Design For a Difference: Prepping For the Big Reveal!

The big weekend is here for our Decorating Solutions interior designers who have been working on “Design For a Difference–Madison.” DFAD is a national campaign focused on design makeovers for non-profit charities. Madison-based FLOOR360 is the local ambassador of this national movement!

This year’s makeover is at Centro Hispano, which provides crucial services to Madison’s Hispanic community. Local design pros, including our designers Patti, Michelle, and Debbie have volunteered their own time since April 2017 to help plan this makeover. Patti, Debbie, and Michelle are based at our new store on High Crossing Boulevard on Madison’s East Side.

Our designers are re-creating the “Dream Room”– a place where teenagers can hang out, do homework, work on art projects, and just relax.

Check out this video featuring our designers in the final stretch. Steinhafels also donated several pieces of furniture to this awesome community project.

Stay tuned to our Steinhafels blog and Social Media pages–the big reveal is this weekend, and we’ll be tracking it and will bring you the latest!

 

Milwaukee Film Fest Lounge Redesign: The Big Reveal!

Over the past week you’ve hopefully had the chance to check out the Milwaukee Film Festival. The fest is one of the largest in the entire COUNTRY, and Steinhafels is excited to be a Producing Sponsor this year!

Along with the sponsorship, we are proud to have our name on the “Steinhafels Stage” in the Film Fest Lounge, which was redesigned by our Decorating Solutions Interior Designer Lori Green.

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Kristen Heller is Operations Director of the Film Festival. While the actual movies the number one focus of the fest, the Film Fest Lounge is also a key component of the experience–especially for the filmmakers who attend the fest.

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Heller explains, “Our filmmakers come from all over the world, some have interpreters, and most of them it’s their first time to Milwaukee, so this is a main base for them. It’s kind of like their own little escape if they wanna do work and just relax, or if they have a screening coming up and they want to relax–this is a place we can take care of them.”

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The Lounge is also open to the public during select hours. As you can see in these BEFORE pictures, the space has an industrial, modern look. Lori says she wanted to build on that. “We wanted a little more modern twist to it, so we did the grays, the metals and some of the vases. And obviously some of the fill-ins with the boxes for the books and things like that. So it was really enjoyable, it was easy–that’s what we wanted, simple and real clean lines.”

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THE RESULT!

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Check out this short video of the redesign process!!

Heller says working with Lori and Steinhafels was a seamless process. “Like even just me working with Lori in the store–everything came together organically, and it just felt like a good fit all around.”

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Lori admits this is her first time at the Film Fest. She says she’s excited to be a part of it, and to see some movies that will inspire. “I just like the overall feeling of being uplifted. I don’t like anything scary and that kind of thing, but something I can equate myself to, and my life, and my family.”

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You still have the weekend, and most of next week to check out the fest and be inspired! Closing night is Thursday, October 12.

The Film Fest is also Supporting Relief Efforts in Puerto Rico and Mexico.

Check out Lori’s Walk and Talk Video about the space!

And Click HERE for a full gallery of pictures!

Steinhafels also helped with the design of the fest’s new VR Gallery, which features several virtual reality exhibits.

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Steinhafels to make its Red Carpet Debut at the MKE Film Fest!

As Steinhafels continues to broaden its horizons when it comes to community outreach, we are excited to announce one of our newest and most exciting partnerships to date–the Milwaukee Film Festival! Both of us have the goal of expanding people’s imaginations, and transporting them to new and exciting places–either through the art of interior design or film–so it seemed like a natural fit!

The fest is a year-round, film-related nonprofit. This year’s festival runs from September 28 to October 12, and TICKETS are now available. The Milwaukee Film Fest is one of the largest in the country, and we’re lucky to have such a great institution here in Milwaukee.

Our partnership started months ago, as we started to talk with the fest about ways we could work together–both through our Decorating Solutions Program, and our State-of-the-Art LED Studio.

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Today we’re going to focus on the design aspect of our partnership. The fest asked us to assist with the design and furnishings for the INOVA gallery. Longtime Steinhafels Interior Designer Lori Green was up to the task. She says, “I was excited when I was asked if I would like to be a part of the Milwaukee Film Festival project.”

