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Streetwise: Restaurants and shops in Oshkosh celebrate grand openings this month

Happy last week of September! I’ve now been working at The Oshkosh Northwestern for over one month and have learned so much about the city of Oshkosh. This week I had the pleasure of stopping in the newly-called Emporium Shops of Evans to learn how three local businesses are putting their personal touch on the Oshkosh.

Plus, more restaurants are celebrating grand openings, others are closing for the season and still other are closing temporarily. I never have a dull day in Streetwise news!

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Welcoming the Emporium Shops of Evans

A salon that has been in business for over 40 years; a furniture restoration shop and gift shop returning to their former locations; and a new alterations, custom pillows and custom designs store all call 1810 Evans St. home.

On Saturday, Oct. 6, the new and returning businesses will celebrate the grand opening of what they are naming the Emporium Shops of Evans.

A furniture restoration shop returns to previous location

At the north end of the building, Studio 3 owner Roger Shaw returned to his original location. Shaw started on Evans Street four years ago before relocating downtown for three years. He moved his furniture restoration business back to Evans Street this June.

A self-described frustrated artist, Shaw started the business with the purpose of creating a local art gallery. Shaw and his wife, Pat, also had a lot of antiques they decided to display. Customers came in, saw the furniture and asked if Shaw could paint theirs.

“The furniture restoration took over the art gallery,” he said.

Shaw and his daughter Brandee had been painting furniture long before it became popular, he said. They work alongside each other in the back room of the store, researching furniture models and painting them to look like new.

The furniture restoration process takes about three weeks.

“A lot of people paint furniture, but when we do a piece, we paint inside the drawers. We paint the back, so when it leaves the shop, it’s like a brand-new piece of furniture,” Shaw said. “That’s our touch on what we do.”

Shaw is finding now people do not want to throw old furniture into landfills. Instead they’ll either ask Shaw to restore their furniture for their own use or to resell. He recently restored a Hoosier cabinet, which was popular back in the 1930s. The owner said her grandma got it as a wedding gift.

“It was really in bad shape, and I completely restored it to her back to the way it was originally,” Shaw said.

Studio 3 is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays; from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the first and third Saturdays of each month; and by appointment.

A passion for pillow making

Moving south into what Shaw described as the Evans Street mini-mall, Marys Sew Creations opened July 5.

Owner Mary Schuessler has been sewing since fourth grade. Coming from a large family, she sewed a lot of her clothing for her siblings, and to one day open her own shop was on her bucket list.

“One of my sisters loved pillows. She wanted to make them and make them unique,” Schuessler said.

That was her sister Jeanne, who died at age 54 from cancer. Schuessler and her other sister decided to fulfill Jeanne’s dream, starting a company called Jeanne’s Dream.

Mary and her sister must have made around 500 pillows, selling them at home shows and around the area. Her other sister then became ill and also died of cancer at the same age of 54. Schuessler then decided it was the best time to purchase the store on Evans Street.

“It just helps me stay close to my two sisters,” she said. “Sometimes it’s indescribable, but every day I come in here, and I just feel them with me. … I think they inspire me with ideas and to keep going.”

A portion of all Schuessler’s sales goes to St. Jude’s Hospital to honor her two sisters.

Marys Sew Creations is part alterations, part seamstress, part designing, part pillow business and completely unique.

“People come in with the strangest requests, and I can help them,” Schuessler said. “You name it, and I’ve probably done it.”

“It’s a unique shop,” she said. “You’re not going to find it anywhere in Oshkosh.”

Perhaps the most unique part is the line of custom-made pillows that Schuessler creates. Each pillow is not only personalized but also features two separate designs.

“When I do pillows, I just find that you can be so creative, and my mind never stops,” she said. “These aren’t just ordinary pillows. They aren’t pillows you are going to put on your bed and put your head on to go to sleep. They are conversational pieces. There is a story behind every one of them.”

Schuessler designed special EAA pillows for EAA AirVenture. She has a Harley-Davidson pillow made with deer hide, a Marilyn Monroe pillow with a special quote, pillows created out of old feed sacks and even pillows designed like chocolate Easter eggs.

Schuessler has a whole book of pillow ideas she constantly adds to, and she has even incorporated pillows with ideas from her sisters, such as a pillow that features a secret pocket where someone could slip love notes to their spouse.

