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Try-It Tuesday: Back Pedal

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

When it comes to Lanesboro, there’s not only food that you can try for the first time, but lots of new businesses to try out as well! As you may have read, Lanesboro welcomed ten new businesses this year: some were old familiars under new management, some were additions to existing businesses, and some were brand new ventures looking to add their own special something to the city. Now, if you can believe it, we have even more businesses coming in for the fall season, and even some planned for 2016. Lanesboro is hopping!

"It's all about layering" says the official Back Pedal Facebook page!

“It’s all about layering” says the official Back Pedal Facebook page!

One of our new shops to try is Back Pedal, located right upstairs in our corner grocery, Beste Byen. You might remember them last week as the folks who sell that wonderful, Lanesboro-roasted coffee from Pedal Pushers, but all you have to do is head upstairs to enter a whole different kind of place. One look around Back Pedal’s bright, welcoming interior makes you instantly glad you hopped up the stairs: with antiques, furniture, clothing, and vintage items for re-purposing, it’s a little bit of everything that makes Lanesboro great. It’s all got the theme of a well-traveled life, with a thin-spoked bicycle wheel perched atop a classic wooden sled, perfectly blending the seasons and the outdoors with style.

How about an insulated purse for all of you thirsty travelers?

How about an insulated purse for all of you thirsty travelers?

In short, Back Pedal is an upstairs full of everything that makes Lanesboro Lanesboro: unique, fun, and not something you’re going to find in your average sort of place. Lanesboro is a haven for the home-made, the hand-made, and the heartfelt, something truly different along the banks of the Root River. Here at Lanesboro, we’re thrilled to have Peggy and Sara bringing their passion to town, and we invite anyone who wants to follow their bliss to consider Lanesboro as a business destination and as their new home. It’s because of all of you that Lanesboro is what it is!

Psst! If you’re a little farther north, feel free to check out what Back Pedal has to offer at the Junk Crush event in Lake City by clicking here! The event happens on September 12th and 13th, so if you’re looking for more re-purposing and fun, be sure to take a look!

Try-It Tuesday: Pedal Pusher’s “Beste Byen Breakfast Blend” Coffee

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015
Lanesboro coffee... in a Lanesboro mug, naturally!  A big thank you to Deneen Pottery for the awesome mug!

Lanesboro coffee… in a Lanesboro mug, naturally!
A big thank you to Deneen Pottery for the awesome mug!

Benjamin Franklin loved coffee:

“Among the numerous luxuries of the table…coffee may be considered as one of the most valuable.”

Amen, brother. Is there anything better than a cup of coffee to get you going? Morning, noon, or night, you can count on coffee to give you that one-of-a-kind kick, along with some surprising health benefits. Your standard cup of joe contains antioxidants called polyphenols that studies are showing can combat cancer and take out those pesky free radicals in your body. According to AARP:

“Recent research has shown that coffee, in particular, may help prevent diseases like stroke and certain cancers, lower our risk of Parkinson’s and dementia, and boost our concentration and memory.

All of this leads to one thing: have a cup of coffee, won’t you?

Luckily for us here in Lanesboro, we’ve got a one-two coffee combination that’s sure to be good for what ails you. Did you know you can get freshly-roasted coffee right here in our own downtown? Our local-food-loving café, Pedal Pushers, actually roasts its coffee in the restaurant, ensuring you get the freshest cup possible. What’s more, you can head across the street from our corner café to our corner grocery, Beste Byen, and grab the roasted whole beans to take home with you.

Pedal Pushers makes several different blends, but what you see up there is a cooperative effort between the corner café and the corner grocery: the Beste Byen Breakfast Blend. It’s a smooth, comforting roast that’s just what you need to warm you up on a quiet, misty morning. It was served at the Lanesboro Chamber Board meeting this morning and it was a big hit!

So take a little bit of Lanesboro back home with you, and enjoy all those fond memories every time you grind those beans up fresh. Smell is the closest sense tied to memory, after all, and for my money there’s no better smell than freshly-ground coffee.


Deep Breaths…

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Whew! It’s been quite a month!

It’s gone by so quickly it almost feels like someone forgot to say “go,” but now it seems June is almost over. As we head into another month of summer fun, let’s take a moment to reflect on the June that was in 2015.

