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08 / THE INSIDER: THE HOME BAR Lake & Country had the privilege of venturing into the homes of four lakes area homeowners to learn the stories behind their personal in-home bars. 38 / BTL ASPHALT From harsh winters to hot Midwestern summers, local business owner and asphalt professional, Chris Meisner, gives homeowners expert advice on how to keep your driveway in lasting condition throughout the year.

LISTING CATEGORIES

PUBLISHER Keefe Real Estate

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19 / Lakefront Homes

42 / Country Estates 47 / Geneva National 53 / Vacation Rentals 68 / Abbey Springs 77 / Condos & Townhomes

54 / KEEFE AWARDS DINNER The annual Keefe Real Estate Awards dinner took place for its second year at The Abbey Resort. This dinner is hosted to recognize an outstanding year of sales and other inspiring agent achievements.

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72 / THE WEEKENDER Fashion blogger and longtime Lake Geneva weekender Kaitlyn Agnew gives vacationers tips to make the most of their time before venturing back home.

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82 / OFF THE EATEN PATH Sometimes out of sight, but no longer out of mind, Lake & Country takes you into six little known restaurants that host some of the biggest flavors in Walworth County.

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104 / MORELS Keefe’s CFO Dennis Carnes takes Tom Keefe on his annual hunt for the elusive morel as Spring makes its triumphant return.

112 / ROSEWOOD Previously known as Millie’s Pancake Haus, owners Mark & Gretch Hladish introduce us to their newly designed banquet and theatre space, ushering in a transformation that is as dramatic as the artists who perform in it week after week.

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LETTER FROM THE CEO

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As a father, it is very gratifying to pass the torch on to one of your own and know that the future will be in excellent hands.

‘‘

2015 proved to be a watershed for both our company and the Southeastern Wisconsin real estate market in general. We saw sales volumes and transactions return to levels not

the rebranding of our magazine, Lake & Country, a signif-

seen since 2005, something we have at various times in the

icant component of our advertising and promotional pro-

past only envisioned as a distant and elusive dream. Need-

gram, which is focused not only on our listed properties, but

less to say, we all are very relieved and pleased and hope to

also on the lifestyles and activities available to our clients

expand on that recovery in 2016.

and friends. This issue is an example of that, with features

2016 will be noteworthy for us for various other reasons,

about a restaurant icon reborn as a dinner theatre, home

not the least of which is the promotion of my son Tom to

bars, and a mushroom safari, to name a few. I hope you

President of Keefe Real Estate. As a father, it is very grat-

enjoy it.

ifying to pass the torch on to one of your own and know that the future will be in excellent hands. At the same time, my dear friend and long-time colleague, Steve Beers, will remain in his office as our CEO. It is my intention to stay out of their way while still remaining involved as Chairman. One of the many projects Tom has been involved in is

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FEATURED INSIDER LOOK: HOME

HOME BAR A LOOK INTO FOUR SAVVY CUSTOM MADE IN-HOME BARS WHOSE STORIES ARE DIFFERENT BUT WHOSE PURPOSE IS MEANINGFUL.

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ENTER AS STRANGERS,

LEAVE AS FRIENDS.

So often this statement describes what happens in the local bars of Southeastern Wisconsin. But what happens when the bar is found in the home? Whether built for personal use, occasional hospitality, or boisterous entertaining, the home bar is a bonus room that creates a unique social setting and offers a revealing reflection of a homeownerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s personality. Lake & Country had the privilege of visiting four exquisite and unique in-home bars. We toured historic, passion inspired, family oriented, and imported bars around the Lakes Area. While each is unique and has an individual story and purpose, they all share the similar function of bringing people together.

THE HISTORIC

This Fontana home, built in the early 1900s, offers warmth, charm, and elegance. The owners converted a former sleeping porch into a private bar room, maintaining several aspects of the original house, such as oak bead board ceilings and textured walls. Sitting high up above Geneva Lake, the room features what could easily be one of the best views of the lake. The quaint four-stool bar was designed to bring close friends and family together in a casual and warm atmosphere. The room holds personal meaning as well. The space honors people and moments of great significance to the homeowners. Decor commemorating his father, memories of their daughterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s engagement, and a personal throne behind the bar fill this room with the personalities of the homeowners. Though this home bar has the accommodations to entertain a small crowd, it is most often used as a personal retreat. Whether it be a quiet lunch, an afternoon game, or drinks with the family, this home bar is a favorite gathering place any time of year.

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SITTING HIGH UP ABOVE GENEVA LAKE, THE ROOM FEATURES

WHAT COULD EASILY BE ONE OF THE BEST VIEWS OF THE LAKE

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A DRE M

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SPIR ED

Nearby, a Fontana homeowner dreamed of retiring on a boat in the Caymans, but he eventually traded this dream in order to stay close to friends and family. His home

and kitchen blend together seamlessly creating the per-

may not be floating in the Caribbean, but it is every bit

The perfectly executed bar, porthole windows, and

the boat he had always dreamed of. Working side by side

yacht style skylights would make any sailor feel right at

with the builders, this homeowner transformed the main

home in the hull. A murphy bed, for guests, sits quietly

living areas into a replica of a yacht’s interior. The solid

between trophy cases that portray this homeowner’s ex-

oak floor was paneled and stained grey with hand painted

cellence in his craft. This unique in-home bar pays tribute

grooves to resemble the traditional teak flooring found in

to a dream that once was, and epitomizes the passion that

many boats. Surrounded by wooden walls, the living room

will always be.

