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Issue 8 August 2008
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Let's Go Shopping!
See The Sails!
A Special Place: Dovetail Gallery

Door County - Lookin' Good!    
DC Flowers
Get Up Close - Lots to See!
Sailing on the Catamaran
 Catamaran Sailing - Ephraim
DC Shadows
The Shadows Know!  Sister Bay
FIsh Boil
 Fish Boil in Fish Creek
Well, Door County Is, Ya Know!
Bliss shop in Sturgeon Bay

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Let's Go Shopping!

By Donna Marie Pocius
Special to
When you shop in Door County, you not only find nice things. You visit historical buildings and meet interesting people.
That's because many boutiques, galleries and specialty shops are in repurposed vintage homes, log cabins, barns and schoolhouses.  A couple stores are even located in former The Shallows Resort Bannerchurches. Often, the shop owner is working and ready to assist you or answer questions.
Here are a few of the many intriguing shops located throughout the Door Peninsula. We start to shop from near the Peninsula's tip:
In Ellison Bay, Linden Gallery presents Asian antiques, home accents and art in a two-level space that was once a Lutheran church. Pieces at all price points-from mugs and silk scarves to paintings and furnishings--are available. Nearby is the Savory Spoon Marketplace, which opened in 2007 in the old schoolhouse building. It's adjacent to the popular Savory Spoon Cooking School and is a great place to pick up warm bread, artisan cheeses and locally made sauces for a picnic on Washington Island or for a snack in your hotel room.
Or maybe you can eat your portable lunch on the way to more shopping in Sister Bay.  On Deck just opened a new location here (Other On Deck stores are in Sturgeon Bay and Fish Creek). Each store branch has a different feel as well as diverse brands of clothing displayed.  Tannenbaum Holiday Shop, also in Sister Bay, is not just for Christmas shoppers.  You can wander through the rooms of a former church and find items for decorating your home at all times of the year.
Plan to also shop at some of the many farm markets on the Newport Resort BannerDoor Peninsula. The pie (any flavor) at Koepsel's Farm Market, Sister Bay, is always good. At the family-owned farm, Hyline Orchard, Fish Creek, the taffy apples are an addiction in the fall, albeit a good one. Also in Fish Creek, don't miss Curt's Oilerie and Olive Oil Bar.  Sample (just a tiny taste is all you need) creatively flavored olive oils here, and then ask them to bottle your choice.
You can continue shopping for food, as well as clothing, home décor and jewelry at Liberty Square in Egg Harbor.  This sprawling center was redesigned over the past year and a half. It also includes The Bistro Restaurant and The Board Room. The latter is a nicely outfitted room where people can take a shopping break, hear live music and come back for elegant dinners. 
On the way south to Sturgeon Bay, don't miss a stop in Carlsville.  Door County Coffee and Tea displays coffees actually made on the premises.  Included are flavors like hazelnut crème and breakfast blend. Next door is Pet Expressions, a gift store for pet owners as well as pets.  A unique find are the organic catnip-filled mice toys made in the U.S.  Cats take one whiff and kick back, to be sure.
In Sturgeon Bay, DC Bikes/Latitude 45 is the place to find quality brand bikes, such as Giant. They are on display in this vintage Third Ave. building with exposed brick walls. Also, clothing such as soft cotton Life Is Good brand tee shirts and eco-friendly Keen-brand shoes are available.
Nearby, AMO Gallery & Framery provides art and photo framing services as well as work by owner Audrey Off.  Pick up a print of a Door County wildflower or one of Off's photographs of the iconic Sturgeon Bay steel bridge. 

 See the Sails!

By Donna Marie Pocius
Special to
In Door County, pretty sails are not only spotted on the water.
As you walk along the streets of Sturgeon Bay this summer and fall, take a look at the beautiful sails, which were created by area artists.
They are actually fiberglass sails, about eight feet tall and three feet wide. Each is securely mounted, so they are not Bridgeport Waterfront Resort going anywhere until an auction takes place Saturday, Oct. 4, on the waterfront adjacent to Stone Harbor Resort and Conference Center, 107 N. First Ave.
There are 22 sails in all, and they stand on sidewalks or near businesses that are sponsoring them. Each sail has its own look and feel. So try to see as many as you can.  Pick up a Sails Around the Bay map at the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center, 36 S. Third Ave., or at an area business.
Don't miss a sail called "Navigator" outside Bliss, a home and garden store at 724 Jefferson St.  This stunning sail, made by Robert L. Soukup, is also a soothing water fountain and is styled from distressed steel, not fiberglass, and has a variety of metal parts of various shapes, sizes and finishes.  Look closely to see the Great Lakes in this sail. "It's like a typographical map, a navigational device. So I called it 'Navigator,'" said Soukup.
Another sail, by Randy Burich, takes the shape of a fish.  Find it on Third Ave. near the sponsors Door County Eye Associates and Sherry's Hallmark. It's yellow and orange with lips that look ready to kiss.   
Tim Nyberg, a painter, and Fred Young, owner of Young Automotive, teamed up for a sail. Their "Songs for Sail" is a bright spot at First Ave. and Michigan.  The sponsors are Holiday Motel and Young Automotive.
Thinking about buying one of the sails at the auction? Your purchase supports the artist as well as the work of the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center.
The auction will be preceded by a day of arty activity. Adults and children are invited to come out and paint the town, so to speak.  "People will have squares on the boardwalk along Stone Harbor and can create works of art in chalk," said Todd Trimberger, executive director of Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center.
Prizes will be awarded, and music and refreshments are also part of the event's plan. More information about the sails, auction and "chalk the walk" is online at

A Special Place:  

Dovetail Gallery & Studio

By Donna Marie Pocius
Special to 
What it's about:  This gallery presents the work of Kathy Mand Beck, a decorative egg artist. Kathy also creates Dovetail's garden angel series-glass art for use in the garden or as a paperweight. Her Egg Harbor Lodge Bannerhusband, Tom Mand, makes striking outdoor fountains. Also featured in Dovetail Gallery are work by other artists who work with paint, glass, clay and more. 
Why it's special: Well, there's the making eggs in Egg Harbor thing. And this is such a welcoming and unique place. The building is an 1873 log home, and you can actually hear the resident pet doves coo as you browse. Kathy's work is lovely. She intricately carves and etches flowers, sunsets and more on eggshells. She can also do custom orders for special occasions. Stunning egg sculptures combine her intricately carved egg shells with glass and found materials, such as rocks, leaves and mushrooms.  There is even an egg museum here showcasing a Settlement Courtyard Innmesmerizing 70-million-year-old Hypselosaurus dinosaur egg, a striking original Faberge egg and 400 more eggs from all over the world--many were donated by Peninsula vacationers.  New this year is a wild bird egg collection comprised of about 80 eggs; most are from Wisconsin.
Quick facts: Dovetail Gallery & Studio, 7901 Hwy. 42, Egg Harbor, 920/868-3987,