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Her attraction was simple.She worked in an office and he was kind. She saw that immediately. More
than that, his accent, German, was attractive to her, somewhat sexy and the
leather ties he wore just made him a stand out in her mind. She barely knew him
but that quickly changed. My dear friend Karen met a German man, Detlef and her
life forever changed.
When she met him, the chemistry was immediate.When she spoke of him, in the early days, I
could sense a metamorphosis right before my eyes.It was not just star-crossed lovers or
infatuation, though it had those elements, it was a soul connection.She found a man that had chivalry and yet had
humility.Detlef had class and
confidence about him at all times but could balance it out somehow with a gentleness
that was soft and comforting when she needed a rock to lean on.His compassion extended to others as
well.She knew she had found a gem.
Early on in the courtship, it became apparent, German
culture was an important part of who Detlef was. Karen’s familiarity with this
was non-existent. Infact, her first meal was a German breakfast he served her
of hard rolls, cold cuts and soft boiled eggs. She was a Boston raised girl who
had been transplanted to Northern Kentucky through her first marriage.Thus, she set her sights, early on in their
courtship and marriage to getting acclimated and familiar with German culture
and culinary favorites and traditions, in particular her husband’s.
Through-out their twenty-one year marriage, they both had
discussed and dreamed of one day opening a restaurant venue that would be a
compilation of the best of their ideas.Karen would be the creative mastermind behind the design of the space,
with Detlef’s input to keep it true to the German heritage so it was authentic.And the recipes that would be used will only
be the tried and true recipes passed down from Detlef’s mother so they were the
real deal, German special dishes and not the fast food variety of an imitation plate
so many restaurant chains serve.
This dream became a reality last year and on their
twenty-first wedding anniversary, to the day, the restaurant they had so
longing dreamed of, was opened, Steinhaus German Restaurant in Florence,
Kentucky.All the years they had spent
enjoying going out for good food, great dinner venues and fine dining was now
something they were offering to others.They took the best of what they experienced what they knew and created
Their restaurant is more than just a place to eat; it has a
style that is uniquely different.
the design where the energy flow is a constant stream through-out the inside of
facility with no angles or cuts anywhere to the unusual European style
mixed bathroom one has to see to compare to typical public American restrooms.There are hand painted murals on the walls of
the countryside of Germany.
So many places to eat these days are chains.I am so thrilled my friend chose to start
something that is truly an original, uniquely theirs, not a replica of anything
created before.This is the real Mom and
Pops idea, the American dream. Detlef became an American citizen because he
believes in the dream and is working hard to make it materialize.The Koeppes feel the best value is in supreme
service, excellent food, and a divine environment.These are their core values and the guiding
principles they drive the restaurant and their staff with each and every day.
Especially popular here is a concept called The Gratitude
Circle.This is a special table with a
spiral on the carpet where diners can be seated on one side or both sides of
the unusual shaped table.It has wall
barriers so it is a more secluded area of the restaurant making it feel as if
you are in the elite crowd sitting there and it is in close proximity to the
bar as well! It is best seen as it is a hard image to describe.The acoustics
in the center of the circle is something magical; the voice of the person
speaking echoes! I had the opportunity to be seated in this area, very cool!
A German restaurant would not be German if not for many
steins around to view. This place has the most elaborate decorative steins you
will ever see anywhere! And several are huge!The beauty of the imagery on them is unbelievable and they will allow
you to freely take pictures while dining there which many diners I noticed
do.It is impossible to capture them all
in just one visit.
There is also a Stein Club patrons can join. When you dine
there, be sure and ask your waiter for all the details. With a membership, you
can attend the regular meetings for
Stein Club Members
members and also get your stein put in the
boxed area behind the waiter stand and held there exclusively for you any time
you arrive at Steinhouse.
To understand how those that frequent their restaurant feel,
one only needs to visit the attached review site to see. Click this to go to ReviewsChris
Helms, General Manager, is given many accolades also for his ability to not
only supervise the staff and manage the restaurant but accommodate large
clients’ needs for their reception and banquet hall.
The biggest thrill of all to me is seeing two wonderful
friends with a marriage still full of romance like the day I stood up next to
them have a big dream come to fruition. I would hope, by describing what is
unique about Steinhouse, others will be enticed to not only experience it but
tell others!Whether on a date night, family night or just
a group going out, check it out!Please
let Karen, Detlef or Chris know you would like to be an advocate, if interested,
after eating there. Advocates, if given cards, can give out 7 and when those 7
individuals turn theirs in, you get a discount on your meal.Keep in mind too, the gorgeous banquet rooms
are available for larger venues, be it receptions, seminars, business
meetings.They also have different menu
options available for those.
