Boot Camp, Steinhafels Style!

We all know the feeling.  You wake up in the morning and you KNOW you should work out, but you have to take care of the kids, walk the dog, make the lunches–it just doesn’t always happen.  You tell yourself you will work out after work, but by the time you get home the family needs dinner, the kids need help with homework, you need to do laundry, or your friends want to meet up.  At this point you tell yourself you will work out tomorrow… and once tomorrow comes the cycle starts ALL OVER again!

Here at Steinhafels, we understand employees have busy lives outside of work with family and friends.  We also know the importance of doing all we can to help our employees lead healthy, balanced lives.  This is why we offer a comprehensive Wellness Program for all medical plan participants.  Our Wellness Program includes an onsite gym and seasonal Boot Camp sessions.

Today, we’d like to focus on Boot Camp.  For some, Boot Camp has a negative connotation of a drill sergeant instructor who works participants to the bone while showing no mercy!  At Steinhafels, we try to offer a boot camp that is convenient and comfortable for our employees.  And now that the weather is improving we get to “camp” outside!

Steinhafels Boot Camp starts right after the work day, so participants don’t have time to go home and get relaxed or distracted by other chores and commitments.  It’s fast-paced and all over by 6 o’clock, so participants can get home to their families.  Instructor Jenna Marcotte is tough, but she truly cares about her “campers.”  Jenna is also a wife and mom, and lives in the Milwaukee area.  We asked her a few questions about what it’s like to teach Boot Camp at Steinhafels.

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Steinhafels:  First off, tell us a little bit about your personal training experience?

Jenna:  My name is Jenna Marcotte and I am the bootcamp instructor here at Steinhafels.  I have been in the fitness industry for 11 years. I have a degree in Exercise Management from the University of WI-Eau Claire.  I worked at a Women’s Health Club outside of Boston for 5 years where I was a personal trainer, small group instructor, and taught weight training classes.  I have taught Boot Camp classes for the last 6 years at various places and have trained private clients as well.  I am certified as a personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine.

Steinhafels:  What is Boot Camp, and why is it such a good workout?


Jenna:  Boot Camp is a circuit style class that incorporates both strength and cardio-type exercises to keep the heart pumping and help build muscle at the same time.  Anyone can do it because I always give exercise modifications for different abilities or injuries.  It’s a great way to help people lose weight and gain strength!


Steinhafels:  Why do you like teaching bootcamp, and what do you hope people get out of it?

Jenna:  I love teaching boot camp because it’s fun to help people push themselves farther than they would push themselves, and I get to help them work towards their personal goals. Everyone has a great time together, and it’s nice to be able to help relieve stress after a busy work day.

Steinhafels:  Do you primarily work with Corporate Wellness Programs?  Why are Wellness Programs so important?


Jenna:  This is actually the only Corporate Wellness Program I am doing now.  I have a 2 year old and a 10 month old that keep me busy.  Wellness Programs are very important because  they offer employees an easy way to stay healthy at work.  Many people work long, stressful hours and the body and mind need exercise as an outlet.  This helps people stay out of doctor’s offices and lowers insurance costs.

Steinhafels:  What do you like most about the Steinhafels Boot Camp?


Jenna:  The relationships with the people!  I have had many of the same boot campers over the last 4 years and they are my friends now.

Don’t just take Jenna’s word for it.  Here’s what a few employee participants have to say about Steinhafels Boot Camp!


Anne:  I love boot camp for many reasons.  I like the group workout for a change of routine.  I have also gotten to know a lot of people from different parts of the workplace.  For me, it is more challenging and pushes me more to work out with a group of people who are also pushing themselves.  It can be very challenging at times, but we’re all in it together!

Amanda:  Jenna is a great motivator.  Her coaching and encouragement provide me with a much better workout than I could achieve on my own.  Even when you think you’ve held your plank as long as you possibly can, she gets 10 more seconds out of you–10 seconds you didn’t even know you had in you!  It’s fun to hang out with coworkers outside of the office, and I love that every class is unique.  We never know Jenna has in store for us other than a tough workout!

