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Issue 64April 2013
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"A Peek Inside the Door:" Gills Rock Coffee
Something Going On: Home Builders Showcase
Door County Happenings

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We continue our new lead feature: "A Peek Inside the Door." We'll profile a Door County business by sharing a special Q and A online interview with the owners.  This supports our Cable TV show that is on in Chicago by the same name! 

So the 3 newsletter features look like this:

1) "A Peek Inside the Door(sm)" lead story, giving you special insight into some of Door County's wonderful businesses - right from the owner's mouth!

2) Something to Do!  We will always detail something fun and exciting to do in Door County!


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Take "A Peek Inside the Door(sm)" this month with:

Gills Rock Coffee

By Donna Marie Pocius

Special to



When your travels take you to Door County North-Liberty Grove, Ellison Bay, Rowleys Bay and Gills Rock--be sure to visit Gills Rock Coffee, 12625 Hwy. 42, Gills Rock.


The coffee shop is located inside a contemporary gray cedar-sided building that previously also was home to Char's Gallery Ten.  This art gallery closed last year and has become the home for Char and Dewey Berg, who nowThe Shallows Resort Banner  focus on their coffee shop. Dewey has handled coffee shop operations since 2003, and Char started baking coffee shop sweets and more last year.


"I'm having grand fun baking. I do muffins and pies and coffee cakes and cookies. It's all homemade from scratch," said Char. 


And this is a fun place to visit with a funky "Gills Rock: population 73" sign welcoming visitors on the door and a motorcycle inside. Art is still for sale here--each season one artist is featured in the coffee house gallery. Paintings of water, landscapes and more by Marcia Nickols, who resides in Ephraim, will be on display and sold this summer.


Now, the coffee shop is open weekends from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. On May 3, hours expand to Friday through Monday. And starting May 24 and through Oct. 27, the Bergs will run the coffee shop seven days a week.


Here's more on Gills Rock Coffee and Char's transition from gallery owner to baker.


Q. What's a Harley Davidson motorcycle doing inside the coffee shop?

Char: Where else would one park a new Harley-Davidson '48.  Dewey likes to look at it, polish it and show it to people. Besides, it matches the décor!


Q. How did the coffee shop get started?

Char:  People coming into the gallery (established in Gills Rock in 1997) would smell coffee brewing (made in the Bergs' person kitchen). Dewey would offer them a cup.  We realized (in 2000) we may have a market here; hence the coffee shop was born.  Dewey and I did all the work ourselves and remodeled the space.  Brian Linden (of Linden Gallery) sold us coffee shop equipment.


Q. What drinks are sold?

Char: Drinks available are espresso, lattes, cappuccinos, mochas, teas, smoothies--the typical coffee shop fare.  Next to the regular house coffee, lattes seem to be theParkwood Lodge 2010 banner  most popular. Dewey learned to make a fancy design with the foamed milk on top of the latte-customers are impressed!


Q. How does baking for the coffee shop differ from running the gallery?

Char:  It has become fun. I found I have to plan in advance. I can't come down to the kitchen and say, "What will I make today?" I need to have the ingredients, a listing of things and a recipe book.


Q. So, you offer different sweets on different days?

Char: If I had to make chocolate chip cookies everyday day for six months, I would quit.


I pour through cookbooks and magazines to get recipes. Muffins using seasonal fresh fruits, which I get from a local market, rhubarb from a coffee-shop regular, savory scones, asparagus tarts, mini bacon cheesecakes, cookies, pies, coffee cakes, cakes. There's always something new and different.   


Often, I may come in with a tray of something: a new recipe. And I ask the customers to try it for free and tell me if they think it is coffee-shop worthy.


Q. What has been people's reaction to your new baked goods?

Char:  They love my stuff. They "really love me"-like Sally Field said.  I now know the feeling artists get when people say, "I love your work." People say, "I love your peach muffins." I never had that immediate response to something. 

Baking is a way to be a bit creative and bring big smiles to people's faces.