The staff is also important but never as important as you,
those that are the patrons.
Thank you for those reading this that frequent my dear
friends’ dream!And those that are about
to go, from reading this blog, Danke schön!
Today I had a chance to look at my husband’s gallery of
pictures on his cell phone. I am sure
some of those were dictated by me. I am notorious as the picture taker extraordinaire. That doesn't mean my picture-taking is any
good. My method is simply constantly click away and pose people every
which way attempting to get the best shot. Many times my husband is ordered and dutifully follows, “Honey, please take
a picture of this.” Thank goodness he is so good-humored, or at least he lets me think he is. As I was glancing
through his pictures, I found many images I had never seen. Reviewing them was
like a picture of my husband’s attitude towards life. Jim has always delighted in the small
moments. Life, to him, is not all that complicated, at its best.
I saw many pictures he had captured of family that appeared to be taken when no one was paying attention. There also are several that I presume
we all thought were long forgotten, removed off his phone for good. I even saw snapshots of photographs of his
parents,deceased. These must have taken when his family was together for their funerals. All together, these images were a picture of the heart the
man I have come to love and cherish.
tried to capture a cross sampling of his gallery to show a little of each of the people that have made an impression on his life.
However, there are many folks that matter to Jim where images are not on his cell phone. Some, no names mentioned, can't stand having their picture taken. Yet, I know they have had an impact on his life and he deeply values his relationship with them as well. Many
of Jim's images are not posed. He claims to not be great a picture taking. In
spite of that, I found myself reviling at the emotions he seems to capture effortlessly on so many images,
in particular of our grandchildren. I clearly see the innocence so on their faces and their blinding trust. Amazed at what I saw, when the slideshow was
complete, I found myself seeing the sentimental side of a man that shows very
little emotion, in pictures. The humor, which is an
integral part of who Jim is, becomes quite evident also.
Jim downloads pictures off his camera periodically. This sampling is only what currently resides on the gallery. But, I
think it is representative of where his heart is. See, some of these images he has chosen to leave on his cell. I can only speculate it is because they are meaningful to him. They reveal what he is attuned to, that is not wasting energy over trivial things. He has always placed great value on intangibles.
Our faith has been the glue of our relationship. We both believe God is central and the core
of our being. We express this in different ways but within our marriage, it is
key. In our decision-making, it is the
single more important element.
Life comes at you hard and fast. It seems easier to roll
with the flow and not stop and think before making decisions to implement changes. Positive changes can be life altering too. They can also alienate others. But, God calls
us to be warriors of his word. In doing so, we must follow his lead and sometimes cause those ripples in our lives. That means, making Christian decisions and
holding ourselves accountable for trying to meet those standards. Jim has been a motivator in doing this for me and a footrest when I need to rest from the storm. In our world,
it helps us to encircle our life with a support system of individuals that have
a belief system similar to ours. He has also always chosen well his friend base.
Jim has had a major impact on my life. He is a rock, in many
ways. I think he impacts many others who have known him well too. No matter the
depth of despair he is going through, he
remains spiritually strong and
outwardly in control. He never wavers in
sharing his profound faith in God with me. This has freed me to share mine with
him. This serves only to strengthen a marriage and individually increase one's commitment to the covenant to
God. When I need strength, Jim builds me
up. When I need a shoulder to cry on, he is there. When I need someone to laugh,
even if the jokes aren't funny, he finds the strength to laugh, even when God
must surely roll his eyes at my humor.
We are all called to be, in our close relationships, similar
to how God is to us, a supporter, a nurturer, a friend, someone who can accept
each other’s faults and help each other learn how to grow. I hope the images from my husband’s phone
give you a glimpse into his heart. I know in my heart God smiles when he sees
how open my husband’s heart is to those that come near him in his life. He doesn't always get appreciated for all
that he is, he gives and for the fact he expects nothing back. But I know in
heaven he will get his just reward.
Creating this slideshow is a snapshot of how a man who was
raised in the Church and has kept his Christian faith throughout his life views
those that matter through a scope on his phone.
These are the moments that really count in his life. Click Here To See