#ThinkLovePlay Featured Family

Meet the Goff Family! They braved out the rain to let us take their #ThinkLovePlay photo. From living in a safe community to enjoying the local businesses, learn why the Goff’s #ThinkLovePlay [Manitowoc County]

Question: Why does your family love Manitowoc County?

We love that almost every weekend, there is something going on here in Manitowoc County, from festivals to farmer’s markets.  We love that if Manitowoc doesn’t have what you need, Green Bay, Sheboygan and Appleton are only 45 minutes away.  We love the Point Beach State Park and the hiking and running trails it has.  We love the many playgrounds and parks, especially Schuette Park.  We love the fact that we feel safe letting our kids play in the front yard, safe to go for nighttime runs throughout the city, and safe to travel anywhere in the city.  We also love some of the awesome stores in downtown Manitowoc, including Graced, Manitowoc Coffee Company, and Wrap It Up.

Question: Please share a (specific) positive story that you have experienced while living in Manitowoc County?

This year our daughter turned 3 and we decided to just do an informal party with a backyard cookout.  We invited all our neighbors, friends and family thinking that most would not show up since it was simply just an informal get-together.  We ended up having over 35 people show up and celebrate this little girl’s third birthday!  She felt so special and we felt so grateful to have so many awesome, supportive people in our lives. The best part of living in Manitowoc is definitely the people.   They are supportive, giving, kind, and caring.  Another example of this is with Natalie from Graced.  A few years back, I decided that I wanted to take my woodworking hobby and move it towards a “tiny” business.  I reached out to Natalie to see if she would be willing to take some of my builds and sell them on consignment in her store.  She was definitely willing to support me by featuring and selling some furniture, but she took it another step and hired me to build a shelving display.  I have since built numerous displays, cutting boards, and more for Graced.  That work has led to many other connections and business for my Northern Roots Woodworking “tiny” business.  Her willingness to support a fellow entrepreneur and local small business literally turned my hobby into a profitable (if I ever stop buying more tools) business!  We have made so many lifelong friends here and are so grateful to live in Manitowoc County.

Question: What’s your favorite characteristic about Manitowoc County? (Ex. recreation, culinary experiences, historical, lakeshore, feeling safe, small quaint community, local shopping)

Our favorite part of Manitowoc is the outdoor activities that are available to us.  As a trail runner, having some awesome trails within 10 minutes of your front door is something many people don’t have, and I have 3 great options in Schuette Park, Woodland Dunes and Point Beach State Park!  My family was hiking in Point Beach when my son, Tucker, lost his first tooth.  Now every time he has a loose tooth, we have to back for a hike because that is the “only place that works for getting his tooth out.” We also love the lakeshore beaches and trails for walking, biking, running, and even some swimming. We spend a lot of time outside. Wisconsin summers cannot be beat and the Manitowoc County has a ton to offer!

Meet the Moore’s and small business owner and manager of The Medicine Shoppe in Two Rivers and why they #ThinkLovePlay in Manitowoc County!

1. Why does your family, business or you love Manitowoc County?

We love living here because it has everything we need. We love being outdoors and there are a variety of ways in Manitowoc County to get out and enjoy nature. We love hiking at Woodland Dunes and the it’s hard to beat the beaches in summer in Two Rivers and at Point Beach State Park. We can go hunting in the backyard and don’t have to go far to find good fishing. We feel safe here and feel that it’s been a great place to raise our two boys. We’ve been very pleased with the schools in the area and have enjoyed the programming at Lester Public Library. We’ve found some great places to eat and shop. And since we’re within driving distance of the “big city” life of Green Bay, Milwaukee and even Chicago, those experiences are not hard to obtain yet we can still easily get back home to our preferred non-city living.

2. Please share a (specific) positive story that you have experienced while living in Manitowoc County?

Perhaps the best part of living here are the people themselves. Several years ago we bought a house in Two Rivers. The first day that our new house was open to us, my wife went to work and I started moving a few little things from the duplex we had rented. Somehow in the chaos of the move, I managed to lock my car keys and my phone in my car. We didn’t have a phone in the new house yet so I found myself in a neighborhood I’ve never been in, standing outside my new house feeling fairly hopeless. I decided my only option was to find a neighbor who had never met me, explain the situation, and hope for the best. I noticed a car in the garage at a house across the street so I figured this was as good a place as any to start. I rang the doorbell and likely said a little prayer. When the woman opened the door, I nervously introduced myself and shared my predicament. She immediately handed me a phone so I could call my wife. But to my surprise she then handed me a recent newspaper clipping. It was an article that featured The Medicine Shoppe (my employer) and highlighted what the other pharmacists and I were doing to improve patient care. She had heard we were moving in across the street and thought we might like an extra copy of the article! Needless to say, my wife and I felt pretty comfortable in our new neighborhood after that.

