a smaller community is the different shops and things you can find to do. One of these located right here in Manawa, is Tools-N-Treasures. A shop full of an eclectic mix of things such as vintage looking jewelry. Housewares, dishware, furniture. She has an assorted selection of salt & pepper shakers, yes exactly, all different shapes and sizes which are really making a comeback as far as a collectible. Leslie Stamborski is the owner of this unique store, many of their items come from estate sales, public auctions and some private donations. Leslie also offers handmade items that are crafted by her very talented Mom, Sharon. Tools-N-Treasures is located at 401 S. Bridge St in downtown Manawa, their phone number is 920-596-3755, and are open Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. stop in and say hello to Leslie and see what wonderful items you “like” in her store as well as on their facebook page .
If any of you have ever read any of our blog posts, then you have certainly been introduced to Captain Bob and Arlo of Wisconsin Hot Rod Radio. Tim and I have had the priveledge of having the guys and one of their wives, “the doves” as they affectionately call them, grace our B&B. And of course last but certainly not least their photographer extrordinare Rich and his lovely wife Chris. They are alot of fun and you would think they’ve known each other forever, which aren’t the best friendships and partnerships in life that way. So I am so excited to blog about their 5 year anniversary party, and what a wing ding that is going to be. It is also a benefit for hospitalized and returning veterans. It is going to be held on Saturday April 21st from 3 to 9 p.m. at the Manheim Milwaukee Auto Auction, which is located at 561 27th St., in Caledonia, Wi (right next to 7 Mile Fair). Food will be provided by one of WHRR sponsors, Quaker Steak & Lube, and refreshments will be by another sponsor Calypso. Musical guests are “Four Guyz in Dinner Jackets”, and a special appearance by Stacey David from Gearz. These folks are so much fun, I can’t imagine that there will be a dull moment at this party, so come on out and congratulate the guys on 5 wonderful years and support hospitalized and returning veterans. Check out their website for all happenings Hot Rod! Congratulations to Captain Bob & Arlo and here’s to many more great hot rod years ahead! http://www.wisconsinhotrodradio.com/
It seems funny to me to see the weather forecast talking about snow and writing a blog post about a Spring Fling, such is life in Wisconsin I guess. The Spring Fling is at Cedar Springs Golf Course located just outside Manawa on Saturday evening March 3rd starting at 8:30 p.m. Entertainment by LED West featuring classic rock, blues, country and yes, even polkas too. No cover charge, so come on out and celebrate! Spring is just around the corner.
I grew up in the 60′s and 70′s, and fizzy beverages were a treat, not the every day occurrence they are now. I mean to tell you, that was a treat to go into Jack’s Grocery in the small town in Washington state where I grew up and go into the walk in cooler and grab a Coke in a glass bottle. Still one of my most vivid memories is when I walked into a store on a road trip and they had the old glass bottles, in a wash tub on ice, in the heat of the summer, oh yeah…it was awesome! Now some of you may be thinking to your self….really? How can anyone be excited about soda, or soda pop, or pop, however and whatever you grew up calling it, there are people out there who feel pretty strongly about their preference. We have a soda maker in New London, they have been there for a year, Dave Talo and John Mathison, the proud owners of Flavor 8 Soda Pop. There are as the name suggests 8 flavors, all caffeine free and made with real sugar, no high fructose corn syrup in their soda. You can choose from orange, grape, cherry, lime, black cherry, fruit punch, blue raspberry, cream soda. I was able to have a tour one evening, a couple of my friends and I were out for a walk and we passed by, my friend Ann had met John already and was able to get Diana & I ”in the door” for a tour, they currently offer tours of their facility. We met both John and Dave, and John gave us a tour of their facility and we were able to sample the soda as well, very delicious. One thing that John shared with us, was that because they use real sugar, they don’t have to heavily carbonate their soda to bring out the flavor. So if your looking for some “local flavor”, don’t hesitate to pick up some Flavor 8 Soda Pop at any one of the stores currently carrying it. Check out their website at http://flavor8bottling.com/index.html for a list of stores near you.
Although it certainly hasn’t seemed like winter here in our area, these last few days of bitter cold have reminded me that winter is just waiting in the wings to show itself yet again. The Northport Riders are ready to host Snodeo this weekend and pull off another fabulous event. Friday night will feature Vintage Oval racing under the lights, registration starts at 3 p.m. on Friday the 17th, practice from 4 to 6 and the event is from 7 to 9. Saturday is Lake Cross racing with registration starting at 7:30 a.m. There will be radar runs hosted by the Manawa Lions Club and lots of other things happening. There will be food and refreshments available on site as well. This will all be taking place at Bear Lake just a few miles South of Manawa. Come on down and check it out, this event is possible through generous sponsors and hard working volunteers. Check out http://www.northportsnowriders.com/index_files/Page371.htm for more information.
You would think by now I wouldn’t be surprised to meet yet another small business owner who is passionate about their products and what they do, however I find myself continually and pleasantly so. I recently met the owners of Silver Wings Honey, Kent and Susanna, and was able to talk with them about the products that they offer and also see the products first hand. They not only sell honey from their own honeybee hives, but also their own handcrafted soaps, bath bombs, lotion bars and lip balms. The lotion bar I have been trying is Vanilla Oak, and it glides onto the skin and has a very luxurious feel and a nice scent as well, not too overpowering as is the case with some lotions. We are so fortunate to have so many wonderful products being made right here in our own local areas as well as the entrepreneurial spirit that is alive and well in our great state. Take a moment to find Silver Wings Honey LLC on Facebook , as well as check out their blog http://silverwingshoney.blogspot.com/, I think you’ll be glad you did!
We have had the good fortune and fun to have these ladies playing here at our Inn, and they will once again be featured on March 17th at Smith’s Manawa Steak House. Joyce, Ann and Laurie have alot of fun together and that really shines through in their music. It is not only a treat to hear music live, but knowing that they have so much fun doing it is what sets these ladies apart. It is wonderful to have them playing at a local restaurant right here in Manawa. So come on out and enjoy a delicious, ample dinner at the Steak House while enjoying the musical selections of Ivory Winds with Strings Attached!