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February 12, 2015

Prosthetics lab complex sold for $4.51 million

The Rochester commercial complex that houses a prosthetics firm and a veterinarian clinic recently sold for $4.51 million.

02122014prostheticslabcomplexRochester developer Gus Chafoulias sold the 13-year-old building at 121 23rd Ave. SW  to Mace Holdings LLP of Billings, Mont. Chafoulias developed and owned the 28,000-square-foot facility through his company, ACG Second Street LLC.

Prosthetic Laboratories of Rochester, Inc. and Affiliated Emergency Veterinary Service are tenants in the center, which stands in front of the Shorewood Senior Campus along Second Street Southwest. Chafoulias was invested in Prosthetic Labs until it sold to Hanger Inc. last year.

Michael R. Mace, managing partner of Mace Holdings, says the purchase is simply an investment for he and his wife.

"We think Rochester, Minn. is a dynamic community with wonderful people. We just think it's a great place to be doing business," said Mace.

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."

May 09, 2013

Not Westminster, but CeleBARK promises fun for dogs, familes

When the contests include worst doggy breath and owner/pet lookalikes, you know it isn't the Westminster Dog Show.

50edebd513994.imageHowever, you can bet your last collar that Saturday's CeleBARK Your Dog Day in the "backyard" of Rochester's Eagle Club will be a lot more fun for both pets and their families.

Pam Miller, owner of the mobile Bone Appetit Canine Bakery Unleashed, is sponsoring the family-friendly event to honor beloved dogs of all kinds, even those that might have a bit of halitosis. People are encouraged to bring well-behaved dogs that are up-to-date on their vaccinations.

Look for local celebrity judges Marcia Fritzmeier and Dr. Vicki Hunt to brave the bad breath, measure the longest ears and select the most similar dog/owner pair.

Fritzmeier is the handler of Mayo Clinic's popular therapy dog, Dr. Jack. Likewise, Hunt works with the therapy dog, Hershey. Hershey is known "Mr. June" from his appearance in the Rescued Dogs Calendar put out by Paws and Claws.

To help mark the first anniversary of the mobile version of her gourmet dog treat business, Miller wanted to host a fun and different kind of bash.

"I'd like it to become kind of a signature event," she says.

For the humans, both young and old, there will be games, contests, demonstrations and food. There even will be a treasure hunt similar to the Rochesterfest Medallion Hunt.

While fun is a big part of the fest by Bear Creek, it also will be about helping dogs find homes with good families.

"Part of my passion is to try and help rescue groups with their mission," says Miller.

Six rescue groups from Southeastern Minnesota will show off dogs available for adoption, as well as raise money to support their organizations.

While Miller has been locally-known for her homemade, preservative-free dog treats, she began driving her canine bakery and dog accessories shop on wheels to Rochester dog parks last summer.

"We go where the dogs and their owners are," she said.

Miller prides herself on offering the most current and unique products for dogs and the people who love them.

She says CeleBARK is just another way to help her business stand out from the pack.


Tag: Columnist, blogger and reporter Jeff Kiger tracks business action in Rochester and southeastern Minnesota every day in Heard on the Street.
Infobox headline: CeleBARK Your Dog Day
Infobox text: BACB Unleashed is sponsoring the free event. which is open to families and their well-behaved dogs.

• Saturday.

• From 11 a.m. to  2 p.m.

• Behind the Eagles Club at 917 15th Ave S.E. in Rochester.

For more information, go to

June 12, 2012

More RVs roll into Rochester

A new name in RVs and trailers has rolled into Rochester to help people get out of town and on the road.

Fridley-based Hilltop Trailer Sales opened a dealership near the Rochester International Airport on June 1. This is the first time the 61-year-old Hilltop has ever opened a second location, says general sales manager Mike Pearo.

Digi44866057"This is a great opportunity for us," he says. "We've looked at the Rochester market as a good spot to expand for a long time. We're really excited about this."

