Baxter Cafe & Catering recently upgraded its menu to include a number of offerings the restaurant wasn’t able to offer after severing ties with Country Kitchen.

Owner Kevin Stumpf said three years ago when he knew his contract with Country Kitchen was coming up he evaluated the value of the brand versus the cost of the franchise and ultimately decided it was time to cut those ties. The restaurant was rebranded as Baxter Cafe and Catering.

For the first year after severing the connection, Stumpf was bound by a noncompete clause. So Baxter Cafe offered a basic menu. Now that the year is over, the menu is substantially changed to a multi-page full color version. Skillets are back. There are more burger options and many more breakfast items, as well as a rib basket with a half- or whole-rack of ribs in the offing. The menu give customers options for gluten free and ways to keep up on their ketogenic diet

The Destination Downtown Business Challenge received 73 applications for the final round of the contest that offers a prize package to assist entrepreneurs with a business startup in downtown Brainerd. Judges planned to meet last week and narrow the list to 10 semifinalists. The next steps include helping the Top 10 with their business planning and site selection. In October, the number will be winnowed to the top three finalists. And new this year, public voting for one week in November will determine the contest winner.

Edina Realty expanded to open an office in Little Falls. Edina Realty, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, announced it purchased New Horizons Realty Inc., 15594 Highway 27.

In a news release, Edina Realty CEO Greg Mason said the company is excited about the opportunity to be a part of the Little Falls community. “We’re extremely pleased to welcome New Horizons Realty -- who have been mainstays and leaders in the Little Falls area for 20 years -- to the Edina Realty family. Marvin and Connie Hoheisel and Tom Scherling, broker/owners, have built an incredible business, and we look forward to adding their local expertise to our team.”

Edina Realty included Multiple Listing Service data, noting according to June 2019 data available through NorthstarMLS for Morrison County, the median sales price in the area is $202,500. On average, homes are on the market 24 days before selling; 136 homes are currently available for sale in the area; 59 have recently sold.

“When we took a look at everything Edina Realty has to offer, we knew it was the right fit for us,” said Marvin Hoheisel, in a news release. “The resources, support and technology available as well as the large network of agents will offer tremendous opportunity in our market.”

Marvin Hoheisel and Tom Scherling merged their two companies in 1997 to form New Horizons Realty.

Fifteen New Horizon agents will join the Edina Realty family of companies, the company reported.

“Edina Realty is proud to be a part of the Little Falls community,” said Mason. “We look forward to serving buyers and sellers in and around Morrison County.”



Biz Buzz was updated to add an "l" to correctly spell Marvin Hoheisel's name.