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 Established in June 2006, Paradigm Coffee and Music is a community empowered restaurant and venue that strives to bring exceptional food, beverage, and music to the greater Sheboygan area. With a focus on locally-sourced ingredients, environmentally responsible practices, and a socially progressive foundation, Paradigm offers more than a menu stocked with vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free fare. We provide a place to meet, work, eat, and live.

MEET The Paradigm Crew

Kate Krause has always considered Sheboygan home. She opened Paradigm Coffee and Music in 2006 because she recognized the need for an open and affirming space in Sheboygan that reflected the views she and her peers shared. Kate is the vice president and co-founder of Goodside Grocery and co-founded the Sexuality and Gender Identity Community Initiative in collaboration with Mental Health America. Kate likes motorcycles, bicycles, her darling dog Rupert, community potlucks and all kinds of other stuff. She founded the Queer Potluck held quarterly at Paradigm to strengthen community and create connections through a shared meal.

Kate Krause


Sarah has been working at Paradigm since 2012 when she began as a "ball of mush" and has grown to run the bakery program. She describes herself as a "food motivated puppy." Sarah is deeply invested in Sheboygan's food community and is on the board at Goodside Grocery co-op. 

Sarah Baughman

Bakery Manager

Jen Balge began as the
Marketing + Community Manager at Paradigm in July 2019 after working in art education for 6 years. The original Paradigm location was pivotal in shaping her world view during high school and she feels fortunate to be a part of the community today.

Jen Balge

Marketing + Community Manager

Stacey Hoard, born and raised in Southern California, moved to Wisconsin in February 2000. She once had a pet pig named Stanley Chops. Stacey has been with Paradigm since 2006 and has tried to quit several times, but Kate won't let her and refuses to fire her. Stacey has 2 kids and loves taking naps. 

Stacey Hoard

Office Manager

Matt has been working at Paradigm for 6 years. What started as a casual shift cover has evolved into overseeing the kitchen and infusing his personal vegan practice into the menu. Matt is learning to fix motorcycles and has a salt water aquarium. Matt is on the board at Goodside Grocery co-op and is a founder at ReBoot. 

Matt Hinz

Kitchen Manager

be a part of paradigm

Do you like coffee, community, live music, and working really hard? We're not always hiring but we're always accepting applications. Drop your resume off at the shop.


Nourish Farms announced its third annual Good Food Champion Award during its annual Good Food Party held at its new location – Miley Barn – on September 20. The 2019 award went to Kate Krause, founder and owner of Paradigm Coffee & Music and co-founder of the Goodside Grocery co-op.

Nourish educates the community about growing food, cooking food, and supporting our local food system.

Read more about Kate Krause and the Good Food Champion award.


parking + accessibility 
at paradigm

Paradigm does not have a dedicated parking lot but we do have ample street parking! In the city of Sheboygan, individuals with disabled permits are exempt from depositing fees in meters that are at least 30 minutes in duration - this includes the parking meters outside Paradigm. 

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