Rosewood’s taking it outdoors with our brand new patio.

Rosewood’s taking it outdoors with our brand new patio.

Stories are woven into memories amidst stone fire pits; our rough-hewn timber gazebo embraces the laughter of family and friends. Gardens become art, and romance comes alive under a star-filled sky as mixologists create their own magic at the Artisan Cabana Bar.

Farm to table tours and hands-on learning experiences for garden enthusiasts, community school children, and the general public will be offered as part of an “all property” culinary experience. Raised garden beds designed as natural barriers add privacy and allow our Master Gardeners to grow our own vegetables, herbs and flowers on-site, and serve our restaurant and special event guests.

 

EPISODE 3: THROUGH THE WINDOW: ROSEWOOD’S RENOVATION

Garden Room ➤ Rosewood Shop

Welcome back! Lots more changes in "store" for you today. And speaking of stores...... When altering the configuration of a building this size, it's important to think through "what you want your end result to be." For Rosewood, we have a variety of clientele using this space; many will be visiting our area from throughout the Midwest. Reflecting our Farm to Table theme, the anchor store of our Shopping Village will feature artisan treasures and products made in Wisconsin - some even exclusive to the area. We wanted to show off the original beams that run throughout the building but the woodwork had gone through many changes throughout the years: sometimes painted, sometimes stained. We found the best way to unify the entire building was to restore the wood back to it's original state through a process of corn cob blasting existing beams and woodwork. And what a change it makes......


Millie's Gift Haus ➤ Rosewood's Theater Entrance

Entrances are big in our business; never underestimate one that makes a statement. Framed out by a lower ceiling corridor, using custom stacked stone to enhance the visual border seemed in order. Once this woodwork was corn cob blasted as well, we continued the theme of custom butcher block countertops created out of six wood species to accent the half walls of this entrance. Word of this custom woodwork by Don Reuss Carpentry has already spread throughout the construction team and beyond; when other tradesmen recognize a job well done, and make mention of how beautiful it is........that's an artistic contribution that defines a space.


Re-Purposed Tin Cornices ➤ Cedar Pointe's Lighting Trough

Sometimes you just can't pass up something old that begs to be re-purposed! At least, that's what I told myself. But if you're anything like me -- they just don't make things like they used to. Artisan carvings have given way to prefab, and the big lot stores have made most furniture disposable. When I saw a piece of this thirty six foot tin cornice in Walworth's own Artful Shop - Angelus - Home, Garden, Lifestyle, and discovered it had originally been pulled from a factory in Darien....I knew it had to be ours! Enter a wonderful artisan from Woodstock, IL named Wendy O. Hall and things started to get really interesting. The first process was to strip the tin with a sander. Then, using a two-toned, distressed faux painting technique with patina on the raised surfaces of the tin for accent, this piece began to take on an elegance that could grace Cedar Pointe, our largest dining room. Carpenters bent and stretched the structure back into it's original shape and it will soon hang suspended, ten feet in the air -- the very definition of Art in Form. Stay tuned for a future episode to see it lit up .... in all it's glory.


Millie's Williamsburg ➤ Rosewood Hearthside

You'll have to watch closely on this next set of pictures to even believe this transformation. Keep your eye steady on the fireplace. Now imagine the Hulk putting his shoulder under the front right beam and lifting the whole ceiling up and away. Additional corn cob blasting of original woodwork lightened the Hearthside as a dining room; creative engineering by Dennis Dahl and crew removed beams interfering with sight lines, raising the ceiling three to four feet. Knowing the room needed to function as a multi-purpose space required a creative eye so we turned again to the creative faux painting genius of Leslie Wiercioch of Lofty Art Studio & Designs. Whether an intimate wedding celebration, a group sales lunch and show, an elegant wine dinner or a casual "Sip and Dip" featuring artisan cheeses and local wineries - we wanted to wrap each event in a warm, elegant, rustic feel ... making you want to pull up a chair and stay awhile.

EPISODE 2: BEHIND THE CURTAIN: ROSEWOOD’S RENOVATION

Millie's Gift Haus ➤ Rosewood's Cabaret Theater

For years, Millie's Gift Haus was one of the most beautiful boutiques in the lakes area. Offering home and seasonal decor, there was something for everyone. At Rosewood, that same space takes on a life of it's own; it's cathedral ceilings and beams have been "corn-cob blasted" back to their original cedar. Posts throughout the building have been removed; iron I-beams and engineered wood provide support for the roof, allowing for unobstructed views and and a spacious dance floor for events. State-of-the-art lighting, sound and video technology installed over the next four weeks will make The Listening Room perfect for food & wine classes, gallery showings, NFL tailgating, intimate concerts, and cabaret shows. "We wanted a listening room in the lakes area that features live music, that happens to have a bar." Original cedar paneling has painstakingly been transformed through a faux painting process utilizing a series of dripping stains by the talented Leslie Wiercioch of Lofty Art Studio & Designs.

