Accepting Bids for a New Exterior Mural at Shepherd & Schaller

Calling local Mural Artists!

Built in the late 1800s, our building at 324 Scott Street, Wausau, WI is undergoing exterior maintenance and repairs. A new exterior logo sign and possible artistic mural are needed for Shepherd & Schaller, Wausau’s favorite Outdoor Store. Respond to our RFP and be part of our long history!

Contact: theresa@shepssports.com RFP Below:

The 1980s.
JC Penney tenanted the building in the early 1900s. The Record Herald building was removed prior to 1962, making way for on-site parking at Shepherd & Schaller

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL

Shepherd & Schaller External Wall Mural/ Sign

Shepherd & Schaller Sporting Goods, Inc. 324 Scott St. Wausau, WI 54403Contact:  Robb Shepherd Business Phone: 715-845-5432 robb@shepssports.com

1. Background/Introduction

Shepherd & Schaller Sporting Goods, Inc. is an Outdoor Specialty Store, founded in 1949.  It is family- owned and operated in downtown Wausau. “Shep’s” is known best as the premier snow sports shop in Wisconsin as well as for premium brand merchandise and services for cycling, camping, paddling and water sports, plus clothing and footwear.  An e-commerce site, shepssports.com, was created in 2011 featuring live salesfloor inventory for select products. Shepherd & Schaller actively communicates and promotes via social media @shepssports.

2. Project Goals and Scope of Services

Shepherd & Schaller is seeking the services of a full-service muralist/sign company to develop and execute a new exterior mural that identifies and calls attention to the business while complimenting the building.  The project will be awarded to a responsive and responsible bidder based on design, value and professional capacity.

The selected party will be responsible for the design, development and installation of the mural.

3. Tasks include but may not be limited to the following criteria:

  • Design a full-color mural which includes Shepherd & Schaller’s logo, represents the company’s products and services, and is easy to read and understand by motorists traveling West on Scott Street in downtown Wausau.  
  • Produce/install full-color mural comprised of long-lasting, exterior-grade materials.
  • Provide a full-color rendering of proposed design (and subsequent redesigns until approved), all materials and tools for creation, production, installation, clean-up.
  • Confirm that proposed design and installation meets all city ordinances.
  • Other communications and/or installation and clean-up related services as required

4. Time and Place of Submission of Proposals

  • Anticipated Selection Schedule
  • The Request for Proposal timeline is as follows:
  • Request for RFP: July 15, 2019
  • Deadline for Bidders to Submit Questions: July 30, 2019
  • Shepherd & Schaller Responds to Bidder Questions: August 10, 2019
  • Selection / Notification to Unsuccessful Bidders: August 31, 2019

Respondents to this RFP must submit one original and two copies of their proposal delivered in person or by mail or freight service. Responses must be received no later than July 31, 2019. Responses should be clearly marked “RFP-Mural” and mailed or delivered to the contact person listed above.

5. Timeline

Shepherd & Schaller Sporting Goods, Inc. needs the project completed by October 15, 2019.

6. Elements of Proposal

A submission must, at a minimum, include the following elements:

  • Description of the firm/proposer that includes a general overview, names and credentials of creative team.
  • A one-page narrative outlining the firm’s strengths and distinguishing skills or capabilities as they might relate to the project.
  • A representative selection of sign and/or mural projects created for current and past clients.
  • A full-color rendering of the proposed design.
  • A list of proposed materials to be used along with an explanation of the installation process.
  • A proposed time-line for completion.

7. Evaluation Criteria

The successful respondent will have been operating as a muralist/sign company for a minimum of 12 months and/or successfully completed at least one similar project, plus possess full-service, in-house capabilities for complete project design and installation.

8. Possible Challenges

Summer 2019, Shepherd & Schaller Sporting Goods, Inc. is currently repairing and upgrading the exterior wall location for the mural, of which bidders should be aware.  The new surface will be a red brick colored EIFS “synthetic stucco” surface which is expected to be completed by September 15, 2019.

No specific mural size is required, rather prior Shepherd & Schaller’s historic mural should be considered as a baseline (photos attached.)  Shepherd & Schaller recognizes this allows for artistic interpretation and a variation in proposed costs.

9. Budget

Shepherd & Schaller Sporting Goods, Inc.’s budget for the project is not to exceed $2500, with preference given to lowest cost/highest value proposals.

Bike to work week 2019

Bike to Work Week this year runs from May 13-May 19th. If you’re going to bike everyday for a week straight, this is your week to do it! Make it a goal. Give yourself a little more time to and from work and make it happen! Many bike enthusiasts will say there shouldn’t be a designated week for biking, people should just enjoy it any week of the year. For some it’s not that easy, and Bike to Work week is the perfect time to give it a try.

Biking has so many healthy benefits both Physically and Mentally (not to mention more money in your wallet.)

Here are just a few positive things biking can do for you.

