South American Fusion Coming to Steinhafels!

Steinhafels Corporate Store and Warehouse continues its Stupendous Summer of Food Trucks and Food Carts!

On Wednesday, August 23, “Pedro’s South American Food” will bring its fusion menu to the store parking lot from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

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The Pedro’s Facebook page boasts, “Food carts with an emphasis on serving traditional and fusion South American food made from scratch. Eco-friendly, and  100% gluten free.”

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Check out the menu:

Arepas: (Sweet corn cakes stuffed with mozzarella cheese) topped with mechada beef or cuban style pulled pork and chimichurri slaw, pickled red onion, cilantro chipotle or cilantro aioli.

Tacos: Served on corn tortillas, same meat options and toppings.

Tamales: Pork green chili tamales served with pickled onion and cilantro.

Mexican Corn: Off the cob served with butter, cotija cheese, cilantro aioli, lime chili flakes.

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Lunch combos:
#1 Arepa of your choice plus side of Mexican corn $10
#2 Pick 2 items (taco-tamale) plus side of Mexican corn $10
Here’s what people are saying on Facebook:
“Absolutely fantastic! Don’t miss out on a chance to sample this amazing food. Pedro’s pulled pork arepa with slaw is one of the best things I’ve ever eaten!!”
“I love Pedro’s!!! Their food is delishhhhhh!!!! So yummy and fresh! I’ve tried the arepas, tamales, empanadas, and Mexican corn. All 5 stars!!! I would eat here everyday if I could!!!!”
“Amazing food, made and served by amazing people!!!!”
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A friendly reminder… This is not a company-sponsored event. Please punch in/out as you would normally do for your lunch break. Pedro’s has been made aware that service needs to be as speedy as possible!

DS Tip Of The Week: Accessorize That Cocktail Table!

As you get set to redecorate the living room, you are likely pretty focused on the sofa, and other large statement items. We’re here to remind you–don’t overlook the accessories!

This week’s tip comes from one of our Steinhafels Greenfield designers. Ida Grossman’s been designing for over 20 years, and has worked on hundreds of luxury homes.

Today, she takes that expertise to offer us FIVE simple tips for snazzing up your ottoman trays and cocktail tables:

  1. Rule of 3’s: Three items work well
  2. Vary the height of the items
  3. Consider selecting at least one sculptural accessory
  4. Contrast color & texture
  5. Use repetition of form and color

Example 1:

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In this first photo, the tall sphere provides architectural interest. The round greenery does triple duty by softening the sharp lines of the tall piece, repeating the sphere shape, and adding texture to the composition. The vase repeats the round shape four times, and adds contrast with texture and color.    

Example 2:

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​The sculptural shape of the lady’s profile creates an interesting focal point.​ The​ shiny dark exterior of all three accessories repeat the texture and color of the black pillow and the metal table base. The dark accessories pop against the light gray sofa, and the lady’s profile is a beautiful contrast in texture and color against the white fur pillow. Notice how the vases are staggered, and stair step down to lead your eye toward the lady!

We post thoughtful and practical decor tips every Monday. Check in next week for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

Employee Profile: Steinhafels Manager By Day, Country Star By Night!

We’re lucky at Steinhafels to be surrounded by wonderful coworkers with cool stories and various interests. When you have more than 800 people working for a company across 18 stores and two states, you’re bound to have some pretty interesting background stories!

While the main purpose of this blog is to share design trends, industry info, and community outreach… we also want to take the time to highlight employees who are making a difference, or have a unique story to tell.

One of those employees is Menomonee Falls-based Sales Manager Joell Powers. I recently learned that Joell lives a “double life” of sorts, and thought it would be cool to chat with her about that, and see how those worlds combine to make her an awesome Sales Manager.

Joell’s Double Life: Sales Manager By Day

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Country Star By Night!

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I always think it’s neat when people have interests outside of work that are vastly different from their work roles. While we spend 8+ hours a day at the office, in the warehouse, or in the store… it’s important to remember that we all have other skills and talents that make us a unique piece of the Steinhafels puzzle.