Williamsburg Room ➤ Hearthside Room

  Extensive renovations began on the Williamsburg Room as early as February 2014. Used for special events, overflow restaurant seating, Friday night fish fry and cabaret shows, it operated as the primary location for wedding dinners with a seating a capacity of 134. The Williamsburg's low ceilings created a challenge when looking to create contiguous dining space for Rosewood's large events, and had a completely different design than Millie's Courtyard Lounge, the space designated as our boutique theater for the past eight seasons. Enter the imagination of John Law and the carpentry genius of Dennis Dahl and we feature the first of many jaw-dropping design changes for Rosewood's newly connected Hearthside and Cedar Pointe dining rooms, offering combined seating for 200. Support beams eliminated, reconfigured, and in some cases, reversed in direction, ceilings are now raised to more than fifteen feet create a breathtaking crown through uplighting, featuring restored beams. The original brick firewall has been cut to encompass a large custom door framing the shared foyer. Stay tuned for even more crazy changes featured in future blogs.

Gift Haus ➤ Rosewood's Bar

  An event-driven space is a unique concept - especially in a tourist town like Lake Geneva or Delavan Wisconsin. But then, locals understand the unique challenges of keeping the doors open in the Midwest during off season. Enter the idea of a "layered" business model and you have a win-win. Leisure and motor coach travel can take advantage of wonderful off-season rates if there are attractions that draw the public year round. But restoring a building that has nostalgic connections for so many in the lakes area requires as open mind in terms of design. Creating a space with a bar is done in every banquet room or tavern in the area; transforming that same space to a signature destination that wraps it's patrons in atmosphere is Rosewood's goal. The same "corn-cob blasting" process used throughout the building transforms the existing ceilings in Rosewood's Bar area, while the dramatic design of this custom butcher block countertop built from 6 species of wood (Don Reuss Carpentry) creates symmetry throughout the building, showcased in front and back bar, shop display areas, and point of sale stations.

EPISODE 1: A Peek Behind The Curtain: In Process

Garden Room ➤ Rosewood Shop

  We thought it was about time to “leak” some of the incredible workmanship going into Rosewood. For those of you who remember the “Garden Room” right off of Millie’s Gift Haus, there was a beautiful stained glass window between two booths. Stay tuned for that window to reappear in a future post – as the central focal point of our built-in back bar in our state-of-the-art Theater. For now, watch this room’s transition, in process, into Rosewood’s Shop – sure to tickle the fancy of locals and travelers with farm to table specialty items, and signature Wisconsin treasures.

Courtyard ➤ Garden Entrance

 

Our courtyard has always been the perfect place to unwind. The lakes area is known for it's signature outdoor entertainment areas; Rosewood's theater goers will love our new garden entrance. Designed by master craftsman/artisan Dennis Dahl, he wanted to capture the open feeling of a front porch where patrons could relax and enjoy the nature around them. Guests can stroll our garden paths, gather unique homespun treasures in our shopping village, or sit a spell and relax in our picturesque gazebo.


Gift Haus ➤ Rosewood Cabaret Theater

 

It was October of 2006, and Mark & I met a wonderful couple of restauranteurs from Delavan, WI (Bill and Maureen Slater) who gave us a chance to create the cottage industry of Mark & Gretch Productions as we know it today. We created 16 themed shows, sold over 30,000 tickets to a 74 person boutique theater at Millie’s Restaurant & Shopping Village between November 2006 through December 2012. It only seemed right to return to the scene of the magic. We searched for the best location to expand our theater concept with the kind of technology, sound and lighting that would create a listening room and intimate cabaret-styled theater uncommon to Southeastern Wisconsin. With the help of some incredibly creative craftsmen and women, artisans in stone, wood, metal and paint, we truly believe we’ll have something extraordinary to offer the leisure and group sales markets of Wisconsin, Illinois, and beyond. Here’s the transformation in process from the Gift Haus into Rosewood’s Listening Room with our new picture windows "letting the outdoors in."

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