Amy:  Boot Camp is a good stress reliever at end of the day.  In addition to helping us stay in shape with exercise, Jenna also provides us with some nutritional tips.  It’s also a great way to get to know and maintain relationships with co-workers.

Judy:  I love boot camp as it is tailored to all ages and physical ability.  People may exercise, but if you are not doing it correctly it is not as beneficial.  Jenna guides you without making you feel foolish.  If this 62 year old lady do can do it, anyone can!

DS Tip of The Week: Back to Black

Are you design-illiterate?  Do you feel like any time you try to improve the look of your room, you make it look worse?  You’re not alone!  Most of us don’t have a true eye for decor.  But there are some simple things you can do to make it a little easier on yourself.

One of the aspects of design where people falter most is color.  It sounds simple, but color truly can make or break a room.  Here’s a recent article on The Power of Color featuring one of our buyers.

Many of us want to incorporate as much color as possible in a room.  We often think of bold, bright colors like blue and red.  However, as designer Andrea Odishoo explains, don’t be afraid of the color black.  Andrea is part of our Decorating Solutions program, and is based in our Vernon Hills store.

Black is a mysterious color, often associated with fear and the unknown.  It also conjures up feelings of power, elegance, and authority.  If used correctly, and in conjunction with the proper colors, it can be very effective–but you don’t want to overdo it!

As Andrea explains, “Every room needs a touch of black to ground the color scheme and give it depth.  Black intermingles with almost any color–gives a space a sense of elegance, and commands attention in a room.”

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So don’t be afraid to get back to basics… and go back to black!  Our award-winning designers are constantly coming up with quick and easy design tips for you.  Check in next Monday for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

DS Tip Of The Week: Where to Start When Redoing a Room

Are you looking to give your space a new look, but don’t know where to start? Redoing a room can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be… if you look at it as a step by step process.

Designer Katie Ryan is an interior decorator on our Decorating Solutions team.  She works at our Steinhafels store in Menomonee Falls.  Katie says it’s all about keeping it simple, and only tackling one step at a time.


She suggests, “Work with staple pieces that have neutral base colors and can be versatile in different accent color schemes.  This example shows a blank boring room with a couch and recliner.  Start building around these pieces… incorporate an area rug (for a pop of color or pattern), side tables, lamps, and storage ottomans.  Storage ottomans are a great way to add color or pattern to a room, but can also be used for seating.  Next:  Window treatments!  You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make a statement with a pop of color or pattern on drapes, which can also coordinate with your accessories.  Here we have shades of blue–a very popular color right now.  Lastly, accessories:  Adding pillows, a throw blanket, and trays for the ottomans.”



That’s the basic timeline for redesigning a room!  Not too tough right?  We post a different quick, easy, and practical decor tip each Monday.  Check in next week for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.


Customer Service Goes Green!

Steinhafels has been committed to sustainability and environmental sensitivity for years.  Thanks to advances in modern technology, we are continuing to stay ahead of the curve.  We have put several best practices into place to be sure we are operating as cleanly and efficiently as possible.

The main improvement our customers will see is that our Customer Service vans are now powered by natural gas!  Currently, we have multiple natural gas service tech vehicles.  We are also exploring the possibility of using natural gas trucks as we phase in new delivery trucks in the future.  Natural gas is a cleaner alternative to traditional fossil fuels.



We are also working to save energy at an internal level.  We use the latest technology to make sure our HVAC system runs as efficiently as possible, and to monitor energy use.  Overall, we are seeing a savings of 38% on our energy usage.

Recycling continues to be one of the most effective ways to prevent waste, and cut down on pollution.  Steinhafels’ distribution center in Waukesha recycles cardboard, plastic, wooden skids, paper, mattresses, and florescent light bulbs.  Steinhafels also recycles furniture, and donates usable parts to charitable organizations.

