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BIZ BUZZ Hirschfield’s prepares for move in June

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The Baxter City Council recently approved renovations to the former Sears store on Clearwater Road, which is being remodeled for a Hirschfield’s Paint store with a stucco and brick exterior. 

The city’s Architectural Review Commission recommended approval on the condition staff approve of the color, described as muted or earth tone.

Hirschfield’s is combining its retail store and contactor store, now in two sites on Dogwood and Edgewood, into a single building. The retail will be in front with the contractor services in the back. The move is expected to bring greater efficiency by working beneath one roof and will double Hirschfield’s space. Nor-Son is handling the project. 

The plan is to move the weekend of June 10 and be open in the new store on June 13. A grand opening is planned later. 

The city of Baxter also approval was also recommended for a re-stucco and painting of the Esser’s Liquor store recently purchased by Paul Koering on Dellwood Drive as long as staff approves the muted earth tone color. 

Wendy’s restaurant is nearing completion in Nisswa. Owner Bob Sullivan said they are shooting for a June 20 opening date, but there is a lot to do yet. Kuepers Inc. of Baxter is the general contractor. 

Sullivan said he was thrilled with all the different trades and subcontractors working on the project. 

“It’s nice to have a project go so well,” Sullivan said. 

The new restaurant plans to hire about 40 people in full- and part-time positions. Sullivan said new hires are already training at the Brainerd Wendy’s. 

Rainy Days book store is changing its name to Turtle Town Books and Gifts after a Kansas City bookstore owner complained their similar names were causing confusion. The Kansas City bookstore is named Rainy Day Books.

Mary Miller, who purchased the Nisswa book store from Suzy Turcotte in 2010, said the name change comes with a cost for news signs and alterations on the website’s address among numerous paperwork. The state has already approved the new name. A planned tag line will draw in the book store’s history by noting it is a rainy days destination. 

Miller said this June, the book store expects to offer ebook sales, giving electronic device owners options for a  paperless book via their Nooks or iPads. Amazon has a proprietary relationship with Kindle, but other devices will be open for Turtle Town readers, Miller said. 

Readers will be able to go to the Turtle Town website and pick a book and then click on the desired format. 

Villella’s Bada Bing is opening again with a focus as a sports bar, getting away from the night club. Chris and Tracy LLC doing business as Villella’s Bada Bing, received Crow Wing County approval for a liquor license Tuesday. 

Chris Villella said the business, which recently left its former location at the corner of Highway 371 North and the Gull Dam Road, is leasing about 4,500 square feet in the former Sundance Shell station/convenience store by Brainerd International Raceway. Opening day is expected to be about June 1. 

Villella said the sports bar will have a full menu and a backyard patio, where patrons will be able to watch the races. 

RENEE RICHARDSON, senior reporter, may be reached at or 855-5852.

Becca Clemens
After graduating high school in 2004, I attended Central Lakes College in Staples, MN for 2 years where I got a diploma in Communication Art and Design. I then transfered up to Bemidji State University in, you guessed it, Bemidji, MN. In the spring of 2009, I graduated from BSU. Then in the fall of 2009 I got a job at Echo Publishing, a sister company to the Brainerd Dispatch.