Forest Lake Country Store September Newsletter

Forest Lake Country Store September Newsletter

Forest Lake Country Store

Great food and a whole lot more…

I can’t wait.  I’m one month away from heading back up to the Northwoods of Wisconsin.  This time I’m bringing my daughter Lisa.  She hasn’t been up north in years and she too is quite anxious to be up there.  We’re going to do some muskie fishing,  maybe go for some bass and walleye too.  One thing that’s on our TO DO list is visiting the Forest Lake Country Store.   She’s heard me talk and write about it so much she can’t wait to meet Mark and Kris.

I just received the September Newsletter from the FLCS.  Great news as usual from the Northwoods.  I hope you enjoy it too.

September 2011Forest Lake Country Store Newsletter

Remember, after Labor Day we end 100 hour work weeks and return to a normal work week.  We will be open 7 AM – 8 PM Friday and Saturdays, 7 AM – 2 PM Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.  We will be closed on Tuesdays, starting with the Tuesday after Labor Day.  We will also close at 4 PM on September 17th for a private event.

The shorter hour means a big increase in Take-N-Bake Pizza orders.  Customers pick up a par baked pizza and cook it at home later in the evening.  Ask us to build you a Take-N-Bake!

The only thing that stays the same in the north woods is that things are always changing.  Everything is always changing.  For some, change can be disturbing, for others it is exhilarating.  The woods are changing.  Some of the ferns have a tinge of brown on their edges; ever so slightly the edges curl and get brown.  A few maples show a little yellow or splotches of ruby on stray leaves.  Not a lot, but a few stressed trees are starting to look like fall. 

We see the customers change.  Schools are starting and we see fewer families with youngsters now, but many retirees’ look at this as a perfect travel time with less traffic on the north woods roads.

The deer are changing.  We have triplet fawns hanging around our yard.  Each time we see them the spots are fading, shrinking and the fawns slowly resemble miniature versions of their mother.

We see change with the anglers.  Earlier in summer boats are filled with slip bobber rods and small life jackets, but now we see the large hoops of the musky anglers sticking over the gunwales of the boats. 

And one of the saddest changes is seasonal residents stopping in to say goodbye until next spring.  They are pulling piers and putting their boats away.  Getting ready to head to their winter homes starts now and ends before snow flies.  The seasonal residents are like extended family.  The good byes are the hardest part of fall.

Almost as hard is our seasonal staff that is leaving us.  Cameron left a couple weeks ago, Becca leaves next week.  The tips that our customers graciously leave behind are used to pay tuition, books and more for some of the lucky youths in Land O’ Lakes.  We will miss these young adults that work hard to set our store apart. 

New in the Store

On the Jam rack is Tomato Jam.  It is as good as it is interesting.  On a piece of warm toast it is incredible.  Half pint bottles will not last long at home!

In the soda cooler you will find Doc 360.  This is a new product from Pepsi designed to compete with Dr. Pepper.  It is a great soft drink and customers are enjoying it already.  Doc 360 is available in regular and diet!

On the shelves we have added Sprecher BEER flavored Kettle Chips.  Crisp and crunchy with a hint of beer.  A great snack to enjoy with a Packer Game!  We sell these in  9 ounce bags and a 1.75 ounce snack size bag.  

In the beer cooler we continue our quest to find new items.  Look for 4 varieties of beers from both Sierra Nevada (Torpedo, Pale Ale, Tumbler, and Porter) and 4 from Tyranena (Bitter Woman, Headless Man, Rocky’s Revenge and Chief Blackhawk Porter).  Oktoberfest is in from Sprecher and Leinenkugels, and we have added Oarsman Ale from Bells Brewing.  On a side note, we are back in stock on Two Hearted Ale from Bells Brewing after a factory shortage.  Last we received some one pint aluminum bottles of Miller Lite with the Green and Gold Packer look.  Quantities are limited.  Stop in and pick some up for the first Packer game of the season!

On the wine rack we added a new line of Italian wines from Cavitt.  It is called Alta Luna and includes Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir and Phases a red blend.  Continuing in our search for wines that drink better than they cost, these three wines fit the bill.  You’ll think you’re drinking much more expensive wines! 