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fect galley and salon. The homeowner’s passion for the water is evident in each detail of the space.


THE

IMPORT

pub. In fact, several pieces of the room were directly imported from Europe. A grand ornate bar commands attention in the center of the room. It stands proudly against the wall, flanked by a dance floor on one side, complete with disco ball and karaoke, with quaint booth style tables on the other. The bar itself has details

Every once in a while, we find ourselves in a room that transports us. If there was

to match any old English pub. Stained glass windows, a brass foot rail, and dozens

ever such an in-home bar in the area,

taining. By paying attention to the smallest details, they succeeded. Little did

it is embodied at â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Vagabondâ&#x20AC;?, a

they know, it would become an area legend. Locals have either dreamed of seeing

legendary home bar located just out-

the iconic bar, or have spectacular stories that are set in the space. Its new own-

side of Lake Geneva. The Vagabond

ers look forward to carrying on the torch for more evenings of dancing, singing,

was built to resemble a quaint English

card playing, and drinks.

of glasses hanging overhead give this bar a truly authentic feel. The original owners of this special space desired an unusual place for enter-

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THE OPEN CONCEPT BAR IS LARGE ENOUGH TO BOAST A TWO-WAY FIREPLACE, WINE CELLAR, PUTTING GREEN, AND RELAXING SPACE WITH A COUCH BIG ENOUGH FOR THE ENTIRE CREW

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Of course, the home bar is not just for adults; it is a place for family and friends to gather regardless of age. These Fontana home-

on either side of a beautiful double door wine cellar. The cel-

owners put a fresh twist on the in-home bar in order to en-

during sports games, host movie nights and wine tastings.

joy it with their children. As a young family, they needed a

And there’s plenty of room to give the ladies a place to have a

space where the kids could relax with friends, while main-

refreshment and chat as the men practice their putting close

taining an atmosphere that adults would appreciate as well.

by. This home bar will set the atmosphere for any occasion

The open concept bar is large enough to boast a two-way

while making everyone feel right at home.

fireplace, wine cellar, putting green, and relaxing space with

An in-home bar is a place to gather with friends in the

a couch big enough for the entire crew!

comfort and intimacy of home. Whether the patrons are as

Replacing the traditional wooden bar counter with galva-

close as family, or new acquaintances that leave as friends,

nized steel gives this space a family-friendly, contemporary

the room provides a space to build new relationships and

look. “Scratches only add character,” says the homeowner.

cement old ones. So, pour a beverage and grab a stool. Mem-

On the back wall, atop a backsplash of stone, hang two TVs

ories are in the making.

lar features LED lights that change color to fit any occasion. The homeowners enjoy their bar as a place to set up a buffet

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Lakefront Leader Keefe Real estate is recognized nationally as the leader in the luxury and second-home markets of Southeastern Wisconsin. Based in Lake Geneva, Keefe has led the lakefront market every year since 1998. With industry leading marketing geared towards buyers looking for second homes and luxury properties, keeferealestate.com receives more traffic and showing requests for lakefront and luxury homes than any other brokerage. Keefeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lakefront specialists know everything about the beautiful lakes of Southeastern Wisconsin and will guide you through the process of buying or selling a lakefront home.

Keefe Real Estateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Walworth County Lakefront Market Share 70% 60% 50% 40% 30% 20%

Market statistics are obtained using Metro MLS. Keefe Real Estate does not guarantee the accuracy of the data provided.

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Caring. Committed. Compassionate.

year for Keefe Kares, and I am so proud of the entire Keefe

Those three words speak not only to the mission of Keefe

team’s commitment and vision going forward. I firmly be-

Kares, but also to the generosity and character of the Keefe

lieve that every check Keefe can give to such worthy local

agents and staff who make its local charitable work possible

charities is an investment not just in that one place, but also

year-round. In 2015, the Keefe Real Estate team collective-

our collective future as a community.”

ly raised a record-breaking $31,000 for regional charities –

In 2015, rolling-grant gifts of $250 - $5,000 were made by

with the goal of even greater things to come.

the Keefe Kares board to the following 501c3 organizations,

The Keefe Family first established the Keefe Foundation

following review of each organization’s applications and need

in 2006 as a charitable arm of the real estate company. For

priorities: The Sharing Center, TLC/Transitional Living

nearly eight years, it operated as a successful matching pro-

Center, Aquanuts Adaptive-Skiing Program, Delavan Food

gram for its agents and staff, giving thousands of dollars a

Pantry, Lake Geneva Food Pantry, Elkhorn Food Pantry, Big

year to a wide variety of individual-designated 501c3 chari-

Foot Food Pantry, East Troy Food Pantry, Treehouse, Lake

ties near and far.

Geneva Water Safety Patrol, Special Olympics, United Way,

But more recently, that “perfect match” got even better,

VIP Services, Town Oaks Homeless Shelter, Open Arms Free

as the newly-focused Foundation effort, Keefe Kares, came

Clinic, Walworth County Alliance for Children, Lake Geneva

to full fruition. In 2014, Keefe executives Dennis Carnes and

Conservancy, Love, Inc., Alliance for Prevention of Family

Tom Keefe played integral roles in the program’s creation.

Violence, Whitewater Food Pantry, Kenosha Food Pantry.