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Joell has been with Steinhafels for 4 years. She’s a Milwaukee native, and was recently promoted to Sales Manager. When she’s not working, you may see her onstage at a local festival or a local bar venue. She’s a singer for the local band Georgia Overdrive. They’ve already performed a few times at State Fair, and you have ONE MORE CHANCE TO SEE HER LIVE AT THE FAIR on Friday, August 11 at 11 a.m. at the Budweiser Pavilion Stage!!

Joell was kind enough to take a few minutes from her busy schedule to answer a few questions about her “double life.”

First off, briefly describe your role at Steinhafels.

As a sales manager, I focus on hiring new sales associates and coaching/training the staff to continue to reach for their goals. Overall, I help in any way possible to make our team stronger and help Steinhafels keep growing!

When did you begin singing/performing? What’s your vocal “specialty?”

The very first time I sang was actually at the State Fair, and I believe I was about 8 years old. It was at the Double K Ranch on karaoke night! I love to sing all types of music, but my main choice is country music. The band that I am currently with is Georgia Overdrive.

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By day you’re a retail manager, and night a country star! How are the two different? Similar?

Singing with a band is completely different from my job. I get to be silly and dance on stage and watch how people react to our performance. I did notice though that there are some similarities between singing and being a retail manager. My job is to make sure that people enjoy their experience, whether it’s listening to their favorite song, or getting delivery of their beautiful new living room set. As a singer, you are only as good as your band members. You must rely on them, and if we aren’t all on the same page, it will be a bad outcome. It’s the same thing with Steinhafels and working with the staff. We set goals and we work together to achieve them. I would be nothing without my band members or my sales associates!

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What do you like most about performing?

When I perform, I feel like I get to show a different side of me. I get to be a little kid again and just be goofy and dance. I remember dancing in my room singing in the mirror with my brush as my microphone. That’s all I’m really doing now, just with a real audience.

Are people surprised to learn you sing in a band?

So many people have come up to me and said, “I had no idea you could sing!” I laugh because it’s not something that I would ever bring up in conversation. I’m not just going to say, “Hey, did you know I can sing?” If I did, someone would probably say, “Sing something right now!” haha.

Is it cool to sing at State Fair?

Singing at the State Fair means the world to me. First off, it was the first place that I can remember ever singing in front of a crowd. Second, I’ve been going to the fair every year since I was little. My grandpa was part of the sheep shearing contests, and is actually in the Hall of Fame for it. You can see his name posted on a board in the sheep barn. (We are proud of that!) We’ve held family reunions there as well. Some might say that we are obsessed, but I just say we are passionate.

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Why should folks come out and see Georgia Overdrive at State Fair, and other local venues?

People need to come out to the State Fair because there is something there for everyone! You get to support local companies and farmers, eat great food, shop in the Expo Center, listen to all types of music, pet animals, go on rides… the options are endless! It’s a great time for all ages, and the best part is you get the enjoy the beautiful Wisconsin weather while doing all of that. Last thing I would say is to come out on Friday morning to see Georgia Overdrive perform at the Budweiser Pavilion. We’d love to see you, and hopefully get you out on the dance floor!

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I don’t know about you, but this post makes me want to get out of my desk chair and start dancing!

So… if you’re off Friday and looking for something to do, go ahead and get down to the Fair to see Joell let loose on stage. If not, you can check out the band’s future performance dates HERE.

Thanks Joell… for being a rockstar not only onstage, but also as a Steinhafels manager!

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DS Tip Of The Week: From Drab to Fab!

Interior Design is all about trends that are hopefully here to stay for awhile! One of those is the modern rustic look, which is all the rage right now, and doesn’t appear to be going out of style any time soon.

Believe it or not, Fall is just around the corner. So for this week’s Decorating Solutions Tip of the Week, let’s look at a simple update for an old fireplace: Whitewash! It comes from Interior Designer Colleen Rome. Colleen works at our Greenfield store, and helps customers across the area create the homes of their dreams.  

