The Great Cooper Rescue

One time, last Monday, there was a dog named Cooper. He was everything a dog should be: loyal, cheerful, adventurous. He had become the official mascot of the Heritage crew, making himself at home in the shop and in the barn, keeping everybody chipper and honest and on their toes.

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Ho-Ho-Heritage!

It’s a Heritage Holiday and we’ve been ringing it in with a game night and an Italian feast! At Heritage, our team isn’t just a team, it’s a family, so we decided to do what families do when they get together: hang out, play games, and eat. Check, check, and check some more. Starting early Saturday evening we enjoyed our new digs at Heritage North with bevvys and snacks followed by competitive games complete with prizes and a little bit of gloating. Afterwards we jingled all the way to a fancy dinner out.

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Buried Bottles and Secret Rooms

A tough guy butler opens the massive front door ushering us into a cozy office. “Whaddaya say?” he inquires, asking us to declare our secret entry phrase. We chanted, “This tomato gave me the icy mitt at the petting factory.” We’re then allowed clandestine passage down to a secret round wine room encased in beautiful aged wood crowned with brick.

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Breaking Routine: Outtakes in Elkhorn

Not so very long ago, yours truly (Heritage Beam and Board) had the honor of being featured in At The Lake, a glossy publication serving the Lake Geneva area. Our team took a a quick time out from the hard work of custom crafting old growth barn wood to introduce the nice magazine folks to our little shop of fun. These are some of the pics that didn't make it in the article, and we thought we'd share them here.

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A Whale of a Tale

Inspiration happens from whatever speaks to our hearts, our souls, and our minds. The artistic bent in us lights up and turns to use that inspiration to create beauty and art. Our customers have been inspired by so many things, and this time it was Melville's monster of a novel: Moby-Dick.

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The Team

At Heritage we're all about our team. Nothing here could happen without all of us working together toward the common goal of giving antique materials new life, and to have as much fun as we can doing just that.

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Super Bar

Sometimes we folks at Heritage make something really special that, frankly, we'd like to hang on to for a spell. This particular piece got its start when it dawned on us that we had only a few boards from the Lansky structure left and wanted to craft something truly unique with those materials.  The Lansky wood has a killer gangster history (the wood came from a secret hideout of famous gangster Meyer Lansky) so we thought long and hard about how to use the last of what we had around.

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A Family Home

Sometimes walking into someone’s house takes you into another world. This was the case when visiting JoAnn and Mike Robertson’s lovely home in Lake Geneva. The main living space boasts an open floor plan showcasing a wooded view out the back window wall.

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Heritage at Harpoons!

Harpoon Willie's on William's Bay has been a Lake Geneva dining hot spot for years. It's got history (the building used to be a lumber company at the end of the railroad line), great views of the lake,  and lots of dedicated and enthusiastic regulars. While Harpoons was doing a great business, it needed more seating for large groups and a few pub height tables to keep things conversational.

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HGTV Visits Heritage

We had such a great time showing the crew of House Hunters Renovation around last summer and now that the show has aired we can finally talk about it! Jen Duncan and her husband were in the trenches of refabbing their Chicago condo and were looking for the perfect table to linger around in their Dining Room. They caught wind of Heritage and Jen and the HHR crew trekked up on a beautiful day to look around and design a piece that would fit perfectly in their urban space.

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