By Terry Kovarik
It’s part of the American dream to run a business of your own and be your own boss. “White Lace Inn” owner Dennis Statz took that dream and continued to build on it. Statz graduated with an engineering degree from U-W Madison. He had several paper routes as a child, liked being an entrepreneur and was attracted to the concept of owning a bed and breakfast. He and his wife, Bonnie, chose a former Knights of Columbus Hall in Sturgeon Bay for their inn in 1982. It started small, grew and impacted the neighborhood.
Statz says he enjoys visiting and sharing “The White Lace Inn” story. But he’s had to set some guests straight on the dream of inn ownership, especially based on a popular TV show.
The Statz family is now in their 36th year as owners of the “White Lace Inn”. Dennis Statz says that’s about 31-years beyond the five-years that studies say is the average tenure of bed and breakfast owners.