Q. What are your plans?

Char.  I had the gallery for 25 years (10 years in Rockford, Ill. and 15 in Gills Rock). How long will I be doing the baking? I don't know. That's the joy of doing what I do.  Will it be ten years? Two? I don't know. I don't like to put a limit on it. I'm kind of open. I'm just really open to things that are happening.   


Something to do:

Home Builders Association sponsors

Showcase of Homes May 10, 11 and May 17 to 19


By Donna Marie Pocius

Special to

Local home builders are opening up newly constructed homes for the public to view during the Showcase of Homes May 10 and 11 and May 17, 18 and 19.


Members of the Door County Home Builders AssoNewport Resort Bannerciation, the sponsor of the eleventh annual Showcase event, are presenting eight  houses, of various sizes and architectural styles, throughout Door County. 


Also, cabinetry, flooring, finishes, decorating and other details are being presented by other Door County home and remodeling companies.


The six builders represented this year are: Bay Lakes Builders, Carlson & Erickson Builders, Inc., PortSide Builders, Inc., Steven Kassner Construction, Inc., Tielens Construction, Inc. and Van's Lumber & Custom Builders. 


Included is a 2,873 square foot Egg Harbor home, constructed by PortSide Builders, Inc., with eye-catching use of stone on the exterior as well as the interior, which has a gas stone fireplace, stones walls in kitchen and master bath and more. Also in Egg Harbor, Van's Lumber & Custom Builders presents a 3,740 square foot home in the woods with a French country style kitchen, birch and tile floors, built-in bookcases in a den, three stone fireplaces and more.


Tielens Construction's Egg Harbor Showcase home has 3,178 square feet and offers views of the outdoors throughout the space. Other focal points include an open stairway.


Further north on the Showcase tour of homes, Bay Lakes Builders has a 2,550 square foot home in Gills Rock that ranks as one of the most energy-efficient buildings in the state. Design by Virge Temme Architecture, it has curving roofs to complement the landscape as well as a combination of passive solar heat and active solar electricity. 


In Sturgeon Bay, Bay Lakes Builders is presenting a 1,911 square foot home with appointments including a tray Scandinavian Lodge Bannerceiling in the living area and floor to ceiling stone fireplace surround.  Also in Sturgeon Bay, Carlson & Erickson Builders  opens up a 4,304 square foot home overlooking Lake Michigan.  It has Cape Cod style with painted beams in the great room and other highlights.


Also, in northern Sturgeon Bay, PortSide Builders, Inc. shares a home designed to take advantage of water and sunset views over Green Bay.


The Showcase cost of $10 includes admission to all homes on the tour. They are on sale at area businesses including Lamperts, banks and at the homes on Showcase days.  Hours of the event are 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sunday, May 19.   


The DCHBA is a not-for-profit membership organization of local builders and related companies in the housing industry. More information is online at

Door County Happenings


By Donna Marie Pocius

Special to


Here are some recent Door County Happenings!


Here are some recent Door County Happenings!

The Hol N' One Mobil, 25 N. Madison Ave., Sturgeon Bay, has been sold to new owners, who announced they will offer Indian food takeout as well as continue other offerings such as Sonny's Pizza.


New businesses opening in Sister Bay include: Wild Tomato (in the former Sister Bay Café location in downtown Sister Bay); Door County Creamery, an artisan cheese factory and shop in the yellow building in downtown Sister Bay; Drink Coffee in a new location in the former Moretti's pizza parlor location; Cupcake Heaven leasing the building nowBridgeport Waterfront Resort   housing Drink Café; an ice cream parlor and jewelry store at Country Walk Shops; and a children's resale clothing store downtown behind Door County Confectionary.


Egg Harbor Road in Sturgeon Bay will be developed with Maurices by United Development Group, which also rented space to U.S. Cellular. One more 1,000 square foot space is reportedly still available.


A Sturgeon Bay-based entrepreneur has launched a campaign to raise $50,000 to add an indoor roller rink at Cherry Point Mall.

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