Developing a new Avenue
Area vending service offers mini convenience center for businesses
By Sean Schultz
Plain old vending machine coffee? A salad that falls out of a slot in a machine? Sandwiches with mystery meat and who knows how many calories?
Those items are still the norm for many of the company vending machines we know, but there’s a new player in the field for the businesses that want more and better choices for their employees and have turned instead to BE’s Coffee and Vending Service’ new offering, Avenue C.
BE’s Vending President Joe Eggener defined the concept as a “self-checkout vending market for businesses whose busy employees need good food on-the-go.”
Instead of the items mentioned above, Avenue C substitutes Keurig coffee machines that deliver their java brewed by the customer, by the cup, in the flavor of your choice. There also are salads and sandwiches that you select from a cooler, with the opportunity to look them over for freshness, contents and calories before you buy. In an age when size matters, they are bigger than standard vending machine fare because, quite frankly, they wouldn’t fit into the narrow little slots typically allotted to salads and sandwiches in regular vending machines.
It’s time for cutting of the ‘Green’
Shawano family has been selling and planting Christmas trees since 1966
By Nathan Falk
With all the talk of “Green” industries, there couldn’t be one more green than growing Christmas trees, and one Shawano family is now in its third generation of owning and operating Hanauer ‘s Tree Farms.
When the late Dan Hanauer Sr. graduated from the University of Wisconsin with his bachelors and masters degrees in botany and horticulture just over 50 years ago, he did not envision starting a Christmas tree farm. In 1966, he and his wife Veronica planted some scotch pine Christmas trees on land acquired for a future home site, and Hanauer’s Tree Farms was born.
“I was 8 at that time, and there was not much work the first couple years, but during my middle school years the trees were growing up and they required more and more work, being sheared, weeded and fertilized,” said Dan Hanauer Jr., now 54. “His plan was that if my brother Dave and I did the work, we could use the money toward our college.”
Back then, Dan said, he didn’t see it as fun. The farm started out with 4 acres, and approximately 4,000 scotch pine trees. Those trees were finally harvested for sale in 1977.
People who make a difference
At work or volunteering, Inman’s goal is to make someone happy
Rick and Colleen Inman’s motto, when it comes to both business and their volunteer activities, is simple but powerful: A good day is about making someone happy.
The Inmans own Inman Jewelers in Two Rivers; Rick also works full time as a reactor operator at Point Beach Nuclear Plant. Yet, the duo has managed to eke time away from their responsibilities at the jewelry store and after-school pickup and care of their grandchildren a few days each week to volunteer. “We always seem to find the time we need to for ‘the kids,’ which is very important to us,” said Colleen Inman, president of Inman Jewelers.
A native of Two Rivers, Colleen had moved to the Milwaukee area for about 15 years before meeting Rick and returning to the area. Rick had started the store in 1995, and Colleen assumed full-time responsibility for it upon returning to the area. As ‘rookies” in the jewelry and retail industries, they turned to a few local organizations to reintroduce Colleen to the area and to get the word out: the Two Rivers Business Association, Two Rivers Main Street program and the Chamber of Manitowoc County.
LeMense builds Quality reputation
By Sean Schultz
The Fall Showcase of New Homes, an event sponsored by the Brown County Home Builders Association, was very good to Mark LeMense, president of LeMense Quality Homes Inc. and member of the Association’s board since 2007. “I picked up 10 or 11 new clients, and we’re drawing plans and helping them find lots,” he said.
That’s the good news and the bad news. Home builders like LeMense are enjoying a surge in demand for their services as the recession fades away, but there’s a downside. “The contractors are very busy,” LeMense said. They’re finding it tough to recruit good laborers in roofing and framing to help complete projects. They’re also struggling to find good-sized residential lots, the type suitable for the high-end homes that LeMense builds.
“Ledgeview has been strong the last two years, Hobart is opening up again, east Green Bay is good,” he said. “The banks are lending because interest rates are very aggressive and labor and materials are reasonable.”
LeMense, 44, currently has three homes under construction, two of them Spring Showcase of New Homes candidates.
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