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Nisswa becomes home to new stores

At least two new retail stores are open in downtown Nisswa, and a Pine River barbecue restaurant will serve food from a site off County Road 77.

Lazy One, Etc.

Brett and Heidi Behnken of Elk River opened Lazy One, Etc., on Main Street, next to the mini doughnut stand.

“Basically the Lazy One brand is a form of inner loungewear — pajama pants with matching tops, nightshirts, kids’ pajamas, comical boxers that are unisex, infant creepers, bibs and socks,” said Brett Behnken. “It’s a mix all the way from birth to retirement years.”

The Behnkens have a much larger store in Park Rapids that they opened in 2011. That store was open Thursdays-Saturdays in the off-season.

In Nisswa, they plan to be open at least through Christmas and will determine a schedule after that depending on traffic.


Cathy Stattelman, owner of Bliss Spalon in Pequot Lakes, recently opened Catharine’s in a space in Nisswa Square. The store offers permanent makeup, apparel, gifts and massage, as well as Moroccan oil products and jewelry.

Stattelman travels to New York and handpicks clothing to sell, which ranges in size from extra small to 3X.

Mickey’s building

According to the Nisswa Chamber of Commerce, Mike and Julie French of Stonehouse Coffee bought the building on Main Street that formerly housed Mickey’s.

“Their location in the (Nisswa) square is staying - so watch for more details as they reveal their plans for their 2nd location,” a chamber Facebook post reads.

Jr’s No. 19 BBQ Co.

Jr’s No. 19 BBQ Co. will expand its services from Pine River to Nisswa this summer. Owner Ryan Nelson will open a satellite restaurant Friday, June 7, in a small building on the Nisswa Family Fun Center water slide site on County Road 77 at Sportland Corners, according to Nisswa Planning and Zoning Commission draft minutes.

Plans are to be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, with the possibility of being open some Sundays. Food would be catered from the Pine River restaurant.

Nelson received a one-year interim use permit from the Nisswa Planning Commission. He told that commission he estimates 90 percent of his business will be to-go orders. He plans to have two to four picnic tables outside.

When asked if he planned to permanently be located in Nisswa, Nelson told the commission he has a large customer base and when that grows more he would possibly relocate to another existing structure or construct a new building.

Don McFarland owns the waterslide property but told the planning commission he has sold it and will tear down the water park after this summer, according to draft planning commission minutes.