“We wanted to make an even greater, more meaningful im-

Money raised by the Foundation for Keefe Kares comes

pact within the local communities we serve across Walworth,

from several sources. Nearly 70 percent of the donations

Racine and Kenosha counties,” recalled Dennis, who today

come from individual agents and staff, many of whom have

serves as Honorary Chairman of the Keefe Kares Board of

contributions auto-deducted from every commission or pay-

Directors. “Our primary goal was to help more directly in the

check throughout the year. These contributions are further

places where we live and work, and in ways that reflect who

matched by Keefe Real Estate. There is also a Board-spon-

we are as real estate professionals and residents both.”

sored Fall Harvest Party of gratitude and celebration for

Through many months of planning, Carnes and Keefe en-

Keefe team members and their families, sponsored by com-

listed the input of Keefe agents and staff on how best to roll

munity partners Johnson Insurance, First Bank Center and

out a foundation program that would forge new and tangible

Southeast Title. Outside contributions to the 501c3 Keefe

ties with close-to-home partners in core social service need

Foundation, Inc. are also welcomed.

areas – such as health, food, and shelter. Subsequently a

Another way Keefe Kares helps is through organizing

governing board was formed, served on by current Keefe

volunteer opportunities to help local non-profits with spe-

team members Tom Pederson, Alison Lieske Olsten, Janis

cial requests or ongoing needs. Dozens of Keefe agents and

Hartley, Lisa Pitcher and Stacey Schultz, under Dennis

employees served hundreds of hours of volunteer time in

Carnes’ and Tom Keefe’s leadership.

2015, over and above their work hours – doing everything

Tom Keefe, now President of Keefe Real Estate, said,

from cleaning out classrooms, to sending packages to our

“Playing a leading role in improving the communities we

soldiers, to gathering food and holiday gifts for those less

serve is core to our mission. 2015 was a truly inspiring first

fortunate.

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WELL-MAINTAINED

DRIVEWAY ENHANCES PROPERTY

VALUE

DIY VS.

HIRING

A CONTRACTOR

WRITTEN by Tom Fuszard

HOMEOWNERS TEND TO VIEW A DRIVEWAY AS JUST A PAVED SURFACE FROM THE ROAD TO THE GARAGE. YET IN ADDITION TO ITS OBVIOUS USE, A WELLMAINTAINED ASPHALT DRIVEWAY CAN ADD IMMENSE VISUAL APPEAL, THEREBY ENHANCING THE VALUE OF THE HOME AND PROPERTY. Ah, the rich, gorgeous black of a newly

“Cracks are the first indication of breakdown,” Meisner says, “Maintenance is

paved driveway. Wouldn’t it be nice if

critical at that point and if left alone they eventually spread.” You can expect a

it would stay that way? ”With proper

5-10% growth in cracks for each year that your driveway remains untreated.

maintenance, it can,” says Chris Meis-

A typical driveway can be sealcoated in 1.5 to 2 hours, but the sealcoat needs

ner, “In fact, a properly maintained

about 24 hours to dry thoroughly. The hot tar used to seal cracks sets up in min-

driveway can last up to 25 years.”

utes. If that’s the only work done, the driveway can be used immediately.

Meisner, who owns BTL Asphalt Services in Elkhorn, Wisconsin explains

D  O IT YOURSELF VS.

that regular treatment is an inexpen-

HIRING A CONTRACTOR

sive method of keeping your driveway looking new while also helping to

Smaller driveways [up to 700 square feet] could be sealcoated by the homeowner

maintain your home’s value.

that feels comfortable with the project. Typical subdivision driveways run 1,000

“That dark, smooth finish comes

– 1,500 sq. ft., however, and will most likely require professional treatment. The

from the oils and minerals in the as-

cost for a professionally treated driveway of that size would range somewhere

phalt.” Meisner explains. Over time,

between $165 and $225, and the number and size of the cracks would be a major

UV light oxidizes the oils, and weath-

factor. That treatment could last up to two years, which is twice as long as a “DIY”

er loosens the stones. Left untreated,

project would last. “And you don’t have to get dirty,” Meisner says.

asphalt deteriorates and breaks apart.

“But if your budget is limited, focus on filling cracks”, Meisner advises. “Un-

Its once rich dark color becomes a

filled cracks will multiply and cause more problems. Sealcoating alone will not

light gray.

correct those.”

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AFTER

BTL 544 S. Lincoln (Hwy 67) Elkhorn, WI 53121 262.607.0907

HOW TO SELECT A CONTRACTOR Meisner says there are several factors to consider when selecting a contractor:

SEAL CRACKS REGULARLY

> MAKE SURE YOUR CONTRACTOR IS INSURED. Mistakes can happen, and you need to be sure the company will return to correct the error. You might save some money going with

MAINTENANCE EVERY 2 OR 3 YEARS

an uninsured contractor, but you could be left trying to fix any problem afterward. > MAKE SURE THEY PROVIDE A WARRANTY. Find out if the firm will

BEFORE SEALCOATING ASK EXPERT

stand behind its work should a defect show up afterward. A good warranty

BEFORE

is two years for sealcoating and one year for crack filling. > CHECK FOR A SOLID RATING WITH

VISUAL IMPACT ON HOUSE

BBB. > LOOK FOR REFERENCES AND EXAMPLES OF WORK DONE NEARBY. Meisner suggests visiting the property and talking with the property owner.

