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Biz Buzz: Olive Garden to open in early October

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Olive Garden, which is under construction now in Baxter just off Highway 371 and Glory Road by J.C. Penney Co., reported it expects to open in early October.

October will be a busy month in Baxter.

Costco Warehouse is also opening that month. Costco lists the Baxter store’s opening date as Oct. 26, the Friday before Halloween.

Nearly daily emails come in looking for ways to connect with Costco jobs. On the company’s website, it has a link at the bottom for employment opportunities.

The company notes applications are accepted online. For locations under construction, people are advised to apply online about 12 weeks before the store opens.

Quarterdeck Resort reported the resort is hosting an “in-the-water boat show” on the west shore of Gull Lake from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 30 and July 1.

Boat show event sponsors are Nisswa Marine, Minnesota Inboard and Bass Pro-Shops Tracker Boats.

The event includes live music by Soulmates, a pig roast with hamburgers, brats, hot dogs served at the lakeside Tiki Bar. Confidence Learning Center plans to conduct a prize raffle. Listed prizes include a canoe, wakeboard, waterski package, towable tube and four-hour fishing charter. Demo rides are also planned along with wake board and ski shows.

Quarterdeck Resort announced improvements of terraced landscaping, new boat docks, the Tiki Bar and patio dining area, refurbished suites and lakefront villas. The model villa, expected to be completed in July, is planned as the first of 20 new 3,000-square-foot three-bedroom villas planned at the resort.

Quarterdeck improvements include new carpeting in the Lakeside Lodge and the refurbishing of 14 suites in the lodge, new landscaping and the tiered landscaped terraces at the beach. The waterfront restaurant expected to open in June.

AT& T opened its new 2,819-square-foot retail store on Edgewood Drive in Baxter. The store hosted an opening event June 15.

Jim Dotterwick at Demon Pig BBQ near Breezy Point reported they did quite well in another recent national barbecue sauce contest.

Dotterwick said the National BBQ Association and BBQ News were being asked which barbecue sauce went best with each meat and hosted a contest for chicken, pork and beef.

Dotterwick said their original flavor sauce got fifth place for best on chicken, took 10th for pork and their “Blaze Orange” sauce took first place for best on beef. There were more than 100 entries, Dotterwick said, adding Demon Pig BBQ was the only company to place in the top 10 in each category.

Meyer Cleaners on Washington Street is closing its doors after decades of business in Brainerd. The dry-cleaning business is notable for its quotable quotes and words of wisdom on the sign outside the retail shop.

Grand Casino Mille Lacs has been updating the casino. Projects on the gaming floor include the recently opened high-service gaming room for all casino guests, not just high stakes players, and an exclusive VIP lounge exclusive for Diamond and Platinum Grand Rewards members and hosted guests. The lounge, with seating area, refreshment bar with warm hor d’oeuveres and fireplace includes a private cashier window, ATMs, ticket redemption machines, and kiosks and continuous complimentary beverage service. The lounge includes a privacy room where hosts can meet with guests.

In addition, work at the casino is going into replacing a heating, ventilation and air-condition unit in the non-smoking area to make that more comfortable for guests.

RENEE RICHARDSON, senior reporter, may be reached at 855-5852 or Follow on Twitter at

Renee Richardson
Richardson is a Pacelli High School graduate from Austin, Minn., who earned an applied science degree from the University of Minnesota, Waseca, with an emphasis in horse management. She worked extensively in the resort industry. She received an associate’s degree from Central Lakes College, where she was editor of the Westbank Journal student newspaper, as well as a summer intern at the Dispatch. She graduated from St. Cloud State University summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and interned at the St. Cloud Times covering business while attending SCSU. She's been with the Brainerd Dispatch since 1996.
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