The walls of Laura Mitchell’s new preschool are a sunny yellow. The shelves have colorful labels identifying spots for glue sticks and finger paints. The rest of the room, well, that’s kind of a work in progress.
There are shelves that need assembling, toys that need organizing and an outdoor play area that looks a little lonely with just one small item for kids to play with.
When your job is business development, a bad economy is not your friend. But for most of the past five years that’s been life for Tina Hansmeier, Farmington’s economic development specialist since joining the city full-time in 2005. It’s her job to market Farmington to potential new business tenants, and to serve as a kind of one-stop shop for both existing businesses and businesses looking to relocate or open for the first time.
Until recently, about the most exciting thing likely to happen to the hair that ended up on the floor at Farmington’s Cahill Salon was becoming a pest deterrent in someone’s garden. But a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has turned hair into a hot commodity, and the local salon is committing its customers’ locks to the cause.
Shoppers looking looking to liven up their yard with some new plants or flowers will find most of the expected items at Jerry’s Farm and Garden Place. It’s the chicken that sometimes take them by surprise.
Bit by bit, Jeff and Stacy Schlichter are watching a dream take shape around them.
The Farmington couple is in the process of turning a long-vacant storefront in a Farmington strip mall into Blondie’s, the restaurant that will serve as a next step in long food-service careers for both.
Families looking for a cool ice cream treat in downtown Farmington have been coming away disappointed so far this spring. Bugaloo’s, the six-year-old ice cream shop located at the corner of Third and Oak streets, has yet to return from its winter hiatus, and owner Stacey Schultz said the shop will not open unless she finds someone willing to buy the business.
The sound of nail guns is echoing through the neighborhoods of Farmington once again.
For the first time in almost three years, the housing construction market in Farmington seems to be picking up, as the number of building permits being issued for single family homes is on the rise.
Now that he owns a billiard hall, Dan Rider finds himself in the unusual position of wishing for miserable weather.
When your business depends on people staying inside in Minnesota, the last thing you want is a sunny summer day.
The Farmington Eagles Club will get a new name, a new look and a whole new menu at the beginning of May.
Celts, a restaurant and bar that started in Rosemount in 2001 and has expanded to locations in Hastings and Inver Grove Heights, will take over operations at the Farmington club at the end of April. Owner Brandon Barth received a liquor license for the new restaurant at a Monday night Farmington City Council meeting.
Back in his earliest days as a business owner in 1977 Jeff Thelen would wait each morning for the trucks to pull out of the garage at his father’s plumbing business so he could roll his woodworking equipment out into the space they’d just vacated. He’d work most of the day, then, around 3 p.m., roll everything back out of the way, sweep up the sawdust and call it a day.
Prom season in Farmington got off to a running start last weekend.
There were 85 dresses sold cheap at a prom event held Friday through Sunday at downtown’s Grand Hall Studio. That has event organizer Michelle Overbey excited, but it’s only the beginning. Overbey, who owns downtown secondhand store Shidor, still has 150 dresses left to sell.
Wichita has offered to change its name. Duluth is offering up the names of its first-born children. All Dakota County has to offer is eager partners, cooperative governments and a tech-savvy population that could mean good business.
With dresses, tuxedos, limos and flowers to think of, prom season can be an expensive time for teenagers. But this year two Farmington businesses are teaming up to take some of the sting out of getting dressed up for a night on the town.
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