CONCLUSION

> ASK IF THE FIRM USES CONCEN-

“When any guest comes up the driveway on your property, if you have a nicely

TRATED SEALCOAT. Some contrac-

sealcoated, black drive it makes a big difference!” Meisner says. “And it’s not a

tors dilute the sealcoat with water to

lot of money.”

save themselves some money. That

A driveway is easy to ignore, at least until it needs repair. By then, the deteriora-

kind of application can look good

tion could be significant. Regular maintenance, performed by you or a contrac-

for six to eight months, but will then

tor, is an inexpensive investment that will significantly extend the life of your

wear off, he explains.

driveway—and add tremendous value to your home.

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Country Estates

On acres of sun kissed grass surrounded by gardens, woods and horse stables sits the country estate. While the beautiful lakes of Southeastern Wisconsin get most of the attention, the rolling fields between the water’s edge quietly sit, bathing in the warm light of winter sunsets and summer sun rises. Welcome gates are the starting points to driveways that lead to these exquisite private escapes. Country Estates offer buyers a different slice of Southeastern Wisconsin heaven. Keefe agents have been travelling these country roads for decades, and we’d be happy to show you that some of the area’s best-kept secrets lie between the lakes.

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LAKE COMO

GENEVA NATIONAL establishes a unique and desirable type of living in the Geneva Lakes area. This beautifully kept gated community just on the outskirts of Lake Geneva has made a name for itself by hosting a top rate 54-hole golf course, award winning steakhouse, newly renovated club house, and exclusive residential pool area for yourself and family to enjoy. Geneva National not only provides a neatly kept living environment, it also guarantees around the clock community security for both its visitors and its residents. Downtown Lake Geneva and all of its social and dining adventures lay just a short easy drive down Highway 50. 46 | SPRING 2016 |


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THE COMPANY WE KEEP Real estate is more than profession at Keefe; it is a passion. Our agents can be found hard at work

that the thing that really drives them day-in-day-out is

virtually every day of the year, person-

the challenge and the privilege of making a real difference

ally focused on transforming their cli-

in their clients’ lives - helping them buy, sell or rent that

ents’ realty dreams into life-enhancing

one-of-a-kind dream called “home”. It’s a big job, a hard

realities. They are all experts in their

job, and, at their highest level of professionalism,

field, specially trained and uniquely

it is a proud and inspiring one.

accomplished. They are further com-

Keefe agents are top achievers in oth-

mitted to the highest level of customer

er ways, too. In 2015, these community

service and satisfaction, a standard that

leaders helped the Keefe Kares Founda-

has characterized the Keefe Real Estate

tion raise more than $30,000, most of

company mission for over 75 years.

this through their own individual dona-

How do we measure success at

tions. This money in turn supported over

Keefe?

20 charities in many local neighborhoods

It is true that our agents sell

more homes than anyone else in Wal-

throughout Southeastern Wisconsin.

worth County/Southeastern Wiscon-

agents “give back” through volunteer service, too.

sin, and top-tier sales rankings are

We at Keefe could not be prouder of this truly special

common among them. But, that is just

team of Realtors. We congratulate and commend each

a small part of a much bigger story.

and every one of them for their professional and personal

Time and time again, our agents tell us

accomplishments, for the benefit of so many.

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NOT PHOTOGRAPHED: Sally Prio, Joe Regester, Laura Rodriguez, Julie Sarton, Beaa Sheehan, Ryan Simons, LuAnn Smith, Ruta Syverson, Lael Vandenburgh, Kimberly Yopp, Lizzy Bona, Diane Cocroft, Lynette Haman, Angela Held, Dale Hibbard, Hans Melges, Mary Kilkenny, Marjorie Krantz, Tom Martin, Barb Philipps, Mike Burke, Rita Burnap, Shirley Coulman, Tom Coulman, Thomas Pullen, Joan Freytag, Gretchen Haydam, Darlene Huber, Donna Laczny, Linda Kimble, Susan Myers, Kristen Pease, & Roger Wolff.

FROM BOTTOM LEFT: Diane Urlakis, Amanda Carter, Deb Schroeder, Marcy Hammett, Patti Kirchhoff, Sharon Smolensky, Tracy Sallee, Karen Ostermeier, Christina Marino, Jess Smith, Kristin Stahulak, Tammy Haase, Sally Malbon, Andy Schmidt, Katrina Lubinski, Brooke Behrens, Kris Alter, Rio Haman, Bailey Munson, Stacey Sheets, Kim Reyenga, Karen Barris, Janis Hartley, Lisa Pitcher, Allison Lieske, Andriew Fox, Debbie Cobian, Elaine Johnson, Janet Giovannetti, Michalene Melges, Kathy Weber, Chris Kayser, Carey Fowler, Sarah Hill, Matt Burke, Joel Reyenga, Karen Schaefer, Nora Huss, Carla Tanner, Julie Morse, Peggy Bentley, Michael Bentley, Mike Pfammatter, Bill Nevoraski, Steve Beers, Steve Sawar, Paige Sawar, Mark Larkin, Jay Hicks, Rob Edwards, Tom Keefe, Mike Keefe, Tom Pederson, Dennis Carnes, Tricia Forbeck, Leslie Thorngate, Alexis Stirmel, Chris Rathbone, Janet Behrens, Sophia Erzumiah, Mary Petersen, Linda Tonge, Stacey Schultz, Gareth Cole, John Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;laughlin, Mick Balestrieri, Jerry Kroupa, Bob Webster, Lowell Kendall, Jonathan Blakeman, Dan Oleston, Juan Martinez, Gary Dunham, Carl Gustafson, Lyndsay Capozzi, Chris Devincentis