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The gallery is comprised of a stage, dining tables/lecture seats and a bar, and has a cozy lounge atmosphere. Festival organizers suggested some pieces they liked, and then Lori started working her design magic! She explains, “I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Kristen Heller, who works for MKE Film as the Operations Director. We have selected all the pieces and the accessories.”

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The fruits of their labor will be on display for the fest’s Opening Night, Thursday, September 28. We don’t want to reveal TOO much now… but here’s a few sneak peaks at the design process!

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We want to thank the Film Fest for working with us on this exciting project, and we look forward to more in the future.

Check out our media partner OnMilwaukee’s LIST of 10 must-sees!

One of the “Best Food Trucks in the World” To Make Its Steinhafels’ Debut!

It’s been named “One of the best food trucks in the world” by several media outlets. They’ve been doing the food truck thing since before it was the “hip” thing to do… and now they’re rolling into the Steinhafels Corporate parking lot on Thursday, September 14, from 11 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.

It’s STREET-ZA time!!

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(Photos Courtesy Street-za website and Facebook)

Street-za keeps it relatively simple–gourmet pizza by the slice. Steinhafels is excited to welcome them as this month’s featured food truck.

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Founders Scott and Steve talk about the truck’s origins on their website:

The idea of starting Streetza came to us in fall of 2008. At about 2 a.m. we noticed the lack of good street food in Milwaukee. We set out to create the most delicious pizzas with the most unique and freshest toppings. And, we wanted everyone to be a part of our truck. Our Twitter Followers and Facebook Fans have been involved every step of the way. From selecting our logo and truck design, to helping us develop different types of pizzas.”

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This “crowd-sourcing” idea has been used by many businesses since, and it’s one of the things that makes Street-za so unique.

Our special Steinhafels menu covers the pizza basics!

Pizza By the Slice ($4)

-Choice of Cheese, Sausage, Pepperoni, Veggie, or Slice of Milwaukee (Sausage, Pepperoni, Mushrooms, Onions)

Lunch Box ($6)

-Any slice of pizza, one slice of garlic bread, soda/water

Garlic Bread ($3)

Soda or Water ($1)

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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. Street-za has been made aware that service needs to be as speedy as possible! Cash and Credit Cards are accepted.

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Some of the Media Hype! (from Facebook)

“The #1 Food Truck In The US” – Bloomberg

“One of America’s Favorite Food Trucks” – The Food Network

“One of the 10 Best Food Trucks in the U.S.” – GQ Magazine

“Perfect-Pie, Super Slices – Streetza offers generous slices” – TIME Magazine

“This mobile pizzeria might be the greatest thing to come to Milwaukee’s nightlife since the happy hour.” – Milwaukee Magazine

“Best Street Food in the City” – OnMilwaukee.com

“Mouth-watering gourmet slices” – The Onion / AV Club Milwaukee

“Reader’s Pick, The Best Eats from the Streets” – The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The Adventures of the Steinhafels’ Bees: It’s Honey Time!

There’s a lot happening here on the grounds of the Steinhafels Corporate Center in Waukesha. Hundreds of orders processed daily, dozens of trucks coming and going, and more than 3,000 pounds of honey being produced.

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Umm.. wait.. huh?! Honey? This is a furniture blog, right?!

It is, but at Steinhafels we value being a part of the community, and reaching out beyond the doors of the stores.

So when Indian Summer Honey Farm in Germantown asked us if we’d like to house a few bee hives on our campus in an effort to help grow the local honey bee population we said sure! After all, we are lucky to sit on a beautifully vast piece of land–it seemed to be the least we could do.

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Well, just a few months later, beekeepers at Indian Summer are getting the chance to harvest the fruits of the bees’ labor… all 2.4 million of them!!! (Remember how I said 3,000+ pounds of honey? That takes a lot of bees!)

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Here’s how the numbers break down:

-40 hives with 60,000+ bees in each.

-160 boxes, equaling anywhere from 3 to 4,000 pounds of honey!

So what’s going to happen to all of that delicious nectar? Caleb Werner with Indian Summer explains, “We will extract the honey and sell the majority of it wholesale to either Sprecher or one of our other accounts. We also have a small store that we sell honey from at our farm.”

