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Windows, doors, siding,
315 Eighth St
Sangamon Street is the
Sangamon Street was a busy place in the 1850s, bustling
with hotels and other businesses to serve the travelers who came in
on the train. Almost 150 years later, the historic street is once
again bringing folks to downtown Lincoln, not just for an overnight
stay but as a place to live.
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Above the businesses
on South Sangamon there are now 21 apartments. According to Larry
Steffens, who has developed 14 of them, there could be a lot more if
everybody who owned property on the street decided to turn the upper
stories of their businesses into living units. He estimates there
could be 46 housing units on the block between Pulaski and Broadway
[Photos by Jan Youngquist]
The newest apartment,
already rented, was remodeled by Steve and Susie Fuhrer. Itís
located above Health and Fitness Balance, also remodeled by the
Fuhrers, which is next door to Susieís Blue Dog Inn.
The new apartment,
like many others on the block, preserves as much historic appeal as
possible. Windows the size of the originals were installed in the
foot-thick brick wall in front, providing a view of the courthouse
dome and the mural across the street. The brick has been cleaned,
tuck-pointed and sealed.
It wasnít possible to
save the original wood floor, so the new apartment is carpeted
except for tile floors in the kitchen and bath. The apartment is a
gracious blend of old and new ó the old brick wall and a brand-new
Above her Blue Dog
Inn, Susie said, the floors are in good condition, but the Fuhrers
have no plans to develop that space right now. Originally the
Illinois Hotel, the upper floors are divided into 34 small rooms and
a suite. If times get better, the Fuhrers might think about building
Dwight Smothers, who
owns Flounders, thinks he could fit eight apartments in the space
above his nightclub, but heís not ready to do that right now,
either. He did remodel the front of his building about four years
ago and put in new floors.
"If things pick up,
we might think about making apartments upstairs," he said.
Street, Dale Bassi and partner Dr. Larry Crisafulli are completing
the last of six apartments in the building at 201-205 Sangamon. They
have also created new street-level space, which now houses a group
of new and old businesses.
Again, the developers
have kept many of the historic features, including brick walls and
hardwood floors. Two of the front apartments have lofts. All are
4,000 square feet up and another 4,000 square feet down," Bassi
said. Bassi has no concrete plans to do anything more on Sangamon
Street now, but heís open to ideas for further development there.
In the corner
building at street level are Franz Express, with shipping and
copying services, Coffee With Einstein, and Lan Cafť, which offers
Internet access and gaming. To bring even more people to Sangamon
Street, Coffee with Einstein holds open mic night on Thursdays and
has live entertainment most weekends.
The newest business,
AMP Studio, is a digital photography studio owned by Adam May, whose
motto is "pictures about people."
[to top of second column in this
The Steffens family
owns several businesses on the ground floor below their apartments
and rents space to two others, Closet Classics resale shop and A.
Lincoln General Store, which sells both new and consignment items.
The family operates
Grapes and Grounds, which sells wines and specialty coffees,
Caponeís restaurant, and Eckertís, Inc. decorating studio. Grapes
and Grounds has recently been incorporated with Caponeís.
Caponeís is giving
folks another reason to visit Sangamon Street, with a full lunch
menu Monday through Saturday and a dinner menu for the evening. It
also features live jazz or blues Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Steffens bought the
property on the south half of the block and began developing it five
years ago. His 14 apartments include efficiencies, one-bedroom and
two-bedroom units; the largest has 1,300 square feet of space.
His own home, a
former warehouse above Closet Classics, includes 4,500 square feet
of living space on the second floor, a 500-square-foot library on
the ground floor and another 4,500 square feet in the basement.
preserved in the Steffens buildings include the oak woodwork and the
pressed tin ceiling in Eckertís.
The Steffens family
also maintains the park between Sangamon Street and the railroad
track, and Larry painted the mural on the back of the Neal Tire
building. The mural gives tenants and visitors an idea of the
bustling place Sangamon Street was in the early history of Lincoln,
during the decade when Abe Lincoln himself christened the new town.
Many of the buildings
depicted in the mural were hotels ó the Spitly Hotel, C & A House,
the Illinois Hotel, the Western Hotel and the Monroe House. Other
businesses include Dutz Paints, Boots and Shoes, and the Lincoln
Volksblatt, an early German-language newspaper.
Bassi says "living
above the store" has been a tradition in downtowns since the turn of
the last century.
"It is the best use
of downtown space in towns like Lincoln. If you bring people
downtown, you bring life downtown. There is no replacement for
bringing people here."
[Photo provided by Adam May]
[Click to enlarge]
Bassi is a member of
the Economic Restructuring Committee of Main Street Lincoln, which
has a $20,000 grant from the state to find ways to bring more
"We still need more
shops downtown. We need to point to smaller niche market stores,
specialty stores like Merle Norman. Weíd like to see a shoe store or
a womenís clothing store. We wonít see another J.C. Penney store
"We need more stores like Abeís, Beans
and Such, and Prairie Years. We are trying to find other little
businesses that can make it downtown."
distributor finds community friendly
[SEPT. 5, 2002]
Johnson Brothers Liquor
Company, new wholesale wine and liquor distributor on North Kickapoo,
expects to employ 35 or 36 people in Lincoln.