June 6 – Rhubarb Festival.


Bee-Bop-A-Ree-Bop: The Rhubarb Sisters sing in perfect harmony about the tart and tangy taste of rhubarb.

Did you know that Lanesboro is the Rhubarb Capital of Minnesota? Well, you do now, and let me tell you: I’ve never seen so much done with a humble vegetable as what went on in Sylvan Park back on June 6. The Festival (which is now so famous it even gets mentioned on TMZ) has rhubarb you can throw, wear, decorate, do art with, and in the case of one brave soul, light on fire and juggle.


Oh, and I think you could eat it, too.

Lanesboro’s love of the stalk is legendary, so be sure to clear some time in your schedule next year on the first Saturday of the month to see what all the rhubarb is about!

June 9 – Small Business Celebration

As I covered here before, Lanesboro welcomed 10 new businesses into its community on June 9th in a mass ribbon cutting. The craziest thing is, after all of the fun and the television cameras and the business owners getting down to, uh, business… we heard reports of even MORE businesses opening this summer. There must be something in the water here in Lanesboro!

June 11 – Pie and Politics
The world-famous Aroma Pie Shop in Whalan, only five miles up the road from Lanesboro, officially re-opened for the season on June 11, and there was much rejoicing. The Pie Shop has gotten its fair share of publicity in the past, so making sure it’s open is definitely a priority for the area. Besides, after biking from Lanesboro to Whalan, you deserve a sweet treat!
Additionally Lanesboro has been visited by the Minnesota Secretary of State and has been contacted by two of the local senators. It seems like this summer, everybody wants to make sure they enjoy a slice of Lanesboro, and life is sweet.

June 21 – Art in the Park
For 35 years running, Lanesboro’s Sylvan Park has played host to artists of all stripes, from sculpture and paint to food and drink. Over 90 artists were featured in this year’s Art in the Park, along with musical guests, delectable food, craft beer, and even a petting zoo for the young at heart. There’s no better way to kick off summer, honor Dads across the board, and soak in Lanesboro’s signature art & culture than to hit up Art in the Park on Father’s Day.

Art in the Park: 35 years and counting in Lanesboro’s Sylvan Park! Photo: KXLT Fox 47

but wait, there’s more!

June 26-27 – 60 Mile Garage Sale
The Root River Trail Towns, an organization made up of the nine towns that dot the Root River State Bike Trail, are capitalizing on that which binds them all together by holding a garage sale this Thursday and Friday all up and down the length of the trail. From Fountain to Houston, Rushford to Preston, Peterson to Harmony, and everywhere else in between, businesses and individuals will have their doors open to bargain hunters up and down the 60 miles of bike trail. Maybe it’s a good idea to do the shopping on your bike, that way you’ll keep from buying too much to carry back home!

This is, of course, to say nothing of the art shows, theatrical productions, variety shows, musical guests, and countless other events that happened all within the 30 days of June here in Lanesboro, Minnesota. When that sun gets hot and the legs start itching to hike and bike, make sure you head down between the bluffs and check out all of the amazing things going on right here in Lanesboro!

Lanesboro – Talent Galore!

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Over the Back Fence

Lanesboro is well known for an abundant arts scene, usually having more things to do on any given weekend than most towns of our size. That can be attributed to the extraordinary number of talented people in our community. While the Commonweal Theatre prepares for its upcoming season kickoff with a preview of Mary’s Wedding on March 19, 2015.

A new offering is Idle Time Recreation’s Open Mic night on the first Friday of the month, 7:00-9:00 pm in the Loft at Beste Byen. Music, poetry and short stories have been much appreciated by the audience so far, with the promise of more to come every month as this event grows. Suggested $5.00 donation at the door, performers are encouraged to preregister. Snacks, coffee, tea and soft drinks are available for purchase, and guests may bring their own wine or beer.

The Lanesboro Community Theatre will be presenting ‘Almost, Maine‘ at the St. Mane Theatre on March 6th-8th, with a preview show at the Chatfield Center for the Arts on February 27-28. The cast and crew features many local residents, and truly showcases why Lanesboro has talent galore!

Join us for the weekend!


Dee Slinde

Lanesboro Area Chamber of Commerce