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Latte Da to move to former Silver Creek Traders building: Sweet Life Bakery to operate there too

Latte Da Coffee and Gifts will move from its current location on Rasmussen Road to the former Silver Creek Traders Building on Government Drive the weekend of Sept. 22-23. Nancy Vogt / Echo Journal

Sarah Blaeser, owner of Latte Da Coffee and Gifts, has had a good six years in her space adjoining The Wild Daisy in downtown Pequot Lakes, but a new building is calling her and Daniella Sutin, of Sweet Life Bakery, to make a move to bigger space.

The pair will start a new lease in a building John Poston owns on Government Drive that formerly housed Silver Creek Traders. Sutin will run her custom, made-to-order bakery in the background while Blaeser runs her storefront, which not only displays a small supply of Sutin's products, but a wide variety of other merchandise as well.

"We do a lot more than just coffee, and it will be even more over there," Blaeser said. "We carry Lake Girl clothing, a couple other up north clothing lines, puzzles and games, a lot of gourmet food items, bar accessories, gift items for anybody in the family."

Blaeser said the extra space had a large part in convincing her to relocate. She and Sutin had considered the space in the past, but the timing was not right. Approximately two months ago they decided to make the leap. Now Blaeser expects to move after closing Saturday, Sept. 22, and to reopen around noon Monday, Sept. 24, in the new location.

"Definitely the size of the building, and it's a beautiful building with a big, stone fireplace," Blaeser said. "It's appealing and it's a shame it sits empty. This opportunity came upon Dani and I, and we thought it was a great idea."

The new space will allow Blaeser to have more seating for her coffee shop customers, more space for displaying retail products, and aesthetics like the fireplace and outdoor deck. With the new space, Blaeser is looking to hire up to three employees and expand her lunch menu.

There is also the possibility of small events at Latte Da in the future.

"We have a lot of ideas for our upstairs room eventually, once we get that organized and seating up there and stuff, to do event things like art pubs or birthday parties or small group events eventually," Blaeser said. "Other than that we will also carry Timber Creek furniture. They are a local company, so that will be cool."

Blaeser is also excited about having a location with increased visibility.

As for Blaeser's current space, it will not remain open for long, as building owner Lynne Clement of Wild Daisy said she has already found a new renter, though she is coy about the nature of the new business, except to say that it will be special to the lakes area.

"I have a signed lease for a renter in there. They are excited to start a new business," Clement said. "It's extremely cool stuff but I don't know how much they would want me to say. I'm really excited. It's totally unique to the area. There isn't anything like it in Pequot Lakes, Nisswa or Crosslake. It will be a really nice addition to the area."

Amidst the excitement of moving, there is also the bittersweetness of the end of a partnership that lasted six years between The Wild Daisy and Latte Da. Luckily, Clement and Blaeser will not have to go far to catch up in spite of the move.

"I totally understand her new adventure, going to the old Silver Creek building and teaming up with Dani and support that wholeheartedly, but I'm definitely going to miss her," Clement said. "We've had a lot of fun and we worked really well together and just have become really good friends. The balance between her store and my store has been complementary and even more than that. The friendship and back and forth jokes. She isn't going far away, thankfully. We joke that she will have to deliver our coffee over here."

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