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Talking Business - The Hidden Gems of Cloquet

Talking Business - The Hidden Gems of Cloquet

By Shelly Peterson
Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director Talk Business and Spotlight The Hidden Gems of Cloquet
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Necessities Salon and Spa - It's All About Self Care
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC. and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet  are talking about the Hidden Gem of Necessities Salon and Spa.  Purchased by Deserae Pederson in 2010, Necessities Salon at 8 13th Street is a must-try experience.  She spent 8 years on Selmser Avenue after buying the business from Bonnie Peterson before purchasing a commercial building at 8 13th Street.  Before coming to Cloquet, Deserae worked in Duluth, the Twin Cities, and learned hands-on education techniques related to skincare, hair, and more.  She saw an ad for a sale of a salon in Cloquet on Craigs List miscategorized under the appliances section and had an interest in moving back north (being a native of Cook, MN).  She pursued the ad, purchased Necessities from Bonnie Peterson in 2010, and has worked in the industry for 22 years. With the new commercial building on 8th Street, she has 1,200 square feet of space (instead of the former 600 square feet), allowing for separate areas and energy moods to respect the needs of her clients.  She provides spa and massage services (29% of clients: massage and bodywork, hands and feet, pure soy waxing), hair care (49% of clients: design cuts, color services, enhancements), and skin care (22% of clients: facials and skin esthetics, enhancements, beauty finishing).  She limits herself to no more than three massages daily. She is known for providing individualized care that is one on one customized in the space of confidentiality.  She prides herself on providing a sanctuary where people feel comfortable during their appointment, and the door remains locked for one person at a time. Her motivation daily is to make a difference and leave this place better than she found it in the morning, it’s all art, and she is an artist and musician at heart.  Her daily music list is based on the energy of the day.  As a small business owner, she loves her ability to set a schedule that allows her a three-day weekend. The pandemic shutdown was brutal, and now is the time to feel energy again and bring that back into her practice.  She’s taking new clients; however, with limited daily massage appointments, you may have to wait!
September 23, 2022
Studio 33 Hair Design - Recycling 95% of Salon Waste
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC. and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet  are talking about the Hidden Gem of Studio 33 Hair Design - Recycling 95% of Salon Waste.  Studio 33 Hair Design, located at 702 Stanley Avenue, is owned by Angela Carlson.  Studio 33 is a full-service salon operated by independent stylists offering haircuts, perms, facial waxing, manicures, hair treatments, color services, updos & special event styling, and eyelash extensions.  They provide a relaxing and family-friendly experience during your salon visit.  Angela wants her guests to leave the salon feeling refreshed and looking great.  New to Studio 33 Hair Design is Halocouture Extensions, halo, and tape in hair extensions available in many lengths, colors, and styles. Angela is a graduate of the WITC Superior Cosmetology Program in 2002.  She enjoys owning the salon and loves to make people feel good about themselves.  She is always trying to enhance her skills.  She is a "waste warrior" committed to making her salon environmentally friendly and keeping people and the planet beautiful.   She is doing her part to help make beauty beautiful.   Studio 33 partners with Green Circle Salons to help recycle 95% of salon waste.  They collect hair clippings, used foils, color tubes, excess hair color, paper, plastic, and more.  Once the waste is collected, it is shipped to Green Circle Salons, and they will turn it into new products and clean energy.   Hair is either composted with other organic waste, turned into bio-composite plastic to make new products, like recycling bins, used in research and development of new environmental technology like insulation and stormwater filtration, and made into products used in humanitarian efforts.  Hair color is turned into clean energy and can be separated into water and oil.  Foils, color tubes, and aerosol containers are sorted by grade and type, melted down into aluminum sheets or bars, and used to make new products like car parts and bicycles.  Studio33 offers products from Milk Shake and Loma.  They also sell locally made products from Sweet Land Farms. If you are interested in booking an appointment you can book online or call 218.879.9309 to schedule. Part-time or full time booth rental space is available.  You can contact Angela with interest at
September 12, 2022
Cloquet Carlton County Airport - Wait We Have An Airport Here?
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC. and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet  are talking about the Hidden Gem of Cloquet Carlton County Airport. Say what?  Do we have an airport in Cloquet?  A very common response from community residents.  The Cloquet Carlton County Airport "(COQ)" located at 125 Wheaton Rd, Cloquet, MN 55720, is a county-owned public-use airport located three nautical miles southwest of the central business district of Cloquet.  The airport was opened in the 1930's and ownership was conveyed to the County in 1968.  In the past major industry has held a strong aircraft presence owning planes that have shifted to being served by private carriers.  While commercial aircraft cannot land here, the demand for private aircraft is growing.  Carlton County owns two airports – one in Moose Lake and another in Cloquet, both with similar-sized runways.  At the Cloquet Airport, the facility has two runways #1836 is 4,000 feet and #725 is 3,100 feet. Quinten Anderson has managed the airport for the past 23 years.  In the last few years, three private hangars have been constructed.  Private hangars are under individual ownership, while the County retains land ownership via a land lease.  By grant assurances, the County can't sell off airport land, so they maintain ownership via land leases structured for 30 years and available for renewal.  The County maintains a waiting list of 35 people interested in hangar space.  The Cloquet Airport has very little turnover annually.  Perhaps one to two clients leave and gain two to three new clients annually. At the Cloquet Airport, there are 40 hangar spaces, not including the burgeoning business of Venture North, which recently received a Federal EDA Grant for the Cloquet Airport to construct another hangar to assist in expanding their aviation business at the airport. Venture North Aviation will lease a new hangar and office space and plans to invest an additional $600,000 into aircraft and maintenance equipment and "many, many good-paying jobs" to support its growth at the airport. That project is expected to wrap up this fall, and then the Airport headquarters building will be available again to rent for community meetings; in the meantime, it's full with Venture North staff.
