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July 25, 2011

Lanesoro landmark closing its doors

Here's some bad news for fans of the nearby artsy town of Lanesboro.

3786678963_7c8fee19f7 I've gotten word that Das Wurst Haus German Village and Deli, a Lanesboro landmark since the 1990s, is expected to close for good after Labor Day.

Arv and Jan Fabian usually shut down the deli known for its homemade sausages,root beer and impromptu accordion performances when they go to Arizona for the winter.

However this year, it sounds like they won't be re-opening in April for the tourist season.

"We're shutting her down," says Arv.

I haven't had a chance to chat with him in depth yet to find out the whole story, but he sounds like the plans to close up the shop are pretty firm.

I'll update this with any more details that I can round up.

March 17, 2011

Jeweler pairs up with new boutique

Liz Bucheit's Crown Trout Jewelers will soon have a roommate.

Lanesb83 Look for a new stylish women's clothing retailer — Bittersweet Boutique & Antiques — to open on April 1 in part of Bucheit's downtown Lanesboro shop at 107 Parkway Ave. N.

"Basically, it will be two businesses under one roof," says Bucheit, who is an award-winning jewelry designer and goldsmith. "It is a great complement to my shop, because they have some really, really cool stuff."

That cool stuff includes "unique" styles of women's clothing, says Valerie Gilfillan, who is opening Bittersweet with her husband, Bruce Gilifillan.

Expect the clothing to be made mostly of natural fibers, which means lots of cottons, flax and other materials not made in a lab somewhere.

While the space doesn't allow for lots of antiques, look for some vintage jewelry and women's hats on Bittersweet's new clothing.

The couple will staff the shop along with friend, Melanie Weis.

So how did the Gilfillans end up opening a quirky women's clothing boutique in Lanesboro?

"We both retired," quips Valerie Gilfillan. "And we've found we're not real good at it."

After finding warmer climates not suited to them, the couple settled on moving to one of their favorite spots to visit — Lanesboro.

Connections to the bed & breakfast businesses in the scenic city plus Valerie's interest in fashion somehow added up to the idea for the Bittersweet Boutique.

Bucheit then reached out to help them turn the idea into a reality.

Trout"I have been in Lanesboro for 15 years, and I found a great opportunity  here. I came here as an entrepreneur from Minneapolis, and I made my dreams come true here," she says.

That inspired her to give the Gilfillans a hand.

"I want to pay it forward — to give another entrepreneur a chance as I was given a chance," Bucheit says.

While paying it forward, she is also tweaking her own business.

"We're known for our custom design, but now we're going to be more of a full service jewelry store as well," she says. That means adding jewelry and watch repair services by hiring Micheal Seiler, a repair expert and certified goldsmith.