“I get to help people use their imagination and come up with something. I don’t know anyone in Oshkosh that goes to that extreme,” Schuessler said of her business.

Marys Sew Creations is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and by appointment.

A home for glitz and glamour in Oshkosh

About five years ago, Jill Haringer first opened her store, Ascend on Evans Street. After living and working in Chicago, Haringer returned to her store about a year and a half ago to provide a touch of color and style to Oshkosh.

“I’m hoping there’s more people like me that want to be different and be a little bit forward,” Haringer said. “This is what it’s all about. It’s different.”

Haringer sells a little bit of everything — from jewelry with bling and color to unique clothing items to home goods. She’s owned clothing stores in the past and worked as a buyer for hospital gifts shops in Chicago.

“We like glitz. We like to be unusual. We just want people to be who they are,” Haringer said.

She continues to add new pieces to her store selection, including new fall clothing and accessories such as gloves for the cold weather.

Her clothing items are reasonably price, unique and long-lasting, she said.

“You’ll get sick of it before it wears out,” she said.

Ascend is open Wednesday and Thursday 1-6 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 1-4 p.m. She also is available for special appointments.

42 years of quality salon service

Mary Kohlbeck first opened her A Cut Above salon on Nov. 1, 1976, and it has remained a staple on Evans Street.

“Mary, even as a child, had a tendency to take a scissors to all of her dolls much to the horror of our mother,” Mary’s sister and A Cut Above bookkeeper Deb Kohlbeck said.

Mary got an education degree and worked as a teacher during the day and at a beauty salon at night, but she finally had to make a decision on her career. She always loved hair and decided to create her salon.

A Cut Above offers hair, nail and massage appointments. A customer waiting for her hair appointment said the calming atmosphere brings her back.

In the 41 years of business, Mary and Deb have been able to serve many Oshkosh families.

“We’ve had the opportunity and the joy to really care for generations of families. We know great grandmas, grandmas, moms, children. It’s really special,” Kohlbeck said.

Kohlbeck is excited about the new and returning neighbors on 1810 Evans Street.

“Customers just love seeing that the end of the building has opened up,” she said. “They can see the lights and the color.”

A grand opening celebration

On Oct. 6, Studio 3, Marys Sew Creations and Ascend will celebrate the Grand Opening of the Emporium Shops of Evans. Customers will have the opportunity to visit each of the businesses and learn more about the personal creations.

“We hope people come and listen to our story and feel our enthusiasm,” Schuessler said.

Schuessler will also be playing LPs, from polkas to oldies to country, to provide a personal touch to the opening celebration.

Schuessler, Haringer and Shaw feel the familiarity of working together under 1810 Evans Street. It has become more a family than just a business.

“We share ideas. We share thoughts. We come to work, and if we have a bad day, we share that,” Schuessler said.

Haringer is excited for people to attend the grand opening and become aware of the shops.

“It’s a destination stop for sure. If they need a gift or they just need something special or wow, they’ll come see us,” Haringer said.

DD’s BBQ celebrates grand opening

DD’s BBQ Co., 815 Ohio St., will celebrate its grand opening the weekend of Oct. 12. Owner David Karpowitz and his business partner, Tom Mattmiller, opened the restaurant July 6 at Ohio Street and Ninth Avenue.

“Nobody sells barbeque in this town,” Karpowitz said. “We’re just a family-oriented place.”

DD’s BBQ started first as a competition team, traveling all over the state. Four years ago, Karpowitz and the rest of his team began selling barbecue at local farmers markets and barbecues.

To celebrate the first few months of business, Karpowitz is planning a two-day opening event. At noon Oct. 12, there will be an official ribbon cutting ceremony. On Oct. 13, Karpowitz is working on organizing a band and having another grand opening event with food and drink specials.

Karpowitz said some of the restaurant’s biggest specialties include brisket burnt ends on Friday nights and smoked prime rib on Saturdays.

Information about the restaurant and bars hours can be found on DD’s BBQ’s website,

Royal Kitchen closed for the next month

The Royal Kitchen at 2073 Witzel Ave. will be closed until most likely the beginning of November. A sign on the Chinese restaurant door read, “Due to the owner’s health problem we have to close down temporarily. We apologize for any inconvenience. We might reopen on Nov. 8th.” 

