Lakes Proud 'Cuisine Cash' program promotes businesses


As part of the Lakes Proud "Cuisine Cash" program, $25 gift certificates to local participating restaurants are available for $20. The certificates will be mailed for free. For the first 1,000 sold, the Initiative Foundation will contribute $5 to Bridges of Hope for families in need.

The program has 20 different participating businesses in Brainerd, Crosslake and Pequot Lakes. Businesses aren't limited to restaurants either, but include a bakery, chocolate company and breweries among other businesses.

Those who buy certificates through the program will be automatically entered to win $25 in Cuisine Cash until the end of the holiday season. People may also enter to win without purchase at

The goal of this Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce program is to help businesses enduring restrictions because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

To order right away, contact Paula Davis at 218-822-7127 or .

Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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