OCONTO – The opening of The Shop on Main fulfilled two longtime goals of Lynne Hearley.
“I always wanted to sell my own art, and I always wanted to have my own coffee shop,” she said.
After a more than a year of hard work, those dreams came to fruition when the business opened on July 1.
“Everybody calls it ‘The Shop,’” Hearley explained.
She has sold her works under the auspices of Iron Maiden Metal Art for a decade, and moved into the building at 821 Main St. four years ago.
Hearley used the space as a studio and the site of showings twice a year. With her shows last year canceled because of the pandemic, Hearley decided it was time to combine her two dreams.
In the spring of 2020, after the person leasing the space was asked to vacate, remodeling got underway.
Much of the work was done by her husband Todd, a truck driver, and son Bryce, 22, a forestry equipment technician. Hearley and their daughter Liddy, 20, a Lena Police officer, helped out.
“My husband and my son were the key components” of the renovation, she said. “They worked the hardest and the longest on everything going on.”
The interior of the building, constructed in 1936 as an Oldsmobile dealership, is decorated with art, all of which is for sale, from Hearley and other local and area artists.
Hearley spent much of her time in the last year determining exactly what to serve.
She settled on Stone Creek Coffee, produced by a small roaster in Milwaukee, as the base for hot and cold coffee and espresso drinks, which can include any of a dozen flavors of Amoretti premium syrups.
For those who prefer tea, The Shop is brewing each day two different kinds of Piper & Leaf artisan loose leaf tea, made by an Alabama company, that can be can iced, hot, sparkling or as a frother.
The business is also serving up eight flavors of Ashby’s Sterling Ice Cream, which is produced in Ludington, Mich. The premium ice cream is only currently available at nine other shops in Wisconsin.
“I did a lot of research over the year to find the specific products,” Hearley said. “There was a lot of taste testing and traveling.”
The Shop on Main is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Both indoor and outdoor seating are available.
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