Best Buy is coming and by all reports is anxious to be part of the Brainerd lakes area market.
The specialty retailer of consumer electronics, personal computers and entertainment software and appliances recently applied for a permit to build in Baxter next to Liberty Savings Bank along Highway 371.
Construction is expected to start in two weeks.
Best Buy's Website states the business is composed of more than 400 retail stores throughout the U.S. Best Buy Co. Inc. is headquartered in Eden Prairie. The company currently operates retail stores in 41 states and is expanding. Best Buy reported the company is on track to have more than 550 stores nationwide by 2004.
Dollar Days, a dollar store, is opening in October in the Westgate Mall.
Workers were busy inside the store adding products to shelves this past week. The dollar store, one of several in Minnesota and Wisconsin, is in space vacated by the closing of the Thrifty White Drug Store in the mall. Most recently boats occupied the space for a marine business. Dollar Days is owned by Dave Stock, Superior, Wis.
The new store is next to the former Record Town, which was renamed about two weeks ago to FYE -- For Your Entertainment. The store carries music and movies and mall management said the name change was a corporate decision to reflect changing times as "records" on a turntable are a way of the past.
In another change in the Westgate Mall, Top Line --an urban clothing store -- became a permanent mall fixture when the former kiosk business located in the mall moved into the old Expression's store across from Christmas Point Wild Rice.
The Stamp Cottage, in downtown Brainerd, is expected to close by the end of the year. Owner Marge Craven said the family decided to move to be closer to relatives. Craven said she has developed a loyal customer base.
"I hate closing," Craven said. "I absolutely love what I am doing."
Craven started stamping as a hobby. The Tucson, Ariz., native and her husband Bill, raised in the Twin Cities, moved to Crosby in search of small-town living after about 20 years in Los Angeles.
The Stamp Cottage opened in 1993. Later the business had a mall kiosk location. In the fall of 1999, the Stamp Cottage opened on South Seventh Street in downtown Brainerd with a grand opening in November that year.
Olympic Boat Centers, Highway 371 North, closed its doors Thursday. A slowing economy and a St. Cloud location appear to be part The Cuyuna Range Technology Center, still in development, is featured in the September issue of Technology Trends newsletter. Plans for the center, to be located in Ironton's Industrial Park, include a 14,900 square foot, high-tech business, educational and non-profit center.
The project is dependent upon additional funding, but "Technology Trends" noted a planned completion date is summer 2002. The center is expected to cost $2.1 million. Preliminary approval of $300,000 toward project construction came from The Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board's do I.T! Initiative.
The city of Ironton will provide a tax-increment financing district expected to provide about $375,000 toward construction. The Minnesota Legislature approved a matching grant of $150,000 and another $5,000 came from the Initiative Foundation.
The Cuyuna Range Technology Center is expected to act as a technology business incubator by providing high-speed Internet and support staff services.
Other features include a training center to provide computer training from beginner courses to Web design.
The center is also expected to have a business center for information exchanges through online user groups and video conferencing.
A government resource center is also part of the plan to assist local governments in starting online services.
The newsletter is published by Minnesota Technology Inc., the state's technology-based economic development organization. Minnesota Technology deploys engineers, business professionals and marketing experts to strengthen the state's economy by helping industry apply, develop and commercialize technology.
"Technology Trends" is mailed to elected state officials, county commissioners, city council members and others, highlighting initiatives and innovations throughout greater Minnesota. It can also be viewed online at www.minnesotatechnology.org.
Bev's Floral, Gift and Bridal Boutique recently opened in a new location in the North View complex about 3.2 miles north of the Highway 371/210 intersection.
Bev Gaalswyk previously operated the business out of her home west of Pillager as Bev's Country Treasures. Bev's Floral offers free floral delivery twice daily to St. Joseph's hospital, delivery in the entire Brainerd lakes area, and can arrange for floral delivery nationwide.
Bev's Floral also has Dutch and Scandinavian gifts and jewelry, as well as custom sewing and alterations, tuxedo rental, wedding invitations and bridal accessories.
A news conference set at McKechnie Tooling and Engineering in Staples for Wednesday morning has been canceled. The conference was set to announce the official opening of the Year of the United Kingdom by the Minnesota International Center.
But Deputy Consul General Michael T. Murray, from the British Consulate Office in Chicago, who was scheduled to attend, was recalled to England after the recent terrorist attacks.
Nortech Systems Inc., Merrifield, is part of a Minnesota Showcase Tour Wednesday sponsored by the Association of Manufacturing Excellence. The showcase tour is part of a two-day event where two businesses from the Twin Cities area are in the area to look at Nortech's facilities.
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