SHEBOYGAN — Despite delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic, a 24-hour daycare still plans to open on the city’s northwest side.
In October 2019, the city’s Plan Commission and Architectural Review Board approved plans for a non-profit organization’s proposal to operate a daycare at the southeast corner of North 29th Street and Superior Avenue. The daycare, A Million Dreamz, still has plans to remodel the former Superior Electrical Supply building in the Marc’s Big Boy neighborhood and just south of the Garden neighborhood. Plans were delayed by the pandemic as well as the need for additional fundraising to proceed with the construction project.
Once opened, A Million Dreamz will provide care for infants all the way up to teenage children. The facility will provide a nursery, dining, indoor play areas, multi-purpose areas, bedrooms, an infirmary and kitchen. An outdoor play area on the east side of the 15,508-square-foot building will also be constructed.
Today, tall weeds and a construction fence surrounds the entire property which extends east to North 28th Street. Ed Sohre opened Sohre’s Discount Liquors in 1950 at the southwest corner of North 28th Street and Superior Avenue. His son, John Sohre, purchased the store in 1971. A 2,500-square-foot addition was built in 1976 which gave the store a total of 4,000-square-feet. Sohre’s would close their Superior Avenue location in November 1990 citing competition from the nearby Superior Discount Liquor and Park & Save stores. The store would be demolished in 2010.
In 1991, Sohre’s opened a Citgo gas station and liquor store at Sunnyside Mall, located at South 12th Street and Weeden Creek Road in Sheboygan. The store offered free coffee with purchase of gasoline. Ed Sohre would pass away in 1994. In 2008, Sohre’s was sold to Fischer’s.
The property was originally purchased by Nena Bemis in 2019 and transferred to the non-profit organization in 2020. Bemis is the daughter-in-law of the late Peter Bemis who was the CEO of the Bemis Manufacturing Company. She serves as board president and co-founder of A Million Dreamz.