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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell has acquired the Northeast and Central Wisconsin-based Coldwell Banker franchise, The Real Estate Group

 Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell has acquired the Northeast and Central Wisconsin-based Coldwell Banker franchise, The Real Estate Group

Appleton, WI- Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell announced today that it has acquired the Northeast and Central Wisconsin-based Coldwell Banker franchise, The Real Estate Group. Expanding its service area in Wisconsin, Honig-Bell and The Real Estate Group now have a combined presence of approximately 1,300 agents in 53 offices and, as a result, will become the largest Coldwell Banker affiliate franchise in the nation, based on transactions. Honig-Bell, which already has an office in Lake Geneva, WI, sees this as a rare opportunity for successful, like-minded companies to grow and benefit greatly from each other’s success. Mike Prodehl, who was also named the firms new President and CEO in this merger, had this to say. “Forming a brokerage of this size gives us an incredible advantage in that we now have more resources to invest in new technologies. 

Better technologies offer our clients greater marketing exposure in selling their home, and the most up-to-date information. Lenders, and other companies that need statewide or regional real estate partners, can now have one realty firm instead of multiple offices to work with in both states.”

Both Honig-Bell and The Real Estate Group have been members of Coldwell Banker’s Chairman’s Circle, a high and prestigious honor, since joining the Coldwell brand, respectively in 1994 and 1983. CBHB currently ranks 33rd for closed transaction sides among the 500 largest brokers in the nation, with TREG ranking 56th, the firms combined efforts next year should land them comfortably in the top 20 Brokerages nationwide.

Prodehl said Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group’s agents and management team will stay intact and that Buyers and Sellers in Wisconsin can expect the same great experience that they always have from The Real Estate Group.
“The benefit to all of our Buyers, Sellers and Agents is going to be tremendous! Our Marketing and technology departments have already met at length, and we have had a chance to speak with most of the agents and everyone has been very receptive and excited. All Agents within the organization will now be able to work within a much larger network with access to buyers and sellers from northeastern Wisconsin straight through to central Illinois.”

Ed Prodehl, who assumes the role of Chairman in this merger, reacted to the similarities between the two companies. “I have been close friends of Joyce and Otto Bytof for many years and prior to her passing we began discussions in expanding the growth of the two companies. We are a family-owned business just as Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group has been from its existence. We look forward to welcoming the Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group associates to the team.”

Reacting to news of the expansion, Coldwell Banker said the Honig-Bell Illinois operations are in good hands. “There is no doubt that Ed (Prodehl) and his management team at Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell have built a real estate power in Illinois and will continue the power and growth that the Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group has established.” said Budge Huskey, Chief Executive Officer of Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. “I am confident that their successful approach to real estate will translate well as they further their Wisconsin market.”

The staff and former heads of operations of The Real Estate Group, Chuck and Kim Peeters, will remain intact and they will continue to oversee the Wisconsin operations, which will remain Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group. Joyce and Otto Bytof’s legacy in this community will continue, stronger than ever, and Chuck and Kim Peeters stated that they “couldn’t be more pleased with this merger and are excited to see the strength of the group continue to grow.”

Tricia Voskuil
Marketing Director
Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group, Inc.
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Need A Room Memorial Day Weekend?

Memorial Day Weekend Rooms Available!

Coachlite Inn in Sister Bay has informed us that they have several rooms and suites available for Memorial Day Weekend!  So.... call them and tell them that sent you!

Click here to Read our Trusted Review and get to their website - but you must tell them sent you!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Find Me A Room! I'm too busy!

Find Me a room!

 It's the season!  Book your rooms right now for your next Door County trip!  Too busy?  Just tell us to Find Me A Room!  

Thursday, May 7, 2015

News from Door County Rubber Stamps & Scrapbooking!

News from Door County Rubber Stamp & Scrapbooking!

News from Door County Rubber Stamps & Scrapbooking

751 Jefferson Street, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
Phone 920-746-9080;

  Oh, Happy Days! Spring has Sprung!

