Stories about barber shops closing in the lakes area have been a recent theme as barbers retire, but two partners are reversing the trend.
Joe Thesing and Wayne Hartman recently opened Joe's Barber Shop -- complete with a barber pole -- in northeast Brainerd along Washington Street near Tom's TV.
Thesing is a barber with 52 years experience. Hartman, a former Potlatch employee, went to Moler Barber College in Fargo, N.D., and has been cutting hair in Little Falls and at Cost Cutters.
"I used to go to Joe to get my hair cut and I always thought it was a fun occupation," Hartman said.
Before Potlatch, Hartman had considerable area experience in the grocery business working with Rainbow Foods, Super One and Crosby SuperValu.
"I thought I had it made when I was hired at Potlatch," he said. After Potlatch closed its Brainerd mill, Hartman thought it was time to look at a new avenue.
"I just got tired of having the rug pulled out from underneath me and decided to go into business for myself."
Hartman is being groomed to take over for Thesing. The barber shop offers haircuts, shampoos and beard trims. Clients are not limited to men.
Hartman is considering adding shaves to the list complete with hot towel. For men who are decades away from the famed "shave and a haircut -- two bits" may have a future option to experience that again in a barber's chair. However, the price may be the victim of inflation since then.
Bonanza Steakhouse owners Kevin and Nancy Reinke announced the restaurant's remodeling and construction efforts are complete. The restaurant shut down for seven days to complete the transformation, reopening Monday.
Bonanza has been in the area for 25 years. The remodeled restaurant includes new furniture and a new food court with a style of an early 20th century country style kitchen.
Reported improvements are expected to help keep food the right temperatures -- hot or cold as needed. Food selections were expanded for lunch and dinner.
Other features include a new layout, new seating, new floor and wall coverings, a double register and banquet facilities, a repainted exterior, landscaping and a new sign.
Kohl's main entrance, which faces the intersection of Highway 371 and 210, is beginning to look more like a department store as work progresses on the building's exterior.
Bill's Standard Service, a full-service gas station and general maintenance shop in Little Falls, has new owners in Josh and MaryAnne Bloom. The business has been around 44 years. Josh Bloom worked there for 10 years, purchasing the business from Bill and Sandy Morse. The shop includes computer diagnostics.
Latigos restaurant has its name and logo on the building, which is located near Brainerd International Raceway, covered by what appears to be cardboard. A message written by hand across the windows states the place is "closed for remodeling."
Triangle Drive Inn is open for the season on Mill Avenue in Brainerd.
Weekly Farmers' Market is coming to Nisswa beginning 9 a.m. May 13 in the lower parking lot of the Nisswa American Legion on North Main Street. The market will be set up from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. every Thursday from May 13 through October. Eleven producers will sell produce or products that are locally grown or made within a 10-county radius of Nisswa.
Items are expected to include vegetables, fruits, berries, organic items, syrups, herbs, bedding plants, perennial plants, wild flowers, bakery items and meat -- pork, chicken and buffalo.
The weekly session is from a partnership between the Nisswa Chamber of Commerce and the Central Minnesota Farmers' Markets.
The market will be open May 29 and Sept. 4. For more information go online to www.nisswa.com or call (800) 950-9610 or 963-2620.
Potlatch Corp. reported improved earnings in the first quarter of 2004 versus the previous year's first quarter. The company stated the improvement is largely because of continued strong markets for the company's wood products, especially oriented strand board.
The company reported net income of $21.8 million for the first quarter of 2004, compared to a loss from continuing operations of $8.9 million for the same time period in 2003.
Net sales for the first quarter of 2004 were $420.4 million, about 26 percent higher than the $334.8 million recorded in the first quarter of 2003.
The resource segment reported operating income of $12.1 million for the first quarter of 2004, slightly higher than the $11.1 million earned for that time frame the year before. The increase was attributed to income from land sales.
Little Falls Repair, owned by Carl and Audrey Terwey, opened on 11th Street. Carl Terwey was the co-owner of a welding and machine shop in Long Prairie for 10 years.
Before that he worked at Evergreen Equipment and was an instructor at Staples Area Vocational Technical Institute in heavy equipment maintenance. The new business offers welding, steel sales, farm equipment repair and mower blade sharpening.
RENEE RICHARDSON can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 855-5852.
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