Owners of the Jurassic Car Wash hope dinosaurs will be the difference for drivers, or maybe their young passengers.
Dinosaurs will soon be drawing attention in Baxter. Jurassic Car Wash is owned by Ken and Jill Pack. Brian and Carol Karl sold the car wash, convenience store and gas station, formerly known as CJs.
Jurassic Car Wash is up and running and will be transformed within a month into a tropical jungle setting complete with dinosaurs. Ken Pack said he still has a little remodeling to do, including adding a 10-foot dinosaur and greenery to transform the car wash.
"I've had this in my mind for about six years," he said.
Pack said he was general manager of a car wash in the Twin Cities for about 10 years. He thought the dinosaurs may attract children who can persuade parents to take them to an eye-catching car wash both inside and out. They expect to employ eight people and may double that during the busy season.
By early summer, part of the building will be transformed into a dog grooming business called Doggie Delite run by Jill Pack. She has had a dog grooming shop in the backyard at their home in Anoka for about seven years.
On the auto side, Jurassic Car Wash has a full detail center, which Ken Pack says basically covers everything that can be done to a vehicle from bumper to bumper.
He was looking for a car wash for the past year and when he found the one in Baxter. And it had a twist. When he was 16, Pack worked with Brian Karl at a car wash, he said.
Pack said he went to St. Thomas University in Minneapolis and took business classes. A federal program helped him with the business plan and the project, which continued through the Small Business Development Center at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.
Pack said he started in the car washing business when he was 15 and is still at it at 44.
The Nisswa Farmers' Market begins its second season at 9 a.m. May 12 in the Nisswa American Legion parking lot off north Main Street. The market will be set up from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. every Thursday through Sept. 29.
The Nisswa Chamber of Commerce partnered with the Central Minnesota Farmers' Markets to establish a farmers' market in Nisswa which offers solely locally grown or locally made products, including vegetables, fruits, berries, organic items, honey, syrups, jams, jellies, herbs, bedding plants, perennial plants, fresh cut flowers, wild rice and fresh pork, beef, chicken and buffalo meat.
The Nisswa Farmers' Market is sponsored in part by the University of Minnesota Central Region Partnership.
For more information, call the Nisswa Chamber of Commerce, (218) 963-2620.
Range Taxi Service started accepting fares on April 29. Owner Rob Abbott, Ironton, said he is working in the Crosby, Ironton, Deerwood, Bay Lake and Emily areas. Abbott said he saw a need for the service on the range and in area communities.
The Baxter Village, on Highway 371 North, received a building permit with a valuation of $450,000.
The Lodge Grill and Bar restaurant, coming on Lake Forest Road in Baxter, had a construction permit authorized with a valuation of $754,000.
Famous Dave's, Edgewood Drive in Baxter, construction permit for its new restaurant had a valuation of $750,000.
RENEE RICHARDSON can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 855-5852.
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