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Stillwater Businesses Plan Dinner to Say ‘Thank You’ to Local First Responders

Several Stillwater businesses are saying “Thank you” to our local police, firefighters and medics this week by serving a meal to those who serve our community. “In short, we will be serving dinner to first responders simply as a Thank You,” Candyland Owner Brandon Lamb said. “A lot of tragic events are taking place around our nation, and as a community we want to keep the Love in our town rather than the negativity.”

The event was organized by Lamb and Jarvis Glanzer of Watermark Church, with support from dozens of local businesses including the Main Street IBA, Leo’s Grill and Malt Shop, Reclaiming Beautiful, QuickFire Pizza, Alfresco, Lift Bridge Brewery, the Water Street Inn, Team Boo Realty, the Dock Cafe, Tin Bins and Acapulco. “This idea first came about to have a dinner for all first responders, but in light of recent events, we felt we needed to speed up the process and start on a lower scale,” Lamb said. “We would still like to continue working on a bigger event that will most likely happen early next year.”

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Chamber Celebrates 20 Year Anniversary of Acapulco Mexican Restaurant

The Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce celebrated a 20 year anniversary milestone of Acapulco Mexican Restaurant at their Stillwater location. The family-owned and operated, Acapulco Mexican Restaurant is not a chain. Jesus and Maria Leon, were born in Jalisco, Mexico and relocated their family to Minnesota in the early 90's. They had nine children, all of whom are involved with the business. From architecture and construction, to equipment repair and maintenance, to electrical engineering, cooking, catering, menu planning, bartending and the day to day running of the restaurants, the family is truly running the business. Continue Reading →

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Ribbon Cutting: Stillwater Chamber Celebrates 25th Anniversary, New Ownership of Midtown Antique Mall

The Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce celebrated a 25 year anniversary milestone of Midtown Antiques on April 28 at their Main Street location in Stillwater. The business was established May 1, 1991 in a small building on Main Street with only 20 dealers. In 1997, they expanded and moved to its current location, 301 South Main Street. Midtown Antiques is under the new ownership by Julie Kranz. “I’ve always had an interest in antiques, and am enthusiastic about the future of our business and the support the Greater Stillwater Chamber is providing to help us grow.”

Midtown offers antiques & collectibles from early American to mid-20th century. Continue Reading →

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Afton Alps’ Last Call … A Rail Jam Competition and Beer Festival

Afton Alps Last Call to play in the snow event is happening Saturday afternoon. Afton’s saying good bye to winter with a rail jam competition, beer festival, vendor village and food trucks from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 7 at Afton Alps. Afton Alps partnered with The Growler to put on a beer fest that will feature more than 45 brews. A ticket for unlimited sampling costs $20 per person. The entry fee to the rail jam competition is $20. Spectators are free. Continue Reading →

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Lift Bridge Brewing’s Big Brew Day Event Celebrates Homebrewers

Lift Bridge Brewing Co. is holding its first Big Brew Day event on Saturday, May 7 from noon to 6 p.m.

Each year, the American Homebrewing Association promotes “Big Brew Day” to get as many people as possible from around the world to brew beer at the same time. Last year, more than 11,000 people attended a Big Brew Day event. The official beer for the 2016 event, as suggested by the American Homebrewers Association, is Summer Ginger Ale. Lift Bridge’s Big Brew Day event will host 24 registered homebrewers who will come together to brew in designated areas inside and outside of the brewhouse. Continue Reading →

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Ribbon Cutting: Greater Stillwater Chamber Celebrates Opening of Club Z! In-Home Tutoring

The Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce celebrated the opening of new business, Club Z! In-Home Tutoring on April 28 th at Reve Bistro in Stillwater. Club Z! of the East Metro offers private, in-home tutors for all grades and subjects. Their tutoring services are tailored to fit their client’s academic needs and schedule. Continue Reading →

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Ribbon Cutting: Chamber Celebrates Opening of Rodan + Fields in Stillwater

The Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce celebrated new business consultant Jill Thomas with Rodan + Fields at Reve’ Bistro with a ribbon cutting on March 2. Rodan + Fields offers multiple skincare product lines by the doctors who created ProActiv. Options include products for sun damage/age spots, anti-aging, sensitive skin and the #1 premium acne line in the US only available through consultants. Jill Thomas recently dedicated herself fully to this business after an 18 year career in healthcare in January 2016. “I am fortunate to have the Doctors who created ProActiv as my business partners! Continue Reading →