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And even though we love hanging out with our buzzing buddies… they can’t endure the Wisconsin winter in their present hives. They will remain here for another month as the crew prepares them for their winter getaway–Florida! Caleb and his crew will treat them for mites, and make sure that they are healthy and ready to head south. What a bunch of lucky bees!

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I can write all about what it was like to watch the workers pull the honey from the hives, but it’s much more exciting to SEE it. Check out a video of the process.

And stay tuned to our blog for more unexpected adventures–from bees to bookcases–we got you covered!

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Back To School Drives and Pies at Steinhafels

It’s back to school season! While it’s a fun time for some… for others, it’s a challenging time emotionally and financially. A simple school supply list can cost parents hundreds of dollars. It can also be a hard time for non-traditional and adult students who are heading back to school, or pursuing a new career.

We are so proud that our employees have taken it upon themselves to hold various back to school drives over the years, to help those who are struggling at this time.

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The Appleton team once again decided to collect items for COTS, a transitional shelter helping individuals experiencing homelessness. The goal is to end homelessness by helping people transition to self-sufficiency and independent living. They collected for adults that are not only working, but pursuing further education.

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In addition, our Waukesha Sales, Corporate, and Warehouse teams have worked together to collect supplies for a local grassroots effort, Ms. Cynthia’s Back to School Bash, which helps supply children in Milwaukee’s inner city with book bags and supplies for the coming year.

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This year, we had a little extra fun with this particular donation collection. Check out this VIDEO from our Waukesha Store’s pie-in-the-face contest. All money from tickets sold went towards school supplies.

Having fun AND raising money for a good cause. This is why we love our employees so much!!

**Note for employees: Please let Katie in Corporate Store Sales or Susanne in Appleton know if you’d still like to make a last minute donation!!

A Little Friday Pieday Fun… All For a Good Cause!

Who says you can’t let loose a little bit at a Corporate job on a Friday?

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It’s especially awesome when the fun is for a good cause!

Thanks to our Waukesha Sales Associates Katie Wolf-Daniel and Veronica Hilgart for organizing today’s “Pie in the Face” contest.

For $1, employees were entered in a raffle to throw a pie at one of their beloved employees (several of them “higher level” employees ;)).

The victims: John Haas, Maddie Wray, Fred Schweinert, Jimmy Eagle, Lynda Malmberg, Mike Pizzala, and Ben Schroeder.

All of the money will go towards “Miss Cynthia’s Back To School Bash.” This is the Corporate store’s 2nd year taking part in this school supply drive, which helps kids in Milwaukee’s inner city. (The bash is Saturday, August 26 at the 2500 block of N. 38th Street if anyone would like to attend!)

Here’s a few comments from some of the good sports who took part.

John Haas: I felt I’d give the opportunity for one of my staff to get me… and they eagerly participated.

Jimmy Eagle: I did it for a good cause for charity, and most of all to compete with Haas.

Maddie Wray: All for a good laugh on a Friday afternoon… cuz that’s how we roll at Steinhafels!

The pictures say it all…

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Thanks Haas for cleaning up!

Steinhafels Has a Starring Role–At The Rep!

Don’t let this blog’s title deceive you… none of the Steinhafel family members are getting on stage at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater anytime soon (although from watching all of our internal videos I can say they would do a great job)!

No, we’re sticking to what we know best, furniture. Steinhafels recently partnered with the Rep to help furnish the theater’s Donor Lounge. The Donor Lounge is a place where high level donors can relax, enjoy a complimentary beverage, and talk about the show with fellow donors.  

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Marina Krejci is the Rep’s Chief Development Officer. She says the old donor lounge was nice, but it needed a little love and updating. She explains, ”We were very grateful that Steinhafels was willing to partner with us to improve the donor lounge experience. It’s very important to the Rep. We have a lot of partnerships all over the community, and we would much rather work with local businesses than look beyond.”

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Steinhafels was happy to offer the Rep a deep discount so they could refurnish the lounge– including a leather sofa, 2 leather club chairs, several end tables, a couple floor lamps, a cocktail table, a buffet, and 3 lamps!

