Helping Hands Project Profile
Maritime Tavern, Appleton, WI
The Maritime Tavern in Appleton, WI had long been a well-loved staple of the community. The local tavern, run by the amiable Jon Weiss, had a strong presence in the Appleton music scene and was a friendly meeting place for many locals.
It was with great sadness that the community discovered Jon had been diagnosed with cancer. Sadly, after only a short battle with the affliction, the beloved bar owner passed away in November 2013.
In order to cover the medical expenses of the late owner, Jon’s family members made the difficult decision to sell the bar. The Maritime had begun to show its age though and required numerous costly improvements. Maritime’s biggest problem was constant leakage coming from their old roofing system, and the family would have had a hard time selling the place without fixing it.
The Maritime Tavern had an old rubber roofing system that had seriously cracked over the years, resulting in many leaks. Typically a re-roof comes with a high price tag – an unfortunate reality for the Weiss family.
Enter Helping Hands
When Great Lakes Roofing heard the story surrounding the Maritime Tavern, we knew how to help. As part of their Helping Hands program, we came up with a team of crew members that would volunteer their time to give the Maritime Tavern a brand new roof.
Not only that, but Great Lakes Roofing offered to re-roof the Maritime Tavern and defer any payment for materials until after the bar sold. This was truly a blessing for the Weiss family.
Building Community One Roof at a Time
- An overhead image of the new Maritime roof
- Throwback to the original Maritime sign
When Great Lakes Roofing had finished the work on the bar, the tavern received a beautiful, brand new, single-ply membrane roof that was not only durable but would require little maintenance or repair in the coming years.
The Weiss family was grateful for the work Great Lakes Roofing was able to complete on their building. Eventually, the building was able to sell, thanks in part to the crew at Great Lakes Roofing who donated their time and materials to help out a family in need.