March 29th, 2024

Al Johnson’s Launches “Door County Girl,” Weekly YouTube Series Featuring Annika Johnson

Is there enough happening in Door County to warrant a weekly video series about the people and places of this rural Wisconsin tourism destination? Three years after launching “Door County Girl,” a YouTube series hosted by Annika Johnson, the daughter of Al Johnson, the founder of Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant & Butik in Sister Bay, the answer appears to be a resounding “Yes.”

“We launched Door County Girl on November 28, 2020 and have not only reached our third anniversary, but have released over 150 episodes,” said Kit Butz, Al Johnson’s Marketing Manager. “Our regular viewers of the show are in the thousands now.”

“Door County Girl” is hosted by Annika Johnson, a true Door County girl by virtue of having been born on the Peninsula and having spent almost all of her life here. Still, she says the show is an opportunity for her to learn more about her home and the fascinating people who have made the county their homes, too.

“All I really do is work in different roles at the business, take care of my dog, and hang out with friends,” Johnson said recently. “This show has become the main way I learn more about local businesses and their owners, our huge number of nonprofit arts organizations, and the local people who are accomplishing great things with their lives. I just did an interview with Hans Christian, a local cellist who was nominated in 2024 for a Grammy Award in the Best New Age, Ambient or Chant Album category. Who would’ve known there was someone like that in this small, rural place?”

Annika and her brother Rolf Johnson also frequently host “recipe versions” of Door County Girl that show viewers how to make classic Swedish food dishes. When posted to Al Johnson’s YouTube Channel, the recipe videos are usually accompanied by an easy-to-follow written recipe.

You can stream Door County Girl on Al Johnson’s YouTube Channel:

New weekly episodes are posted at the end of each week, on Fridays or Saturdays.