April 6, 2017
By David Nordby
The Brillion News
REEDSVILLE – Wherever Al and Patty Schreiber go, they become a staple in the local community. The same can be said of 444 Manitowoc Street in Reedsville, which is why the couple were the perfect buyers when they purchased the property in the fall of 2011.
444 Manitowoc Street has been home to an eclectic mix of businesses for more than a century, including a hardware store, video store, Gambles, construction offices, a heating contractor and even a church. The building has also moved itself twice. Since last June, it’s been home to Manitowoc Street Pub, one of three bars in Reedsville and the only one with weekly live musical entertainment.
The Schreibers purchased the property in the fall of 2011. They have been taking their time and doing it right ever since, starting with a transition into living on the house side of the building. The 1,500-square foot living area was originally designed to be apartments, before the couple decided to sell their Brillion house.
“Even though it was going to be apartments, we looked at it as something that we’d be comfortable in,” Al said. “Now we do live there.”
The transition to opening the pub has been slow and steady. They started gutting the former office space themselves at the start of 2014, giving it a complete remodel job. Walls were knocked down and ceilings raised. The Schreibers did most of the work themselves, ultimately carrying out 40,000 pounds of plaster.
Fast forward through the hard work and the finished product is impressive. The ambience inside the bar is unique. The interior of the building looks far more modern than the outside, but still has a classic German-pub feel that the couple wanted to keep with wood flooring and Edison lightbulbs hanging above the bar. They have a sleek looking jukebox, along with a pool table and dart board. The decorations include photos from around Reedsville, in addition to Panther designs.
Customers often make comments to the couple that they feel they’re in Appleton or Green Bay because of the aesthetics, but that it still has the tight-knit feeling of the community that Reedsville carries. The combination is exactly what the couple wanted.
“The community is as much a part of this as Patty and I are,” Al said. “Every time they come in here, they’re making us part of their life and vice versa. We’re connecting on a personal level so much that it’s not lost on us that we’re part of the community now.”
Please see the complete story in the April 6, 2017 edition of The Brillion News.