City of Plymouth Awarded Excellence for Economic Redevelopment and Revitalization of the A.F. Laack Building

Wisconsin Association of Historic Presentation Commissions presented the City of Plymouth with the Award of Excellence for Economic Redevelopment and Revitalization of the restoration of the A.F. Laack building, located at 133 E. Mill Street, Plymouth, WI.

The A.F. Laack building was built in 1875 and is a two-story brick Italianate commercial block building on a stone foundation.  The main facade is finished in cream brick.  The letters ‘A.F. Laack’ and ‘1875’ are visible on the face of the building. The building currently houses the Cheese Counter & Dairy Heritage Center.

This project required the creation of the Mill Street Historic District in downtown Plymouth along with the use of historic investment tax credits. The City of Plymouth worked with Sheboygan County on purchasing the property back from the county after the property was foreclosed on from unpaid property taxes.  The Plymouth Redevelopment Authority initially spurred efforts to save the building and came up with an alternative to razing the building.

Dane Checolinski, SCEDC Director stated “We are excited to partner with the City of Plymouth and others to restore this building.  This project is more than about honoring the past. It is about supporting the existing cheese industry that has supplied the Plymouth-area with the capacity to support thousands of families for generations.  The best way to honor those before us is by building a brighter future for our kids and grandchildren.”

Project partners included the City of Plymouth, Plymouth Redevelopment Authority, and the Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation.  Additional project funding came from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and USDA-Rural Development. Corporate support for the project included Sargento, Sartori, Masters Gallery, and Great Lakes Cheese.  Pfaller Architectural Associates, Legacy Architecture, and Retailworks, Inc. provided professional architectural and interior design services.

Kelley Country Creamery New Flavors Have Arrived!

Pack Rat: Vanilla Ice Cream with a Fudge and Caramel Swirl, Brownies, Oreos, and Cookie Dough

Leo’s Butter Pecan: Grandpa Leo’s Favorite, Butter Pecan Ice Cream with Roasted and Salted Pecan Pieces

Salted Caramel Cashew: Salted Caramel Ice Cream with a Caramel Swirl and Cashews

Chocolate Fudge Ripple: Chocolate Ice Cream with a Fudge Swirl


“Cheesiest” T-Shirt Design Contest

We are looking for unique T-shirt designs that are cheese-based, Wisconsin-based, and can be funny. (please make sure it is family friendly)
All designs, and rights to designs, will be given to the Cheese Counter & Dairy Heritage Center by 6:00 PM on Saturday, April 28th.
Designs will be voted on by purchasing customers from April 30 – May 20th, all purchasing customers will receive a voting ballot to vote on the design that they like the best.
The winner will be announced on May 25th.The winning design will then be placed on T-shirts by The Cheese Counter, for purchase!
The winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to use in the store, as well as the bragging rights to say that your shirt design is being featured and sold in our store!

Good luck to all and we look forward to seeing all of your creative designs!!

Email your designs to:

Congressional Commendation Memorandum

Cheese Capital wins Community Redevelopment Excellence Award!