Talking Business - The Hidden Gems of CloquetMar 16, 2022
Stock Tire & Repair - From Treads to Transmissions. We've Got You Covered
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC. and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet are talking about the Hidden Gem of Stock Tire & Repair located at 1309 Avenue B in Cloquet.
Scott Nelson launched Stock Tire & Repair in August 2023. Nelson purchased the former Stock Tire from Steve Stavang, who had owned the business for 38 years. Stavang had also been a part owner with his father; before that, his dad and uncle had owned it. Originally, Stock Tire was opened by former Cloquet Mayor Walter Stock in the 1960s.
Scott Nelson had worked at Stock Tire for the past four years and formerly owned automotive businesses. He retained the seven employees of Stock Tire but wanted to rename the company by adding “Repair” to market the array of other services they provide.
Nelson started sweeping the floor at his grandpa’s automotive shop in the 1970’s. “My grandpa taught me about vehicles,” said Nelson.
Then, in the mid-1970s, Nelson worked for his uncle at a gas station, working on radiators, and ran that shop for 13 years. By 1980, Nelson had shifted to automotive bodywork. Nelson moved to southern Minnesota to work with his other uncle in Wilmington; from there, we worked in the Cities, at dealerships, and in apprenticeship programs. “I like figuring things out and helping people,” said Nelson. Nelson shared, “Stock Tire & Repair is a place to fix it right the first time.” Nelson is a father of six children.
As the business name describes, they stock an array of tires. They stock Goodyear, Kelly, Cooper, Firestone, Continental, Generals, and Bridgestone. Uniquely, they stock a semi-tire inventory close to Sappi, USG, and Upper Lakes Foods and have the equipment for big tires and forklifts. They also have RV and skid steer tires. They also stock batteries.
While they don’t do exhaust work, the rest of their repair services are extensive, from transmissions to front and rear differentials, transfer cases, timing chains, and belts, or specialty muscle car work; their service list can be reviewed here: https://www.stocktire.com/
Contact Scott Nelson and his team today for your tire and repair service needs.
Tidy Details - We Sell a Lifestyle
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC. and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet are talking about the Hidden Gem of Tidy Details.
Tidy Details isn’t so much a storefront to shop or visit; instead, it’s a customized session in your Twin Ports Area home with a team of experts trained to help you live your best lifestyle or to stage your home asset. Business owner Kaitlyn Beise described her business as Stage to Live - home décor and organization, Stage to Sell - home staging and Residential cleaning.
“About 70% of our business is Stay to Live / Stage to Sell, while 30% of our business is residential cleaning,” explained Beise. “We are one one-stop shop for realtors and help provide solutions to improve sales, offering a non-judgmental professional buffer between the seller and realtor, taking the time to educate involved parties,” said Beise. If this wasn’t enough, the team also makes natural cleaning products, soaps, and lotions for sale, most often found at regional festivals.
We met with Hillary and Kaitlyn, and they shared that the home-selling season kicks off with the Super Bowl Party, runs through Labor Day, and is their busiest season. Then their business transitions into fall, and people return to the home for organization projects and home restyling. Hillary shared, “We do walk and talk consults in homes, preparing them for sale and focusing on decluttering. We also do appliance and fridge cleanouts, with our end goal being more money for our clients related to sales. Investing in our services will show your home at its best.”
Kaitlyn and Hillary were social workers who found themselves depleted and heavy and wanted more joy. Kaitlyn started Tidy Details LLC as a business in 2019.
She was inspired to do so, having grown up watching her entrepreneurial parents run a small business in the Grand Rapids area. Tidy Details provided Kaitlyn with a positive and creative outlet. Hillary is a mother of three and lives in Proctor, while Kaitlyn is a mother of two and lives in Cloquet. The business is at 1401 Cloquet Avenue, where it stores home décor and furnishings used for staging to base its services for its nine employees. Kaitlyn became accredited in staging, and realtors have begun selecting their business due to their staging skills and knowledge. Hillary said, “If you sell in the fall, it may sit longer than the spring season. That is all the more reason to invest in staging your home effectively for sale.”
Kaitlyn described, “We sell a lifestyle, and people want our product.” They are talented interior designers and often stage for professional photo shoots, assisting architects in capturing professional photos of their work after a completed kitchen remodel. “Homes that are vacant don’t sell well,” said Beise, “we leverage sales by furnishing them as a lifestyle.”