Starting this week, until the inventory is reduced, we will offer 25% off on all of our Forest Lake Country Store clothing.  We have T shirts, long sleeve T shirts; pull over hoodie sweatshirts, track jackets and more.  Color and sizes are limited to quantities on hand; stop in soon for the best selection.

We are also loading slow moving beers and wines on a rack at the end of the wine aisle.  All items are clearance priced to move fast.

Wine Buys

There are two great opportunities to buy wine for the holidays.

The first is the popular 14 Hands brand from Washington State.  There are four varietals available:  Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.  All 4 are absolutely impeccable wines.  Normally these wine sell for about $12 off the shelf and are very easy to find over $20 on restaurant wine lists.  We are offering a one-time buy at just $8.99 per bottle in full case quantities of 12 bottles.  This is an exceptional end of summer value on these great wines. 

The second value is the Trinity Oaks brand of California wines.  There are two wines available; a Pinot Grigio and a Pinot Noir.  We have used these wines every year for our flyers and they continue to surprise us as to how much we can sell.  These are case priced at just $5.99 per bottle!  There are 12 bottles in a case.

We will need your orders for either special by Sunday August 28th and the product will arrive in the store on Wednesday August 31st, in time for your Labor Day entertainment plans.  Replies via Email are best. 

Events in the North Woods

September 23rd LOLA Pig Roast Fundraiser at Buzz on B, formerly known as Fiddleheads

Tickets for sale at the Buzz on B, the Gateway Lodge, The Trading Post, Chamber of Commerce, the Tackle Box, and at the Forest Lake Country Store.

5 – 7 PM Food is served, 7 -9PM Music by Whitewater  Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children; Beer and Wine available at additional cost. 

September 24th  10 AM–4PM  Art in the Yard;  Fir Tree Cottage  Land O’ Lakes

Join the Art Gypsies as they show Fine Arts, Crafts, Fiber Arts, and more at the Fir Tree Cottage in Land O’ Lakes.  For more information call Wendy at 715 493 5361.

September 24th UP Thunder Riders Snowmobile Swap Meet  Watersmeet

Held at their club house from 9 AM – 4 PM.  Located across from the Watersmeet school, you will find clothing, parts, machines, safety gear and more.  Food, prizes and raffles.  Call Rich at 906 358 0517 with any questions.

September 25th Colorama Bike Tour

The Wilderness Lakes Trails has multiple rides scheduled.  Check their web site at for more information.  Spectacular color should surround you on rides in the north woods.

September 25th Colorama Dinner at St. Alberts Church Land O’ Lakes

From 11 AM – 1:30 PM, the meal features Ham, Chicken and all the trimmings.  Tickets are available in advance at the Chamber of Commerce office or they can be purchased at the door.  For more information call the Chamber at 715 547 3432

From Julie Zelten at the Land O’ Lakes Public Library

From the Stacks of the Land O Lakes Library…

*Movie Afternoon at your Library

Friday, September 9th at 1:00 p.m.

The Tourist starring Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie.

This movie revolves around Frank, an American tourist visiting Italy to mend a broken heart. Elise is an extraordinary woman who deliberately crosses his path.

*Author @ the Land O Lakes Public Library,

Wednesday, September 14th at 1:00 p.m.

Meet the Author, Tom Stenklyft

Book:  The House that Billie Built

The Author:

Tom Stenklyft has been vacationing on Big Portage Lake for many years at the cottage that has been in his wife’s family (Hernke) since 1965.

The subject:

Billie Pollard began some of the best work of her life at age 60.  She retired from teaching in 1974 when the first Southeast Asian refugees were coming to the Fox Cities.  Nobody in the area knew how to teach English to the foreign born.  Billie accepted the challenge to create a literacy program from scratch: Literacy Education Services, Inc.  Today, at age 97, the organization she founded continues to prosper under a new generation of volunteers, and additional organizations have also stepped in to carry forward and expand upon her pioneering work.   

*Land O Lakes Library presents:

An antiques and collectibles appraisal event

Featuring author and antiques expert Mark F. Moran of Iola, Wis.