  • Great way to start/end your day
  • Clears your mind, Stress reliever
  • Great Cardio workout without hard impact on your joints
  • calorie burn/weight loss
  • You will save money
  • Opens your eyes to things you may not see otherwise

The list goes on and on…

Some of us at Shep’s will be biking to work all week, heck some of us bike to work all year-round. So do yourself a favor and hop on your ride and GET TO WORK!

Why Paddle? Because it’s easy and fun, for a start.

“Why paddle?” The paddle sport experts at Shep’s have the answers for you. And to top it off, you get 20% off paddles, vests and waterproof accessories when you buy a kayak or paddle board at Shepherd & Schaller.

Looking for a break from our hyper plugged-in world? Getting outdoors is an easy fix. There are numerous benefits to paddlesports. Do you have a goal in mind? Consider these basic perks:

Photo credit: @cedar.stream, Perception.com
  • Many kayaks are work great for fishing and there are boats built specifically for anglers.
  • You can maneuver the waters with stealth in a kayak, great for photography and relaxation.
  • Paddling can be an excellent workout, building the upper body and burning 400 to 500 calories in a single hour when just paddling at a steady rate.
  • Kayaks are fairly light weight, easy to transport and can be carried by one person.
  • A silent sport, paddling is just the antidote to the noise of life. Here in Wisconsin it’s not uncommon to see eagles soaring the open sky, cranes and herons marching the shoreline, or frogs and turtles sunning themselves as you paddle by. Sounds awesome doesn’t it?
  • There’s no feeling like gliding across the water.
Shorter fit, larger arm/shoulder openings and pockets make paddling vests different than water sports vests.

The first step is finding a boat that fits your needs along with the lakes and rivers you plan to enjoy – that’s where the team at Shepherd & Schaller comes in. Consider that a longer boat will track better with a smooth ride while a shorter boat will handle better in narrow streams but need a little more correction (effort.) Will you park permanently at the cabin or travel with your boat? A life vest is critical (and the law in Wisconsin.) Paddling vests are created differently, and you’ll notice the comfort and convenience. The other decision you’ll make is the paddle, which can make more or less work for you based on fit, material and blade shape. Other considerations include a dry box for your phone and keys, a hat and sunblock to protect against the sun, shoes or sandals built for portaging, and maybe even some dry bags for camping outings or day-trips. We’ll even tell you how to take care of your paddling gear.

It’s important to note that all of these thoughts are specific to recreational paddling, not whitewater. For that we direct you to local experts, Wausau Whitewater Corporation, and we invite you to see what it’s all about at the internationally respected Whitewater Park, just a five minute walk from our front door! Check out this awesome video to see what’s in our neighborhood.

We love to share our passion and hints about local paddling opportunities like, for example, PaddleQuest, a two-day river competition in Stevens Point, WI where teams of two or three compete to find treasure and become “Protectors of Backwaters.” To participate, one only needs to register and beware of river monsters and the occasional pirate band.

Review the basics of paddling safety, then grab a kayak, a paddle, and paddle jacket to enjoy the many rivers and lakes that Central Wisconsin has to offer.

May is National Bike Month

May in Wisconsin. The snow is finally gone (most years), the roads have been swept and the air is warm enough for a bike ride. Finally.

Photo credit: HaveFunBiking.com

Did you know May is National Bike month? What’s better than saving a little gas money as well as being active? Maybe these:

Shepherd & Schaller is home to Wausau’s friendly bike experts, with plenty of Bikes and Bike accessories in stock at the best prices in town. Also, any new Bike purchase gets you a FREE 30-day check up as well as a FREE 1 year tune-up. BUT WAIT THERES MORE!! You will also get 2 % off any Bike accessories and…A FREE GIFT! SKULLCANDY EARBUDS!! Whether its commuting to work or just getting a ride in for the health benefits, a day spent on a bicycle is never a bad day!

Visit Shepherd & Schaller in downtown Wausau to talk to riders who commute to work year-round, in all kinds of weather. We’ll help you find safe, fast routes and recommend accessories to make your commute functional. We’re also here to guide you on your mountain, road, trail and fat tire bike adventure. We love to tell our stories and hear yours. Come chat!

Music for the ride

What makes you a biker? What makes you a Skier? What makes an adventure seeker in general? Of course you need to learn the sport itself but there is more to the big picture than just “doing it”. Some enthusiasts want to be seen as a adventure seeker even when not on their bike, skis, or throwing discs at a local disc golf course. It’s a lifestyle that we are proud of. Music plays a big role, whether your doing it for the workout or just the luxury of being outside. Take one of our Manager’s Brad for example. When he’s out on his Road Bike he’s looking to get a good workout in, while simply enjoying the beautiful summer weather Wisconsin has to offer.

He usually is always listening to music while on his rides. If it’s for training he’s riding to something that is a little more up-beat (around 130 beats per minute). This allows his pedal strokes to stay in tune more with the music he is listening to and helps him stay on beat! Did I mention he is also a DJ so any music question you have, he’s the guy to ask! If its more just for a “cruise” then the sky is the limit. Brad enjoys everything from Reggae to electronic music and everything in-between. So on your next visit to Shepherd & Schaller pick his brain. He could give you some new tunes to listen to.