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Ribbon Cutting: Stillwater Chamber Celebrates Opening of Beth Ryland Therapy, LLC

The Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce celebrated the opening of new business, Beth Ryland Therapy, LLC with a ribbon cutting on March 16 in Stillwater. Beth Ryland Therapy, LLC provides counseling services to individuals and couples with a focus on improving communication, reducing conflict, and increasing connection and intimacy. Beth opened her Stillwater location in September 2015 because of the need for specialized counseling services locally. “Community professionals have had to refer individuals and couples with intimacy concerns to the cities. My goal is to provide safe, discrete counseling close to home,” Ryland said. Continue Reading →

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Robin Anthony Named Executive Director of Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce

Robin Anthony has been named the new Executive Director of the Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce. Anthony will start the position on Friday, April 1. Anthony fills a 7-month vacancy in the position previously held by Todd Streeter. She is the co-owner of PartyOnStillwater, and brings more than 25 years of experience to her new role including over 12 years working with government, 8 years as an executive manager of a global consulting firm and 5 years as a local small business owner. “I am honored to accept this position with an organization that I truly believe in, and am excited to work together with other local organizations to collaborate and bring new opportunities to the community and our membership,” Anthony said. Continue Reading →

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Bread Art is Hosting a Cookie Sale in April to Benefit Michael J Fox Foundation

Bread Art in Bayport is hosting a special cookie sale during the month of April to benefit The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF). April is Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month and as a member of Team Fox, Bread Art is donating $.25 from every S’More cookie sold in April. Bread Art aims to raise $500 or more to enable MJFF to continue funding critical research to find better treatments and a cure for Parkinson’s disease (PD). S’Mores cookies are what Esme Fox, Michael J. Fox’s daughter, sold during her first cookie sale benefitting the Foundation. Heather Peterson, owner of Bread Art bakery, said she chose to bake as part of Team Fox because both her mom and father-in-law have Parkinson’s disease. Continue Reading →

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Stillwater Current Launches New Local Business Directory: Claim Your Free Listing Now

Stillwater Current is proud to announce a new local Business Directory. Stillwater Current has partnered with Bizyhood to launch a new business directory. We’re offering free starter directory listings for businesses, churches and civic groups, so make sure to claim your listing today. The business directory allows businesses to connect easier with 40,000-plus people that visit Stillwater Current every month. This year, Stillwater Current is on track to have more than 800,000 page views that are local. Continue Reading →

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John Baillie Named Minnesota Veterinarian of the Year

Dr. John Baillie, owner and medical director of Cedar Pet Clinic Lake Elmo, has been been named Veterinarian of the Year by the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association. Baillie received the award at the recent convention at the Hilton Minneapolis,where nearly 2500 veterinarians and veterinary professionals gathered for their annual meeting. “This award is the most prestigious that we give”, said Dan Tjornehoj of theMinnesota Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA).  “It is for his accomplishments and dedication to veterinary medicine and service to others that the MVMA has honored Dr. Baillie.” “I am overwhelmed and grateful,” said Baillie. Continue Reading →

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ModernRoots Celebrates Grand Opening in Downtown Stillwater

The Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce recently celebrated the grand opening of ModernRoots, a new retailer on North Main Street in downtown Stillwater. ModernRoots offers natural soaps, and body care products created by owner Meg DiMercurio. “I grow, harvest and create my products based on my own model that is naturally free of parabens, sulfates, corn, soy and canola,”DiMercurio said. “Everything is created by hand. I grow about 60% of the ingredients; foraging for 10% of that and growing 40% of my own herbs for steam distillation (essential oils).”

ModernRoots began with Meg attending farmer’s markets and selling online in 2011. Continue Reading →

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StillwaterEats! 2016 ‘Best Burger in the Valley’ Cards Now On Sale

It’s time for the “Best Burger in the Valley” contest. Burger cards for downtown Stillwater’s seventh annual Best Burger in the Valley competition are now on sale. This year, 10 downtown restaurants will compete for the “Best Burger in the Valley” title, while raising awareness and funding for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Read the story of how the “Best Burger in the Valley” contest began

To date, the “Best Burger in the Valley” contest has raised more than $77,500 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. When cards sell out this year, that amount will jump to more than $100,000. Continue Reading →

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Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce Holiday Gala is Dec. 8