Contact the Tidy Team for a “Walk and Talk” today for your home reset, stage for sale, or transition by cleaning.
Lake Superior Dental (Cloquet) - Your Smile is Our Reward
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet are talking about the Hidden Gem of Lake Superior Dental, Cloquet Clinic.
Lake Superior Dental Cloquet is staffed with 20 employees and is a bustling clinic located at 716 14th Street. For 25 years this dental office was home to North Country Dental under the ownership of Paul Bartlam but during the pandemic, he consolidated and became a partner of Lake Superior Dental and rebranded.
Lake Superior Dental is owned by six partners across four regional offices in Duluth, Hermantown, Cloquet, and Two Harbors. They refer patients within these clinics to specialists and employ over 85 staff. They offer comprehensive dentistry and a full spectrum of care. An advantage of their clinic system is seamless charting for patient care.
“We estimate, then decide what to treat. Our motto is patient-first treatment plans,” said Hannah Serre the Operations Manager of Lake Superior Dental. Kelsey Duffy the Business Office Manager for Lake Superior Dental shared their office mantra is, “Happy Team, Happy Patients!” She shared that they are a connected team of staff across the four clinics and hold events, meetings, and parties and are active stewards of their communities.
They offer dental care for the whole family and love watching children grow up within their practice which provides the services of: Preventative (oral health and cleaning care)
- Common procedures (root canal, fillings, extractions, prosthetics)
- Additional services (TMJ, Implants, Sleep Apnea/Snoring, Botox/Juvederm)
- In-house lab (dental prosthetics)
- Cosmetic (teeth whitening services and custom at-home bleaching systems)
They provide care for clients with different insurance coverages and programs, uniquely offering their Oral Health Plan (OHP) which is a flat fee for those without insurance covering a 12-month period of care providing two child and two adult exams, cleanings, and x-rays, plus 15% off restorative care. They also offer care credit.
Lake Superior Dental – Cloquet Clinic
716 14th Street
Cloquet, MN 55720
LOC Auto & Weld - Automotive Services From Bumper to Bumper
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC. and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet are talking about the Hidden Gem of LOC Auto & Weld. Owners Luke and Elora Carlson opened LOC Auto & Weld in August 2023, located at 1503 Cloquet Avenue (former Pete and Son’s). LOC Auto and Weld offers all automotive services from bumper to bumper, except for alignments and air conditioning, and can order tires (they don’t stock them). They aim to provide quality, affordable, trustworthy services explaining customer options. They also offer welding services. Luke used to work at Ziegler Caterpillar of Duluth, where he gained welding and heavy equipment experience. “Welding is a big opportunity and service that we uniquely provide,” said Carlson. While we were onsite, they had the dunk tank from the Third Base in Carlton, which needed welding repairs. Growing up, his dad lived in Cloquet, and his Mom lived in Duluth, and he and his wife now live in Scanlon with two small children. At a young age, he was exposed to automotive repair services and loved the work. He wanted to begin owning a business to provide a positive customer experience.
US Bank - Banking Covering All Stages of Life and Career
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson, Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, and Holly Hansen, Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet are talking about the Hidden Gem of US Bank.
Shelly and Holly toured the beautiful Downtown Cloquet US Bank Brach Office and met with Tony Vittorio, Assistant Vice President of Cloquet’s Downtown US Bank Office and Consumer Banking Manager, who has been with US Bank for 20 years. Caitlin Hurley, Assistant Vice President, Public Affairs & Communications, and Business Line Communications Manager with US Bank, accompanied him. They shared that local bankers are passionate about their skills in offering local support to customers. The Cloquet Branch employs seven staff who are embedded in community projects such as clean-ups on the Lakewalk. “We are embedded in our local communities and contribute to countless charities,” said Vittorio. The local Cloquet staff supports customers with personal interaction through the stages of life, such as setting up accounts for kids, a first car loan, a business loan, a house remodeling loan. They also help identify ways to save money to support your life goals, such as weddings or vacations. They also provide support, helping you through credit and debt hurdles to get stabilized.
Caitlin Hurley summarized, “Our value proposition is our customer service. We put our hearts and minds to power.” US Bank has over one million customers in Minnesota. Across the US, they offer a strong presence and access to banking facilities. Their digital resources are strong, offering co-browsing with your local banker to view your accounts during video meetings and virtual appointments jointly. US Bank accounts also offer Zel for online banking. They also promote financial IQ for all ages, empowering and educating people to be financially savvy, including young students.
