Deb Roberts always wanted to open her own business, but between being a nurse and raising a family she never had enough time.

That was until she stepped away from nursing and moved to Green Lake four years ago.

In May, Roberts finally turned that dream into a reality with the help of her daughter and business partner Alex Kohlenberg. The duo opened The Collection, a shop carrying gifts, accent furniture and “elements of high style.”

The retailer is open all week, with the exception of Tuesdays. Its regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except on Sundays, when it’s open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“I always thought that whenever I retired from nursing, this would be something I’d want to do,” Roberts said. “But I knew I didn’t want to do it by myself, especially with the way things are now with social media.”

Kohlenberg, who also is a former nurse, studied marketing in college and has been behind the store’s social media presence. Roberts, meanwhile, has been working more inside the store.

The duo always has had an interest in home decor and design, and began looking for a retail space in Green Lake in December 2019, eventually purchasing the old Sassafras Coffee building at 524 Mill St.

After purchasing the space, they began working to convert it from a cafe into a retail space.

Read the full story in the June 11, 2020 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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