Here’s the fireplace before Colleen’s makeover:

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Colleen explains, “Whitewash is so popular right now because it’s a modern rustic look. I’ve have had several clients take on this project with my guidance. There was a little hesitation from some of the husbands who think painting wood or stone is an absolute travesty!”

But… Viola!

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Colleen adds, “Every single client that has done it cannot believe the transformation of their room… from dark and drab to bright and beautiful!!!”

Our designers are hard at work on many more insightful tips for you. Check in next Monday for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

Tip of the Week BONUS! Here’s another project Colleen recently worked on:

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Food Truck Thursday: Pig Tailz Owner Excited For Steinhafels Visit!

Thanks to everyone who has taken part in the food truck events at Steinhafels Corporate so far this Summer!

We’ve gone from BBQ to Burgers… and now, Tacos & Nachos. Pig Tailz MKE will be rolling in this Thursday, August 3 with all sorts of goodies on the go! Their slogan is Street Food by Street Chefs, because they enjoy cooking food that is both delicious and fast. As co-owner Jordan Stewart tells us, “What good is a food truck on the go, if it is not operating with both speed and precision?”  

The truck will be here from 11-1:30pm!!! 

Stewart says he is excited for this opportunity. He explains, “It allows us to connect with a different population of people who have never had the opportunity to taste our food. Pig Tailz may not be the super expensive food truck you are use to seeing, but our cooking skills and passion for food can be appreciated in every bite.  Between the two owners, there are over 30 years of food service experience. After taking a look at our menu, it will become clear that we enjoy creating food that is both delicious and always uniquely different.”

(All pictures courtesy of Facebook)

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Check out our special menu (Warning–Your mouth may start watering!!)

Mexican Steak Pita ($8.00)— Marinated Steak, lettuce, queso fresco cheese and pico served on a warm tortilla and drizzled with a Pig Tailz Chipotle sauce.

Buffalo Chicken Tacos (2 for $5.00)— Buffalo chicken, lettuce, shredded cheese and drizzled with ranch. Served flour on tortillas.

Braised Pork Tacos (2 for $5.00)—Braised Pork, BBQ sauce and southern coleslaw served on flour tortillas.

Steak Tacos (2 for $6.00)— Marinated steak, chimichurri sauce, queso fresco cheese and red onions served on flour tortillas.

D.T.E. Nachos ($7.00)—  Braised Pork, nacho cheese, giardiniera peppers, and a drizzle of BBQ sauce. Served on Tortilla Chips.

Buffalo Chicken Nachos ($7.00)— Buffalo Chicken, nacho cheese, giardiniera peppers, and a drizzle of ranch.  Served on Tortilla Chips.

The Rodeo ($5.00)— Bacon Wrapped Hot Dog topped with braised pork, BBQ sauce and grilled red peppers and onions.

El Chapo ($5.00)— Bacon Wrapped Hot Dog topped with pico, queso fresco cheese and drizzled with sriracha mayo.

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As usual, cash and credit card will be accepted.

A friendly reminder… This is not a company-sponsored event. Please punch in/out as you would normally do for your lunch break. Pig Tailz has been made aware that service needs to be as speedy as possible!

Folks on Facebook are raving about PigTailz! Check out what people are saying:

– “Best steak tacos of my life. First time having them was last night at 2am, might go back today for more!”

– “Yesterday you guys catered a car show my club held and not only was the food great but the service was AMAZING, the people working the tent all had great personalities, were helpful, and knew how to put food together in a way that resembled art. Also, I heard nobody complain about the food, prices, or portions. Keep up the good work!”

– “Outstanding tacos. Flavor explosion. Will definitely eat here again.”

– “Tried the pork, steak and buffalo chicken tacos… so awesome. Will definitely have it again when we come back to the Milwaukee area!!!”

See you outside on Thursday!

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