ASP - Our Phone is Always Answered
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC. and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet are talking about the Hidden Gem of All Service Providers (ASP).
All Service Providers (ASP) plumbing and Summit Mechanical (heating and cooling) were in the same building, owned by brothers – they consistently referred customers to each other when they decided to combine as a company. ASP provides the services of:
- Plumbing contractor
- Heating repair and emergency services, as well as replacement installations
- Air conditioning installation, repair, maintenance, and replacement
- Extensive residential electrical services by licensed electricians
- Septic pumping
- Water Treatment and services procedures
- Annual Maintenance Program – The Advantage Club Program is a membership enrollment program offering yearly tune-ups and maintenance, priority service, and discounts on repairs or services.
ASP is expanding across the region; they have purchased several small businesses, building their footprint and outreach into Northern Minnesota. In 2021, ASP purchased Tollerud’s Heating and Cooling Inc., located at 1017 Cloquet Avenue.
Mark Tollerud stayed for two years as part of the purchase transition, and all employees were retained – trained as part of the ASP program—with extensive customer service training involving client-worker role-playing.
On September 22, 2023, ASP’s Hermantown headquarters facility held its grand opening planned by Natalie Gustafson, Marketing Director, who has been with ASP for three years. We interviewed Natalie and Matt Latola (15 years at ASP and Cloquet resident). They shared with us that small towns are very loyal places, and as such, in Cloquet, they plan to expand their local presence.
Last year, they served cider as part of Santa’s Home for the Holidays celebration downtown and will continue to look for opportunities to get involved.
ASP uses workers in the area to work in their service area. The Cloquet satellite office is a place where they bring parts and serve local people.
Their staff provides sales estimates for repairs or new replacements on existing appliances and mechanicals; they are not involved in new construction. Their phone is always answered during operations Monday through Friday, and they are on call 24 hours a day for plumbing/heating emergencies (Monday through Saturday). They have a solid social media presence, which they leverage for education, especially on their YouTube channel.
They offer programs such as Advantage Club Program, an annual maintenance plan that is membership-based. ASP contacts you as a reminder for service. You can choose to tune up two appliances plus 15% off, plus a reduced dispatch fee. In winter, when emergency calls are received, they provide owners with a checklist of things to check for before they come out (e.g., thermostat batteries, change filters, etc.). Give them a call today!
SKB Environmental of Cloquet - A Culture of Trust
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC. and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet are talking about the Hidden Gem of SKB Environmental of Cloquet.
SKB Shamrock Environmental Industrial Landfill in Cloquet began accepting construction demolition and industrial waste streams in 2012.
They have been operating in the Cloquet Area for over a decade and have 17 employees. Waste Connection purchased SKB in 2015, a company with over 30,000 employees. If you’ve recently reroofed your garage, remodeled your kitchen, resided in your house, or demolished your old garage, chances are that your contractor has hauled this debris to the SKB Shamrock Environmental Landfill in Cloquet.
The facility accepts construction demolition and industrial waste as its service niche and provides a culture of trust and environmental care for these waste streams. The facility provides a regional need for industrial demolition waste from projects such as the Duluth office of MnDOT’s Can of Worms project, which is deconstructing a 1960s highway era of roadways, or the Munger Landing project, or dredge material (referred to as “impacted soils”) from Erie Pier in Duluth.
SKB Shamrock is a designated federal CERCLA (Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act) facility, a difficult certification to obtain.
They are engaged in the community and region, donating to numerous organizations. They have developed and grown business relationships, providing services and reducing waste haul costs. They also offer local industry and business services, working closely with Cloquet facilities such as Sappi and USG.
“In general, most people lack awareness of where their waste goes after it hits the curb. Our Industrial Landfill serves a purpose and stores waste in the correct environmentally approved manner,” said Site Manager Kyle Backstrom.
SKB Environmental of Cloquet is located on the west side of MN State Hwy 45, approximately ½ mile south of the I-35/Hwy 45 junction (Exit 239). To learn more:
SKB Environmental of Cloquet
761 MN Highway 45
Cloquet, MN 55720
Phone: (218) 878-0112
Cloquet Community Education & Recreation - Programming for Ages Zero to 110
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC. and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet are talking about the Hidden Gem of Cloquet Community Education and Recreation.