Check out some of these fun facts:

-Steinhafels recycles almost 1,000 tons of cardboard annually.  That is equivalent to 17,000 trees!

-Recycling 1,000 tons of cardboard saves more than 9,000 cubic yards of landfill space.

-One thousand tons of cardboard recycled saves enough energy to power a TV for 31,000 hours.

-Recycling corrugated cardboard cuts the emissions of sulfur dioxide in half, and uses about 25% less energy than making cardboard from virgin pulp.

-Steinhafels currently recycles more than 80,000 lbs. of plastic each year!

-Much of the recycled plastic ends up as low-grade plastic lumber, which may be used in furniture.

Steinhafels is excited to see what the future holds as we continue to do our small part to help protect our planet for future generations. Thank you for your interest in this important topic.

DS Tip Of The Week: Cut the Clutter

We all strive to keep a clean and neat home because we take pride in our living space.  Even more, keeping things tidy is also a way to give your home a truly designer look–without having to go out and buy tons of new furniture and accessories!

Get out the notepad and jot down this helpful hint.  That’s right… it’s time for another Steinhafels Decorating Solutions Tip of the Week!  This week’s tip comes from Interior Designer Jenii Kluver.  Jenii works at our Oak Creek store, and helps customers in the southeast section of Milwaukee create the homes of their dreams.

Jenii’s tip is pretty simple:  “Removing clutter from surfaces in your home will truly give it that designer look.  Stick to a few accessory pieces on each surface, and keep things off of the floor for a clean and minimal look.”

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As you see in this picture… less is MORE!  Our designers are hard at work on many more quick and easy design tips for you.  Check in next Monday for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.



DS Tip of the Week: Tricky Triangles

It’s Monday, and you’re probably feeling tired and a little uninspired.  Well, here’s your Steinhafels #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week to give you a burst of motivation!

This week we look at ways to make your wall mountings and shelving displays as pleasing to the eye as possible:  Think TRIANGLES!

Dawn Adamec is an interior designer based in our Waukesha store.  She explains, “Just look at the wall.  Figure out the best way to arrange wall hangings, or to set up small accent pieces.  Look for opportunities to create triangles.  This creates interest.  The triangle focuses your eye to the center, and then draws it out.  It’s very appealing to the eye!”



We post a new, quick and easy decor tip each and every Monday.  Check in next week for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

Fisher House & Steinhafels: Helping Military Families Find a Home Away From Home

It’s a project more than 5 years in the making, but the Fisher House Wisconsin is now officially open for business!  Steinhafels is proud to have played a part in making that happen.



The Fisher House Foundation provides a network of comfort homes, where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment.  There are currently 70 locations on the grounds of military and VA medical facilities throughout the United States, as well as Germany and the United Kingdom.  The program began in 1990.


Steinhafels knew right away that this was a project we wanted to be a part of.  As Marketing Director Dirk Stallmann explains, “The Fisher House is such a wonderful way to give back to the men and women serving our country, particularly those who are recovering from injury or illness.  Providing a convenient place for their families to stay during their time of need provides countless benefits.”



Wisconsin’s new Fisher House sits on the picturesque campus of the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee.  Steinhafels was honored to be invited to take part in the ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, April 23.



It was a gorgeous day for the ceremony, and hundreds came out to recognize our brave heroes.  The program began with a Presentation of the Colors and a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem.  Distinguished guests included retired military, medical professionals, and Ken Fisher–CEO and Chairman of the Fisher House Foundation.


However, the most touching part of the morning was definitely an emotional speech by Michael Halula.  Michael’s son David sustained a traumatic brain injury in 2007 during a car crash.  It happened just before he was scheduled to deploy.  After receiving acute care at the Milwaukee VA, David was transferred to the Minneapolis VA for rehab.  He remained there for 11 months.  During that time, Michael and his wife visited David on the weekends, and stayed at the Minneapolis VA Fisher House.  Their story is just one example of the 277,000 families served by Fisher Houses since 1990.