3. What’s your favorite characteristic about Manitowoc County? (Ex. recreation, culinary experiences, historical, lakeshore, feeling safe, small quaint community, local shopping)

Our favorite characteristic of Manitowoc County is that it’s the perfect combination of nature and community. It has the “up north” appeal of pine trees and outdoor recreation without the headache of the nearest amenities being an hour away. It’s small town living, but with local shopping, dining, and educational opportunities that don’t make us feel we’re missing out on the big city experience. And it’s the ability to enjoy recreational activities in a setting that’s peaceful and devoid of the metropolitan “clutter” of other areas.

Dash for Cash

In the spirit of the holidays and keeping your business local, you will have the chance to win $100 every week for four weeks! Everyone can join in on the fun, including employees of the participating businesses.

It’s easy: just stop in any participating Chamber Member business, pick up a Chamber Dash for Cash Card, and have an employee put a sticker on it (no purchase necessary). Once you visit four businesses, drop it off at one of the Dash For Cash dropoff locations to be entered into a drawing to win $100 in Chamber Bucks. Click here for Official Rules.

Just think – a stop for gas, groceries, haircut, banking or visiting one of your healthcare providers – that’s all it takes to enter to win. Plus, you can enter as often as you like!

Drawings will be done live on The Chamber’s Facebook page at 3:00pm on the following dates:

  • Monday, November 27
  • Monday, December 4
  • Monday, December 11
  • Monday, December 18

Dash for Cash begins Monday, November 20.

Participating Businesses

  • Ace Hardware/American Home & Garden
  • Ansay & Associates LLC
  • Associated Bank
  • Atrium Post Acute Care of Two Rivers
  • Aurora Health Care Medical Group (Two Rivers: 2219 Garfield St., M-F 8am-5pm, Manitowoc: 5500 Memorial Dr., M-F 7am-5:30pm & 4100 Dewey St., M-F 8am-5pm)
  • Aurora Medical Center Manitowoc County ( 5000 Memorial Drive, Two Rivers at main desk M-F 7am – 5pm)
  • Big Apple Bagels
  • Boelter’s Jewelers
  • Charcoal Grill and Rotisserie
  • CNC Links
  • Colonial Pet Shoppe
  • Copps Food Center
  • Culver’s
  • David’s House of Travel
  • Edward Jones
  • Fox Communities Credit Union
  • Fox’s Piggly Wiggly – Manitowoc
  • Fox’s Piggly Wiggly – Two Rivers
  • Holy Family Memorial
  • Investors Community Bank
  • La Carreta Mexican Restaurant
  • Lakeshore Humane Society
  • Lowe’s Home Improvement
  • Lakeshore Technical College – Manitowoc
  • Manitowoc Trophy
  • Modern by Megean Contemporary Jewelry
  • Nichols Electric
  • Roorbach Flowers
  • Rummele’s Inc.
  • Rustic Harbor Boutique/GJ’s Salon & Spa
  • Saucy’s Sports Lounge
  • Schroeder’s
  • Subway (Manitowoc: 1011 S. 10th St., 4115 Calumet Ave. and 2012 Dufek Dr.  Two Rivers: 1400 Washington St.  Mishicot: 219 E. Main St.)
  • The Chamber of Manitowoc County
  • The Hearty Olive
  • The Seamstress
  • UnitedOne Credit Union
  • Van Horn Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram
  • Warrens Restaurant
  • What The Lock?

Card Drop-off Locations

  • Manitowoc
    • The Chamber of Manitowoc County
    • Copps Food Center
    • Lowe’s Home Improvement
    • Lakeshore Technical College – Manitowoc
    • Modern by Megean Contemporary Jewelry
  • Two Rivers
    • Fox Communities Credit Union
    • Fox’s Piggly Wiggly

Save the Date – Chamber Holiday Reception

Start the Holiday Season Off with the Chamber’s Annual Holiday Reception! Click here to register!