The backbone of community programming in Cloquet is managed by Community Ed & Recreation. If you have had your middle schooler signed up for babysitting classes, or rented the Chalet at Pine Valley, or are signed up to learn to sew in an education course through the Lumberlog, chances are you’re a user of services provided by Cloquet Community Ed & Recreation.
Located in the Cloquet Middle School, the staff provides a strong work culture, and people love working for them in this small-town atmosphere.
Community Ed & Recreation has 75 employees and manages 21 lifeguards for the Beach at Pinehurst. They have benefited from many long-term staff. A critical piece to realize for Cloquet is that the number of kids sets their funding, so they work to market and capture accurate enrollment numbers to maximize funding.
Community Ed & Recreation Director Erin Bates grew up north of Duluth, lived in various places, and then returned to the area in 1998 to work for the City of Duluth Parks and Recreation Department. She saw a position open for Community Ed & Recreation in Cloquet, took the position, and moved to the community. “I love the variety of my job. I get to bounce between several programming areas,” said Director Erin Bates.
Community Ed & Recreation leverages partnerships and covers an array of education, including:
- Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) School Readiness (preschool)
- Early Childhood Screening (required before Kindergarten)
- After-School Enrichment (Washington and Churchill Elementary schools)
- Middle School After School Enrichment
- Driver’s Education
- Adults with Disabilities
- Adult Enrichment (classes, activities, and trips)
- Age to age (generational gatherings)
- Facility Reservations and rentals (schools and city parks)
- Recreation (youth and adult)
- Aquatics (youth and adult, plus WSI certification courses)
- The Beach at Pinehurst
- Kids Corner School Age Childcare (before and after childcare ages 5-12)
- Li’l Lumberjacks and Li’l Thunder Learning Centers (preschool childcare for ages six weeks to Kindergarten)
Mission Statement: Cloquet Community Education and Recreation promotes, provides, and facilitates learning opportunities and social activities to serve all individuals & families while bridging generations, inspiring collaboration, and building community.
Cloquet Community Education & Recreation
2001 Washington Avenue, Cloquet, MN 55720
Phone: (218) 879-1261
Kimiski Paving - Family Business Based on Reputation
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC. and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet are talking about the Hidden Gem of Kiminski Paving.
Family owned and operated Kiminski Paving began in 1989 by Adam and Randy Kiminski’s father. By 2008, twin brothers Adam and Randy owned the business 50%-50%. The business model of Kiminski Paving has evolved to half earth work and half asphalt paving. Earth work services include site preparation, new utility installations and removal/replacement of existing, grading and drainage contouring, utility construction, asphalt patching and maintenance, street striping, site sweeping, winter maintenance, and more. “We work side by side with our staff and stand behind our work. If something isn’t right, we fix it,” said Adam Kiminski.
Kiminski Paving is a union business with plenty of competition in the Twin Ports area. They maintain 15 to 20 person staff, with about 10 who have been with the business for over 20 years. The core geographic area that Kiminski Paving is from Two Harbors to Sandstone. “We don’t advertise, we don’t need to, business referrals are how we get our work, people ask their neighbors and share their experience, and we appreciate people doing their homework and selecting us,” said Adam Kiminski.
During the off-season, Kiminski Paving staff operates large business snow removal contracts and recharges for the busy summer season. Call today for free estimates:
1441 Moorhead Road
Cloquet, MN 55720
Body Connection - Age is a Stage of Body
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC. and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet are talking about the Hidden Gem of Body Connection.
Body Connection has been in business in Cloquet for 24 years, operating first out of Park Avenue Fitness and then locating to the Lumberjack Mall, where they have been for over 20 years now. Certified Massage Therapists Jill Hough and sisters Marcy Bubb and Amanda Horvat trained at the Eagles Nest Institute. Body Connection provides the following massage services: relaxation, deep tissue, pregnancy, lymphatic, and senior. They also offer LaStone, neuromuscular, and cranial sacral therapy. Jill specializes in neck and head issues, Marcy focuses on the lower half of the body, and Amanda works on back problems.
Massage rates are the same for all therapists and are based on the length of the massage. They take appointments by phone.
Jill Hough has been a massage therapist since 1997, Marcy Bubb has been a massage therapist since 2000, and Amanda Horvat has been a massage therapist since 2000. All three women are certified by the American Bodyworkers and Massage Professionals (ABMP) as professional massage therapists.
