Balloon bouquets spread joy of businesses reopening

Some businesses opened Monday, June 1, after being closed to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, as long as they follow state rules and guidelines.

A balloon bouquet on Laurel Street in downtown Brainerd is one of several placed Monday, June 1, at various businesses as a way to celebrate the reopening of businesses closed since March to help slow down the spread of the coronavirus. Jennifer Kraus / Brainerd Dispatch

Who wouldn’t smile upon seeing a multi-colored balloon bouquet with a bright yellow smiley face balloon at the bouquet peak?

More than 30 of these balloon bouquets were placed Monday, June 1, at various businesses in the Brainerd lakes area to celebrate the reopening of businesses that have been closed since March to help slow down the spread of the coronavirus.

Gov. Tim Walz announced beginning June 1 bars and restaurants can serve customers outdoors, while barbers and salons can operate indoors at partial capacity — if patrons wear masks. Walz has allowed many businesses, including retail stores and malls, to reopen under a set of rules and guidelines.

Members of a business network organization called Business Network International Professional Pacesetters Network with help from Party World are behind the presence of the balloon bouquets. Mike Kuck of the organization said the balloon bouquets are a way to celebrate the local businesses being reopened.

A group of 20 people met last week to plan the celebration of businesses reopening and about eight helped in placing the balloon bouquets at businesses in the lakes area, including several in downtown Brainerd, Baxter and in Nisswa.


“These balloon bouquets are a way to help bring attention to these businesses that have been hurting,” Kuck said after being forced to close, laying off employees and not bringing in any revenue. “This is to bring some cheer to people’s faces and help promote local business reopening.”

Kuck believes the more a person gives, the more that person will see better things happening to themselves in their life.

Business Network Organization is an American franchise networking organization with members around the world.

The local Professional Pacesetters are giving away gift certificates from local businesses to people who share of photo of themselves on Facebook with one of the balloon bouquets along with hashtags including #LakesAreaReopen and #ProfessionalPacesettersBNI . Gift cards from businesses include bMerry, Coco Moon, Pit Happens, Cornerstone Liquor and Party World; along with Lemieux Wealth Strategies providing a safe filled with goodies and a T-shirt from Jack Pine Savage.

JENNIFER KRAUS may be reached at or 218-855-5851. Follow me at on Twitter.
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