MARINETTE—Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers will visit Marinette on Thursday from 8:30 to 11 a.m. at Marinette County Get Out the Vote Headquarters, 2120 Hall Ave.
Please note that the event is being held at an alternate site, instead of the Marinette County Democratic Party Headquarters, because of space limitations. The location is across the street from Kwik Trip and people can enter through the back of the building, with parking on Ella Court Street and city lots, according to Marinette County Democratic Party Chair Tom Faller.
The visit is a part of a 10-day statewide “Doing the Right Thing” bus tour across Wisconsin that encourages residents to vote. The bus tour includes several other Democratic candidates.
Evers will discuss his plan for Wisconsin families, small businesses and communities across the state.
People can sign up for the event by visiting https://www.mobilize.us/wisdems/event/532294/.
MARINETTE—The cathedral ceiling echoes as the coffee shop owner explains her reasoning behind the new business, located in an old church.
“I started thinking about what this town didn’t have,” she said. “We have plenty of restaurants and bars but not a place to meet and have coffee.”
Jennifer Schiller, owner of A Place for Coffee, 1059 Marinette Ave., Marinette, opened the venture in October and has seen a steady stream of customers, especially on Thursdays and the weekends, she said.
The shop serves up caramel macchiatos (a crowd favorite), lattes, mochas and many other espresso-based drinks in dairy and nondairy options. They also serve drip coffee, loose-leaf tea, hot chocolate and pre-wrapped treats like muffins, pastries, biscotti and croissants. All coffee drinks can be made hot, iced or blended. The shop is located between Culver’s and Cousin’s Subs.
“It’s everybody’s dream to have a little coffee shop in a small town,” she said.
However, that wasn’t her original dream, she said.
Her nonprofit, A Place for Max, started three years ago and is connected to A Place for Coffee, hence the name. They were shut down for fundraising during COVID-19, so she began brainstorming ways to get portions of proceeds. Her son, Max, 23, is autistic and has Mosiac Down syndrome.
She said she hopes to hire adults with special needs through the SAIL Disability Network of the Upper Peninsula, with her son being the first. She also would like to work with the Menominee County Intermediate School District (ISD) to employ Menominee High School students with special needs.
Schiller bought the 100-year-old location, originally Our Redeemer Evangelical Church, in May 2021. She purchased it from Steve Fulford, who used to house Weathervane Antiques, an antique mall. The roughly 700 square-foot building can hold 25 people comfortably, with room for more, given a few extra tables or chairs are provided.
Schiller said she wants to rent the space to house wedding showers or similar groups, where community members can rent a barista to make coffee during private events. The coffee shop will also host open mic nights called “Expresso Yourself.” She also eventually wants to coordinate fundraising events for her nonprofit.
She sees all types of people visit the shop, saying she had a plant group stay for two to three hours last week. She also sees business people and students. The coffee shop is equipped with charging stations in all sitting areas.
A Los Angeles native, Schiller’s son has family in the area and moved here seven years ago after she purchased a vacation home 10 years ago. She said she initially visited the area 25 years ago with her ex-husband. Currently, her 9-to-5 job involves clearing and licensing music for film and television.
“I fell in love with it up here,” she said.
She used to work for Netflix and had a four-hour commute each day, which was exhausting, she said. Her son’s services in Los Angeles were also dwindling—he was getting lost in the system. Both parents moved to the area to support their son.
While opening the coffee shop, she consulted her mentor, who owned a coffeehouse in a busy area on the west side of LA. The combination of a good environment for her son and a good niche in the tri-cities area makes A Place for Coffee a natural fit for Schiller—and something she wouldn’t dream of doing back where she’s from.
“I couldn’t have done this in LA,” she said. “It’s just too expensive.”
A Place for Coffee is open Tuesday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The shop is closed on Mondays.
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