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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Steinhafels Excited to Join in the Food Truck Craze

UPDATE:  The Double B’s food truck was a great success, with 100+ orders served in just a little more than 2 hours! The aroma of BBQ has been wafting through the office all afternoon, and employees seemed to really enjoy it. We even talked to a few people in the community who came to check it out. Here’s a few pictures. Thanks to all!

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ORIGINAL BLOG:  It’s no secret–food trucks are HOT right now! You can’t go to an outdoor festival, concert, or gathering without seeing various food trucks selling their wares. Pizza, tacos, grilled cheese, empanadas, pierogis, brunch, burgers, sushi… there’s not much you CAN’T get on a food truck these days.

That’s why Steinhafels is so excited to serve as the site for the Double B’s BBQ Food Truck this Thursday, June 22, from 11-1:30pm. All employees are invited to take part during their lunch period. (Cash and Credit Cards accepted)

Local community members and customers are welcome to stop by as well… the more the merrier! We see this as a great chance to get to know some of our neighbors in Waukesha/Pewaukee.

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Here’s the mouth-watering menu (Warning–don’t read if you haven’t eaten lunch yet!!)

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So don’t worry about packing a lunch on Thursday–let Double B’s do it for you! We hope to serve as the site for future food trucks throughout the summer.

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Thanks. Let’s eat some BBQ!

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Blood Donation: As Easy As Walking Outside The Office

OK, so the title of this blog is a little misleading. Giving blood isn’t easy… but the cool part is that almost anyone can do it–and possibly save a life. Now THAT’S pretty awesome to think about.

Steinhafels wants to say thanks to all of our employees who took the time to donate blood today. We know that it’s no small task, and we truly appreciate it.

The statistics are staggering. Every 3 seconds someone needs blood. EVERY 3 SECONDS!!

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The BloodCenter of Wisconsin is dedicated to gathering life-saving blood daily… both at the center’s offices on Wisconsin Ave, and through community events like the annual blood drive at the Steinhafels Corporate store.

As we mentioned before, MOST people can give blood. Some of the reasons you may not be able to donate are Medication, Travel, Pregnancy, and Tattoos–but even those have exceptions! Talk to your doctor if you have any concerns or questions.

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We spoke to a couple employees about why they decided to give blood. Accent Furniture Buyer Jenny Kordus is a long-time donor, and always takes part in the Steinhafels Blood Drive. She explains, “It’s easy to do and hopefully someone benefits from it. There’s no reason not to when it’s right in the parking lot!”

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Merchandise Planner Amy Bullermann is a little newer to the blood-giving game. She makes a very good point. “You just think at one point you might need blood or someone in your family, so it feels good to help someone else.”

We hope everyone has a wonderful weekend, and thanks again for making Steinhafels such a great place to work. It truly is the people who make it great.

Check out Jimmy, one of our featured blood donors from last year… back at it!

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Cool Community Stuff We’ve Been Up To At Steinhafels!

Memorial Day, and these days after, are about much more than big sales and the unofficial kickoff to summer. As we take some time to reflect on our fallen heroes, and enjoy quality time with family and friends… we want to share a post about a couple unique community opportunities we’ve had the chance to take part in recently. One involves the fight to end teen bullying… the other involves an Illinois boy with a special wish.

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We love to host local organizations in our Community Room when we can. On Saturday, May 20, we were proud to have the ARCh Youth Team present its program “A Celebration of Differences” right here at Steinhafels.

ARCh (The Association for the Rights of Citizens with handicaps) promotes the health, safety, and achievement of children and adults with disabilities. The Youth Team goes to schools and gives presentations that will hopefully one day help end bullying.

Here are some pictures from “A Celebration of Differences,” a teen-created collection of skits and personal stories.

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ARCh Youth Team group singing “Count On Me” by Bruno Mars during the presentation.

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ARCh Youth Team surrounding Brad Weller, a Senior Graduate of Mukwonago High School. They are recognizing Brad’s amazing achievement–reaching over 12,000 people through performances! They are also celebrating the 30th-anniversary of the Youth Team. 
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ARCh Youth Team performing an “Olympics” Skit, which shows the reality of how prevalent bullying is in middle schools. 
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Steinhafels is committed to taking part in all of the communities that support our stores–including our good friends to the south in Vernon Hills!
A “wish granter” with Make A Wish in the northern Illinois area recently reached out to see if we could help fulfill a boy named Jacob’s dream–to have an awesome gaming area in his home!
A local business supplied the computer and gaming materials, but they needed a place to put all that equipment.
Steinhafels donated this desk, and as you can see, Jacob’s parents might have a hard time dragging him away from his new home arcade!
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 A performance space and a desk… nothing too elaborate… but both of these projects meant a lot to some local kids.
Steinhafels is honored to have played a small role in both of these events, and we look forward to a summer filled with even more smiles from children across the community!

Journal Sentinel and Steinhafels Project a Great Success For Our Vets

Steinhafels, along with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, has been a proud partner of the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight for years. It’s so exciting to see this organization flourish through the years, and expand to include Korean War vets… and soon, Vietnam vets.

We wanted to share an update on what’s been going on with the Honor Flight. Have you ever wished you could personally tell a veteran “Thank You?”

That’s why the Journal Sentinel recently featured the Mail Call project, presented by Steinhafels!

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People across Wisconsin wrote letters to veterans, and sent them to the Journal Sentinel. The letters will be presented to vets on future Honor Flights. In addition, for each letter received, the Journal made a $10 donation to the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight.

Mail Call ran from November to April, and yielded 4,835 letters to veterans–raising $35,000 for the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight.

Steinhafels was honored to host the check presentation this week.

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Here are some pictures from the first batch of Mail Call letters, which were distributed on the most recent flight, Saturday, April 8.

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The letters received through Mail Call were presented in addition to letters that Honor Flight volunteers secretly collected from family and friends of the veterans several weeks before the flight.

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On the flight home from Washington DC, each veteran’s name is called out on the loudspeaker, and the packages are handed out. Many veterans get very teary as they read the letters.

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Korean War veterans also received a letter from a Korean citizen who lives in Seoul, South Korea… thanking the vets for saving their country. How cool is that!?!

The funds raised through Mail Call will go toward future Honor Flights. It’s important to add that the Honor Flight is an all-volunteer organization that dedicates $.98 of every dollar donated directly to its mission.

The next Stars and Stripes Honor Flight is Sunday, May 21.  There will be following flights on Friday June 9, Saturday September 16, Saturday October 14, and Saturday November 4.

If you are interested, they we are now accepting applications from Vietnam veterans, and they expect to fly large numbers of them this fall. Priority will still go to terminally ill veterans (from any conflict), then WWII and Korean War veterans because they’re the oldest.  After that, they will fly as many Vietnam veterans as possible!

You can apply HERE.

Also, check out this 5 Words on Freedom movie premiere footage, if you haven’t yet! Steinhafels was proud to host this event a couple years ago. We look forward to continuing this partnership with our heroes for many years to come.

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