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November 2011


Upcoming events in downtown Fond du Lac

Set in Ink all-digital print shop

Shop downtown Fond du Lac and get Downtown Dollars

Bob’s PizzA keeps on rollin’ Dorothy Bliskey | Special to The Reporter When Bob Gerbing opened Bob’s Pizza in 1969, it was dream he had envisioned since his teenage years in the late 1950s when he delivered pizza for Ray Armstrong, owner of the Pizza Palace at 107 N. Main St.

wholesale pizza business, requiring a staff Hours for the business are 11 a.m. to closing of about a dozen to keep up with the work. daily.

said. “They grew up with my pizza. They also proclaim there’s no pizza like it.”

“Everything is done by hand — nothing by “There have been many nights I didn’t get machine,” Gerbing said. out of there until 11 or midnight, but I didn’t Through the wholesale business, mind,” he said. “I really love being with His purchase of the business from approximately 2,000 pizzas are made people, and that’s what I miss most now Armstrong in 1969 gave birth to Bob’s weekly for other nearby establishments, that I’m more or less retired.” Pizza in the same location. In 1975, Bob with all the major food stores in Fond du Lac In addition to pizza, the Bob’s Pizza menu moved Bob’s Pizza to 25 E. Merrill Ave., the carrying Bob’s Pizza. includes sandwiches and side orders — current location. “Our pizzas are for sale in about a 20-mile items like hamburgers, pizza burgers, bread The pizza recipe from Ray Armstrong’s sticks with cheese, Buffalo wings, and apple radius around Fond du Lac,” he said. Pizza Palace was passed on to Bob. sticks that can serve as dessert. On a retail basis, fresh, frozen and baked “We’ve deviated from it a little,” Gerbing pizzas can be picked up inside the shop. Pizzas can be ordered either with a thin or said. “We made it a little spicier.” Free delivery of baked pizza is available in thick crust or on French bread. Through the years, Gerbing’s wife, Dianne, Fond du Lac and North Fond du Lac. “We have a variety of toppings to create a and their five children, who now range in There is no inside eating area at Bob’s Pizza. deluxe pizza,” he said. “The thin crust is the age from 28 to 48, helped run Bob’s Pizza. “But there was in the beginning when we most popular.” Today, the couple still own the business but were located on Main Street,” Gerbing said. While he has a strong local clientele, Gerbing are easing into retirement as their son Joel says passion for his pizza has spread to other takes over the operation and their daughter “Our pizza delivery is popular year-round,” states and even farther. Jenny pitches in to help make it a success. he said. “In summer, people say it’s too hot to cook. In winter, they don’t want to go “People who have moved away and enjoyed Bob’s Pizza is a combination retail and outside to get the pizza.” our pizza while living here return for it,” he

He told of one customer who managed to take two unbaked pizzas to her mother in South America. “She took them on the plane with her,” said Gerbing, adding that the Bob’s Pizza recipe has remained steadfast through the years. “You would be surprised how many people take our pizzas out of state at Christmas time,” he said.


For more information, contact Bob’s pizza at (920) 922-6505 Below left, Andrew Eick adds cheese to pizzas he is making at Bob’s Pizza, 25 E. Merrill Ave., Fond du Lac. Below, center, Joel Gerbing, son of owner Bob Gerbing, works on a pizza. (Patrick Flood photos/The Reporter)

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For more information on what’s happening in downtown Fond du Lac, call 920.921.9500 or log on to November 22 November 30 Disciples of Dixieland Windhover Wednesday Windhover Center for the Arts Featuring Tennessee Two 51 Sheboygan St., FDL 7-9 p.m. Windhover Center for the Arts

Dixieland music by the Disciples of 51 Sheboygan St., FDL 11:30 a.m.Dixieland. 1:30 p.m.; Free Admission Featuring classic country artist Tennessee November 23 Two. Enjoy lunch and live music at Live Band the Windhover Center for the Arts.

