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September 04, 2014

Pending real estate deal spurs flower shop move

Flowers By Jerry will soon move its Third Avenue shop because a pending real estate deal could change scenery on the high-profile Rochester corner.

04092014flowersbyjerrybuckeyeOwner Kevin Patton says the sale of his building at 410 Third Ave. S.E. is in the works along with the adjacent Buckeye Liquor building, which he also owns. Robert and Diane Satterwhite own Buckeye and lease the building from Patton.

Patton is shifting his business offices and the floral design from the Third Street shop to Flowers By Jerry's other location by Silver Lake. That change could happen by the end of this month.

"We're consolidating that part of the business, but we're also branching out," said Patton said.

Patton is opening another store, Flowers By Jerry Lux Floral Boutique, in the TJ Maxx Plaza in southwest Rochester to replace the Third Street location. As the different name would suggest, this new location will be a new take of the standard flower shop.

Patton describes it as mix of a floral store with a women's clothing boutique with clothing, jewelery and home decor.

The floral boutique will be located just outside the entrance of TJ Maxx. Flowers By Jerry will move into the 2,500-square-foot space left open by Fox Nails' recent move to a new spot on the other side of the atrium.

If everything goes as planned, it's expected to be ready to open by the start of November, if not sooner. With all of the changes, Patton anticipates he may eventually need to add a new part-time position or two to his current staff of about 20.

While all of these plans are moving forward, details about what will happen on the corner of Third Avenue and Fourth Street are scarce at this point. The sale of the Flowers By Jerry and Buckeye Liquors buildings could close by the end of this month. However, Patton isn't discussing the buyer or any other details until it officially wraps up.

Given that corner's proximity to downtown and the Olmsted County Government/Rochester City Hall, some are speculating that the purchase of those two buildings is a sign that a developer wants to build a new commercial center, restaurant or hotel.

October 25, 2013

Roch. Feed and Seed to plant 2nd store

Rochester Feed and Seed plans to fill a need by opening a second store here.

Netta Putzier and Bob Kopplin, who co-own the popular pet food and country living store at the corner of South Broadway and U.S. 14., doubled their presence by opening another Rochester Feed and Seed at 3155 Wellner Dr. N.E. That puts them across East Circle Drive from the Paragon Chateau 14 movie theater.

Rochfeedseed"Customers have been asking when we're opening a store on the north side of town for a while, so now we are," said Putzier. "There are a lot of people in that area who own companion animals."

Painting and construction already are underway, and she hopes to open the new 2,800-square-foot store by mid-November.

"The colors are great there. We're very excited about this," she said.

She expects to add three or four more employees to handle staffing for the second store. The original store in southeast Rochester has 10 on staff.

The store will carry an array of pet foods, accessories, bird seed for feeders and more. In an effort to control quality, Rochester Feed and Seed stocks products made in the U.S., whenever possible.

"People are very protective of their pets. They are members of the family these days," she said.

While the new, smaller shop will have the same focus as its older sibling, Putzier said it won't carry the clothing lines nor will it offer pet grooming services provided at the other site.

In 2008, Rochester Feed and Seed relocated from Marion Road to the spot at the corner of South Broadway and U.S. 14. That proved to be a very good move for the store.

"The people of Rochester are great. They buy local and support stores like ours," said Putzier. "You treat them right and they keep coming back."

June 03, 2013

Massage clinic to plant new express location near downtown

When a flower flourishes beyond what its location can support, gardeners often take cuttings from it to plant in new areas.
That's a pretty accurate description of what Tina Ridler is doing with her new spin-off of the Med City's popular Lilac Wellness Center.
LilacWellnessCenterLOGO_FINAL0While her main massage and health clinic at 3270 19th St. N.W. in the 19th Street Business Park isn't going anywhere, she is ready to plant a new Lilac Wellness Express location closer to Rochester's downtown.
She said she hopes to open the doors of her second Lilac at 606 Second St. S.W. in early July.

The concept is that Lilac Express will be a same-day appointment/walk-in friendly facility designed to cater to downtown professionals and Mayo Clinic visitors.

That means it will focus on different services than her full massage studio. The express will offer shorter, "over the clothes" treatments more in the 30-minute range. The services will include chair massage, "Pillossage" (Thermal Tissue Release), aromatherapy, hand massage, scalp massage, shiatsu, cranio/sacral as well as reflexology.

"Don't let the express services fool you," said Ridler of her new project. "This office plans to be a tranquil healing oasis in the midst of our city's downtown hustle and bustle."