B&B Market - The Art of Customer Service, a Business Succession Success Story
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC. and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet are talking about the Hidden Gem of B&B Market.
Cloquet graduate Jake Richardson started working at B&B Market at the age of 16. He learned the art of customer service from former B&B Market owners John and Kim Lind and considers himself a people person. He also shared that his grandpa, former Carlton Mayor Denny Randelin, taught him to give back to his community.
Jake and Mikayla Richardson's story is similar to the " fasten your seatbelts " of the Lind family. Mikayla grew up in Hector, Minnesota, and met Jake in college at Mankato State. Her degree focused on health, while Jake's was in management and business. Jake married his wife Mikayla in May of 2021, and by August 2021, they purchased B&B Market, located at 506 Big Lake Road in Cloquet. Shortly after that, Mikayla went from working as a stenographer to owning a thriving meat market and gas station with 34 employees, including Jake's parents! Mikayla does payroll, office scheduling, and operational components of the business, while Jake focuses on ordering products and communications across the company.
Most people don't realize the components of the B&B Market. They are gas station, meat shop, catering, food truck/equipment rental, and lottery/gaming. Their catering and food truck demand remains strong; they are hyper-local in their focus, gearing up for Carlton Days, the Carlton County Fair, and more.
“Most people aren’t aware there has been a change in ownership of B&B Market because our reputation hasn’t changed,” said Jake Richardson, business owner.
The store is known for its large selection of meats, beef sticks, and cheeses and its specialty of over 25 different types of brats. They sell homemade salads, vegetables, fruit, baked goods, chips, canned goods, lottery tickets, gas, and seasonal items - pumpkins and Christmas trees. It is your one-stop specialty store. You can order a wide variety of meat bundles. They also provide catering for any event by providing a large variety of food options, beverages, desserts, and paper products at affordable prices. One of their most extensive services is their cookout trailers that can cook hotdogs, brats, burgers, steaks, and anything in between. They also have a B&B wagon outside the store during the summer to offer customers hotdogs, brats, and burgers all day. It's an excellent option for a quality lunch when you may be pressed for time or want to spend some time with the family.
Epic Nutrition - Behind Every Shake is a Friendly Face
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC. and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet are talking about the Hidden Gem of Epic Nutrition.
Next time you need to relax or warm up on a cool day, head to Northern Minnesota’s ONLY Himalayan salt room offers unique halotherapy in this fantastic Cloquet shake shop called Epic Nutrition located at 10 N. 12th Street! Epic Nutrition is under the new ownership of Syna Robinson who purchased the business this spring. A Proctor High School graduate who returned to the area after living in other states, is a new mom. Syna is fueled by the passion to promote wellness. Her academic degree is in health and wellness from UW-Superior where she played soccer. She is also a certified personal trainer and coach specializing in post-partum and prenatal fitness. All of these skills will leverage and help her grow this Epic Nutrition wellness business where she plans to incorporate challenges and coaching support.
“Meal replacement shakes are easier on your stomach in the mornings than a large meal, they make a light and easy breakfast,” said business owner Syna Robinson. Syna admits the most popular shakes are, “Anything with peanut butter in them – currently Peanut Butter with Heath is neck and neck with Smores with Peanut Butter.”
Epic Nutrition offers a full menu of protein shakes in various and specialty flavors such as Chunky Monkey, herbal teas (hot or cold), juice bar, and iced coffees! The products boost energy and metabolism. Epic Nutrition also offers beauty products by Nu Skin ranging from anti-aging skincare, body butter, firming cream, sole solutions, tanner, and toothpaste.
The Salt Room at Epic Nutrition is the newest health trend in the United States, Halotherapy. Some of the many benefits you’ll receive from the Halotherapy include:
- Abatement of bronchial inflammation
- Removal of airborne pollen particles from airways
- Strengthening of immune system that decreases allergic reaction to pollen
- Cleansing and sanitation of the airways
- Prevention & treatment of the common cold & flu
- Improvement of dermatological disorders such as acne, dermatitis and psoriasis
- Reduction of snoring
- Better sleep
- Reduction of anxiety
Halotherapy has been around for hundreds of years in Europe. Thousands of salt rooms and caves are operating to provide salt therapy experiences. Halotherapy, or salt therapy, is a drug free and all natural, non-invasive treatment used to alleviate a multitude of health conditions.