The sign was dated Aug. 16.

Andy and Ed’s Drive-In closed for season

Andy and Ed’s Drive-In at 2413 S. Main St., celebrates its last week of the 2018 season. The 1950’s drive-in restaurant ends its 70th season on Sunday Sept. 30.

The restaurant, which opened in 1948, enjoys what its website calls “a blast from the past.” The golden era of the ’50s and ’60s is brought back with root beer in frosted glasses, oldies tunes and roller-skating servers.

During the season, Andy and Ed’s is open 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays.

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Chrissy Teigen Invades Target With New Cookware Line

Domestic goddess and all-around delightful human Chrissy Teigen is invading Target with a new line of cookware, utensils, and tableware. The new collection, naturally dubbed Cravings by Chrissy Teigen, is set to launch on September 30 at the retail giant.

Teigen’s Target collection features 40 items ranging from a Cravings imprinted cast iron pot to a “Go To” chef’s knife with a serrated edge to a white glazed pitcher. The prices will range from $4 for glassware up to $140 for a 12-piece cookware set, per a press release.


The new collection is the latest installation in Teigen’s budding lifestyle brand that the actress, model, and cookbook author has been building since filing a trademark for “Cravings” earlier this year. Since then, Teigen has gone on to collaborate with meal kit service Blue Apron and become the new face of the McDonald’s dollar menu. Teigen is also set to release the anticipated followup to her hit 2016 cookbook, Cravings: Recipes for All the Foods You Want to Eat. The newest volume, Cravings: Hungry for More, will feature a range of 30-minute recipes for dishes like crispy coconut chicken and creamy tomato soup with peppery parmesan crisps.

Teigen’s very first modeling job was apparently a swimsuit ad for a Target catalog, and she’s more recently worked with the company on a 2016 holiday ad campaign. She celebrated the launch of the new collection with a tweet on Thursday amid a sea of red shirt-wearing Target employees, writing, “I’M A @TARGET TEAM MEMBER!!!!” She was accompanied in the photo by husband John Legend and their daughter Luna.

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Fight The Fury Feat. Skillet’s John Cooper: ‘Still Breathing’ Ep Due In …

FIGHT THE FURY, the new metal project from SKILLET frontman and bassist John Cooper, will release its debut EP, “Still Breathing”, on October 26 via Atlantic Records. The disc’s first single, “My Demons”, can be streamed below. The song is available as an instant grat track for all fans who pre-order the record.

FIGHT THE FURY also features SKILLET guitarist Seth Morrison, along with drummer Jared Ward and guitarist John Panzer III.

‘My Demons’ is the first song that I wrote for the project about five years ago when I first had the idea to start FIGHT THE FURY,” Cooper shared, offering some insight into the track. “It’s a good first taste for fans because it’s got all of the ingredients of the band: aggression, melody, screaming, angst, a touch of progressive rock, and frenzied chaos. It touches on some dark themes that can be related in general to most people’s individual struggles in life.”

He continued: “However, I wrote it specifically for those who have been victims of abuse. Some scars run so deep that we never fully heal. My hope is that through the lyrics, people will vent their anger and see that there is always light at the end of the tunnel.”

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Cooper previously commented on the genesis of FIGHT THE FURY, explaining: “I am so pumped about the release of FIGHT THE FURY! This is a side of me and my music that I don’t get to show very often. It takes me back to when I first heard metal and the reason I fell in love with music. It’s raw and unfiltered and emotional.”

Cooper added: “FIGHT THE FURY is for all of the fans out there who like the heavy side of SKILLET, but want a super-heavy album. I hope they feel the emotion of the songs that we have put together because this project is for them.”

“Still Breathing” track listing:

01. My Demons

02. Dominate Me

03. Still Burning

04. I Cannot

05. Lose Hold Of It All

While the Grammy-nominated SKILLET has proven to be one of the most successful rock bands of the 21st century, having sold more than 12 million units worldwide, Cooper wanted to flex his creative muscles outside of his main outfit with FIGHT THE FURY. The music crackles with a metallic, anthemic, and riff-driven intensity, along with unforgettable hooks. The songs that populate the band’s forthcoming EP will take up residence in your brain for days at a time.

