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Shop Small to Support Your Neighbors

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

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Guest Post by Dee Slinde

As the chill of winter settles on Lanesboro, we are reminded of the upcoming Holiday Season, and all of the joy and giving of thanks that goes with it. It is usually considered to be a time of family, friends, remembrance and appreciation. Over the years I’ve noticed each holiday becoming more commercialized, often to the detriment of the true meaning of the holiday. Shopping for holiday gifts on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday has become an artform, a competition and a controversy as big box retailers compete for consumer dollars, and consumers compete with each other to find the cheapest deals.

Over the past few years, as a counter to the massive consumerism that has brought us what some have referred to as the “Happythanksween” season, there has been a movement to encourage shoppers to be more thoughtful in the spending of their holiday dollars. We are encouraging folks to ‘Shop Small’ on Small Business Saturday, November 29th, 2014. The effects of this are twofold: it allows families to focus on their traditions of being able to gather together to give thanks on the actual Thanksgiving holiday, and it encourages people to shop at the locally owned and operated stores to keep our local community’s economy thriving.

The dollars spent at our local stores and restaurants directly affects not only our neighbors that own the businesses, but also many other businesses and ourselves when those dollars recirculate throughout the community. For example, the purchase I make at a local merchant’s business may  be used to pay the wages of the business’s staff, who will then spend it on food, housing, utilities and so forth in our community. Some of my purchase goes to pay the taxes and utilities of the business, which helps the City to provide the services we enjoy, such as plowed streets, beautiful parks, and quality schools. Some of my purchase might be used to pay a local plumber or carpenter for a remodeling project at the business. Perhaps the carpenter likes the community and may decide to build a new home in the area that will add to our local tax base, and in a roundabout way, helps to keep my taxes lower in the process. Pretty profound, when you think about it.

Many studies have been done to track the value of a dollar that is spent in the local economy, and most studies indicate that for every dollar we spend locally, it will recirculate through the local economy an average of 7-8 times…in other words, the dollar you spend locally compounds by 700-800%…if only my stocks would produce such a return! The simple act of shopping at a small/local business has far reaching effects.

Lanesboro will be hosting Winter Windows Live on Small Business Saturday, November 29, 2014. Being in a community that is filled with nothing but small, independent businesses, we invite you to shop thoughtfully/Shop Small! 

Schedule of Events

10:00 am: Free kids movie at the St. Mane Theater (Muppet Christmas Carol/sponsored by Lanesboro Arts, Pedal Pushers Cafe, Merchants Bank and Lanesboro Web Management Group.)

11:30 am: Winter Windows Live (free events) = artist Leisa Louis Grill at Lanesboro Arts, musician Tom Schramm at Amish Experience, scenes from “A Christmas Carol” at E2 Boutique, lefse-making at Pedal Pushers Cafe, Ekstrom Family Christmas at Beste Byen, Santa’s Workshop at the Cottage House Inn, Heart Strings Harp Circle concert at Coffee Street Fitness, Christmas games at Stone Mill Inn, and a Christmas sing-along at the Commonweal Theatre!

1:30 pm: The Commonweal Theatre presents “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)”  Families and kids welcome, tickets available in advance or at the box office 507-467-2525.

Just relax…..in Lanesboro, MN!

Friday, August 15th, 2014

 

Among the many accolades Lanesboro and Bluff Country have garnered over the years is the beauty and charm and peace of our campgrounds. This past Memorial Day weekend, I was out at Eagle Cliff Campground visiting some friends and while I was there, I was struck by the sight of people staying at the campground, hanging out at their campsites and some of them simply sitting in captain’s chairs just hanging out and shooting the breeze. Some by a fire, some with a game of cards going, some with a drink in their hand. But what was mind-boggling to me was that they weren’t really “doing” anything other than relaxing and enjoying themselves. It reminded me of a quote from one of my favorite comic movies “Office Space”:  “I did absolutely nothing all day and it was everything I thought it could be”.

I don’t mean to get all philosophical or anything but this really struck me. I fall into that category that so many of us do. Ask me “so how have you been lately?”, and my answer is often “busy”. How many of us often say that? Too many. But I have been trying to rethink my answer to that question and not be so “busy”. This is hard! And I’ve started to realize that many of the visitors to Lanesboro have the right idea….to relax. To let go. To just be.

Now of course relaxing means something different to everyone. I love to sit and watch TV and knit and that’s how I find my “moment of zen”. My husband loves to write stories, and that’s what relaxes him. I have a friend who loves to bicycle for long distances and that calms his mind and gives him release from the day to day grind. What’s so awesome is that in Lanesboro we all can find our own unique way to relax and reconnect with ourselves, our family and with the world http://www.lanesboro.com/around us. Maybe it’s poking through the shops downtown, or taking the time to absorb the artistry all around you at the Lanesboro Art Center. Maybe it’s dinner and a play at the Commonweal Theatre, or the Over The Back Fence show at the St Mane. Perhaps it’s sitting around the campfire with friends and family, maybe roasting hot dogs or s’mores. Whatever you prefer, sometimes we feel guilty about taking quality time for ourselves, and it takes someone else to suggest the idea before we seriously consider it. 

So here’s my invitation to you. Come to Lanesboro and relax. You deserve it!

Until next time,

Stela

UPCOMING EVENTS IN THE ‘BORO

*Lanesboro Barn Dance (August 16, 2014)

*Exhibit: Selections from the 2014 Minnesota Biennial (through October 12, 2014)

*”Arsenic and Old Lace” at the Commonweal Theatre (through September 6, 2014)

*”Around the World in 80 Days” at the Commonweal Theatre (through October 27, 2014)

*Lanesboro Farmers Market (May through October, 2014)

For more information on these and other upcoming events in Lanesboro, 
please visit Lanesboro.com and check out our “Calendar of Events”. 
 
 

Sunday After Hours in Lanesboro, Minnesota

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

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The Lanesboro downtown business community will collaborate to create a festival atmosphere in town on Sunday evenings from 5-7 pm beginning Sunday, May 27 and running through Labor Day. Businesses will be offering discounts specific to the Sunday After Hours 2 hour blitz! Activities and deals will change weekly to include things like discounted shopping & dining, art experiences, chair massage, history talks, music and more. Look for the orange & white balloons outside the 20+ participating businesses.

ShoppingsmallLanesboro Area Chamber Board Member, Emily Spende, said, “The goal is to fortify and build upon what’s already going on in Lanesboro and expand the vibrant downtown experience.  This fosters continued long-range growth for the Lanesboro community.”

Contact: Julie Kiehne, Lanesboro Area Chamber 507-467-2696

Morel Mushroom Season in Lanesboro, Minnesota

Friday, May 4th, 2012

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May 04, 2012
By Peter Schuneman, Reporter

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Photo courtesy myfox47

LANESBORO, Minn. (FOX 47) — They are the priceless gems of the deep forest… Definitely a sign of spring.  And for those who enjoy Morel mushroom hunting, time may be running out this year.  Put on your hiking boots, it’s time to hunt for Morels… with our guide of course.

One could call Frank Wright a professional mushroom hunter.  Morels don’t grow on trees, especially dead ones.  However, that’s what you want to find if you hope to be lead to the valued fungus.

The forests in southeast Minnesota have been known to produce the finest morels available thanks in part to high levels of limestone.  Wright knows these forests inside and out.

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