By Tim Kowols
A Door County architect hopes her plan to build an inn and coffee shop in Sister Bay earns the distinction of the first commercial building with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design credentials in the village. The nine-room Goose and Twigs Inn and Market is slated to break ground this spring at the corner of Mill and Spring Roads and will feature environmentally friendly features like low-flow plumbing, porous paving, and a water reclamation system. Architect Virge Temme is no stranger to designing LEED-certified homes, but says applying the same principles to a business like this provided some different challenges.
Temme hopes the coffee shop portion of the business open by the end of June and the boutique hotel could be partially opened by August. The Goose and Twigs Inn, which will be owned and run by Gustavo and Renata Gallardo, would be the second LEED building in the county after the Cook-Fuller Center opened at The Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor in 2015.