There are many business developments in the area, with some new, some old and some yet to come.

In this uncertain climate, here's what's happening nearby.

Recent happenings

In Pequot Lakes, a familiar, crooked building on Main Street once known as Calico Cottage and which most recently housed the Wobbly Wardrobe, has opened its doors once again, this time as Pequot Pedal to Paddle.

The shop, sporting a fresh coat of blue paint and located just west of Bliss Spalon, looks to rent and/or sells bicycles, paddle boards and more. Stay tuned for more information.

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In case you missed it

  • During most of the first state shutdown due to COVID-19, Pine River's Cozy Cottage Cafe remained closed rather than offer takeout, and it stayed that way after other businesses reopened. The cafe on Barclay Avenue reopened after the late September Fall Festival, triggering a sign of relief from local fans.

Now, with the second state shutdown of restaurants, Facebook posts indicate that the cottage plans to offer takeout meals.

  • The end of October also marked the closure of Iron Hills North Gun and Pawn in Pine River. A sign on the door explains the closure, but does not say whether this is the end or some sort of new beginning under another owner. No phone calls seeking comment were returned.
  • In the Jack Pine Center in Pequot Lakes, a quiet change occurred in August when Annie Woog purchased the Sweet Life Bakery from Dani Sutin. Woog, busy with wedding cakes until now, was finally able to talk about her new venture.

Woog is producing small batch artisan treats available at the small bistro in the nook previously occupied by The Hungry Loon. She also takes large orders and bakes for large events, but requires a reasonable amount of time for items like wedding or birthday cakes.

"She (Sutin) really focused on weddings," Woog said. " We still do that, but now we're open six days a week. We have stuff in the cases and we still do weddings. We'll have a little soup and homemade bread for lunch. We have a breakfast sandwich and I'll be adding more when I have time."

Woog said Sweet Life Bakery will offer curbside service and pickup.

On the horizon

The former Pfeiffer Pharmacy on the corner of Government Drive and Main Street in Pequot Lakes has undergone major renovations.

Once complete, hopefully before the new year, Architect Collin Jacobs with New Heritage will begin operating out of the back of the building, with a tenant business up front. More information will come as it becomes available.

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