Our story began long before the Stein Haus (est. 1999) opened its doors. The intersection of 3rd and Water has a been a busy one since the lumbering days, when the Stein Haus was a ship chandler’s (supply) store and broom maker's shop. The nearby Antiques Center building housed the historic Campbell House hotel (built 1868). Even then, Bay City was a hub of commerce and transportation with numerous steam ship and rail lines serving the city. Thousands of stories and moments in history have played out here along the river. While the river remains a working one, today it is also flanked by community parks and is home to many pleasure craft including the excursion boats Princess Wenonah and Islander, operated by Bay City Boat Lines.
Co-owners Bill and Elaine Fournier originally relocated to downtown Bay City in the early 1980s to open an antiques business now known as Bay City Antiques Center & Bay Antique Center. A love for Bay City, recognition of the downtown’s potential to better serve visitors and the drive of entrepreneurship fueled the Fourniers desire to open the Stein Haus, and later, Atrium, across the street from the antiques store that still exists today.
Antiques the Fourniers imported from Europe and local architectural salvage have been combined to create the German guest house feel of Stein Haus. Architectural elements from the former St. James Cathedral and Wenonah Hotels have been incorporated in the building to augment it's natural historic charm. The horseshoe-shaped bar was designed to encourage interaction among patrons as is the large wooden table, or "stammtisch" located along the North wall near the Schnitzelbank sign. Our house piano is open for anyone who feels inspirted to share a tune.
We are family-run business with three generations working to provide a warm and relaxing experience for you. Please let your server know how we can make your visit most enjoyable. Whether you a visitor or life-long resident, we want you to feel at home.
~Bill and Elaine Fournier and Family