The Presidents Ziggy’s 213 S. Main St., FDL 9:30 December 3 Breakfast with Santa p.m.: No cover charge Ramada Plaza Hotel, FDL November 25 8:30-10:30 a.m. $9 for Adults, $7 Black Friday Art Show age 3-12, under 3 free with paid Jennabee Art Gallery & Studio adult (includes service charge & tax) 87 S. Main St., FDL 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. The Distorted Art of Jackie Victor and Pam Austin. Stop in the see the Art, meet the artist, and do some Holiday shopping! We will have refreshments, Give-aways and sales!

Ramada Plaza Hotel Ballroom Have breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Buffet menu includes orange juice, donut holes, cookies, scrambled eggs, hash rounds, French toast sticks, and sausage links. Coffee included with adult price. Make reservations by calling the Ramada at 923-3000.

December 4 Sunday Stories Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac

51 Sheboygan St., FDL 11:30 a.m. -12 p.m. $4.25 per guest, infants under 1 are free Museum visitors are invited to hear a story enhanced with creative dramatics and group participation. Featuring selections from the New York Public Library’s “100 Picture Books Everyone Should Know”, participants will be inspired by literature to create art and fun! Program is free with paid admission. No reservations are necessary.

December 10 Live Band Mommy’s Little Monsters Ziggy’s 213 S. Main St., FDL 9:30 p.m.; No cover charge

Ornament Making Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac

Peace & Love ~ Not Push & Shove Support the 3/50 Project by Cibo’s Chili Crawl 51 Sheboygan St., FDL 10:00amshopping Gallery & Frame, Participating downtown 4:00pm $4.25 per guest, infants Lillians, and As You Wish business locations 11 a.m. to under 1 are free in downtown Fond du Lac on November 25th. 10 a .m. to 4 p.m. Refreshments. Special Offers. Chance to win a gift basket

2 p.m.; $10 to participate 10:30 am Registration at Mid Town Pub (inside the Ramada Plaza Hotel) Crawlers will receive Chili samples at participating businesses and have November 26 the chance to vote on their top 3 Scientific Saturdays Chilies. Participants who hand in Children’s Museum a voting ballot will receive a t-shirt of Fond du Lac reading “I survived the Downtown 51 Sheboygan St., FDL 10:30-noon; Chili Crawl” $4.25 Investigate an array of science topics with Professor Mike Jurmu Home for the Holidays and students from UW-Fond du Lac. Celebration Continues This program provides the perfect Downtown Fond du Lac “lab” experience for the curious Partnership 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. learner. Downtown Fond du Lac Today brings many holiday favorites to downtown November 27 du Lac. Breakfast with Santa, Harvest Happenings Ends Fond Pictures and Milk & Cookies with Children’s Museum Santa, Chili Crawl, a holiday parade, of Fond du Lac and more! Free horse drawn carriage 51 Sheboygan St., FDL; $4.25 Tues. - rides will be from 10 a.m. until 2 Thurs. 9-5 p.m., Fri. 9-7 p.m., Sat. & p.m. up and down Main St. Sun. 10-4 p.m.

Santa and Mrs. Claus Sunday Stories Children’s Museum Children’s Museum of Fond du of Fond du Lac Lac 51 Sheboygan St., FDL 11:30 51 Sheboygan St., FDL 10:00ama.m.-12 p.m. $4.25 per guest, infants under 1 are free Museum visitors are invited to hear a story enhanced with creative dramatics and group participation. Featuring selections from the New York Public Library’s “100 Picture Books Everyone Should Know”, participants will be inspired by literature to create art and fun! Program is free with paid admission. No reservations are necessary.

December 11 Sunday Stories Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac 51 Sheboygan St., FDL 11:30

a.m.-12 p.m. $4.25 per guest, infants under 1 are free Museum visitors are invited to hear a story enhanced with creative dramatics and group participation. Featuring selections from the New York Public Library’s “100 Picture Books Everyone Should Know”, participants will be inspired by literature to create art and fun! Program is free with paid admission. No reservations are necessary.

December 16 Gallery & Frame Shop open for Tour the Town Art Walk 94 S. Main St., FDL 5 p.m. to

9 p.m.: Free Tour the Town Art walk featured artists: Jill Quillian, copperplating and calligraphy art -original silk scarves will be available for sale during the walk and woodworker/crafter Carolyn Luby.

