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Biz Buzz: Bead Box and Downtown Art and Frame to close

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Two anchor businesses in downtown Brainerd, The Bead Box and Downtown Art and Frame Co., are closing.

Rhonda Smith said she and her husband Brian decided to close both businesses in order to move to North Dakota.

The oil fields in North Dakota have been drawing a number of skilled workers to the state for its boom and job base.

Rhonda Smith said her husband has been working on boiler maintenance out of the area for the past year and now has been offered a permanent decision.

“It has been a bittersweet decision,” Smith wrote. “We have loved having the two stores, but are also excited with our new chapter in life. We’ve been in retail downtown for 18 years. It’s going to be quite a change.”

The plan is to close both businesses by the end of the year as the couple makes the move to North Dakota for 2013.

Memories for the Making, the scrapbook store in Baxter, made the move to Brainerd in September. New owner Nicole Lemmerhirt, of Fort Ripley, is moving the business next to her existing hair salon A-cute Accents Salon, at 206 1/2 NW Sixth St. in Brainerd.

The mother of three has been an independent hair stylist for 14 years. She graduated from beauty school in 1996. Lemmerhirt said the move will allow her to add product lines and she’ll be retaining the classes the store is known for.

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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