KEEFE AWARDS BANQUET

2015 KEEFE AWARDS CEREMONY

[Clockwise From Top Left : ] 2015 Awards Ceremony Program | Andy Schmidt, Sally Malbon | Jazz singer Emily Henderson of Felix & Fingers | Lyndsay Capozzi, Bailey Munson, Sophia Erzumiah, Rio Haman, Stacey Sheets, Katrina Lubinski | Bailey Munson, Michael Keefe, Rio Haman

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Such an amazing evening! The decor was beautiful, the speeches were moving and the music was perfection...

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EVENT PHOTOS BY MATT MASON PHOTOGRAPHY

[Clockwise From Top Left : ] Betty Jeziorski | Steve & Paige Sawar | Tom Keefe, Patti Kirchhoff | Top Sales Agent of the Year Michalene Melges and Michael Keefe | Diane Urlakis

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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR INCREDIBLE SALES ASSOCIATES!

20M+

CHAIRMAN’S SUMMIT

MARK LARKIN

BOB WEBSTER

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MICK BALESTRIERI

LINDA TONGE

TOP COMPANY SIDES 2015 TOP DELAVAN VOLUME & SIDES 2015

PRESIDENT’S CIRCLE

JERRY KROUPA

$10M

KRISTIN STAHULAK

GREATEST INCREASE IN SIDES ABOVE $5M

DIRECTOR’S ALLIANCE

MIKE PFAMMATTER

TOP BURLINGTON SIDES & VOLUME 2015

$5M

PATTI KIRCHHOFF

MIKE & MATT BURKE

- $10M

DEB SCHROEDER

RUTA SYVERSON

LAURA RODRIGUEZ

MARY KILKENNY

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DAN OLESTON

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PEGGY & MICHAEL BENTLEY

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JAY HICKS

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BARBARA PHILIPPS

DEBBIE COBIAN

BEAA SHEEHAN

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TOM MARTIN

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GARY DUNHAM

STACEY SCHULTZ

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JOEL & KIM REYENGA

TRACY SALLEE

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MARY OCHOA-PETERSEN

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MENTOR OF THE YEAR

RENTAL AGENT OF THE YEAR

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JULIE SARTON

ROB EDWARDS

SHARON SMOLENSKY

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CARL GUSTAFSON

JOAN FREYTAG

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MARCY HAMMETT

SHIRLEY & TOM COULMAN

DALE HIBBARD

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KATHY WEBER

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$1M

PAIGE & STEVE SAWAR

THOMAS PULLEN

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LUANN SMITH

JAN GIOVANNETTI

MARJORIE KRANTZ

NOTHING COMPARES TO THE EXPERTISE AND LOCAL KNOWLEDGE OF A KEEFE REAL ESTATE SALES AGENT.

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Congratulations TO GAGE MARINE AND THE LAKE GENEVA CRUISE LINE FOR DELIVERING 100 YEARS OF OUTSTANDING SERVICE ON “THE WALWORTH” MAILBOAT! WE THANK YOU FOR BRINGING THIS SPECTACULAR EXPERIENCE TO BEAUTIFUL LAKE GENEVA AND GIVING VISITORS A CHANCE TO SEE AND LEARN ABOUT THE GRAND ESTATES THAT LINE OUR TREASURED SHORELINE.

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The Mailboat is a special tradition and one that seems to epitomize the Lake Geneva experience. You get out on the water, enjoy hearing about some of the characters who built the community, and see the stunning estates up close.

—OWNER OF GAGE MARINE, BILL GAGE

2015 MAILBOAT TOURS ARE OFFERED DAILY FROM JUNE 15TH – SEPTEMBER 15TH and deliver mail to nearly 75 home on Geneva Lake. The Walworth departs from The Riviera in Lake Geneva promptly at 10:00 a.m. and returns around 12:30 p.m., offering a cruise around the entire lake. Reservations are strongly recommended: reservations@glcl. net For more information: www. cruiselakegeneva.com KEEFEREALESTATE.COM | 65


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ABBEY SPRINGS is a gated community on the Southern Shores of the Geneva Lake that allows its residents access to itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s public club house, restaurants, pool house and stunning 18 hole golf course. This scenic community also offers access to the lakefront with its private beach and panoramic Yacht Club window view of

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ON THE LAND

Travel through space and time on the weekends at YERKES OBSERVATORY! Located in Williams Bay, you can visit the world’s largest refractor telescope for free with no reservations necessary. Not mention, approximately ninety-four years ago, Einstein stood inside Yerkes and proved one of his key theories. Talk about star power! The outside and inside of this building are truly “out of this world.”

Kaitlyn Agnew

“The Weekender”

One-hour public tours are offered every Saturday. FOR AVAILABILITY AND PRICING, call 262-245-5555, extension 825, or email tours@yerkes.uchicago.edu.