The Greater Stillwater Chamber’s Holiday Gala is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 8 at the Lake Elmo Inn & Event Center, and this year, the Chamber is mixing it up a bit. This year’s event will begin a two-year process of rebranding the Holiday event to become a Winter Gala.  This year’s event will include appetizers, a cash bar, entertainment, a brief award’s ceremony, and an opportunity to win prizes donated by our own Chamber Members. The Chamber is thrilled to offer yet another opportunity for their membership to mix and mingle with some Holiday jingle. The event is open to the public. Continue Reading →

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Ribbon Cutting: Good Times Tattoo Co. Moves to New Oak Park Heights Location

The Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce celebrated the new store location of Good Times Tattoo Company with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Nov. 6. Good Times Tattoo Company initially opened up shop in 2011. Because of their success and business growth, they recently moved to a larger location within the same strip mall on the frontage road of Route 36 in Oak Park Heights. The business is locally owned and operated by Josh Strand. Continue Reading →

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Ribbon Cutting: Lace Salon Opens in Oak Park Heights

The Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce celebrated the opening of new business, Lace Salon on Nov. 6. Lace Salon, located at 14375 60th St N. in Oak Park Heights, is a high-end salon with a friendly and relaxed environment. They offer many services including cuts, color, foil, glossing treatments, deep conditioning, perms, blowouts, updos and waxing. The stylists at Lace Salon utilize Wella hair color and Wella products are also for sale. Continue Reading →

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Lift Bridge’s 5th Annual Commander Release Party: Music, Mustaches and Barleywine

Lift Bridge Brewing Co.’s 5th Annual Commander Barleywine Release Party is happening from 3-10 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 14 at the brewery. There will be mustache contest, live music by The Langers Ball, Orange Whip and Candy Shop, contests, prizes and classic carnival games. The Commander Barleywine Release Party is all ages until 7 p.m., when it turns to a 21+ event. According to Lift Bridge:

Commander is Lift Bridge’s English-Style Barleywine ale brewed with an excessive malt bill and subtle, sweet cardamom. Continue Reading →

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Ribbon Cutting: Artful Indulgence Opens Up Shop in Oak Park Heights

The Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce celebrated the opening of Artful Indulgence with a ribbon cutting on Nov. 6. Artful Indulgence, located at 13999 60th St. N., in Oak Park Heights, is a place to gather your friends for an evening unlike any other – for fun, relaxation and to discover what masterpiece your inner artist can create. Business owners Stephanie and Steve Weber are passionate about creating a fun and creative environment where people can paint, sip and nosh. Continue Reading →

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Rita’s Italian Ice Giving Away Free Treats Wednesday for Grand Opening Celebration

Rita’s Italian Ice is giving away frozen treats Wednesday (Nov. 11) for it’s Grand Opening celebration in Stillwater. Rita’s Italian Ice is located of Lucky’s Station on Greeley Street and Curve Crest Boulevard. Rita’s Italian Ice is giving away regular-sized Italian Ice and Gelati’s for $1. Veteran’s will get free Gelati’s. Continue Reading →

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Veterans Day: Leo’s Grill & Malt Shop Serving Free Meals to Vets, Active-Duty Service Members

Leo’s Grill & Malt Shop is honoring veterans and active-duty service personnel with a free meal on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. This is the eighth year that Leo’s has held the Veterans Day event. At 11 a.m. local veterans will proceed from the Stillwater American Legion Post 48 through downtown Stillwater ending at the corner of Main and Chestnut streets near Leo’s. Stillwater police will halt traffic while the Color Guard performs their traditional ceremony including a bugler performing “Taps,” a short prayer and a 21-gun salute. Continue Reading →

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Ribbon Cutting: Mobile-Link Communications Celebrates New Stillwater Location

The Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce celebrated the relocation of Mobile-Link Communications on Oct. 20. Mobile-Link Communications, located at 1675 Greeley St., is a mobility solutions company. They work with many national cell phone and landline service providers to consult with their clients on the many options available. This is at no additional cost to the client and allows for an unbiased approach to telecom management. Continue Reading →

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Deal Alert: Stillwater’s QuickFire Pizza Celebrates Third Anniversary with $3 Pizzas, All Day Long

Monday is QuickFire Pizza’s third anniversary in Stillwater — and to celebrate they’re offering every pizza on the menu for $3, all day long. The $3 pizza deal is good for dine-in only. In case you need an introduction — or a refresher — here’s a look at the menu. Ryan Lettner and Paul Larson opened their QuickFire Pizza location at 116 Main Street South three years ago (Oct. 26, 2012). Continue Reading →

