The exterior of the History Log Coffeehouse and Kitchen
is seen Tuesday afternoon in the village of Jackson.
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A specialty coffee location is opening in
Jackson to fill a geographical gap in availability for
freshly roasted coffee in Washington County.
History Log Coffeehouse and Kitchen, at
N168 W20101 Main
St., is housed inside a renovated two-story home, which
was built in 1848, the same year of Wisconsin’s
statehood. It opens June 18.
Though the exterior has been modernized, the interior
may offer a surprise for patrons, with exposed logs from
the 1800s, 140 coffee grinders from 1800-1980 on the
walls and a seating area that resembles a small street
in a European town.
restrooms are labeled as “Unit 101 Dino Crocetti” and
“Unit 102 Norma Mortensen,” the real names of movie
stars Dean Martin and Marilyn Monroe, to add to the
street aesthetic. “That’s where they live,” said Jack
Kulwikowski, owner and founder of History Log
Coffeehouse and Kitchen.
A coffee cup logo is seen
on the exterior of the coffee shop Tuesday.
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inspiration for the interior came from Kulwikowski’s
upbringing in Poland and travels throughout Europe.
“Every single corner, every single room, was designed
with a thought,” Kulwikowski said. “I wanted to create a
museum-feel.” The coffee memorabilia is from his
8,600-square-foot location offers 103 seats, including
patio seating. For coffee drinkers in a rush, there is a
spent three years in research,” Kulwikowski said.
“Jackson is a growing community, there is traffic on
Highway 60 and there is a need.”
feel like it will be good in town,” said Rebecca Meeks,
Jackson resident and gas station attendant. The closest
place to get coffee not from a gas station is at a
Starbucks in West Bend, she said.
Kulwikowski said the closest coffee shop he considers to
offer specialty coffee is the Colectivo in Grafton, 10
Whether in a rush or coming in to sit down, freshly
roasted coffee will be available, thanks to the on-site
roaster, which is out in the open for patrons to see.
coffee shop offers a wide selection of roasts as well as
milks, ranging from coconut to organic.
“It’s the best milk I have ever worked with or tasted in
my life — it steams beautifully,” said lead barista and
new resident of Jackson, Katie Lindfors.
menu at History Log offers soups, hoagies and bakery
items, one of which is a donut muffin. Everything will
be made from scratch, Kulwikowski said.
There are already 18 employees at the coffee shop and
Kulwikowski plans to hire two to three more.
Kulwikowski said he will open a second location if the
first is successful, and buildings and materials from
the 1800s will be used for future locations.