Customize your own cooking class with a group of friends at the LAKE GENEVA SCHOOL OF COOKING. Located near the Geneva Village

A RESORT TOWN COMPLETE WITH LAKESIDE ESTATES, HISTORIC

Shops, they offer entertaining seasonal

YACHTS AND RESIDENTS THE LIKES OF THE WRIGLEYS AND ROCKEFEL-

culinary classes for everyone, whether

LERS BEARS A HISTORY WORTH REPEATING. This may sound like a dream

you’re a professional chef or have never

come true but if you live in Lake Geneva, it’s just the recipe for another charmed

cooked a meal. Accompanied by Chef

day. Even if you don’t have roots up north, there’s a good chance you know some-

John, you and your group will have the

body who does, because it’s just one of those places. A place where everybody

opportunity to experience hands-on

knows your name and your drink of choice.

prep and dinner demos. Not to men-

But I’ll bet you one thing, there are a few secrets even the most seasoned vet-

tion, there may be some bubbly and

erans aren’t in on. It takes a part-timer to truly learn the ins and outs of what

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makes a memorable weekend 80 miles north from the heart of Chicago. After all, we only have so much time before reality sets in and we must cross back over the Illinois state line. Since this is a community that still believes in waving to your neighbors, I’m willing to share a few tips I’ve been keeping under wraps... 72 | SPRING 2016 |

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Plan family night under

Me experiencing yoga at Pier 290 this past summer and ready for another beautiful day on Geneva Lake.

ON THE LAKE

the summer stars for just $1.00! Head to FONTANA BEACH to catch a movie on a portable theater-size screen. Big Hero 6 and Princess Bride were both big hits last year, so there’s something for everyone. When you throw in the concession stand, you have all the makings for a night to remember. OPEN SATURDAYS starting June through August.

If you’re a yoga enthusiast, you haven’t experienced true Namaste until you’ve practiced on the beach. YOGA LAKE GENEVA hosts morning classes outYou can take a boat ride anywhere, but

side of Pier 290 where your downward

where else can you hitch a ride on a

dog is accompanied by calming sound

watercraft that also delivers the mail?

of gentle waves. The set-up is more

Hit the trails with bikes from PEDAL &

With 100 years of mail service under it’s

than serene; freshly raked sand and a

CUP, located just a short distance from

belt (congrats, by the way!), the MAIL-

summer sun just beginning to rise over

Lake Geneva. The eleven-mile trail is

BOAT tour still delivers mail to about

different shades of blue. Loaner mats

flat and wide, making it feasible for all

75 homes around the lake on a daily

are available, so even if you’re new to

riders. Once you’re finished, return to

basis. The best part? At each dock, the

yoga, bring a friend or your out-of-town

the shop to enjoy a sandwich and some

mail attendant must jump from the

guests for a unique experience.

iced tea (or a smoothie, espresso, and

boat, sprint to retrieve the mail and

so on). By the way, if you’re staying at a

make it back to the boat, which in the

hotel in the area, they will deliver the

meantime has never stopped moving.

bikes to YOU. Now that is exceptional

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FOOD

GATHERINGS

LOCAL FLAVOR: A DETOUR TO DELICIOUSNESS WRITTEN by Cynthia Fueredi | PHOTOGRAPHY by Rubén Burgos, Jr.

Off the

Eaten

Path I’m not ashamed to admit it…I am an unabashed foodie. I’ve dined at numerous award-winning restaurants, written about food for women’s magazines, and even started my own cooking school to share my unbridled enthusiasm for gastronomic adventure. So, let’s just say great food has been a big part of my adult life. As a result, I was a bit skeptical upon receiving the challenge from Lake & Country to report on Southeastern Wisconsin’s “hidden gem” eateries. Would our local offerings measure up? Well, readers, this gourmand has been well-schooled by the experience. I am so proud to report on the “homegrown” treasures I found right in our own backyard!

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CARVELLI SANDWICH SECRET: CRANBERRY BREAD

THE VARSITY DELI

Elkhorn’s city motto is “Living in Harmony” and nothing could be more in tune than the sandwich concoctions found at the VARSITY DELI AT 464 E. GENEVA STREET, right next to the Walworth County Fairgrounds. For the last six years, this former hot dog stand has varsity-lettered in every bite. Homemade soups and tasty sweets are offered, but it’s the over 70 crazy sandwich combos and wraps that hit it out of the park. The owner, Kelly, is a community-minded charismatic sports aficionado. He also has a thing for that 70’s sitcom Welcome Back Kotter. The whole cast has a sandwich named after them! Getting in the spirit, I ordered the Vinnie Barbarino and a Carvelli, though I was also tempted by the Horshack. Original, fresh ingredients, sandwiches piled high, and a friendly staff: Varsity Deli offers everything you would hope from a top-notch deli.

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THE VARSITY DELI

464 E. GENEVA STREET ELKHORN, WI 53121 262.949.6399


ORIGINALLY FROM BANGKOK, they are proud to bring the food from their home to Southeastern Wisconsin.

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TWO SISTER THAI 207 N. MAIN STREET WALWORTH, WI 53184 262.394.5700

TWO SISTERS THAI

Bangkok, they are proud to bring the food from their home

Now, off to Walworth, home to Two Sisters Thai Restaurant

word has spread. Customers come from Illinois to savor this

AT 207 N. MAIN STREET, across from the post office. I

authentic Thai cuisine. The menu items are inexpensive and

know what you are thinking… a Thai joint in Walworth? I

range from appetizers, Thai soups, noodles, fried rice, cur-

LOVE Thai food and I even admit to being skeptical….but

ries, and much more. I ended up trying the Chicken Pad

wrong again! Two Sisters is actually owned and operated by

Thai, a customer favorite. Since I’m a fan of curry, I also or-

two sets of sisters: Gib Thongkilb and her sister Sasi Thon-

dered vegetable red curry and an order of fresh spring rolls.

gkilb, along with their mother and aunt. Originally from

Holy mouthful of flavor!

