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O.M.G. Opens, Take a Look at Gorgeous Upgrades at the Hotel, and more!

After a long snow-filled winter, this spring has sure started with some great upgrades in Ortonville! First, I stopped over at O.M.G. (Ortonville Mercantile & Gallery) – it is just across the street from my office and I’ve been watching them work on getting ready for a bit now.  So, when Mary Hillman of the Big Stone Lake Area Chamber told me they were now open… I headed over for a look!  Check out the photos below – and make a plan to stop in – Downtown Ortonville right across the street from the newly renovated building of  Ortonville Family Eyecare!   Now… check out the work that has been completed so far at Idle Spurs Inn (formerly Vali Vu Motel) – WOW!  I talked with Brandy yesterday about the work that they’ve been doing since purchasing the property in October.  She is concerned about the look of the exterior at this point – but when you’re doing as much work as they are, there is bound to be parts done before others!  The photos will give …

New Business Opening December 1st

2nd Street (Coffeehouse & Bistro) will have their soft open on December 1st – Just in time for all of the downtown festivities!  Santa Day, the official Snowflake Lighting and the Lighted Parade will all be on December 1st. In talking with Sara Keller, one of the owners, they plan to have a limited menu through Memorial Day weekend and at that time have their Grand Opening with a full menu in place in time for the summer season. Sarah and Brenda (both owners) will be coffee prepping this weekend and continuing to prepare for December 1st.  Although they do not plan to have their full menu available until Memorial Day, Sarah did note that they will be serving a full breakfast… and make sure to stop in during the Santa Day activities to try her Keto friendly Carrot Cake!  I know there will be quite a few locals excited to have Keto, Paleo, and vegetarian choices included on their menu!   Sarah loves to bake (I enjoyed just listening to her talk about what’s coming!) …

Arachne Yarns and More

From the “Meet our Businesses Series – Ortonville Owner:  Tessie Smith Address:  132 2nd Street NW, Ortonville Phone:  701-429-7384 Check out their Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/ArachneYarns/ History:  Arachne Yarns and More began several years ago, but opened up at the current location in October 2017. I have been working with wool for the past 25 years. I raised my own fiber animals until a few years ago. I am a knitter, weaver, spinner, and felter and enjoy exploring new techniques with wool. One goal of the business is to promote fiber art in the community through working with and teaching others. What they carry:  Arachne Yarns and More offers handspun yarns, handwoven clothing, and other handmade items. You will find unique handmade gift ideas as well. I carry books as well as supplies for knitting and felting. Classes are offered in weaving, spinning, knitting, crochet, needle felting and more. I encourage anyone interested in learning about the many ways to work with wool and yarns to stop in and ask about classes. Help with a project you are working …

Let’em Buck Apparel and Supply

From the “Meet Our Businesses Series – Ortonville Owner:  Joanie Hills Address:  700 US Hwy 75 Phone:  320-487-0195 History:  We opened May of 2017 What they carry:  We carry both men & women’s clothing size small – 3x. We also carry both shoes & boots for men and women along with accessories. What do you enjoy about Ortonville?  The beauty of our town is unbeatable when you look down over the lake from several spots in town, it is breathtaking. I am very thankful that we have a preK-12 school in our town, a full medical facility, dental facility and we are the county seat. It is nice to have all those things right in town and you don’t have to drive an hour to get to an appointment.   

Cutting Edge Engraving

From the “Meet Our Businesses Series – Ortonville Owner:  Carol Thompson Address: 116 2nd Street NW Phone:  320-760-1288 History:  Laser engraving. Started in 2014. Wanted to retire from a hair stylist after 40 plus years. What they carry:  Laser engraving. Custom orders or already made. Barn wood, signs, leather item, polar mugs, polar wine mugs, trophies, awards, plaques, and much much more What do you enjoy about Ortonville?  Friendly people, rural area (Note from Vicki:  The variety is amazing!  We tried to include a bit of everything – but you should definitely stop in to see all that Carol can do!)

Ortonville Flower Shop

From the “Meet Our Businesses Series” – Ortonville Owners:  Mark & Kandi Hamann Address:  136 2nd Street NW, Ortonville Phone:  320-839-2818 History:  When we purchased the flower shop, I wanted to do something that I really (really!) enjoyed.  I’ve had a great support system including family, friends, great staff and great customers!  There has not been a day that I dreaded coming to work. What they carry:  We strive to provide the freshest high-quality products possible including fresh flowers, plants, and candy bouquets. We also have a wide variety of gift items as well as seasonal decor. We also recently purchased additional space and are able to provide a great environment for people looking to get their products on main street (Second Street) What do you enjoy about Ortonville?  I love the small town atmosphere, love calling people by name when they come into the shop! My staff will tell you that it’s a must to greet each and every person that stops in! I also love to get to know people’s personal tastes and style. Helping …

What a Great Idea!

As we are rolling into a busy shopping season, I was thinking about the loyalty of our businesses – they are always the ones that we go to first for fundraiser donations whether it is for our kids, school extracurricular needs, or for a family in need.  They host great summer downtown main street events and we are now fast approaching their Harvest Madness event (best trick or treating around!)  … and I was wondering how we could help put out the “shop local” call with a friendly reminder.  However, KDIO and the Ortonville Independent were way ahead of me!   The really cool part of this is that our two (competing!) local media options have come together with an advertising package that gives a well-rounded approach to advertising – and the “ask” is PERFECT:  Please Check Local First.  Thank you.  Our businesses know that you may not be able to find everything on your list; however, they do all really appreciate the opportunity to be checked first.  A way cool idea, KDIO & Ortonville Independent.  …