Shaun Lapacek is the owner and winemaker at Poynette-based Rock N Wool Winery, which is found on the 40 acres his parents purchased in the mid-80’s to raise sheep. The winery is not only home to spaces to sip the wine, but also a saloon, diner and plenty of family-friendly activities, like disc golf and wagon rides.
Shaina and Joe Papach are the husband-and-wife co-owners behind The Harvey House, a celebration of Wisconsin’s supper clubs and located behind Madison’s Historic Train Depot. With Joe in the kitchen and Shaina as the creative director, The Harvey House is a true family affair and a labor of love.
Sharon Hinnendael is the owner of Door County’s Sustainable Style, a thrift and vintage women’s clothing boutique experience. “As a single mom, I needed a career where my children can be with me. I love showing them you can do anything you set your mind to.”
Madison’s Laura Bird is the author of Crossing the Pressure Line, a middle-grade novel for girls that is set to be published March 1, 2022 by Orange Hat Publishing, which is based in Waukesha. After a career in the field of nonprofit fundraising, Bird “finally decided to make the leap to creative writing.”
Matt Weir is the general manager of Liberty Station Madison, which opened in Summer 2020. The smokehouse and tavern is known for its delectable smoked meats, local draft beer lineup and award-winning cocktail program.
Kate Bast is the founder and certified nature and forest therapy guide of Shinrin-Yoku Madison. “It’s all about immersing in the atmosphere and pace of nature to open and activate the senses (there are more than five!) to find stillness and yet be fully alive and awake to the moment.”
Araceli Esparza is the founder of Wisconsin Mujer, a multimedia social engagement company, who has more than 15 years of nonprofit and diversity experience. “I’m a poet first, speaker, content producer, with a side of a culture connector diva for good measure.”
Jacquelyn Ikonomov is the founder of Wisconsin Dells-based Rooster Calling Running, in which she provides habit-formation tools, group accountability and weekend running challenges with other like-minded and supportive walkers/joggers/runners. “I empower walkers, joggers, trotters, sprinters or those who run many miles to love their whole self. “
Takeyla Benton is a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion analyst by day–but her long list of talents doesn’t stop there. The self-described “melanated mystic mamma” is also a tarot reader, Reiki practitioner, guided meditation coach, ordained minister, writer, poet, storyteller and head of Key Transformations, a personal empowerment practice.
After starting a food blog to document recipes, Sujhey Beisser of Five Senses Palate decided to explore becoming a personal chef after she successfully donated a five-course dinner for a fundraiser. “I still share recipes from time to time, but my main focus is cooking for dinner parties and special occasions.”