VILLAGE TAP

to Southeastern Wisconsin. After over a year in business,

The sign in the window at the VILLAGE TAP, 1489 MILL

it’s two for the price of one). Customize and pile on the ba-

STREET in Lyons says, “Great People, Great Drinks, Great

con and cheese, or maybe a south of the border Jalapeno

Food”. If you happen to be enjoying the nearby countryside

Jack Burger. No matter what you try, I bet you’ll be back.

scenery, or biking along the White River Trail, check out

Oh, and don’t forget the drinks. Cocktails, like hand-mud-

the Village Tap. Built by her Grandparents, this local tavern

dled Old Fashioneds, made-to-order Bloodies, and Martinis,

has been in Chris Campbell’s family for over 45 years. Back

are a big draw.

then it was a favorite hangout for the local farmers, and still has that small town feel today, serving exceptional bar food with a heaping side of comfortable. For example, huge, halfpound juicy burgers are always on the menu (on Thursdays,

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VILLAGE TAP 1489 MILL STREET LYONS, WI 53148 262.757.0898


THE VILLAGE TAP: COWBOY BURGER

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TIENDA EL RANCHO

There are few things in life that satisfy your appetite more than the taste of delicious authentic Mexican cuisine. Located at 1151 ELKHORN RD IN LAKE GENEVA, Tienda El Rancho may appear small but hosts a menu full of HUGE flavors. When you walk in you begin to experience sensory overload. This Mexican restaurant/grocery store is the work of owners Mercedes and Gerardo Jaramillo who run the show from start to finish. The pair have owned this business for the past 11 years and work there seven days a week. The food is prepared in the traditional style of their hometown of Guanajuato which is located right in the middle of Mexico.  Although the steak tacos are the most popular item, the Tacos Al Pastor (marinated pork) are truly the hidden gems. Mercedes says they’re popularity is growing day by day due to loyal clients who enjoy their meals and are happy to spread the word.

TIENDA EL RANCHO

1151 ELKHORN RD. LAKE GENEVA, WI 53147 262.249.0698

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CUSTOMER FAVORITE DISH: AL PASTOR TACOS

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CUSTOMER FAVORITE: THE OWL BRISKET SANDWICH

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“The couple soon thought of UPPING THEIR FOOD GAME and wanted something unique...”

THE OWL TAVERN

You whoo!

The OWL is calling!

Tucked in The Highlands, a short detour off South Shore Drive in Linn Township, you’ll discover this classic, inviting roadhouse built circa 1910. Pat and Heather Burns, longtime residents of the area, bought The Owl in

LOCAL FOLKS

2012. Pat said he was a bored, retired

This journey wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t include a killer spot for break-

brick layer and needed a new project.

fast. If you crave a hearty morning meal try LOCAL FOLKS, 39601 60TH ST

After some cleaning and fixing, he set

off Highway 50 in “don’t blink” Slades Corners. In 1894, this building was the

about serving drinks and frozen piz-

home of Ganswindts Saloon and Ice House. Six owners later, in 1999, Jennifer

za to the locals – but the couple soon

Collison bought the place. “You’re just gonna have a bunch of local folks to

started thinking about upping their

feed”, she was told. Hence the name. And the place indeed is full of locals,

food game and wanted something

among others, for good reason. Omelets hanging off the plate, biscuits and

unique. The answer was SMOKED! So

gravy, stacks of French toast and pancakes, fresh eggs any way you like them,

they set out and bought a Southern

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The qualities of a morel hunter: steady focus, dogged persistence, uncompromis-

A year later, sometime around Moth-

ing integrity, and a love of the land. Admittedly, this might sound a little over-

er’s Day, Dennis pulled me aside to let

the-top, but when you consider the difficulty of finding morels in the wild, these

me know the hunt was on. This year,

qualities start to make sense. Over the past two springs, I have had the opportu-

however, Dennis called in the big

nity to learn what it takes to find these elusive mushrooms from a lifelong morel

guns. On a perfect spring day, we met

hunter, Keefe Real Estate’s CFO, Dennis Carnes.

Dennis’ longtime friend, Trapper, at

Those close to Dennis know that his true passions are found in the rolling

around 6AM in a field whose location

farmlands north of Lauderdale Lakes in Palmyra, WI. After balancing Keefe’s

I promised never to reveal, and set off

books, Dennis heads home for the weekend and starts his second job: farming

into the woods. Feeling confident with

1,800 acres of corn, soy, wheat and alfalfa with his brother, Steve. But Dennis’

one year under my belt, and with two

love for the land where he grew up and raised a family doesn’t stop with farming.

experts nearby, I set into the woods

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importantly, revealed another dimen-

pointed me towards a western facing slope, a prime spot for morels. As I tripped

sion of Dennis’ character.

