Blue House Books presents Christina Clancy in-store signing Shoulder Season

Kenosha, WI - Blue House Books is honored to host author Christina Clancy in-store to sign copies of her novel Shoulder Season on Thursday, July 22nd at 6 p.m. at Blue House Books, 5615 7th Ave.


Christina Clancy is a Madison, Wisconsin-based author. Clancy’s recently released novel, Shoulder Season, tells the story of nineteen year old Sherri Taylor’s journey as an unlikely bunny at the Playboy Resort in the small town of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.


Clancy will be reading from her book, taking questions from the audience, and signing copies. If readers would like a signed copy but cannot attend the event, they are still welcome to purchase the book from Blue House Books and we will have it signed on your behalf.


A purchase of Shoulder Season from Blue House Booksis required to attend. Visit Blue House Books in store or online to purchase your copy of the book.

Capt. Mike’s adds food truck

Captain Mike's Beer and Burger Bar, located at 5118 Sixth Avenue in Downtown Kenosha, has expanded its operations to include a food truck. The truck has been named The Galley, in keeping with the nautical theme of Captain Mike's. Owners Jeanette and Michael Kelly wanted to do something to help those in need in the Kenosha community this year. The food truck has just been completed and they thought they would put it to good use on Thanksgiving Day. 

The Galley Giving event consists of a FREE Thanksgiving Dinner that will be served from the new food truck to anyone in need of a hot meal on the holiday. It will be held Thursday, November 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Library Park, 6039-6063 Eighth Avenue.

Beyond this event, The Galley food truck is available to attend events, workplaces, and festivals. Simply fill out the form on the restaurant’s website: Contact the restaurant at (262) 764-8889 with any questions. Jeanette and Michael Kelly became the owners of Captain Mike’s in July 2019.

Fishing Kayaks Now Available to Rent from Kenosha Community Sailing Center

Kenosha, WI – Kayak fishing may be more than 5,000 years old, but this summer is the first time anyone has started to rent kayaks in the Kenosha harbor.  Anglers looking to try small boat fishing need only book with the Kenosha Community Sailing Center online and bring their tackle down to the Kenosha Yacht Club where the center is located. 

Recognizing that there are many people who enjoy fishing the harbor, the sailing center wanted to include some fishing kayaks in their new fleet of recreational rental watercraft, explains Jim Buck, president of the Kenosha Sailing Center. “We are all about growing the community around the harbor whether people are sailing, fishing, or paddling. We want them to love the lake and not take it for granted.”   

Rob Wendel, owner of Lake Michigan Anglers and regional kayak fishing expert reports that the Kenosha harbor is filled with Brown Trout and Salmon in September. He recommends any type of crankbait and encourages people to experience the thrill of catching fish from a kayak.  Once you get started, you will be the one hooked! 

The popularity of kayak fishing has been exploding over the last few years. Kayak manufacturers have designed boats specifically for anglers. The fishing kayaks being rented by the Kenosha Community Sailing Center include a handheld fish finder, two flush mount rod holders and plenty of room for gear. 

The Kenosha Community Sailing Center has been reaching out to groups like the Kenosha Sportfishing & Conservation Association (KSFCA), Root Pike WIN and the Kenosha Charter Boat Association to pull together, share information and support each other.  Lynn Davis, President of KSFCA was excited to pass the news about the fishing kayaks on to their membership and the Sailing Center is pleased to share information about KSFCA’s mission, particularly their conservation efforts.  

Online rental bookings and registration for sailing courses can all be done on the Kenosha Community Sailing Center’s website  They are also on most social media channels like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or you can get on their email list to receive timely announcements about their organization’s activities and other harbor events by sending your name and email to   

WWBIC to Launch City of Kenosha Small Business Forgivable Loan Fund

The City of Kenosha through the Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC) is launching the Small Business Assistance Forgivable Loan Program to assist micro and small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.   

$345,000 has been approved by the Common Council for small business forgivable loans - up to $15,000.  These dollars will be able to assist a minimum of 23 businesses in the City of Kenosha. 

The funds have been made available to the City of Kenosha from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under the Federal CARES Act.  

How will this program work and who is eligible?  

WWBIC will be handling the application, underwriting and distribution of the forgivable loans, as well as follow up business coaching and mentorship opportunities.  All information about this forgivable loan product is available on WWBIC’s website at 

Funds will be targeted to micro and small (20 or less employees) businesses located in the City of Kenosha that retain or create one a minimum of one job for a low-to-moderate income individual or to micro business owners who’s household income is below 80% of the Kenosha County Area Median.  Income information can be found on WWBIC’s website.  Job creation can be accomplished by re-hiring or bringing an employee who has been laid off back to work. 

Interested small business owners, please review all requirements for eligibility and all documents needed for the application at 

When will the application be available?  

The application will be available on Friday, July 24th at noon.   All applications will be reviewed in the order they are received and will be equitably considered.  The application will remain open until noon on Friday, July 31st. 

Mayor John Antaramian stated, “I am excited that we will be able to provide some much-needed assistance to Kenosha’s small business community. Small businesses are the lifeblood of our local economy and they need our help more now than ever.  I am confident that our partnership with WWBIC will enable the funding we received to be used in an efficient and timely manner.” 