1:00pm $4.25 per guest, infants under 1 are free Tour the Town Art Walk

The self-guided tour unites artists KFIZ Holiday Parade Kickoff 4:15 p.m.; Main St., FDL and businesses in downtown Enjoy KFIZ’s Holiday Parade in Fond du Lac from 5 to 9 p.m. downtown Fond du Lac. The parade Visit will start at Merrill and Main and end for more information including at Veteran’s Park where Santa will locations and artists. deliver his holiday greeting and light his very own tree! Any questions December 17 about the parade or participation Cookie Decorating can be directed to KFIZ at (920) Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac 921-0757 51 Sheboygan St., FDL 10:00 a.m. Live Band - Magnus Pym – 4 p.m. $4.25 per guest, infants Ziggy’s 213 S. Main St., FDL 9:30 under 1 are free

1 – Ahern Gross 2 – Beadalotta 3 – Catharine’s Hair & Nail Salon 4 – The Clothesline

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5 – Focus Hobby 6 – Fox Valley Savings Bank 7 – Gallery & Frame Shop 8 – Kitz & Pfeil 9 – Ramada Plaza Hotel

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Peace & Love ~ Not Push & Shove Event Friday, Nov. 25 Support the 3/50 Project by visiting Gallery & Frame Shop, Lillian's, and As You Wish. Details available at each store. • Cookies by Bob & Bonnie's Donuts & Cakes • Free Gift Wrapping • Chance to Win a Gift Basket Like us on

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Breakfast with Santa Saturday Dec. 3 Served in the Crystal Ballroom from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Let the Ramada help with your holiday entertaining! Book your holiday parties early whether it’s for a corporate party or family get-together • Seating up to 300 • Great Food, Restaurant & Lounge • Private Bar

Children $7, Adults $9, Children under 3 free with paid adult. Breakfast buffet includes scrambled eggs, hash rounds, French toast sticks, sausage links, donut holes, cookies, orange juice. Coffee included with adult price. Reservations needed. Space is limited. Call the Ramada Plaza Hotel at (920) 923-3000

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Local woman operates all-digital print shop downtown Dorothy Bliskey | Special to The Reporter After graduating from Goodrich High School in 1987, Liv (LaFleur) Moyer bypassed college and jumped right into the printing industry.

paper to its full potential.”


Her 2,200-square-foot shop and workspace contains an array of equipment — a digital press, vinyl cutter, large format printer, Her post-high school education was digital envelope printer and more. Four acquired through 25 years of hands-on Apple computers are essential elements. experience at several printing companies The shop’s large format printer can produce from Princeton to Milwaukee. a 42-inch-wide finished piece that can be

Moyer credits email as one form of technology that enhanced the print industry. “It’s a useful tool for proofreading,” she said. “Email communication keeps the proofs moving through the shop and also results in using less paper. Once it’s proofed, we move on to the digital printing. In the past, the process would have involved darkroom chemicals, film processing, the platemaking process (with more chemicals) and then the offset press. This process worked great 25 years ago, but today we can use our resources more wisely.”