The flowers are poking their noses out and sharing their beautiful color to our landscapes.  It is a time of new life and refreshing breezes.  Along with all that spring brings to us, we, at Door County Rubber Stamps, are boasting with good news for all of our customers and friends.

  Egg Harbor Store

Over the winter, Our Egg Harbor store experienced a new look in a new and permanent storefront.  We have moved our Door County Stamp & Scrapbook Store into the first building of The Main Street Shops in Egg Harbor – same complex where we have been the past five years –we moved from the back building to the front building – only steps away from our previous location.  We are so excited to show off our ‘new do’!  Come visit us soon – our shelves are filled with the newest designs from Door County Stamps and also our partners, Northwoods Rubber Stamps.  We have everything you could want – spring, floral, wildlife, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, - you name it, we have it!!  Watch for our Grand Opening Celebration – we want YOU to be a part of the party!!

  Door County Kids

We have taken over the entire storefront that was previously the Stamp Store in The Main Street Shops – enlarged the area for our Children’s focus, and are having an absolute blast filling this store with the greatest in baby and children’s faire; from books, puzzles & puppets, to sportswear, beach & sports fun!  This is a treasure trove!!   Watch for the Grand Opening of The Door County Kids – plan to bring your kids and grandkids to celebrate with us this summer.

  Dreamweaver Stencil Weekend

Extra, Extra, Read ALL About It!  Louise Healy is coming to town – yes, our Dreamweaver Stencil Guru – the ultimate in Stencil wizardry!!  June 5-6th will be the weekend that Louise will be offering four wonderful classes/workshops – once again, held at Bridgeport Waterfront Resort.  If you have never experienced one of Louise’s classes, know that you are in for a very big treat.  She brings to us years of teaching experience, a basketful of talent, and is able to spread joy throughout the room.  You will learn from the best – and go home with a multitude of new techniques under your belt.  Plan to register early.

Below is a quick overview of the weekend schedule. 
For complete details, visit our website

Friday, June 5th – 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.  Welcome Reception – Finger Foods and Beverages provided for your pleasure.

For all of Louise’s classes, you should plan to bring the following supplies with you to the classroom:  scissors, adhesives to assemble cards, including foam tape if you wish to pop up your designs, soft cloth (such as an old t-shirt rag).

Friday, June 5th 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.  Molten Magic
Use various stencils to learn the beautiful Molten Magic technique.

Saturday, June 6  8:00 – 10:30 a.m.  Sailboat Class
Dreamweaver's fabulous Sailboat stencil is so versatile and fun to use.

Saturday, June 6 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  Heron Class
Use the beautiful Heron stencil to learn three techniques that you can apply to any of your stencils.

Saturday, June 6 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Framed Butterflies
Create this lovely framed piece of art using Dreamweaver stencils.


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Mother's Day at The Lodge at Leathem Smith

The Lodge at Leathem Smith offers a wonderful Mother's Day Menu!
Please tell them, when you make your reservation, that sent you!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Chocolate and Wine Pairing! Door Peninsula Winery! And Discount on Cases!

Check this out from one of our favorite winery partners, Door Peninsula Winery!

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Mother's Day
Wine & Chocolate 

Join us for 4 courses of chocolate desserts paired with award-winning Door Peninsula Wines.  Your host will take you through different flavors in each course and demonstrate how wine can enhance them.  

Wine and Chocolate will be held on 
May 10th at 11am and 2pm.
Tickets are $29.99 per person..  

For tickets and more details please call or click here.

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Wine Trail Weekend
May 15th-17th

Wine Trail Weekend is here again!  Different events will be going on at each Door County winery throughout the weekend.  Door Peninsula Winery will give free tours on Saturday, May 16th, and feature chocolate truffle plates that can be purchased for $5.

For more information about the weekend or the Wine Trail itself, click here to visit their website.