Steinhafels takes part in many community events, but this one is extra special.  As Stallmann notes, “We are in the business to help create the home of our customers’ dreams, and the Fisher House Wisconsin was a perfect tie.”



But we are just one small piece of this amazing puzzle.  This project truly shows how generous the people of Milwaukee are, and how much we support our veterans.  We are the first community ever to raise enough funds for a Fisher House before construction even began!  This wasn’t all that surprising to those who live here in Wisconsin.  As Stallmann explains, “When seeing the house, my heart swelled with pride for our entire state.  This house was built with the love and generosity of so many donors, and serves as another example of why Wisconsin is so special.”

The home has a cozy feeling, but measures a roomy 13,000 square feet.  It includes 16 private suites and a communal kitchen and living area for people traveling at least 50 miles to be with family members getting treatment at the VA medical center.  Those who attended Saturday’s ceremony got a chance to get a first glimpse inside the home!




If the house is at capacity, the Fisher House will pay for those families to stay in a nearby hotel.  This truly shows the foundation’s commitment to our community, our veterans, and their families.  We are so proud to be a part of this fantastic mission!


Click HERE for a full gallery of photos from the ceremony and house tour.

Click HERE for video of the ribbon-cutting.

Click HERE for behind-the-scenes video from the house tour!


DS Tip of the Week: “Love Lamp” Lighting Do’s & Don’ts

Do you love your room’s decor, but feel the lighting doesn’t quite ‘work’?  A fix may be easier than you think.  As the character Brick Tamland exclaimed in the movie Anchorman, “I love lamp.  I love lamp.”

Wise words indeed.

Brian Mueller is an interior designer based in our Vernon Hills store.  He has this week’s Decorating Solutions Tip of the Week!

Brian explains, “No room is complete without good lighting.  No matter how many ceiling lights you have in a room, you always need lamps to soften the mood.  Feel free to mix and match different table and floor lamps so they are not all ‘matchy matchy’, and to add character to a room.  It’s also another way to bring different finishes and textures into a room.  Steinhafels has so many different types of lighting to offer!  Also, swap out that ceiling fan in any room for a chandelier to instantly add character to a room.  You can even add a crystal chandelier to a room without making it formal, and without defining a particular design style.”

Check out some stylish and simple examples below.

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Our designers are hard at work on many more quick and easy design tips for you.  Check in next Monday for another #DSTipOfTheWeek!

The new look of “Corporate” healthcare at Steinhafels

Steinhafels is proud to be a family-owned business known for providing quality home furnishings, mattresses, and home decor to families in southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.  However, did you know Steinhafels is also at the forefront of new trends in Corporate Health and Wellness–thanks to our new on-site contracted physician!

Let’s take a step back for a minute and look at how the company’s healthcare plan has evolved through the years.  Steinhafels has had a Wellness Program for almost a decade–well before many other companies.  The Wellness Program includes perks like an on-site gym, in-house fitness programs, an on-site nurse, and group fitness challenges.

While the main focus is on the well-being of employees, Human Resources Manager Andrea Kokott explains having a Wellness Program also makes good business sense.  “If we can give really good quality care, and catch issues early, and have good preventative and wellness, we can maintain a really good benefit-level plan, without increasing cost to the employees.”


With today’s sky-rocketing healthcare costs, everyone is feeling the pinch–both employers and their employees.  As patients, it can be frustrating when we have to wait days for a basic care appointment, and weeks to months for specialized care.  It makes you stop and think… there has to be a DIFFERENT way!

