Talk to Amy Jo Stevenson for a while and it is easy to see that both she and her Riverhills Embroidery & Screenprinting business are in a good place right now.
In some respects, life might be a little more quiet these days as her three children are all well on their way to pursuing the careers of their dreams. On the other hand, Stevenson still has plenty of work to do and her convenient employees— those same children—are all off in post-secondary education. “They used to work for Happy Meals and Blizzards,” she said of her kids, who do still help out when they are home on breaks but now work for money to pay for tuition and books.
Twins Naomi and Raven are both in northern Illinois. Naomi is attending Northwestern and majoring in Linguistics. The sophomore has plans to continue on for her doctorate and perhaps someday be a professor.
Raven is at Columbia College in Chicago studying Cinematography at the arts school. She has plans to become a director of independent films, and one of her class project films has already advanced in a contest there.
Son Derek graduated in January—a semester early—from New Holstein High School and is already attending the Culinary Institute of America in upstate New York. The former cook at New Holstein’s Southtown Restaurant has a goal of becoming a personal chef.
“This was the way they were brought up,” Amy Jo said. “It never crosses their
Amy Jo Stevenson (inset photo), owner of Riverhills Embroidery & Screenprinting in New Holstein, said she really
enjoys taking her Shirts & Giggles trailer around to various sporting events in the state and selling shirts on the spot
to the young competitors. When available, children Naomi, Raven and Derek also help in the trailer and at the shop
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