When Curtis Letsche of Rochester's long-time Curtis Camper Sales recently decided it was time to retire, it opened a door for Hilltop. It is now operating at the former Curtis location at 7050 11th Ave. S.W.

Hilltop sells new Jayco towable RVs, used recreation vehicles, parts and offers full service for trailers and RVs.

Also like Curtis Camper Sales, Hilltop is a family-owned business that was started by his grandfather in 1951. Now in its third generation, Hilltop is owned and operated by Pearo, his two brothers and their father.

The dealership has six on staff but plans to bring the Rochester team up to 10 to 12 employees.

An upgrade of the facilities is also in the works, though that is on the back burner until camper season is over.

Hilltop is not the only RV dealer that saw an opportunity in the Med City. Noble RV, of Owatonna, recently opened its own location between Rochester and Stewartville.

That puts Hilltop's new project very near Noble's brand new dealership. Is there enough recreational vehicle business to go around?

"I think it is a big enough market definitely with room for both us," says Pearo. "Competition is good. They are a good dealer and a good group of people. I think it will a benefit for Rochester and the people of southern Minnesota area to have two additions like Hilltop and Noble there."

September 06, 2011

Ethiopian cuisine cooking in Rochester

Halefom "Rico" Dorry is cooking up a plan to add some spice and a new flavor to Rochester's restaurant mix.

Dorry, who grew up in Rochester since he was 14, wants to introduce his hometown to the food and culture of his native Ethiopia by opening a new eatery, The Nile Restaurant.

Alicha_1 "This has long been a dream of mine. This is my way of paying Rochester back for raising me to be the person I am," says Dorry.

He hopes to open The Nile in mid- to late September at 2711 Commerce Drive N.W., off of West Circle Drive. That's the former home of The Clay Oven restaurant, which closed in early August.

For those not familiar with Ethiopian cuisine, many of the dishes are variations of a spicy vegetable and meat stew called wat. Wat is usually served with a soft pancake-like bread called injera.

03292010clayovenjk Dorry plans to offer customers who might not be used to the spongy bread a choice of injera or rice to be served with their dishes.

Side dishes often include vegetables like lentils, potatoes and cabbage.

For folks with a less of a taste for international foods, The Nile will also serve a selection of burgers, salads and kabobs.

He plans to open the family-run restaurant will a staff of three.

"I'm really excited to bring a little bit of my culture, a little bit of Ethiopia to Rochester," Dorry says.

Bucky Beeman of Hart-Beeman Real Estate handled the deal.

November 23, 2010

Canine coifs and doggy daycare

Thanks to the new owners at Bear Creek Kennels, your canine can get a new coif.

37171_165192860158917_131704510174419_565096_4769327_n Keri and Timm Peters took over Bear Creek at 2009 Eastwood Road S.E. in the spring. As of Oct. 1, the kennel has added a full slate of dog grooming services to its offerings.

The staff of three also provide long-term and short-term boarding as well as daily doggy day care services.

The Peters recently revamped Bear Creek's indoor and outdoor dog play areas and will soon launch a partnership with Annalissa Johnson of Good Dog Camp in Rochester.

In December, Johnson, a local dog obedience expert, will begin offering puppy classes through Bear Creek.

What inspired the Peters to buy a kennel business that can accommodate up to 45 canines?
As you might imagine, they are ardent dog lovers.

"This has always been my husband's dream," Keri says.

The couple own five dogs themselves — three American bulldogs and two Schipperkes.

October 14, 2010

Close to $4M in fed contracts + Roch. area

Here's a few contract announcements that rolled out from the feds this month.Financial_money_roll

 By my rough estimate, this short list adds up to about $3.7 million (Yeah, the bulk is from the Mayo Clinic one) rolling into Rochester and about $55,000 worth of dairy products coming in.

I think I recently read a factoid that one out of seven people in the U.S. get a paycheck from the government.

Looking at all of the money that rolls out each week from the feds, it wouldn't surprise me if that was true.

