Lanesboro, Minnesota: An Epicenter of Hot Business Trends

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On June 9th, Lanesboro Minnesota's Chamber of Commerce and EDA will celebrate 10 new businesses opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony and other festivities.

Lanesboro, Minnesota

The EDA plans to leverage this insurgence of new businesses to draw more families and creative entrepreneurs to town.

The bucolic small town of Lanesboro in Southeastern Minnesota – population 754 – is welcoming ten new small business ventures into its thriving downtown and surrounding areas. In response, the Lanesboro Area Chamber of Commerce will be holding a celebration of small town business pride featuring ribbon cuttings, walkthroughs, and grand openings on Tuesday, June 9th, starting at 11am.

When driving in from Highway 8, you'd swear you were entering an idyllic European Village. Nestled among the picturesque bluffs, Lanesboro, is located in the driftless region. Minnesota’s Root River gently flows through the town, and one of the other gems that makes the town sparkle is is the DNR groomed Root River State Bike Trail. Also noted as a creative hub, the city is home to Lanesboro Arts, one of the 2014 recipients of the Bush Prize for Community Innovation, as well as the nationally recognized Commonweal Theatre.

Since the late 1990s, Lanesboro has made a name for itself as a premiere destination in the American Midwest and beyond with historic lodging, a plethora of quaint bed and breakfasts, cozy eateries, and unique shopping destinations. On hand for the festivities on June 9th will be the Lanesboro’s Mayor, City Administrator, members of the EDA and President of the Area Chamber of Commerce, among others.

“The entire town is buzzing with excitement,” said Chamber Director of Tourism Eric Leitzen. "The new businesses are adding to an already bustling main street scene, and several other businesses are under construction and set to open within the year. Lanesboro shows what small town America can truly be with a focused goal, great citizens and a dedicated, hardworking spirit.”

The hot business trends of up-cycling and recycling really seem to have taken hold in Lanesboro. Three new antique/resale shops are opening along with a motorcycle accessories shop and inn, a liquor store, craft shops, a diner, a two-story pub and a downtown outpost for the Eagle Bluff Envionmental Learning Center.

The Lanesboro Economic Development Association Co-Chairs Catherine Glynn and Bill Swanson are "thrilled with the innovative and entrepreneurial energy flooding the town." They say, "The EDA plans to leverage this insurgence of new businesses to draw more young families, artisans and creative entrepreneurs."

The Area Chamber of Commerce, who will be hosting the event, serves the surrounding Bluff Country area as an organizational and promotional non-profit body for the improvement and encouragement of small town business.

For more information, please visit the Chamber at http://www.lanesboro.com or call 507.467.2696.

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