A place to come together
40 small businesses part of Jake’s creative community
According to the law
of attraction, like attracts like. Jake’s Café Creative Community in
Sheboygan has embraced this principle, attracting entrepreneurial business
owners to its lakefront location and strategically capitalizing on their
complementary offerings to help take each business to the next level.
The community, located at 529 Ontario Ave., Sheboygan, spans four buildings
that formerly housed Tryg Jacobson’s ad agency of nearly 30 years. Jacobson,
now president of Jake’s Café, had promised himself, and his family, that
when his daughter graduated from high school, he would sell the business and
do something new. When the agency left the premises, it left a 20,000
square-foot void that had formerly housed a diverse, eclectic group of
So, Jacobson decided to continue in that vein, but with a nod to the new era
in which we’re living that Richard Florida talks about in his book, “The
Rise of the Creative Class and How It’s Transforming Work, Leisure,
Community and Everyday Life.”
“I couldn’t help but think that the second wind of this campus could be a
creative community [comprised of] creative people from all walks of life,
from food to fashion to finance to finance, with the idea that right-brained
thinkers, when pulled together in a collaborative environment, would provide
a venue for extraordinary problem-solving,” he said. “We’re entering a
period in which we’re called to create and to invent.
Tapping into the Springs
Naturally flowing water fuels Luxemburg bottling business
By Aaron Abler
In a time where society is focused on sustainability and being “green,”
bottled water — to some — has a negative and sometimes inaccurate
reputation. The spring water bottled by Markey Springs Bottled Water, N5085
Townline Road, Luxemburg, is not only Earth friendly, according to company’s
owners, but also better for you than average tap water.
In 2006, Tom Hayden and his wife purchased Markey Springs from previous
management. The couple, who was originally from Northeastern Wisconsin,
worked with a business consultant to find an opportunity that would allow
them to spend more time together than they were able to when Tom held a
sales position in Indiana.
“I worked for a company where I traveled a lot. I was a sales rep and
covered seven states and Ontario, Canada, so I was on the road Monday
through Friday ever week,” said Hayden.
Since taking over Markey Springs, business has quadrupled original sales.
Hayden said their customer service and local presence has been a factor in
“Most of our competitors are not Wisconsin based,” he said. “We’re a
family-oriented business and that’s where our customer service comes in.
People who make a difference
At 24, Scheuer is involved in the Manitowoc-area community
By Sean Schultz
At just 24, Max Scheuer is a Manitowoc banker on the rise. A recent
recipient of the 2012 Young Professional of Year Award at a Manitowoc County
Chamber of Commerce banquet, he was tops among the Future 15 candidates in
the running for that award.
That bodes well for the 2010 business administration graduate of the
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay who was hired two weeks prior to
graduation by Bank First National to work as a credit analyst at its
Since then, Scheuer has made two moves up the corporate ladder, transferring
to the bank’s Eighth Street office in Manitowoc for the position of business
lender and, most recently, accepting the position of business banking
“I really like it here, the teamwork and team atmosphere,” Scheuer said from
his Manitowoc office. “The group at Eighth Street is phenomenal. They’ve
really helped me.”
Lo Yumhmie is on a roll
By Kathi Bloy
Growth has been their goal since the day Shon Lo and Zoa Thao bought Shoua
Products and renamed the eggroll manufacturing plant Lo Yumhmie Foods.
Starting in Nov. 2009, they doubled the customer base within a year. A
little more than three years later, they are poised to double again.
The family business that makes everything from scratch, has a manufacturing
plant and a small restaurant outlet on W. Wisconsin Avenue in Appleton.
“The former owners sold eggrolls through a distributor working exclusively
with the fourteen Woodman’s stores in Wisconsin,” Thao said. “There was an
open account with Festival Foods that they hadn’t had opportunity to
Taking the initiative, the Lo family reached out to Festival. Thao’s
husband, Shon Lo, says, “We started delivering just to the six stores from
Green Bay to Fond du Lac. We packed frozen eggrolls in our own vehicle and
drove to those stores.”
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