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Keefe’s CFO, I am comforted knowing

cluster of morels: look for a rotting Elm tree, but don’t confuse its bark with Ash;

that while we will miss his daily pres-

scan the ground carefully before stepping to avoid stomping on your prize; most

ence, he will spend more time doing

importantly, don’t give up the search. Still, I couldn’t see the morels for the trees.

what he loves: farming, hunting and

Mercifully, Dennis sent me home with a handful of mushrooms that day, but not

enjoying his family and the land where

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FOR MANY,

THE CLOSING OF DELAVAN’S FAMOUS MILLIE’S PANCAKE HAUS IN 2013 MEANT THAT GENERATIONS OF FAMILY TRADITIONS CAME TO A SCREECHING HALT. But thanks to the vision and inspiration of one couple from the area, the former pancake haus has been transformed into a Midwest entertainment destination, giving way to new generations of traditions. Named Rosewood, it pairs upscale, caberet-style theater

the end of 2012, they

architects and contractors

with superb farm-to-table cuisine for

had developed a tremen-

was unprecedented. They

most any occasion.

dous following by tour bus

The history of how this special place

companies from all over the

came to be is as compelling as the ven-

Midwest. The only problem was,

ue. As singers and entertainers, local

while their entertainment business

renovation process.

residents Mark and Gretch Hladish

was growing, Millie’s restaurant busi-

“We took a 1964 building and made

had long felt that a high quality, Bran-

ness was steadily declining. Ultimate-

it look 100 years old,” Mark said with

son-style entertainment venue, com-

ly, this led to the closing and eventual

pride.

bined with inspired cuisine, could fill

auction of the property in early 2013.

a key niche in southeastern Wisconsin.

But just as one dream died, another

But, originally, they only envisioned

one emerged.

their role in the dream as performers,

lie’s was to be auctioned off, and with

Rosewood’s facility has been fully

not owners.

nothing more than a wing and prayer,

transformed and equipped with every

In October of 2006, the then-own-

the Hladishs asked themselves the big

modern-day

ers of Millie’s Pancake Haus hired the

“What if?”. They made a few phone

you can imagine. - all cleverly hidden

Hladishs to put together a 60-70 min-

calls, and in what can only be described

by old world craftsmanship and stun-

ute cabaret-style show to entertain the

as divine intervention, Mark & Gretch

ning architectural features.

dozens of bus tours that frequented

were able to put together a small invest-

Officially, Rosewood opened to the

the unique restaurant and gift shops

ment group in the eleventh hour - even-

public for performances in early Octo-

every month. The seasoned performers

tually winning the bid to purchase half

ber, 2015. But because it is no longer a

jumped at the opportunity, recorded

of the former Millie’s property. Their

restaurant, Mark and Gretch are often

an album, put a brochure together and

dream of what is now known as Rose-

asked, “What exactly IS Rosewood?”

added 45 dates on the calendar - and

wood was on its way to reality.

“Our investors had a hard time un-

their new Branson-esque performance

The physical transformation that has

derstanding it at first as well,” Gretch

career was launched.

taken place at the former pancake haus

laughed. “And I think they’re still dis-

For the next six seasons, the Hla-

is nothing short of miraculous, and

covering all that it can be. But what we

dishs performed from April through

many of its features have been repur-

don’t want to do is put Rosewood in a

December each year, selling more than

posed and reused. The Hladish’s com-

box. Because Rosewood is really what-

30,000 tickets for a 74 seat venue. By

mitment to employing local designers,

ever our client that day wants it to be.”

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Just days before Mil-

even kept several dozen people employed over the past 2-1/2 years, during the extensive

BEHIND THE VINTAGE LOOK AND APPEAL, technological

amenity


Mark

added,

“Rose-

wood is an event-driven space primarily…. We have put together a beautiful space with great ambience and a state of the art kitchen. We have a chef, but we’re not a restaurant. We have a bar and a wellstocked liquor closet, but we’re not a night club. What we are is a beautiful space where content drives the schedule.” During the week, the content is driven by group sales and the entertainment the Hladishes and several other performers provide through their themed shows. Food is also a driving force behind Rosewood. Chef John Schnupp, a 1988 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and current professor at Loyola University, has partnered with the Hladishes to create unique farmto-table menus for every event. “With John here, I see opportunity pen with high school students learning

ROSEWOOD IS AN EXTRAORDINARY SPACE,

the culinary trade…or adults who want

with a rich history, limited only by

to learn the concept of healthier, farm-

your imagination. Whether you need a

to-table cooking,” Gretch explained.

gorgeous wedding venue, a technologi-

Mark added, “Rosewood answers the

cally-advanced space to host your cor-

question of what you can do around

porate event or fundraising dinner - or

here when the lake is frozen and the

even a place to throw your 12 year-old

golf courses are closed. We don’t have

son a video game birthday party of his

just one thing we do, but rather we

dreams via their 12’x8’ HD video wall -

have a great space we can do many

the Hladishes can take anyone’s dream

things in…. That’s what we want Rose-

and make it into a happy reality. Any-

wood to be.”

thing is possible at Rosewood.

for mentoring and apprenticing to hap-

CLOCKWISE / A large and cozy gas fireplace in the main dining area. Stage and large flat-screen television in the master theatre hall. Colorful doors painted by local artisans known as the “Doors to Oz” as they lead to the a beautiful view of Midwestern countryside. Hand crafted decorative chandelier hanging at the center of the dining hall. Theatre bar with original stained glass centerpiece from Millie’s. Unique mason jar light fixtures throughout the entire facility. ROSEWOOD / 262.725.7286 2484 County Rd O S Delavan, WI 53115 www.rosewoodwi.com KEEFEREALESTATE.COM | 115


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