Why launch a satellite like this?

Ridler said she wants "to expand Lilac's reach in the community." Plus, she and her staff receive many requests from potential clients who are located in downtown.

To get this new endeavor rolling, Lilac's team of seven professional therapists, including Ridler, will staff the express location at the start. The plan calls for more staff members to be hired as business picks up.

October 03, 2012

Roch schools buy Market Square building

Here's some from an article by Matthew Stolle about the school district buying the almost empty Rochester Market Square building for $2.1 million.

I guess the buzz about the schools looking at buying a commercial building that I reported back in June panned out. Toot. That was me tooting my own horn. Heh.

I remember back when Tom and Joe Haley along with Darren Groteboer broke ground for the home building mall in 2005.

The district seems to have gotten a good price. The property was listed at $3.5 million on last month.

ServeAttachmentThe Rochester School Board on Tuesday approved the purchase of the Rochester Market Square building in southeastern Rochester for the purpose of relocating the district's area learning center programs, housed at Golden Hill Education Center.

The board agreed to buy the 56,000 square-foot, L-shaped structure for $2.1 million, nearly two months after it began negotiations with the owner, SA Group Properties.

Officials estimate that remodeling the building into a school — work that is set to begin in January so that the new school will be ready for the start of the 2013-2014 school year — will cost an additional $6.6 million, bringing the total cost of the project to $8.7 million.

"It's going to be a good deal," said Rochester Superintendent Michael Munoz after the meeting. "They are going to get a better facility to be educated. And we're going to be able to possibly expand the services that we offer them."

There is one unique twist to the arrangement. The market square building is empty but for a single tenant, a Sherwin-Williams paint business that is halfway through its 10-year lease. It so far has expressed no interest in quitting the space it occupies, which is at the top end of the L-shaped building, away from the main part of the building, officials say.

By agreeing to buy the building, the district also purchased the lease held by the previous owner, a detail that will affect the project's financing and make the district a rent collector.
Even with the tenant there, officials say, the market square structure will be a roomier place for staff, students and programs, allowing the consolidation of some ALC programs that are scattered at different sites. Golden Hill is a building of 36,000 square feet, while market square has 56,000 square feet. Sherwin-Williams occupies about 6,000 square feet of that space, still leaving 50,000 square feet for the school and enough space to accommodate an elementary school-sized gym.

A large garden that students and community groups have been working on at Golden Hill will also be transferred to the new site, officials say.

October 17, 2011

Two well-known flower businesses cross-pollenate

In case you missed it in the weekend paper, here's my take on the changes sprouting up at Fisdal Flowers. The PB pic below is of Gary Fiksdal, by the way.


Two well-known Rochester names are coming together as a 64-year-old retail landmark changes hands.

Fiksdal Flowers, the venerable florist across Second Street from Saint Marys Hospital, is being purchased by Jack Hawkins of Carousel Flowers.

Owner Gary Fiksdal will stay on with the store after the sale becomes official on I6eifny9fgm2yj515201081233Nov. 1.

"We're going to keep the Fiksdal name, but we'll blend the Carousel name into it," Hawkins says. "The Fiksdal name is well-known, and we don't want to change that. We'll just make the connection to Carousel."

Hawkins, who owns the large Carousel floral center in northwest Rochester and a popular commercial plant-leasing service, says this deal is good for everyone.

"When Gary decided he wanted a change, we started talking and very quickly we had worked something out," Hawkins says. "There is a lot of opportunity there and I want more presence in downtown and the Saint Marys area."

25-3732AAExpect the Fiksdal staff to stay pretty much the same.

The big changes will be the flower shop's hours and its offerings. Its hours will follow Carousel's, which means being open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.

While Fiksdal has always focused primarily on flowers, the store will add more gift choices like Carousel has.

To make room for that, a rear wall of the Fiksdal store will be removed and the display area will be expanded and re-arranged, and new fixtures will be installed.

The store will remain open as that work is done. The hope is wrap up by Nov. 1.

This is all happening just days after the store's 64th anniversary. The three Fiksdal brothers, Ed, Mards and Arvin, originally opened the store on Oct. 18, 1947.

Hawkins, who has a long history in Rochester retail himself, says he has long been close to the Fiksdal family. Ed Fiksdal, Gary's father, was his Scout leader and took care of the Fiksdals' yard as a kid.

Later, when Hawkins became a Scout leader, Gary Fiksdal was in his troop.