Salt therapy appointments are taken on the hour and will last 45 minutes. The salt room is open Monday - Friday from 7 am - 3 pm and Saturday from 9 am - 1 pm. You can purchase single sessions or purchase a package of 3, 6, or 12 sessions for a discounted package price. They even offer a "Salt Room Spa Package." You can come to the salt room by yourself or come with a group. The salt room is a must-have experience.
Stop by and have a shake and tea, grab some whitening toothpaste and firming cream, and schedule an appointment in the salt room.
10 152th Street
Cloquet MN 55720
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Nu Luxe Salon Cloquet – Nu Location, Nu Options, Nu You!
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC. and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet are talking about the Hidden Gem of Nu Luxe Salon. On July 5, 2023, Nu Luxe Salon opened their new Cloquet facility at 901 Stanley Avenue after being open along Hwy 33 since 2016. The new facility offers a chic presentation with custom floors that are a must see, nine chairs, four private rooms for skin services, four sinks, and 2,000 square feet which is double the size of their former location. Now across from Walmart, near Bearaboo Coffee Escape, and close to several food service options, it’s the perfect location to host your group. “We can better accommodate our wedding parties in this space now,” said owner Bree Morton. She currently employs one esthetician and seven stylists but could use two more with business demands!
Locally owned and operated, offering various products and services to suit every style for men, women, and children. The salon is owned by Bree Morton, a stylist who married a Cloquet native and has a full life with four kids. Her team at Nu Luxe includes Dray, Hanna, Sam, and Meagan. They offer hair services, including Balayage coloring, are certified for Brazilian Blowouts, and Lahbee eyelash extensions and full body waxing. What you probably don’t know is that they are known for providing bridal updo hair services and makeup onsite and offsite, as well as reduced-price haircuts for military and public safety staff.
Perhaps most importantly if you’re wondering how to pronounce the business name, just say “new looks.” Nu Luxe is open six days a week, with Sundays off. Book your services today!
Nu Luxe Salon Cloquet
901 Stanley Avenue
Cloquet, MN 55720
Phone: (218) 878-1941 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Shop on the Corner – A Gift Shop featuring the work of local artists and craftspeople, plus vintage and antiques!
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC. and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet are talking about the Hidden Gem of Shop on the Corner. Pam Hubbard opened Shop on the Corner at 612 Cloquet Avenue in downtown Cloquet just before the fourth of July in 2023. Shop on the Corner is a specialty gift shop featuring local handmade products made by local artists and craftspeople. They also offer vintage items, repurposed furniture and antiques. In the future, they hope to add more Antiques and the Bergquist family will soon be adding Scandinavian products as well. The customer following is growing with appreciation for the variety, reasonable prices, and beautiful store layout.
Hubbard, a talented graphic artist, sews, paints, makes hats, designs print letterhead and business cards, and sublimation design. She grew up on the Iron Range in Aurora, Minnesota and has been in Cloquet for over sixteen years. For the past five years, she has been an event planner coordinating craft shows at the Cloquet Armory and Pine Tree Plaza.
Shop on the Corner hosts over 75 vendors and is selective with artists they chose from, ensuring a good selection for men, women, and children. Passionate entrepreneur Pam Hubbard says the Shop will offer classes and hopefully in the future she will get the commercial kitchen back into certified operation to offer deli sandwiches, soup, and French pressed coffee.
“I’ve always dreamed of owning a shop like this! There isn’t another art shop like this around for miles. The dream of Shop on the Corner came together so quickly and naturally. Everything really fell into place like it was divine intervention. I feel so very blessed and a little lucky that I have great connections. I’ve always been a networker and I’m not afraid to talk to people, ask for help or put myself out there. I think I got that from my dad,” said owner Pam Hubbard.
Products from featured artists are ever changing so stop by today and follow the classes offered at the store online!
Shop on the Corner
612 Cloquet Avenue
Cloquet, MN 55720
Cloquet’s Best Kept Secret the Moose Lodge 1274—Build Community and Find Your family!
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC. and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet are talking about the Hidden Gem of Moose Lodge 1274. The Moose Lodge is located in downtown Cloquet at 702 Cloquet Avenue is the Cloquet Moose Lodge 1274. They have been located here since the 1970’s, prior to that they were located in the West End. The building which can host an occupancy of 136 people is actually the historic fire department and the floors slightly slant towards the street – as illustrated by the pool table inside.
