Janalee Bach smiles as she talks about one of her
favorite images she has captured while working as the
primary owner of JB Photography on Tuesday at The Teal
Ribbon in West Bend. The Teal Ribbon is a home goods
store that houses more than 20 vendors and their items.
Bach has her photography business in The Teal Ribbon,
which she also manages.
John Ehlke/Daily News
There are those who work and
then indulge their passions outside their
careers. There are also people who somehow
manage to find a way to monetize their
Janalee Bach, a high school
instructor, is also an entrepreneur who has
managed to make multiple uses of the space
she rents in downtown West Bend. Her
location serves not only as a place for her
burgeoning photography business and a studio
used for art classes, but it also showcases
artwork for guests to view.
Her latest venture is named
The Teal Ribbon, 258 N. Main St., West Bend,
which essentially serves as a gallery for
local artists to display their work for a
nominal monthly fee while they retain all
the profits generated from the sale.
“At this point for Wood N’
Art, because we were hiding up there along
Sixth Avenue above another store, I came to
this point where I either needed to expand
and really treat it like a business or
figure something else out,” she said.
collection of decorative pillows from The Flying Turkey
are seen on display Tuesday afternoon at The Teal Ribbon
in West Bend. The Teal Ribbon is a home goods store that
houses more than 20 vendors and their items.
John Ehlke/Daily News
Wood N’ Art is the name of
the second business she started that gives
clients an opportunity to design and create
wooden signs for events or decorations for
their homes. The idea for the business came
from her wedding.
She and her future husband
had planned a barn wedding complete with
signs that provided directions for guests
and augmented the ambiance for the day’s
festivities. When she contacted vendors when
planning for the wedding, she realized the
costs for the idea began increasing.
That was when Bach had the
idea of offering a service where clients can
make signs on their own for special
occasions or to decorate their home. She
researched the idea on the internet on sites
such as Pinterest and soon after opened her
first location along Sixth Avenue.
The site would serve two
purposes: one for Wood N’ Art and the other
to be a meeting place for clients for her
wedding portrait photography business.
“This is actually what
started it all,” she said when pointing to a
wall of photos. “I have had JB Photography
for three years now. Then when I wanted a
space for my meetings so I wasn’t always at
Starbucks, that is when this other place
When she transitioned to a
more visible location, she had more space
than what she needed, so she rented some of
the floor to vendors who wanted to sell
“It came about because I had
the extra space,” Bach said. “I thought this
awesome place, why not share it with other
people? As an artist, I know it is difficult
to get your stuff out there to sell.”
For $4 per square foot per
month, artists can display their work. The
artists’ items can’t conflict with other
displays and must be tasteful.