Tumbleroos is opening March 1 in downtown Brainerd on Laurel Street between CatTales and E.L. Menk Jeweler.
Owner Dawn Sabir has been working on renovating the space formerly occupied by the Crossing Arts Alliance since the first of the year. The new business, a children's specialty clothing shop, is expected to offer clothing lines not currently available in the Brainerd-Baxter area.
Outfits will range from play attire to clothes for dressy occasions. There will be 15 to 20 lines of clothing. Other store items include undergarments, tights and socks and hair accessories.
Tumbleroos will be open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
The Gumdrop Tree, a gifts for kids store, will open next to Tumbleroos.
Spring is coming and one of the first sure signs is the recent opening of the Dairy Queen on Washington Street in Brainerd.
In a possible move that could be coming to the lakes area in the future, Au Bon Pain, a bakery cafe, announced it is involved in a 2004 franchise expansion to create 20 Au Bon Pain cafes in Minnesota in the next five years.
Au Bon Pain has muffins, sandwiches, soups, fresh baked goods and is a self-described fast casual restaurant chain with in-cafe interactive nutrition kiosks with ingredient and dietary information for menu items.
Minnesota-based Border Foods Inc. signed an agreement to open the cafes. A company spokeswoman said locations for cafes have not yet been determined.
Crystal-Pierz Marine announced record-breaking sales from the 2004 Minneapolis Boat Show. In five days, Crystal-Pierz Marine sold 359 boats for more than $7.7 million in revenue, surpassing the previous Minneapolis Show record of 352 set in 2002.
Little Falls Taekwondo owners Bryan and Louise Schoenberger completed a renovation/addition project adding 1,400 square feet for reception, lobby, change rooms and offices with 500 square feet added from renovation of existing space for a workout area.
Quick 'N Clean Laundromat in Little Falls was recently purchased Craig and Gail Fortmann.
Finally -- a winter with snow. For area businesses -- from snowplow contractors to snowmobile retail and repair stores -- the snow came later than hoped for, but it came. The Minnesota Office of Tourism launched a $500,000 winter tourism campaign to promote a diversity of winter get-a-ways snow or no snow. The effort is attracting attention to what used to be winter staples -- skiing, ice fishing and snowmobiling -- but is also promoting shopping, hiking, water parks and cabin stays.
The state reports about one-fourth of travel in Minnesota comes during the winter. Tourism is a $9 billion industry in the state.
January's initial claims for Unemployment Insurance decreased by 12.5 percent from the same month in 2003, the state reported. Within industry sectors, the percentage decreases from 2003 to 2004 were largest in manufacturing (-33.8 percent), wholesale trade (-31.9 percent), and information (-31.8 percent).
Other occupational groups with healthy declines came in computer and mathematical occupations, architecture and engineering.
More information is available online at http://mnworkforcecenter.org/lmi/ui/index.htm.
Job seekers should find hope in the latest Minnesota Job Vacancy Survey. In a report released Feb. 3 employment is expected to strengthen in several key sectors. Thirteen percent of surveyed employers anticipate adding employees by the second quarter of 2004 while 82 percent expect employment to remain the same.
Employers in 12 of 20 industry sectors -- which includes information, transportation, warehousing and manufacturing -- expect to hire in the coming months. Hiring statistics by region, industry and firm size is available online at www.MnWorkForceCenter.org/jobvacancy/futurehiring.htm. Major findings from the latest Minnesota Job Vacancy Survey are available online at www.MnWorkForceCenter.org/jobvacancy.htm.
In Little Falls, City Sanitary Commercial along with Bob LeMieur and Bill Strong, recently purchased City Sanitary Residential. City Sanitary Commercial retained the city residential accounts and LeMieur and Strong took over the rural portion.
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