Steinhafels was determined to find that different way.  We contracted a Family Practice Physician who can see our medical plan participants and their dependents on-site.  We’re not saying this is necessarily better for everyone.  Some employees have specialized doctors, and we understand that.  But for many employees, it just makes sense!  We cut out the middle-man.  No more searching for a doctor in your healthcare plan.  No more waiting weeks to months for an appointment.


As we mentioned, employees can see the doctor on-site in her consultation room, at our Corporate Center in Waukesha.  Patients can schedule an appointment and see a doctor right away… with no co-pay!!


Sounds too good to be true, right?  As Kokott explains, it’s all about supplying the quality of care that our workers deserve.  “When people are ill and they just go to a walk-in urgent care, you have no history there, that person has never seen you before.  They don’t know you, you don’t know them.  You have no idea how much time they’re going to spend with you, if they are really going to do a thorough evaluation, or if it will be in and out.”

Steinhafels contracts with Dr. Jean Ibric.  Dr. Ibric is not a Steinhafels employee, but she says being here feels like she’s part of the family.  She also admits it’s a nice departure from the hustle and bustle of the mainstream medical business.  “It really lets me practice medicine the way I was trained to.  It lets doctors practice medicine the way they want to and the way they were trained to.”


Dr. Ibric says she has wanted to be a doctor since she was in high school.  She explains, “I like to listen.  I can blend the love I have of science and biology and the human side of the science.  I’ve always loved both of those.”

Dr. Ibric has lived in the Milwaukee area for 25 years, and is married with 4 boys, ranging in age from 15 to 22!  She grew up in the Chicago area, and went to college and medical school at the University of Arizona.  She was an OB/GYN  for 7 years, did Family Practice for 10 years, and has been practicing corporate medicine for about 2 1/2 years.  She says she took the Steinhafels contract because she believes in the model.  “The dedication to the Wellness and concern for employees.  The care they show for the employees.  It’s a step beyond the money savings.”


Dr. Ibric’s consultation room is designed to be very comfortable, private, and efficient.  Whether an employee has a simple earache, or goes in for a full medical exam, Dr. Ibric says no issue is too big or too small.  She says she would rather see patients than have them delay treatment.  “It will make for people being more productive.  If we take care of the issue they’ll have quicker attention, be back to work sooner.  It’s more preventative than traditional medicine.”


At the end of the day, let’s admit it–no one LOVES going to the doctor.  We have been programmed to dread the office visit, dread the exam, and especially dread the co-pay or extra charges resulting from the visit.  Having an on-site doctor as part of our company’s medical plan takes away some of that anxiety, and hopefully makes employees feel even more comfortable coming to work.


We encourage any employees who haven’t checked out Dr. Ibric’s office yet to come in and say hello!  To contact Dr. Ibric for an appointment, please call 262-278-4980 (Monday-Friday between 8:00am -5:00pm.)  She is also working on an online scheduling system.

Click HERE for an online gallery of pictures!



DS Tip of The Week: Elegant Updates for Empty Nesters

The school year is winding down, and that means many new grads will be starting new careers… and leaving the nest for good.  Some parents will leave the child’s bedroom untouched–with teddy bears still on the bed and band posters on the walls!  However, less nostalgic parents will likely look at that vacant bedroom, and be ready to make a change.

This week’s Decorating Solutions Tip of the Week comes from Menomonee Falls Designer Beth Kealy.  Beth says you don’t have to completely change your child’s old bedroom, but like your child, it’s time for that old room to “grow up.”

How do you do that?  Beth explains, “Empty nesters can reclaim use of a child’s old room with elegant updates that cut the cluttered look of the past.  Take a room from ‘Catch All’ to ‘Wow’!”

Here are a couple Before and Afters of a daughter’s bedroom turned guest room:




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Your child may miss the old room at first, but after awhile, he or she will be happy to come home and be treated like an adult.  And guests don’t have to feel awkward staring at a poster of NSYNC on the wall!

We post a different quick, easy, and practical decor tip each Monday.  Check in next week for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.