A number of buildings along the Highway 371 commercial strip in Baxter are poised for renovation and exterior updates.

Work is ongoing in a transformation of the Finken Aqua building at 14370 Dellwood Drive. The plan, in the application by Tom Finken with the city of Baxter, called for the removal of all existing brick from the front and residing the entire building new materials along with a new look of muted dark blue, earth tones and off-white.

Plans submitted to the city of Baxter outlines a new look for a Dellwood Drive building just off Highway 371 in Baxter. Screenshot by Renee Richardson / Brainerd Dispatch
Plans submitted to the city of Baxter outlines a new look for a Dellwood Drive building just off Highway 371 in Baxter. Screenshot by Renee Richardson / Brainerd Dispatch

Furniture & Mattress Depot has signs up to go into the former Family Dollar store along Washington Street in Brainerd across from the Easy Riders bicycle shop.

Furniture & Mattress Depot signs are now up along Washington Street in Brainerd in the building with Advance Auto Parts store. Renee Richardson / Brainerd Dispatch
Furniture & Mattress Depot signs are now up along Washington Street in Brainerd in the building with Advance Auto Parts store. Renee Richardson / Brainerd Dispatch

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Walmart announced an application process is now open for its eighth annual Open Call, where Minnesota entrepreneurs are invited to apply online to meet with Walmart buyers for virtual pitch meetings. The opportunity is to have their products included in Walmart stores. The pitch session is June 30. The products need to be made, grown or assembled in the U.S. The deadline for applications is April 30. Check out bit.ly/3w4xFgn for more information.

The virtual June 30 event includes a kickoff session with Walmart executives, one-on-one pitch meetings with Walmart merchants, and smaller topical breakout sessions

To apply, go to Walmart-jump.com.

“On March 3, Walmart announced a new commitment to spend an additional $350 billion on items made, grown, or assembled in the United States. It’s estimated that this spend will support more than 750,000 new American jobs. Walmart’s Open Call is one way in which the company supports this commitment,” Walmart reported in a news release Friday, March 26.

Laura Phillips, Walmart senior vice president for Global Sourcing & US Manufacturing, said the company knows how much this opportunity means to small businesses.

“Open Call is like watching the American Dream play out in real time,” Phillips said, in the news release. “You see on full display the spirit and energy of new ideas and the hope of what could be — founded on creativity, hard work, and self-belief. It’s inspiring.”

Walmart reported those who participate in the Open Call event could secure opportunities from “from promoting products in a handful of stores in local markets to supplying products to hundreds, even thousands, of Walmart stores, Sam’s Clubs and online.”

Renee Richardson, managing editor, may be reached at 218-855-5852 or renee.richardson@brainerddispatch.com. Follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DispatchBizBuzz.