Premo Pets, a pet store and grooming service, recently opened in Jenkins.
This is the first business enterprise for Vinson Hirst and Monika Hamlin. Hirst said the store is specializing in exotic pets such as reptiles, ferrets and chinchillas. And Hirst said if a customer wants a specific exotic pet they will order it for them.
Hirst said the business followed after their personal collection of exotic pets grew. Now an iguana lives in a large enclosure in the new store. Hirst said the focus on the exotics will allow the business to differentiate itself from other pet stores.
Right now the business is concentrating on the grooming services, Hirst said. The business hours are 8 a.m. to about 9 p.m. The business is closed Friday and Saturday for now.
Noodles, the newly retooled restaurant on Washington Street in the space formerly occupied by Caf Giardino's, is now open.
When Caf Giardino's closed this summer, general manager Dave Morrison said tentative plans were to reopen the restaurant as Noodles to Go with an emphasis on a more casual style with a smaller menu and lower prices.
In other restaurant news, Famous Dave's will not be opening in front of the Comfort Suites Rapid River Lodge along Woida Road in Baxter. The restaurant pad space was replatted in front of the hotel to go from two to one. And the area should finally have a landscape plan in place by November to meet with city ordinances.
Last fall Crosslake's Famous Dave's owner Randy Jernberg said they were looking at expanding into the Brainerd lakes area, although the effort may take up to two years. The site in front of the Rapid River Lodge was one they had negotiations about.
Last week Jernberg said the location did not work but he said they are still aggressively pursuing a location in the Brainerd area. Jernberg said there have been talks in the last 30 days. The minute something works out Famous Dave's will be in Brainerd, he said.
With restaurant locations still available in the immediate area the question becomes what are people still looking for in a dining experience? Can anyone say Olive Garden?
Premo Pets in Jenkins recently opened a pet and grooming store. They will specialize in exotic pets.
In Crosslake, Dan and Kirsten Seidl plan to lease space to operate a retail store featuring home dcor and gifts in the Town Square development. They intend to open the business next spring.
Working with the Brainerd Lakes Area Development Corp., the Seidls received city approval for a $20,000 loan at 5 1/4 percent interest for five years and a .25 percent service fee to Bremer Bank. Bremer has 36 percent of the loan, the city has 9 percent and the Seidls contribute 55 percent or $110,000 in equity to the project. The funds were originally grant money to be used in the area for business opportunities.
Survey response is needed by the Brainerd Lakes Area Chambers of Commerce's Brainerd/Baxter Business Council. The chamber estimates it takes three to four minutes to complete the survey.
The results will help the chamber gauge the business community feelings about a variety of issues: Infrastructure improvements; how area cities can balance budgets faced with reduced Local Government Aid; bus service for employee commutes; local option sales tax; bike trails; downtown Brainerd enhancements; wastewater treatment sharing between cities; landscaping ordinances; a second route over the train tracks within the cities; how to pay for infrastructure improvements.
The chamber reports that each month business council members meet with city representatives and focus on issues like transportation, property taxes and planning and zoning. The committee is open to any member business in Brainerd or Baxter and meets 8 a.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month in the chamber's Brainerd office.
Homecrest Industries, Wadena, the struggling business that employs about 270 people, is getting assistance from the city with a contingency the company share past financial records and future financial management plans. Wadena Mayor Wayne Wolden presented a plan before the city council last week and received unanimous support to help the business, the Wadena Pioneer Journal reported. With the plan, the city will buy two Homecrest buildings for $435,000 using money from the electric utility.
At a city council meeting, the mayor said two businesses expressed interest in expanding to the city and may be interested in the buildings. The city utilities also expressed interest in one of the buildings.
The city plans to lend Homecrest $100,000 with $70,000 from the revolving loan -- Minnesota Investment Fund -- and $30,000 from the Wadena Development Authority. Homecrest will be able to defer utility payments from October to June 30, 2004. Other plans to help Homecrest with loans and financing were also expressed at the meeting.
Crafters will be glad to see the Ben Franklin signs are now up on the new location on Highway 210 in east Brainerd.
Subway in Brainerd is remodeling.
World of Christmas, Pequot Lakes, is in progress with its going out of business sale.
EdgewoodVista Senior Living Inc. is proposing a project on a 10-acre parcel on Beaver Dam Road. The proposed project, constructed in two to three phases, could include up to 200 units of upper-scale assisted living and independent living apartments for seniors. Last week EdgewoodVista hosted an informational meeting at the Ramada Inn to explain the project to interested neighbors. The company has an assisted living facility in Hermantown, near Duluth.
McDonald's is whetting the visual appetite with its 1950s retro look, complete with golden arches in the building and the little Speedee, the hamburger mascot. Construction by Nor-son has appeared to go quite quickly. The estimated completion date is Sept. 29.
Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services Inc. announced the opening of its newest office in Brainerd. The office is located on South Sixth Street. Operations manager is Craig Maetzold, P.E. and Project Engineer, Grant Meyer, P.E., will be handling the office. In addition to the Brainerd office, AE2S has offices in Moorhead and Grand Forks, Bismarck and Williston, N.D.
AE2S is civil and environmental engineering firm of about 50 staff members that specialize in water, wastewater, and storm water systems as well as site development and geomatics (surveying, mapping, and GIS) services.
Minnesota residents must earn $15.16 per hour to afford to rent a modest two-bedroom home, Housing Minnesota reported this month. The data came from a report released by the National Low Income Housing Coalition.
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