FIGHT THE FURY will embark on its first-ever tour in Russia this December. Details regarding future North American tour plans will be announced in the coming weeks.

“I am so thrilled to announce to Russian fans that FIGHT THE FURY will be playing our first show ever, on our very first tour ever, in Russia,” Cooper enthused. “I’m happy about that because Russian fans are some of the very best in the world. I believe that Russia will embrace FIGHT THE FURY and I look forward to performing! We will have many surprises for you!”


John Cooper – Vocals/Bass

Seth Morrison – Guitar

John Panzer III – Guitar

Jared Ward – Drums

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Clever Ways to Use a Lazy Susan in Your Home

Lazy Susans are ingenious – They can really solve your storage problems once and for all! Most people associate them with kitchen cabinets and pantries, which they are great for creating space inside. But the reality is that Lazy Susans can do more than organize pantries, base cabinets, wall cabinets and those pesky blind corner cabinets.

You might think that Lazy Susans were invented in the 1950s or 60s. However, they can be traced back to the 1700s! Known as dumbwaiters used to serve meals, they became popular when household servants were on the decline. Lazy Susans have stood the test of time for centuries, and they are amazingly useful for storage.

It’s impossible to get fully organized when you can’t reach everything under your cabinets. Lazy Susans are perfect for keeping canned goods and pantry food items in that otherwise wasted abyss of space under your counters. But aside from that, there are some really clever ways to use a Lazy Susan in your home. Check them out below!

A Short History of Lazy Susans

So, who was Susan and was she lazy? The invention of the Lazy Susan is attributed to Thomas Jefferson. This is when it was referred to as a dumbwaiter. Its origin isn’t 100% traceable, so there is a theory that in the 1800s, servants were called “Susans.” When maids and servants didn’t want to work, Lazy Susans were invented to replace them.

The design of the Lazy Susan hasn’t really changed that much since the 1700s, even though technology has made tremendous advances. Its unaltered design is just as useful these days as it was so long ago. Many materials have been used to make Lazy Susans, including plastic, metal, ceramic, and glass.

Ingenious Uses for a Lazy Susan

Vanity Saver

Does your bathroom vanity need some help? A Lazy Susan is perfect for all of your products! The swivel top makes it easy to find your go-to items. Plus, you can show them off! It’s a great way to save space and gain functionality.

Lazy Susan in Fridge

Lazy Susans are also ideal for refrigerators. You heard it right – a Lazy Susan can help you organize your food and condiments in your fridge. No more wasted food because you can’t see it in the back of the fridge! Now everything will be at your reach whenever you want to cook up a feast.

Coffee Station Organizer

There aren’t many things better than a nice cup of joe in the morning. But when your coffee station is a disaster area, your coffee might not be so enjoyable. Utilizing a Lazy Susan on your counter is a great way to organize all of your coffee beans, sweeteners, and even mugs. Cheers to that!

Craft Organizer

You can create your very own spinning craft caddy with a Lazy Susan. This way, all of your sewing accessories, colored pencils, or paints are always within reach and easily visible.

Laundry Organizer

Think Lazy Susans are just for kitchens? Think again! If you have cabinets in your laundry room, consider an efficient and space-saving Lazy Susan. They make getting to your laundry cabinets a breeze. And they’re perfect for storing detergents, fabric softeners, and all your laundry needs. You’ll be able to just turn them around and access everything you need on laundry days.

Spice Storage

All good cooks have a lot of spices, but where do you put them all? Sometimes simple cabinet space doesn’t cut it for your spices. The solution? Keep them on a Lazy Susan! You can store them right on the counter or in a cabinet for easy access.

Shelves that Slide Has a Lazy Susan to Fit Your Needs

Available in whatever size and shape you need – Full circle, Half moon, Pie cut, Kidney shape, D-shaped – we have the Lazy Susan for you. Organization and convenience work hand-and-hand with kitchen accessories from Shelves That Slide. Our goal is simple – to offer top quality sliding shelves and more from a quality company that cares about their customers.

With over 25 years of experience we know what works and what doesn’t! Contact us today to transform your kitchen and other home spaces to make your life easier!


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