In late 2017 Sheboygan's historical Muinicipal Auditorium and Armory was threatened with demolition. I made a 3D model of the site including the front facade of the building and a website with an open letter to Sheboygan's mayor, which presented a plan to retain the property as a public green space to honor its cultural & historical significance in our city, state, and nation. With this proposal I successfully convinced Sheboygan's Historic Preservation Commmission to delay demolition for 90 days. I assembled a team, which later became the board of directors, and held two community meetings. Ultimately, we decided to try to save the building in whole. We responded to a request for proposals from the city. After a lot of advocacy we found our way to negotiating a developer agreement with the City. On April 16th 2018 Sheboygan's common council decided to execute our negotiated agreement to allow us to save the building and restore it to utilize it as a community events center.
Founded by Matt Hinz, Alex Hart, and myself, Reboot is a group of people that believe too many useful computers sit unused and unloved in storage, or find their way to dumps, or recycling facilities, and that too few people have access to and education with computers. We seek to rescue those computers from destruction and refurbish them to prolong their usefulness. We do this by accepting unused or broken computers from businesses and community members refurbishing them and responsibly recycling what we can't reuse. Then when we have working systems we find organizations and community members that are in need of computers and distribute them. Long term, we plan to educate community members by hosting workshops and livestreams.
In 2016 I was invited to a small group of local residents to start hosting local SOUP events. SOUP stands for Support Our Urban Projects and is an idea that started in Detroit, MI. Following in their footsteps, Sheboygan SOUP is a community-based, crowdfunding dinner held twice a year, organized by volunteers who want to help the community feel empowered to improve the city. Sheboygan SOUP is not the granter of funds. Our job is to plan an event that creates a place for people to gather and share ideas in a safe environment. The community, the participants in SOUP, decide which project will receive the money raised.
Charlie Berens is an actor, comedian, content creator most well known for his weekly web-series The Manitowoc Minute. I originally reached out to him to hire him to advertise for Legend Larry's. After developing a relationship with him I found myself helping him grow his brand. I have helped with many aspects of his projects including:
Legend Larry's is a regional chain of wing joints and award winning line of sauces founded and owned by my parents, Larry & Tammy Schaefer. I have helped with many aspects of this business including:
Opened at the age of 21 in 2006, the Epicure Lounge is Sheboygan's one and only hookah lounge. As the sole owner, I have been responsible for all aspects of the business, including: