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The Hubb brings 'The Voice' to downtown Brainerd

Posted: April 20, 2012 - 10:22pm

New owners Gregg and Carla Gribbin are making changes to the former Iron Rail in downtown Brainerd.

The new business is named The Hubb, which Gregg Gribbin said also fit with the city’s railroad heritage. The Hubb, on Laurel Street, is being renovated. Gribbin said he took the business over on March 1 with plans for live music and a focus on country and classic rock and special events like Tim Mahoney, a contestant on the television show “The Voice” once a month. Mahoney is planned for an April 27 event.

Gribbin also owns Liquor Pigz in Brainerd, the Green Lantern and the Town Tavern in Ironton.

“We’ve got a little bit of everything. I certainly think there is opportunity now and in the downtown,” Gribbin said. The Hubb will continue karaoke and may add simple food offerings in the future. The business employs four full-time staff and a few part-timers.

Memories for the Making, the scrapbook store in Baxter, is closed until next week. New owner Nicole Lemmerhirt, of Fort Ripley, is putting in new inventory and will stay in the Baxter store until August and then move the business next to her existing hair salon A-cute Accents Salon, at 206 1/2 NW Sixth St. in Brainerd. The mother of three has been an independent hair stylist for 14 years. She graduated from beauty school in 1996. She plans to continue to offer classes and scrapbook events customers are familiar seeing at the store.

“I love scrapbooking,” Lemmerhirt said. She plans to operate both businesses. “I love doing hair. I’m going to have two jobs I love now.”w

It’s starting to look more official. Big Lots added its name to the exterior of the Westgate Mall recently. Big Lots and Dunham’s Sports are going into the mall’s west end.

Earth is being moved to make way for the Lakes 12 movie theater addition in Baxter. The theater is expected to reopen in May with ongoing renovations continuing until the entire theater renovation is completed in July. The renovation to the lobby necessitated the need to close the theater after Easter. Expectations are to renovate the auditoriums two at a time, so the theater will be able to be open and seat moviegoers while construction work is ongoing.

The folks behind the Butler Building Project in Aitkin say the effort has already generated a positive economic impact. In a news release Aitkin Mayor Gary Tibbitts was quoted: “This is the shot in the arm that Aitkin has needed for a long time. We are very excited about the prospects and look forward to seeing the building completed.”

“In addition to the banking and real estate activity generated by the purchase of the building, there have been engineering studies, architectural work, demolition, and several parties held to showcase plans for the building, all of which have generated thousands of dollars for the local economy,” project organizers reported, listing everything from Bremer Bank to an elevator company. More on the project is available online at

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