Wednesday, October 5th at 1:00 p.m.

Formerly the senior editor of Antiques and Collectibles Books for Krause Publications in Iola, Wis., Mark has also been a contributing editor for Antique Trader magazine. He has served as editor of Antique Review East magazine; as producer of Atlantique City, an antique show held in Atlantic City, N.J.; and as editorial director of F+W Media’s Antiques Group.

He has also been a guest expert on the PBS series Antiques Roadshow.

Our antiques and collectibles appraisal event will be limited to 40 objects.  The cost per object is $15.00.  Sign up and payment are required for an item reservation spot.  If you have antiques or collectables you would like to have evaluated as part of the show, please contact the library at 715-547-6006 for a full list of acceptable items. Everyone is invited to view this entertaining and educational program.

In our Children’s program news…

Our Summer programs were exceptionally successful with fun and education had by all who attended.  We will be starting our pre-school story time on Wednesday, September 21st at 10:00 a.m.  All are welcome.

Recurring Events in the North Woods

Land O’ Lakes Open Mike Night at the Farmers Market Lot

7 PM weather permitting.  Held every Friday night in the middle of downtown, you can sing yourself or enjoy other local talent.  Bring a chair, blanket and a couple friends.  If you want to perform electric and speakers are provided.  Bring your own cords.   Call Dan or Mery at 906 544 2554 with any questions on Open Mike Night!


Land O’ Lakes Chamber of Commerce BINGO! at St. Albert’s Church

Starting June 22nd, every Wednesday night starting at 7 PM.  Family oriented Bingo at St. Albert’s.  Refreshments are available. 


Land O’ Lakes Farmers Market Every Thursday from 9 AM – Noon

Starting June 16th, stop at the Farmers Market in the middle of Downtown Land O’ Lakes.  Find fresh fruits, vegetables and flea market every Thursday thru summer.  All your neighbors are there, you should stop in too!


Sundays, all Summer Boulder Junction Free Fishing Seminars

Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce has sponsored weekly seminars by their local guides.  From May thru early September guides will present seasonally appropriate seminars.  For more information check this!


Thursday’s Boulder Junction 6:30 – 8:30 Music on Main Street

Every Thursday, starting on July 7th Downtown Boulder Junction hosts Music on Main Street.  Listen to bands like Big Road, Hip Pocket, Greg Thomas and many more.  Find more about Music on Main here!


People around Land O’ Lakes

September 1 is Carol Fruendl’s Birthday

September 3  is Sue and Mike Keintz’s Anniversary

September 5th Barb Nehring and Christy Barnekow share their birthdays

September 7th is Harry Nehrings birthday and shared anniversaries for Dick and Elsie Mendham and Carol and Wayne Schimmer.

September 8th is a shared birthday for Agnes Wiedemeir and John Sarama and the anniversary for our daughter Steph and son-in-law Chad Cain

September 10th is Barb Wilkinson’s Birthday

September 14th Bob Baumler’s celebrates his birthday

September 16th is the Birthday for Ruth LaChance

September 17th is Bob Turnquist’s Bday

September 21st is a shared birthday for Rita Bawden and Emily Guinn

September 24th is Lawrence Dow’s birthday

September 25th is the Bday for Christopher Morris

September 26th is a trifecta shared birthday for Dan Swirski, Don Bloch and Brock Schmidt

September 30th is the Bday for Jackie Spiotto

This has been our best summer since owning the store.  We appreciate the hard effort of our staff to make every meal, stock the shelves and every other job behind the scenes to make our little business go.  We also thank every customer that has come in and trusted us with a meal, helping choose a bottle of wine or a new beer, or letting us explain a new jam, salsa or some other new item. 

We look forward to the shorter hours of the fall and having a little time to re-energize our batteries, plan new menu choices, and find new things to add to our selection.  

Thanks again, for every opportunity you give us, to offer you great food and a whole lot more,,,

Kris and Mark Gostisha and girls
Forest Lake Country Store
6256 County Road B     Land O’ Lakes WI 54540     715 547 8222

Store Hours – Monday – Saturday 7 AM – 8 PM    Sunday 7 AM – 3 PM


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