DEB ROBERTS DISPLAYS an “Open” sign outside The Collection on Mill Street. submitted photo by Joe Schulz Deb Roberts always wanted to open her own business, but between being a nurse and raising a family she never had enough time. That was until she stepped away from nursing and moved to […]

Mother-daughter duo opens GL shop

SOME OF DEAR Prudence co-owner Andy Sorenson’s hand-made doll clothes are on display at Dear Prudence. Andy has an Etsy shop that he sells his products at as well. by Ariana Hones Amidst skirts and dresses that could double as art pieces and the softest shirts you will ever touch, […]

Dressing up Ripon with love of Community

The original interior of the building shows through in the clothing shop with the original support beams and brick walls. Reagan Zimmerman photo by Reagan Zimmerman Have you ever seen a purple chicken or been to a store named after a donkey? Anyone who shops at Violet & Company can […]

A match made in renovations

Four different hand-crafted speakers are displayed with a prototype Woofer placed in between the group. Reagan Zimmerman photo by Reagan Zimmerman News Flash! Internationally acclaimed speakers are being produced in your backyard! Princeton Audio took home third place at the 2014 International Design Awards in Los Angeles with its handmade […]

Carving out great sound

Attendees socialize at a past From the Land festival. The folk-art event will take place this year, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 15 and 16.     Folk-art event will take place Oct. 15 & 16 rain or shine by Hannah Tetzlaff Even if it means donning a Native American jingle dress […]

Arts & crafts From The Land

ABOVE, Green Laker reporter Hanna Tetzlaff shows off her new purchase: a snap-on bracelet with three interchangeable centerpieces. Left, Tetzlaff had no idea what to make of the water/oil atomizer.        Hannah Tetzlaff and submitted photos By Hannah Tetzlaff It was a fantastic maze; one I would never […]

Reporter’s search for old items nets interesting finds

CROSSROADS EMPLOYEES INCLUDE, from left, Brooke Goyette, produce manager; Fran Wrezzes, deli department; Carl Tednes, meat department manager; and new manager Mark Anderson.            Ian Stepleton photo by Ian Stepleton Last fall, Crossroads Market in Green Lake found itself at its namesake: a crossroad. Customers […]

New owner, manager excited to lead Crossroads Market

MAGGIE SHELL: “We’re just grateful for the opportunity to be in Green Lake.” staff photo by Ian Stepleton A fine piece of jewelry is cherished and handed down through generations. Gysbers Jewelry understands this well. The fifth-generation, family-owned-and-run store has been creating those kind of pieces for area families […]

Gysbers Jewelry holds grand opening

LAURA AND TRACY Swayze, owners of Creative Soul, get ready to share their creative passion with the city of Green Lake in their surrey.  Hannah Tetzlaff photo by Hannah Tetzlaff Green Lake Reporter Re-purposing boat propellers into clocks. This is just one skill of many skills exhibited by Tracy Swayze, […]

Creative Soul showcases passion of others

BEFORE SHE EVEN reaches her car, Green Laker reporter Hannah Tetzlaff devours a large part of the pretzel she bought from Pleasant View Bakery.     Sarah Tetzlaff photo by Hannah Tetzlaff Green Lake Reporter Google Maps lied to us. All my sister and I wanted to do was hunt […]

Following the… obscure dirt road to the Amish bakery

SPEAKING AT THE presentation is Linda Ruggeri, director of the Green Lake Country Visitors Bureau. Looking on is Cindy Jaggi of Economic Development Partners.    Aaron Becker photo by Aaron Becker The five communities of the Green Lake area are so special, collectively it’s the Holy Grail of regional […]

Expert: Green Lake area is the ‘Holy Grail’ of tourism

John Pahlas stands behind his bird sculptures, which are the most popular at art shows.  submitted photo Former Ripon resident enjoys experimenting with different sculptures by Laura Lyke Green Lake Reporter Professional artist and former Ripon resident John Pahlas can’t remember a day when metalworking wasn’t a major part of […]

Metaling around

PRINCETON RESIDENT JERRY Swanson stands next to his very first bottle tree, which is made with cobalt blue Italian water bottles.  Laura Lyke photo by Laura Lyke Green Lake Reporter Living in Wisconsin means giving up colorful gardens and blooming trees for a large, snowy portion of the year. But […]

Area man has answer for winter blues

Renee and Tim Saul show off the new collection of custom scrapbooking paper and retro candy that is available at the Variety Vault in Green Lake.   Laura Lyke photo by Laura Lyke Green Lake Reporter Shortly after Tim and Renee Saul opened their first scrapbooking store in Ripon, “Crop […]

Variety Vault offers vintage fun

ANDY SORENSEN DISPLAYS a selection of the merchandise that is available at dear prudence, 210 Watson St., which opened this spring.  Ian Stepleton photo by Ian Stepleton Ellen Sorensen and son Andy are Riponites at heart. Though both were raised here, each left the community to work elsewhere for […]

Women, need something new? Go see ‘Prudence’

DEANA CEMAN, RIGHT, owns Violet & Company. Managing the store is Tina Goetsch. Todd Sharp photo Deana Ceman has had her eye on a downtown Berlin storefront for years. The Berlinite would drive with her family past the building at 151 West Huron St. and ask no one in particular, “What […]

Women’s boutique Violet & Company opens in Berlin