Between Friends Yarn Shop is opening the first week of February in downtown Brainerd in the former radio station building at the corner of Laurel and South Sixth streets.
Owner Lynne Sexton said the business will have all kinds of yarn and needles and patterns.
"Anything a knitter really needs we will have," Sexton said.
This is Sexton's first business ownership. She used to work at Jo-Ann Fabrics in the Westgate Mall. Sexton said she saw a need in the market. The shop will have unique yarns, as well as the tried-and-true basics of baby yarn and wool, mohair and plain varieties people may need for projects.
Sexton said the business is designed to appeal to anyone who knits, regardless of age.
Between Friends Yarn Shop will have an area where people can sit and have coffee and enjoy time with other people who share the passion to knit.
Brainerd Country Power owner Gary Scheeler said he will not be building on the corner of Highway 371 and Pine Beach Road as previously planned. Scheeler said he sold his two-acre parcel to Roger Dondelinger in a deal that closed Jan. 3.
Dondelinger did not return a call asking for comment on whether the land will become the home of an auto dealership. Dondelinger Chevrolet-Cadillac Inc. is on Highway 210 in Baxter.
About a year ago, Roger Dondelinger and Dondelinger Chevrolet-Cadillac Inc. in Baxter filed a civil lawsuit in Crow Wing County Court against the city of Baxter to appeal the city's decision denying the Baxter company the rezoning of its two-acre parcel of land adjacent to the car dealership. The lawsuit demanded that the city either rezone the two-acre parcel adjacent to the property that the city previously denied or take the property through eminent domain powers for the Cypress Drive extension.
The city of Baxter reported the lawsuit is unresolved.
The Dondelinger auto dealership entered into a deal last fall to sell the Toyota portion of its auto dealership to Hecker.
In December, the city of Baxter approved a conditional use permit for auto repairs to Denny Hecker at the former Getty's Excel Motors site on Highway 371 in north Baxter.
Scheeler said he will have to continue to look for a relocation site for his business, which is currently at the corner of Highways 25 and 18.
"I'm going to have to continue looking on 371," Scheeler said last week, noting land prices along Highway 371 North are "really crazy."
Scheeler, who is about to leave for Rome to accept a company award, said he might go farther north where land prices aren't so high. Scheeler said his current site is good but he wants to get on the Highway 371 corridor. The business is ranked 24th in the nation in volume of sales out of 2,200 Cub Cadet dealers in the nation and No. 1 in the nation for single store sales for Cub Cadet.
RENEE RICHARDSON, senior reporter, can be reached at email@example.com or 855-5852.
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