BAXTER — Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes plans to eventually build a coffee shop and wine room on the outlot near the hotel in Baxter.
Arrowwood provided a photograph of a similar building to give Baxter’s Planning and Zoning Commission a look at what is anticipated here. Arrowwood was before the commission this week.
Arrowwood sought and also received commission approval for a highway sign to go on the 50,000-square-foot outlot along Highway 371. When US Hotels bought the lodge, it also purchased the outlot, which off the intersection of Highway 371 and Lake Forest Road between Lake Country Toyota and The Boulder Tap House. The lodge is behind the lot set back on the next block off Highway 371. Lodge representatives told the commission, the sign will give the hotel and water park greater visibility from the highway and serve as multi-tenant sign.
In a written report to the city by Tom Biegler, president Regency Hotel Management of Sioux Falls, S.D., Biegler stated the purchase of the lodge coincided with the purchase of the vacant outlot as a way to expand the business mix and provide services that complement the hotel and water park.
“It is well known that the lodge recently went through a foreclosure and subsequent sale,” Biegler reported. “In the opinion of the buyer, the failure of the lodge had as nearly much to do with its location off of 371 as it did a financing package.”
Biegler stated without the benefit of a major franchise flag or visibility along Highway 371, the lodge would likely continue to struggle to gain its fair share of the consumer market.
Plans for an animated sign are expected to give Arrowwood that needed visibility from the heavily traveled highway stretch through Baxter.
Arrowwood updated the lodge after the purchase replacing all the bedding and putting in flat-screen TVs in its 102 rooms and suites.
And the lodge remodeled its attached restaurant complete with new carpet, tile, paint and new booths. It also renamed the restaurant Baxter’s Bar & Grill and put out a new menu.
Brainerd is one of the 100 smartest cities in America, based on a study by Luminosity, the company behind those brain-training exercises and apps.
The list by San-Francisco-based Luminosity ranked American cities based on its database of users’ performance on cognitive training exercises. The lists contains 478 cities.
Brainerd ranked 37, just four places down from Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington. For other Minnesota cities, St. Cloud was 42 and Rochester 43, with Duluth coming in at 69 and Winona at 122.
“Our 2012 rankings measured the cognitive performance of over a million people around the country,” Daniel Sternberg wrote in a news release regarding the list. “The 2013 rankings are based on data from nearly three times as many people, with over 3 million users included in the study.”
For 2013, the study included information from metropolitan and micropolitan statistical areas. To be included in the analysis, Luminosity reported a user must have played at least one game in each of the company’s five brain areas: speed, attention, flexibility, memory and problem solving.
In cognitive area rankings, Brainerd was fourth out of 478 for attention. On the same chart, Rochester was ranked 42. Brainerd was 21 on the memory score while St. Cloud came in at 47 in that category. In the speed section, Brainerd was ranked 42.
Users provided their gender and age (between 15 and 86) which resulted in an initial group of 3.38 million users.
At the top of the list? Ithaca, N.Y.
The top 10 included: State College, Pa.; Lafayette-West Lafayette, Ind.; Iowa City, Iowa; Ames, Iowa; Ann Arbor, Mich.; Bloomington, Ind.; Madison, Wis.; Lawrence, Kan.; and Pullman, Wash.
For the complete list, go to http://press.lumosity.com/releases/lumosity_data_ranks_americas_smartest....
Totally Kidz Shop moved from Laurel Street to 618 Front Street in Brainerd and plans to host an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 24. This is the ninth year for the business.
On the state’s tax delinquency list, released earlier this week for liquor, wine and beer sales were several area businesses:
Concept Mexitalia, doing business as 4321 Club 87 on Highway 87 in Backus.
Abes Campbell Corp., doing business as Abes, on Second Avenue East in Federal Dam.
Bears Den Family Restaurant, 76th Street Southwest, in Motley.
Geno’s Bar & Grill on Main Street in Onamia.
Craig’s Sports Grill, Center Street in Royalton.