Biz Buzz: New Starbucks going up in Brainerd

Trailside Tavern & Patio to host grand opening Oct. 8

Construction crews are building a new Starbucks next to Jimmy John's in East Brainerd along Washington Street. Renee Richardson / Brainerd Dispatch

Construction on a new Starbucks is underway in east Brainerd next to Jimmy John’s along Washington Street.

Trailside Tavern & Patio, a new restaurant and bar, is hosting a grand opening from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, in Crosby. Owners are Vern Lewis, Pete Brooks and Mike Potter. They will present a short program about the business.

Trailside Tavern is in the former Crosby Bar at 212 W. Main St. The grand opening is helping support the Cuyuna Lakes Chamber’s Ride it Out event.

Advance tickets for “Ride it Out” are $20 at at and all event proceeds will benefit the chamber. Tickets sold at the door will be $30. The chamber reports reservations are limited and social distancing and state guidelines will be followed with ample hand sanitizer readily available. The event will be outside on the patio and under a tent in the back of the building.

“Guests will be the first to tour the new business, receive a complimentary stemless wine glass, two drink tickets, and enjoy individually served savory appetizers while listening to live acoustic music by Christian McShane,” the chamber reported. “... Silent auction items include a tail-gating grill donated by Fat Tire, various gift baskets from local businesses, vacation packages, and more. There will also be $10 raffles for a chance to win a tandem bicycle donated by Cuyuna Regional Medical Center, and a chance to win a custom fire pit and poker by AJ Metalworks flamed full of booze donated by the former Crosby Bar. Raffle tickets are for sale and the prizes will be displayed at Mixed Company — A Kava House until Oct. 7. Participants need not be present to win. Forced by the pandemic to cancel the


The Cuyuna Lakes Chamber of Commerce noted it is asking its members and the community to help ride out the pandemic.

“As a nonprofit business association, the chamber does not qualify for most government relief programs. The chamber’s expenses have been slashed; however, most of its budget comes from large public gatherings including an ice fishing contest, Sip & Savor, Business After Hour socials, Music in the Park, golf tournament, Cuyuna Crusher and membership dinner. Nearly all the events have been canceled this year and some modified due to executive orders, resulting in less revenue.

“In addition to attracting tourists and assisting those who move into the area, the chamber provides member businesses with consulting, training and other services.”

For more information, contact Cuyuna Lakes Chamber Executive Director Brielle Bredsten at or 218-546-8131.

The Minnesota Department of Revenue is offering a Sales and Use Tax for Manufacturers webinar at 9 a.m. Oct. 13. This course is for businesses in Minnesota that make products intended to be sold ultimately at retail.

“The focus is to give an understanding of what items a manufacturer may buy exempt from sales tax and what items are taxable,” the Department of Revenue reported. “This course is not meant as an introduction to Sales and Use Tax.” For more information, go to .

Renee Richardson, managing editor, may be reached at 218-855-5852 or Follow on Twitter at
Renee Richardson is managing editor at the Brainerd Dispatch. She joined the Brainerd Dispatch in 1996 after earning her bachelor's degree in mass communications at St. Cloud State University.
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