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As you can see in these pictures, the lounge almost makes donors feel like they are part of the backstage experience, but also has a comfort and sophistication the lounge was lacking before.

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Marina says they have received a lot of compliments on the lounge. She adds, ”I think the furnishings have dramatically improved the ambiance of our donor lounge, and we are seeing a lot more use of the donor lounge, and it’s just become a very inviting place for donors to enjoy the time before a show, intermission, or after the show.”

One of our managers, Terry Urban, even helped by suggesting the framed collages you see on the walls–displaying playbill covers from each of the Rep’s most recent Artistic Directors. There’s one for John Dillon, Joe Hanreddy, and Mark Clements–the Rep’s current AD.

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If you are familiar with the Milwaukee Rep, you know it is truly one of the premier theaters in Southeastern Wisconsin. The new season starts in September, and there’s something for everyone, whether you are the casual theatergoer, or a theater geek all the way!

You can check out the new season schedule HERE… and maybe you’ll even get to have a drink in the lounge sometime.

Loosen Your Belts… Fatty Patty Food Truck Coming to Waukesha!

Last month it was BBQ… this month, Burgers and Gyros!

Food Truck Lunch at Steinhafels is back, and this time The Fatty Patty will be rolling into the Corporate Store parking lot on Wednesday, July 19, serving up its wide array of gourmet homemade burgers, gyros, and delicious side dishes. They even have veggie burger and chicken options. The menu is so big, we have to present it to you in 4 parts!!

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The Fatty Patty has quickly become a staple at Milwaukee events like Chill on the Hill in Bay View and Street Eats in Catalano Square. Next week, the crew will be hanging out here in Waukesha… serving lunch to our employees, and any local residents who’d like to come by and try a little something different for lunch.

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You can find the Fatty Patty’s page right HERE on Facebook for more information. In addition to mouth-watering pictures, there’s a bunch of rave reviews on the Facebook page, including:

Impressive burger! I love burgers and couldn’t be happier that we randomly found this truck! This may be my favorite burger spot now in a city that has many great burgers.”

“This was literally the greatest thing of all time. 10/10 recommend this fantastic burger food truck. Friendly staff give a welcoming feeling and are quick to help decide which burger to indulge into. Phatty patty will NOT disappoint.”

“Awesome Gyro! Will definitely stop anytime.”

The Fatty Patty Food Truck will be at Steinhafels Corporate on Highway F on Wednesday, July 19 from 11-1:30pm. Cash and Credit Cards are accepted. Hope to see you there!!

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Show Us Your “La La Land” Contest Winners!

Steinhafels is really excited to see our relationship with the Pabst Theater Group continue to grow and thrive.

In case you missed it, earlier this year one of our designers redesigned the Pabst Theater backstage area. You can check out that project HERE.

In the more recent months, we’ve taken part in various contests with the Pabst, to help promote the art of live entertainment in Milwaukee.

Our most recent contest was “This is our ‘La La Land’ – What’s Yours?!” We used social media to engage customers and theatergoers, asking them to post a picture of their ‘happy place’ on our various social media channels… for the chance to win a pair of tickets to La La Land in Concert featuring the MSO at the Riverside Theater. All they had to do was include the hashtag #steinhafelslalaland.

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Steinhafels feels it’s important for employees to feel engaged in these contests, so we held an identical internal contest as well!

We are happy to announce our two winners.

For the public contest we received some very creative entries, from sunsets to pets. The winner of our random drawing is Joanie Rothe of Menomonee Falls.

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Joanie says, “This picture is my happy place because Lake Michigan is so beautiful and peaceful, and it is a very special place for my husband and I.”
Joanie adds that they just saw the movie La La Land recently and loved it. She adds, “Being able to hear the music being played live will be such a treat.”

Our other winner is our own Kelly Lederhaus, one of the managers at our Greenfield store.
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This picture doesn’t need much explaining! Kelly says, “This is my backyard, one of my favorite places to relax by the fire in the summer. I have not seen the movie, but love musicals and I am very anxious to see it live.”

Thanks so much ladies for taking part. Enjoy the show!!
We’d like to share the rest of our employee entries with you, since they are so fun. It’s always nice to see what makes our coworkers tick. Check them out!
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