Membership of Moose Lodge 1274 is vibrant and growing with over 400 men and women. Membership is by invitation. Most new members are empty nesters looking to give back to their community and to build community. These folks often volunteer in the kitchen and work on Lodge events such as their golf tournament at Big Lake Golf Course and Cloquet Mini Golf event.
In Cloquet we saw firsthand that Moose Lodge 1274 members are people who like to help one another and have a good time. Ever miss small-town American and wonder where it’s gone to? GET HERE. They are hosting Friday night bingo, Wednesday card night, a Tuesday night member cash drawing, a Monday night meat raffle, and participate in citywide pool and dart leagues. They are rooted in community service with international purpose. The Cloquet Moose Lodge has food and a bar that helps generate funding to maintain the building and taxes. The only two paid positions are the bartender and gaming staff. Last year along, gaming proceeds raised at the Cloquet Moose Lodge 1274 brought in $59,000 in donations for local community organizations – such as area robotics teams, and support for schools projects. Members can rent the building for showers, funeral luncheons, and other space needs. Its currently $40/year to become a member plus the initial $20 application fee.
“We care for each other like a family,” said Cloquet Moose Lodge 1274 Administrator Patti Haus member since the age of 21 whose father has Pilgrim Moose Lodge status, meaning he’s been a member for over 50 years. “I’m on an International Moose Lodge Board, I know people in every state,” said Haus.
Have you ever wondered what is the Moose Lodge all about? In short, they are a fraternal organization that serves children and seniors in need. The Moose is an international organization with membership in Canada and England. If you are a Moose Lodge member, you can visit any Moose Lodge across the country or internationally. Funding they raise supports many activities but we want to note Mooseheart located west of Chicago, a facility for children without parents with a private school and activity center on a 1,000 acre campus referred to as a Child City and home for children and teens in need from infancy through high school. There is also Moosehaven for seniors located in Orange Park, Florida a retirement community for Moose members with over 15 years of membership.
Loyal Order of Moose – Cloquet Moose Lodge 1274
702 Cloquet Avenue Cloquet, MN 55720
Phone: (218) 879-8423
Website Cloquet: https://www.mooseintl.org/location/1274-cloquet/
Website International: https://www.mooseintl.org/
Laugh and Learn - 4 Star Parent Aware Rated
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC. and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet are talking about the Hidden Gem of Laugh and Learn.
Laugh & Learn Childcare Center now has two locations in Cloquet. The original location of 1506 Washington Avenue is for infants and toddlers. There are two infant rooms, one toddler room, and one school-aged room. The new location is 1000 Washington Avenue had three preschool classrooms. With this recent expansion, they created 20 infant spots, seven toddler spots, and 41 preschool spots.
Business owner Stacy Pohjola graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Superior in 2009 with an elementary education degree.
Stacy also worked at University Nursery School in Duluth and landed in Cloquet as the Director at All We Can Be on Doddridge Avenue. She opened her business Laugh & Learn, on January 2, 2013, and today operates three buildings with over 35 staff and lease space in Hermantown’s Salem Lutheran. She recently purchased her Washington Avenue building and opened a new lease space inside Cloquet’s Zion Lutheran Church.
“Our staffing is solid,” shared Pohjola.
Laugh & Learn Childcare Center is a four-star Parent Aware-rated facility for over eight years. They have a daily curriculum, conferences offered twice yearly, daily outside time, nutritious, catered meals, and kind, caring staff.“ We conduct conferences, monitor school readiness, and have an array of teaching styles we use. Because we participate in Parent Aware, Minnesota’s quality rating and improvement system, we are regionally eligible for scholarships for families at the poverty level offering up to $12,500 which is extremely helpful in this area,” said Pohjola.
Give them a call to learn more today!
TrueJourney Advisors - Cameron Nelson - Invest in What Matters
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC. and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet are talking about the Hidden Gem of TrueJourney Advisors - Cameron Nelson. Cameron Nelson opened his Cloquet office of TrueJourney this year in the Union Lofts building downtown. Cameron offers over twenty years of experience in investment planning and management and other financial services. TrueJourney is a Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network entity that offers independent offices additional marketing and compliance support.