Most are already in place. These
include one temporary and three permanent office workers, five
drivers and 12 sales representatives. Another driver has been hired
but is not yet on the job. General manager Tim Andersonís
administrative staff includes sales manager Bryan Fox, office
manager Crystel Huff and warehouse manager Alan Roach. The
organizational chart also lists two district managers, a chain
manager who will deal with corporate chains, and an assistant
Anderson said Johnson Brothers
employees are what set the company apart from other wine and liquor
distributors. "We try to hire the best and keep upgrading them," he
[Photos by Lynn Shearer Spellman]
The Lincoln facility supplies wine and
spirits to grocery and convenience stores, package stores, bars, and
restaurants in an 80-mile-wide belt across central Illinois. The
area ranges from Danville on the east to Quincy on the west and from
Peoria on the north to Springfield on the south.
The local facility opened its doors on
July 29. At present most of the stock is wine. By Oct. 1 other
spirits, including vodka, whiskey and rum, will also be offered.
Headquartered in St. Paul, Minn.,
Johnson Brothers has 40 distributors across the country who supply
to areas ranging from the Dakotas to Florida, from Rhode Island to
Las Vegas and on all the islands of Hawaii. The company boasts
annual sales of approximately $700 million. Ninety percent of the
distributors, including Lincoln, sell primarily Gallo products.
[Logo provided by Johnson Brothers]
Lynn Johnson founded the company in
1953. At first he sold mostly whiskey. After a few years of
operation, as Anderson tells the story, Johnson took a trip to
California. There he heard commercials for Gallo wine, located the
corporate headquarters, described his business and announced, "I
want to sell your product." That was the beginning of a long-term
relationship between the two companies. "Gallo was what made Johnson
Brothers big," Anderson affirmed. "As Gallo grew, Lynn grew." For a
time, Lynn Johnsonís brother was a co-owner, and now his sons
Michael and Todd have entered the family business.
So far all the stock at the Lincoln
facility is made by Gallo, which offers over 40 brands of wines,
brandy, vermouth and other alcoholic products. However, most of the
labels in the warehouse do not say Gallo. For example, Boone, Peter
Vella, and Bartles and Jaymes are among the brand names. The variety
is intentional, Anderson explained. Different labels target
different market segments.
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Gallo competes in every price range of
wine and in several forms, including box wines. Currently, Anderson
said, Gallo is first or second in every dollar segment in the United
States. In sales it is first in the local distribution area, the
country and the world. Nationwide one-quarter of wine products sold
are Gallo products.
Anderson worked for Gallo for 15 years.
Heading the Lincoln operation is his first assignment for Johnson
Brothers. He, his wife, Nancy, and their three children plan to move
from Wisconsin to the local area.
He said Johnson Brothers chose Lincoln
for the distributorship because of its central location in the
region to be served, its easy access to Interstate 55 and the
availability of the former PPG plant on North Kickapoo. The company
has a three-year lease there on 27,000 square feet of warehouse and
garage space as well as several thousand square feet in offices.
"Itís a nice building," Anderson affirmed, and it required little
renovation. He also praised townspeople with whom he has dealt for
being friendly and supportive.
Anderson said Gallo products were
formerly supplied by Mueller Distributing Co. of Springfield. When
Southern Wine and Spirits recently purchased Mueller, Gallo was
without an area home. Then began the search which ended in leasing
the Lincoln plant.
Plans are to keep about 15 daysí
inventory on hand. The distribution center receives Gallo orders the
day after placing them and delivers to customers within one to two
days. Although deliveries began Aug. 1, Johnson Brothers is still in
the process of making arrangements with customers. Stores have
receiving times, Anderson explained, and bigger companies must enter
a new supplier into their computer systems. Sales representatives
will not contact most bars until September or October, when more
types of spirits will be in stock.
When distribution routines are firmly
in place, other products besides Gallo will be added. Johnson
Brothers itself imports and manufactures, or rectifies, some wine
and liquor products. These may eventually be distributed locally.
Andersonís card lists beers and waters
among the Johnson Brothers products, but neither is currently in the
product mix. They could be added if there were a business reason to
do so, he explained.
shipments have begun, many details still need to be ironed out at
the Johnson Brothers distribution center on North Kickapoo. For
example, except for a small sign in the receiving area, the business
is not marked by exterior signs. However, an American flag waves
proudly over the entrance. "The first thing we got was the flag,"
Anderson explained. "Everything else came after that."
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business and professional people together to work for the common
good of Lincoln and Logan County.
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County Chamber of Commerce
S. Kickapoo St.
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