printed in a variety of lengths and on a variety of surfaces. When used on a painter’s canvas, the result is a professional print that But for now, she is the proud owner of Set is perfect for framing. in Ink, an all-digital print shop at 103 S. Main St. — the former site of Uffenbeck Moyer’s passion for the print world and Diamonds. She and her husband Tony modern technology is what motivates her. With all of the advancements in modern Moyer purchased the building in 2007. “I love my Apple computers,” she said. “I technology, there is still a need to have “I had been operating in rented space in think I’m personally wired for them. They printed materials — business cards, Campbellsport and out of my home,” have given me the freedom to do things I letterhead, newsletters, envelopes, tickets, Moyer said. “We wanted our own building. never would have thought possible.” calendars and many other items, Moyer Downtown Fond du Lac seemed to have Examples she cites are magazine covers said. lost some of their printing businesses, so and full-page spreads she has created for it seemed like the right time and place to the show horse industry — a topic close to Gift items Set in Ink also carries a few gift items such set up shop.” her heart since she grew up on a local horse as hardcover journals with a variety of Moyer and full-time employee Renae farm. themes, colorful insulated drink tumblers Evert handle all the graphic design, digital “My mother is a professional show horse with clever sayings, Wood Wick Candles and printing and large format print jobs for trainer,” said Moyer, noting that her a line of organic hand creams. One journal, small and large businesses, as well as for parents, who operated Le Fleur Stables appropriate for the upcoming season, allows individuals and organizations. near Taycheedah, have since relocated the the author to write memories of 25 years business to the Madison area. Experience worth of Christmas holidays. Two decades of working for other print Times change The journal, she said, makes for a great shops found Moyer immersed in many Times have changed since Moyer first began keepsake. positions. working in the printing industry in 1987. “We are continuously adding products, “I worked in pre-press, was a camera Twenty years ago, every print shop had notecards, specialty papers and envelopes technician (back in the day), did estimating, offset printing presses instead of digital. customers can purchase,” she said. signs, customer service, and graphic design There was lots of ink and piles of paper Moyer, who is active in the Downtown work,” said Moyer, noting that technology waiting to be printed. Partnership and serves as the board has drastically changed the industry. “Today, in the digital world, we have paper, secretary, recently received special Set in Ink prints on-demand projects toner and digital presses — and a lot less designation as a minority (female) business waste,” Moyer said. “We meet with the digitally. owner. client to discuss their needs, while keeping “We are an all-digital shop and complete in mind the best way we can use a sheet of Set in Ink LLC, she said, is recognized as 99 percent of our orders in-house,” Moyer “College is on my bucket list someday,” Moyer said.


Hours at Set in Ink are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to noon Friday. Additional hours will be available during the holiday season. For more information, call (920) 933-2694, email or go online at





















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Downtown Fond du Lac

Shop Downtown Fond du Lac and Get Downtown Dollars!

Holiday Events Saturday, Dec. 3

Downtown businesses are rewarding shoppers with Downtown Dollars during the holidays. Shoppers will receive $10 in Downtown Dollars for any purchase made between November 11, 2011 and December 31, 2011 at any of the participating downtown businesses.

Breakfast with Santa / Ramada Plaza Hotel / 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Holiday Winter Market / Main St. / 9 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Free Horse Drawn Carriage Rides Downtown / 10 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Chili Crawl / 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. / Registration 10:30 at MidTown Pub Pictures with Santa & Mrs. Claus / Children’s Museum of FDL / Noon - 3 p.m. Carolers / Veteran’s Park 3:30 p.m. KFIZ’s Holiday Parade / 4:15 p.m.





Downtown Dollars can be redeemed at any participating business with any $50 or more purchase between January 1, 2012 and March 31, 2012.

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Breakfast with Santa Enjoy a tasty breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus on Saturday, December 3, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Crystal Ballroom at the Ramada Plaza Hotel. Children and Adult breakfast buffet will include orange juice, donut holes, cookies, scrambled eggs, hash rounds, French toast sticks, and sausage links. Coffee will be included in the adult price. Adults $9.00, Children 3-12 $7.00, under 3 Free with paid Adult. Please make reservations, as space is limited. Call the Ramada at (920) 923-3000.

Winter Market New to the festivities this year, is the Downtown Winter Market. Many of your favorite vendors from the regular Farmers Market will be selling homemade goods, seasonal items, and crafts. The market will take place downtown in Main Street Plaza (Sheboygan St. & Main St.) on Saturday, December 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stop by for last minute, unique gift items.

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• Many Amish Items • Children’s Furniture • Painted Pine Furniture • Curtains & Valances

• “Is this new or consignment?” • “Where else can you buy a pair of Banana Republic slacks for $18.” • “I love Shopping all the name-brands ra at one stop.” • “This is like going into a rich girl’s l’s closet.” • “And, I love getting my clothes for or free.”

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In 2010, 90 participants crawled to 11 different downtown businesses, sampling chili and voting on their favorites. After the votes were tallied Cibo Steaks & Spirits took the title of Chili Crawl Champion. Who will be this year’s winner…you be the judge!

• Blood orange • Lavender • Verde

Cibo’s Chili Crawl will take place December 3, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participation costs $10. Registration will start at 10:30 a.m. inside MidTown Pub (1 N. Main St.). Crawlers will receive a map and voting ballot, which also serves as a voucher for an “I survived the Downtown Chili Crawl” t-shirt.


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