Around the Winery

New Exhibit in the Gallery: 
The Works of Lynn Gilchrist
The Gallery at Door Peninsula Winery is happy to feature the works of Lynn Gilchrist for it's spring exhibit. 
The exhibit features work from every decade of Gilchrist's expansive career and interests which means that in the midst of landscapes and nature studies, you'll find self-portraits, girl-friends and just bright, whimsical paintings (including pastels) meant to be fun and engaging.  She quotes Henry Miller's vow to himself to do her work "calmly, joyously, and recklessly."
The gallery is housed in the main rotunda of Door Peninsula Winery on 2 floors.  It is open every day from 9am to 6pm.
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Upcoming Events

May 10th

Wine & Chocolate
Door Peninsula Winery
Tickets still on sale! Click here for more info.

May 16th

Wine Trail Weekend
Door County
Join us & the other wineries in the trail for a weekend celebration. Door Peninsula Winery will be offering free tours and truffle plates for $5.

May 16th

Elizabeth Kay's Big Bash, 99.1 The Mix
Elizabeth is getting married and we'll be there to celebrate!

Winemaker's Choice

Peninsula White

Seyval Blanc blended with Door County Apple wine for a great table white presenting honey and vanilla tones in a semi-sweet style.

$10.99 per Bottle
20% Discount
with any 12 bottle purchase

10% Discount
with any 6 bottle purchase 

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Fill a Case, Get 20% off 

Any purchase of 12 bottles
or more automatically receives a
20% discount!*
Any 6 bottles purchased
automatically receives a
10% discount!*
*Exclusions may apply, not valid with any other offer, promotion or discount.
Questions or comments? E-mail us at or call 1 800 551 5049

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Exhibit of Local Artist at the Gallery at Door Peninsula Winery!

This press release was just received by  Door Peninsula Winery is a fabulous place with great wines, and now art too!



April 10, 2013 
Contact Beth Levendusky    920-743-7431

Exhibit of local artist, Lynn Gilchrist, to open Saturday at the Gallery at Door Peninsula Winery.

Carlsville, WI - The Gallery at Door Peninsula Winery is pleased to present the work of Lynn Gilchrist in a solo exhibit on the two floors of its central rotunda from Friday April 24- August 14.  The Opening Reception will be Sunday, April 26, 4:30- 7:00 with Door Peninsula Wines and Bistro 42 appetizers featured.

Lynn Gilchrist's work is represented by Woodwalk Gallery, Egg Harbor which has coordinated this exhibit for the Gallery at Door Peninsula Winery.  The exhibit is open 9am-5pm daily in April and 9am-9pm throughout the summer.  The Winery is located in Carlsville, between Sturgeon Bay and Egg Harbor on Highway 42.

Gilchrist lives and works in Sturgeon Bay.  She received her BA in Studio Art/ Art History from Oberlin College in Ohio with study at Temple University in Rome and at California Institute of the Arts.  She has won numerous awards, including Best of Show and Purchase Awards at shows in Sacramento, CA, Lake Forest, IL, and Appleton, Green Bay, Madison, Milwaukee, Sheboygan and Sturgeon Bay, WI.

Her solo and invitational shows include: Neville Public Museum, Wisconsin Arts Gallery, Miller Art Museum and West Bend Gallery of Fine Arts (all WI), Lee Hall Gallery/N.M.U. (MI), and Deer Path Art Gallery (IL).

Lynn Gilchrist is in love with Door County- its beauty, its people, its hidden wonders, its essence.... and it shows, in some way, in almost every painting she does .
"I go to nature for contemplation, recreation, enrichment, and wonder. Being able to run outdoors and to paint outdoors in Door County is a great joy, with Lake Michigan, the fields and woods all around. The pursuits intertwine: running can open one's eyes and be a form of meditation and doing art can feel like a physical race in itself. While plain air painting the artist may be staring but is no longer day-dreaming. One needs to paint fast and in the process makes quick choices that are usually more true to one's soul."

The exhibit features work from every decade of Gilchrist's expansive career and interests which means that in the midst of landscapes and nature studies, you'll find dogs watching tv, various self-portraits, girl-friends and just bright, whimsical paintings (including pastels) meant to be fun and engaging.  She quotes Henry Miller's vow to himself to do her work "calmly, joyously, and recklessly."

For more information please contact Door Peninsula Winery at 1-800-551-5049 or email

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