WWBIC is a leading innovative statewide economic development corporation that has been serving small business owners since 1987.  WWBIC offers critical resources such as small business loans, quality business and financial education and small business coaching.      Whether you are looking to start, pivot, strengthen or grow your business, WWBIC has resources to help!   To connect with WWBIC and learn more about the resources available, visit 

 For additional information or questions about applying for the City of Kenosha Forgivable Loan Program, please contact Heather Lux at or (262) 898-5001.   

Beef Jerky Experience Opens In Pleasant Prairie Premium Outlets

Amusement Park For Carnivores And Gourmet Snack Lovers’ Dream

(July 13, 2020) Pleasant Prairie, WI – Beef Jerky Experience, the nation’s leading retailer in premium, hand-crafted jerky, is celebrating the opening of their newest store, located in Pleasant Prairie Premium Outlets. This family owned and operated Beef Jerky Experience is located at 11211 120th Avenue, Suite 74, Pleasant Prairie, WI.  

“We are thrilled to be opening our store in the Pleasant Prairie Premium Outlets,” says Kevin McCoy, Owner. “We work hard every day to provide the best possible experience for our customers, because they are what drive our company and our growth.”

Beef Jerky Experience specializes in more than 100 varieties of premium jerky including exotic meats like kangaroo, alligator, venison and elk, as well as specialty flavors such as Prime Rib, Cajun BBQ and Biltong. Gourmet snacks, popcorn, candy, jellies, jams, sauces, spices and rubs are also available. Packed with protein and low in fat, beef jerky is the perfect treat for meat lovers of nearly all ages. The popularity of jerky is rapidly growing. From 2009 to 2019, beef jerky sales jumped 46 percent, with Americans spending more than $2.8 billion on beef jerky each year.

A grand opening is in the works which will include free giveaways and chances to win free jerky for a year. Beef Jerky Experience also offers all military and first responders a 10% discount. To learn more, visit the store on Facebook and Instagram @WIjerky. 

“I’ve always loved jerky! After frequenting a Beef Jerky Experience while growing up in Northeast Tennessee, we were thrilled to be able to open our own location,” said Kevin McCoy who owns the store with his wife Amy and Father-In-Law Vince McDonnell. “It’s such a fun store and a unique shopping experience, where you get to try it before you buy it.”

The McCoys met while in law school at Valparaiso University. Kevin is originally from Tennessee and Amy from Indiana. After finishing law school, they lived and worked in the Washington, D.C. area before deciding to open the new store. Vince McDonnell spent 52 years working in the retail grocery industry. Once retired, he jumped at the opportunity to apply his retail expertise to the family’s new business venture. You’ll find McDonnell and the McCoys at the store often.

The store is now open. Its hours are Mon.-Sat. 11am-7pm, Sun. 12-6pm. Shoppers can also make purchases online at Every online order over $100 enjoys free shipping to anywhere in the USA. Sign up for the rewards program either in-store or online and start earning free Jerky with your first purchase! The store can be reached at (262) 288-6222.

History of Jerky

The word jerky has its origins in the native languages of South America. In the 1800’s, the term “jerky” quickly spread across the New World to describe the process of smoking, drying and curing beef. Native Americans, cowboys and pioneers made and embraced jerky as an easily transportable and long-lasting food source. Today, jerky is one of the fastest growing snacks in the snack food industry. This is in part due to an increasingly high demand for lightweight, high protein, low fat, nutrient dense foods. 

All About Jerky

• Jerky has traditionally been the number-one favorite snack of the military, and for years, NASA has sent it into space with astronauts.

• IRI, a Chicago based market research firm, reports sales of jerky jumped 46 percent from 2009-2015, and Americans spent $2.8 billion on beef jerky in 2015.

• Jerky is in the beef snack category — the fastest growing segment of the snack food industry (Convenience Store Decisions, Nov. 2012).

• Our nation’s health craze is fueling the jerky revolution as runners, weightlifters, hikers and weekend warriors eat it before, during and after exercise.

• Jerky is a popular snack for folks on the Paleo diet, which urges consumers to eat the kinds of foods eaten by their hunter/gatherer ancestors.

• Jerky is catching on for women too, because the cured, low-fat snack provides an energy boost without spoiling the diet. A Penn State University study found physically active women, ages 18-45, consider jerky more convenient and satisfying than tortilla chips.

• Chefs are now incorporating jerky into their gourmet dishes. You can find jerky on the menus of high end restaurants in Four Seasons hotels and others throughout the country.

About the Beef Jerky Experience

The Beef Jerky Experience was founded in 2010 and is the country’s first national jerky franchise. The company is headquartered in Kodak, Tennessee and there are currently more than 90 franchise locations, including 6 founder-owned stores. The Beef Jerky Experience specializes in more than 100 varieties of premium jerky including exotic meats like kangaroo, alligator, venison and elk, as well as specialty flavors such as Moonshine and Cajun. Jerky is lean, high in protein, low in calories, contains less than 3% fat and has an extremely long shelf life. Millions seek out and enjoy this very nutritious snack every day. Across the country people are literally eating it up!