“My company’s slogan is Invest in What Matters. I love that because it’s exactly what I work with my clients to achieve. What matters to one person is completely different than what matters to the next. It is my job to make sure we pinpoint exactly what is important to each client in order to move forward with a plan that will honor and safeguard those values,” said Cameron Nelson, Financial Advisor -Managing Director of the Cloquet TrueJourney office.Christine Schmidt, a Client Service Manager with extensive knowledge in the industry, joins Cameron. Both pride themselves on being available for calls and questions. They both love their downtown Cloquet office location and find it supports them in work-life balance and client access. Cameron shared, “I feel fortunate to have colleagues in this business who do a great job for their clients and represent this industry with dignity and a strong sense of responsibility. Living in a small town, we must support each other. There is plenty of room for all of us to succeed in making a positive difference for our clients.”
We asked Cameron and Christine what they offer clients and they responded, “Peace of mind.” Christine shared that taking care of people is her passion. Cameron shared that his niche is caring for people like he would care for his parents. “My goal is to deliver exceptional service. I go above and beyond in assisting my clients, it’s all about building relationships and understanding their financial goals.” He then shared, “I work with all kinds of clients, but I have a special place in my heart for helping those who have recently lost a spouse. I work hard to ensure that the role I play in handling the business side of things eases the burden for my widowed clients during a tremendously difficult time.”Cameron and Christine suggest that you introduce yourself to them next time you see them out at the grocery store or at a networking event. They love to meet new people and make connections.
Adolphson Real Estate - Helping the "Northland" Find Home
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC. and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet are talking about the Hidden Gem of Adolphson Real Estate. Locally owned with office locations in Cloquet and Hermantown, Adolphson Real Estate was established in 1991 by Les Adolphson to serve the Twin Ports region, Northeast Minnesota, and Northwest Wisconsin. Adolphson has 32 licensed and experienced sales associates to assist with residential and commercial real estate transactions in a personal and professional way. Several associates are dual-licensed in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Adolphson staff are engaged and active members of the Cloquet Area Chamber of Commerce, the Duluth Area Association of Realtors, the National Association of Realtors, the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Hermantown Chamber of Commerce.
Adolphson's Mission Statement: The foremost objective at Adolphson Real Estate is to uphold our reputable high integrity by providing thorough and professional service to our primary interest, the client. Buying your first home can be a confusing process. It doesn’t have to be when you work with a professional realtor and do your homework. Adolphson Realtors can take you through each step of the process to ensure you find the right home for your lifestyle and budget. “We specialize in serving our clients, our business has grown by business referrals and repeat clients. We help educate our buyers and sellers and guide them in building wealth,” said Associate Gerald Gorbet.
“It’s a family atmosphere and a cohesive office with a sense of loyalty, we cover showings and the office for one another because we understand that life happens. Ultimately, Les is the broker and we represent him and are proud to work here,” said Associate Julie Antonutti.
“A trend that we have seen is the growth in FSBO (for sale by owner) listings, one thing to keep in mind for sellers is that agents offer ten times the network exposure for your property. We priced ourselves in match making and helping people build their dreams,” said Associate Cheryl Beck.
Adolphson Real Estate offers:·
A FREE market analysis.·
A personalized marketing plan for the sale of your home.·
Can show you any of the properties listed in the multiple listing area.·
Can answer your new buyer questions.·
Can REFER you to reputable real estate brokers outside our area.·
Have specialists in commercial real estate, land, lake property and residential sales!
Contact Adolphson Real Estate today! https://adolphsonrealestate.com/
Cloquet Public Schools - Small Town Feel Offering Big City Amenities
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC. and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet are talking about the Hidden Gem of Cloquet Public Schools.
With over 400 full and part-time staff supporting over 2,500 students, Cloquet Public Schools (ISD 94) is an unhidden gem that provides an excellent option with supportive staff and a comprehensive range of programs and activities. Cloquet Public Schools has lots of opportunities in which you feel part of the community. “We have the most comprehensive programming offered in Carlton County; it’s comparable to offerings in the Twin Cities metro school districts but in a small town,” said Superintendent Dr. Michael Cary. Because of its strong reputation, Cloquet Public Schools attract students outside the ISD 94 boundaries. Both elementary schools are award-winning, Washington (Elementary Principals Association) and Churchill (Nation Blue Ribbon Schools Program), and Cloquet Middle School’s Tom Brenner was named Principal of the Year for the