WASHINGTON, Oct. 13 -- Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., won a $3,305,364 federal contract from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md., for the development of multiplexed screening assays for newborn screening.


$103,320 Federal Contract Awarded to Turf & Tree

WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 -- Turf & Tree, Eyota, Minn., won a $103,320 federal contract from the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Prisons, Rochester, Minn., for the conduct of horticulture instruction services to inmates.

$55,328 Federal Contract Awarded to Dean Foods

WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 -- Dean Foods, Woodbury, Minn., won a $55,328 federal contract from the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Prisons, Rochester, MN., for milk and dairy products.


MILITARY $200,852 Federal Contract Awarded to Emcor Enclosures

WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 -- Crenlo LLC dba Emcor Enclosures, Rochester, Minn., won a $200,852 federal contract from the U.S. Air Education and Training Command, Keesler Air Force Base, Mo., for Emcor pilot consoles.

June 03, 2010

Change @ Fish &Pets Aquatic?

Fish&pets  The signs are there.

It looks like Fish & Pets Aquatic, the northside spin-off of south Rochester's massive Fish & Pets store, has stopped swimming.

Greg Goodnow opened the specialty aquarium shop last August at 1137 Sixth St. N.W. in the Barlow Plaza Shopping Center.

The main F&Ps store is in the Crossroads Plaza on South Broadway. Goodnow owns the store with his wife, Deb and his daughter, Sara.

I'll check in with Greg for more details, like when did the store close. Thanks to Mike S. for pointing this out and e-mailing me the pic.

May 14, 2010

Mexican eatery switch-up

There's an interesting morsel from Kimberly Van Brunt's Quick Bites column in today's paper. Barlow4

 El Gallo was a Mexican eatery tucked away in the back corner of Rochester's Barlow Plaza by the Fish & Pets store.

El Gallo opened in that space when Baja de Sol closed in 2006 or so. I believe El Gallo has been under a couple owners.

Here's what Kimberly has on that spot:

Round and round she goes…
Been meaning to check out El Gallo, the hidden gem I wrote about a few weeks back? You’re already too late; it closed recently. It will soon reopen as La Mojarra, a Mexican seafood restaurant under new owner Oscar Reyes. I’ll have more about this one soon.

April 29, 2010

More on new downtown Roch. photo studio

Here's more on Olive Juice Studios spawning a second, budget photography studio called Apple Juice:


The creative juices are really flowing in downtown Rochester.

Scott and Kelly Schoeberl, who own and operate Olive Juice Studios, are stirring things up by opening a second photograph studio – Apple Juice.

Apple juice The concept is to offer Olive Juice-style portraits at a lower cost by streamlining the process and shooting only in-studio photo sessions.

"We run into people all of the time who say they love what we do, but say it costs more than they want to spend," Kelly Schoeberl says. "We just stopped and asked ourselves how do we do that."

They decided a second studio was the answer.

On June 10, the new Juice is slated to open with its own team of three photographers and a studio manager just up the stairs from its parent studio in the City Market building at 212 First Ave. S.W.
Olive Juice's photo team does its work out and about at weddings, in baby nurseries or taking pet portraits in backyards.

To prepare for a session, Scott and his team meet with the clients to plan out a future shoot and then meet again after the shoot to choose photos.

Those photos might be used in custom-designed cards, coffee table books or purchased along with a frame that the Olive staff might actually hang on a client's wall.

In contrast, a session at Apple Juice is done in one visit in the studio with people choosing their photos at the end. No specialty cards or frames will be offered — just simple, quality prints.

"Apple Juice is not meant to replace Olive Juice. We think it will complement it," Scott says.

That also means providing Olive Juice-style energetic, personality-packed portraits.

The three A.J. photogs have been training with Scott for the past two months to create the same vibe in the studio that he does at a wedding or outdoor shoot.

"Ultimately, if you are going to name something juice, it will reflect on us," Kelly says.