About Our Shop
This is the room that we built our new online camp store around; the old rathskeller is now being used as the “pull pack & ship” room for our online store. And our inventory storage room. And our private bar. We’re carrying on a tradition that started back during prohibition, but we now pour ourselves lattes instead of bath tub gin.
There’s still a trap door in the back room of the old saloon floor upstairs with a rickety staircase that leads down to this room. Patrons could sneak down here to play the nickel slots, poker and get a drink from “Annie” - the madame who also managed the “working girls” she set up in what is now the bunkhouse. In 1942, Annie was sent to prison for what she did in this room.
This space is pretty much the same as it was back then.
We still don’t don’t have a store front.
Or business hours.
We don’t have a bartender or a shopkeep.
Walk-ins are still not welcome.
But if you happen to be staying here in one of our cabins as a guest, knock twice. Most days we’re down here making old things new again. We’ll be happy to tell you the stories behind all of our products
A look into past versions of our souvenir shops
Meet the Proprietors
Proprietors? That’s too fancy a word to describe David and Tereasa. More like "reluctant innkeepers." When they purchased David’s childhood getaway, their main goal was to preserve it. In someone else’s hands, the old buildings and cabins would have been pushed over to make room for cookie-cutter lake houses (the last thing the world needs). Instead, they wanted to bring Wandawega Lake Resort back to its former (modest) glory. It was always a place where folks could reconnect to the simpler pleasures of a simpler time, and that IS something this world needs.
By day, Tereasa is a Creative Director at ad agency Ogilvy & Mather. In her spare time, she’s an author, stylist, contributing editor and flea market junkie. David is the former Executive Creative Director at Ogilvy, founder of The Royal Order of Experience Design, and is proud to serve as Chief Creative Officer at The Allstate Corporation. An avid preservationist, he also serves on the board of the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust. When David and Tereasa aren’t fixing up old buildings, they can be found rescuing old cars, trucks, boats and trailers. Breathing new life into other people’s unwanted stuff is kind of a thing for them.
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