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Trick or Treat on Main Street This Weekend in Downtown Stillwater

Trick or Treat on Main Street is happening this weekend in downtown Stillwater. Participating merchants will have a Trick or Treat sign in windows of their store or restaurant, and dish out tricks or hand out treats from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24 and Sunday, Oct. 25. If you bring the kids downtown, look for this poster in the storefront of participating businesses:

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Ribbon Cutting: Greater Stillwater Chamber Celebrates Opening of PartyOnStillwater Storefront

The Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce celebrated the storefront opening of PartyOnStillwater on Friday, October 16. PartyOnStillwater has relocated their business to a storefront that allows more room for their growing event rental inventory. The move will also allow them to meet with clients in their new showroom and display their expanding products and services. “This is very exciting for PartyOnStillwater. We are ahead of our business plan by one year! Continue Reading →

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Ribbon Cutting: Greater Stillwater Chamber Celebrates The Shire Literary Center

The Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce celebrated the opening of The Shire Literary Center on Tuesday, October 13. The Shire classroom is located within ArtReach St. Croix near downtown Stillwater. The Shire Literary Center offers creative writing classes for youth including developing skills for the writing of novels, screenwriting, anime, and poetry. Their goals are to nurture the creative spirit, develop youth writing skills, and to connect youth, instructors and resources in the community. Continue Reading →

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The Big Carve Set for Oct. 21 at Lift Bridge Brewery

The Big Carve is happening this week at Lift Bridge Brewing Co. Carve pumpkins without having to clean up the mess from 5-9 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 21 in the brewery. For $6, Lift Bridge gives out carving tools and a pumpkin from Bergmann’s Greenhouse. There will also be food by R.A. MacSammy’s Food Truck, family-friendly music with the Roe Family Singers. Continue Reading →

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Rita’s Italian Ice Opens Next Week at Lucky’s Station in Stillwater

A new frozen treat is coming to Stillwater. Rita’s Italian Ice is planning to open up shop inside of Lucky’s Station on Greeley Street later this month (Monday, Oct. 12). Rita’s Italian Ice, a Pennsylvania-based company, this summer unveiled plans to open “express units” in convenience stores, gas stations and travel plazas around the country, according to The Stillwater location will have a drive-thru window on the south side of the gas station, and will be open from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sunday -Thursdays, and 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Continue Reading →

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Women’s Business Bridge Education Session

Seats are filling up for the WBB Education Session! Introduction to Web Marketing and Advertising for Small Business presented by Ted Kozlowski, DemandQuest Marketing Institute. Brought to you by the Women’s Business Bridge-WBB, a program of the Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce:

REGISTER HERE==>! This session will give you the resources and information on how to create an effective web presence using tools from Google, Yahoo! & more. Continue Reading →

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Lift Bridge Brewing Co. Celebrates 7th Anniversary by Pickin’ and Grinnin’ on Sept. 12

Lift Bridge Brewing Company is celebrating their seventh anniversary with a their traditional “Pickin’ and Grinnin’” party. Swing by Lift Bridge Brewery Saturday, Sept. 12 to pick fresh hops for this year’s seasonal fresh hop ale, “Harvester.”

The hop-pickin’ — and more than likely grinnin’ — begins at noon and lasts until the hops are gone. All ages are welcome until 7 p.m., then it’s just 21-plus. Hops will be pitched into the brew by 4 p.m.

This year’s Pickin’ and Grinnin’ Party features music by:

Noonish – The Thirsty River

2 p.m. – The Dang Ol’ Tri’ole

4 p.m. – Tree Party

6 p.m. – Frankie Lee

8 p.m. – Ruben

Food from Leo’s Grill and Malt Shop will be served from noon to 5 p.m., and then Valhalla Nordic Smoke and Ale House will be on hand serving food from 5-10 p.m.

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Boutwell House Restoration Fundraiser is Tuesday at Lift Bridge Brewery

With Summer Tuesdays in the rearview mirror, Lift Bridge Brewing Company’s series of “Townie Tuesday” fundraisers continues this week benefitting the restoration efforts of the Boutwell House. “Townie Tuesdays is from 5 to 9 p.m., Tuesday at the brewery on Tower Drive. William T. Boutwell’s home is owned by the Washington County Historical Society. The Washington County Historical Society purchased the home for $600,000. The historical society still need to raise funds for renovations. Continue Reading →

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