August 25, 2022
Sammy's Pizza - Family, Friends and Traditions
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC. and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet  are talking about the Hidden Gem of Sammy's Pizza. One morning in late 1999, Mike Acheson was headed to work at the Lakeside Sammy's when a real estate agent stopped him, wondering if he was interested in looking at a piece of property in Cloquet, MN. He had no idea why the man came to him, but he went to look at the property, and on June 20, 2000, he opened Sammy's Pizza in Cloquet. Family, Friends and Traditions are not just words printed on the pizza boxes and marketing materials. Mike is committed to the community, his family, and his employees. He has lived in Cloquet, raised three children here, volunteered on many local boards, and contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to various causes in the Cloquet and Twin Ports area. He has invested over $1M in taxes in 22 years and paid over $3.5M in local payrolls that have benefited local families. The Sammy's family tradition began more than 67 years ago with Sam Perrella - or as Mike calls him, Grandpa Sam. Grandparents, Sam and Louise Perrella, owned a small café on the Iron Range in Keewatin, MN. It was during the early 1950s that Sam would listen to stories from World War II veterans about favorite foods they had discovered while serving in Italy. One of those favorites was pizza – something few people on the Iron Range knew anything about at the time. Sam decided he wanted to learn more, so he traveled to Chicago to visit some pizzerias, and it was there where he picked up the idea for square-cut pieces. The Perrella's combined some traditional family recipes with their own special touches to create their own pizzas. In 1954, after encouragement from customers who knew they were on to something big, the Perrella's moved their café to Hibbing, MN, and Sammy's Pizza was born. Over the years, Sam invited family members into the business, and more and more Sammy's locations opened – including one in Duluth's Lakeside neighborhood in 1958. Jim Acheson Sr. and Marguerite (Perrella) Acheson opened the restaurant and ran it until 1978, when their son, Jim Jr., took over. A few years later, in 1982, another son, Mike, went to work full time with his brother and never looked back. Now in its fourth generation, almost fifth, of pizza artisans across 17 locations, the Sammy's family continues to uphold Grandpa Sam's dream. The tastes and traditions of Sammy's Pizza have gained a cult-like following, as devoted Sammy's lovers have developed their own traditions around the pizza and the restaurants. When you visit Sammy's Pizza in Cloquet, you will find a newly remodeled inside and addition of outdoor dining. You'll find a menu of not only pizza but broasted chicken, pasta, sandwiches, and salads. Sammy's makes much more than great pizza – they inspire traditions with family, friends, and the local community. Stop by and say hello to Mike and his dedicated staff, grab a pizza and support local growing families, friends, and traditions.
August 25, 2022
Carlton County Abstract - - Stability, Accuracy, Integrity and Quality
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC. and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet  are talking about the Hidden Gem of Carlton County Abstract. Carlton County Abstract & Title Company (C.C.A.T), established in 1890, is your locally owned abstract and title insurance company serving Carlton, St. Louis, and Pine Counties with offices in downtown Cloquet and Moose Lake. Tim Johnson, Title Examiner / Manager has been with C.C.A.T since 1988  and is proud of the firms reputation for stability, accuracy, integrity, and professional quality of its work. They can help you with title insurance, abstracting, plat drawings, closings, ownership & encumbrance reports, and other real estate settlement services. Their affiliate Arrowhead Abstract & Title Company in Duluth, MN, was established in 1980. Both companies are known for providing clients top-notch title and abstracting services. Their professionals have decades of experience in the title industry and includes an on-site attorney to handle even the most complex legal issues, and hold the original handwritten  title documents for Carlton County dating back to the late 1800's. Have you ever wondered what title insurance is and why it’s important?  Or perhaps what to expect during the closing process?  Check out informational videos here: Services offered by C.C.A.T. include Residential Transactions, Construction Loans & Disbursement, 1031 Exchange Services, Commercial Transactions, Short Sale & R.E.O. Transactions, Abstracts of Title, Ownership & Encumbrance Reports, Title Searches & Examinations, and Plat Sketches. For customer convenience, order services directly online: C.C.A.T uses Old Republic and Chicago Title as underwriters who provide policyholders with strength, stability and piece of mind for one of the largest investments they'll make.
August 15, 2022
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College - Students Come First, "Experience Extraordinary"
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC. and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet  are talking about the Hidden Gem of Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College.  Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is a 40-acre campus located at 2101 14th Street within the city limits of Cloquet. All land and buildings are State of Minnesota property. FDLTCC is one of a kind, the only one in the nation that is both a Tribal College and a Community College. Save money, same quality, personal support for students, personalized learning. Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is a member of Minnesota State and the American Indian Higher Education Consortium.  The mission of Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is to provide higher education opportunities for its communities in a welcoming, culturally diverse environment. FDLTCC was established in 1987.   The college's technology infrastructure was upgraded during COVID to allow for new staff equipment, modern, flexible hybrid class options, internet upgrades, and new infrastructure. Enrolled students are given free access to Office 365 and Adobe Creative Cloud. Total Enrollment in the 2019-2020 academic year was 2,024, new entering students 1,078+, 69% are part-time students, 31% full-time students, female 1,150, male is 855, 406 students of color. The most popular degree programs are liberal arts/Minnesota transfer curriculum, law enforcement, nursing, human services, environmental science, business, and child development.  In 2017-2018, a total of 288 degrees, certificates, and diplomas were awarded to 238 students. In a recent five-year period, the college added 1,400 college graduates to northeastern Minnesota. 79% of graduates reported that they had found related employment to their program of study.  Each year, approximately $5 Million of financial aid is awarded to students. About 90% of students receive some sort of financial aid.  We are the Thunder! Competitive intercollegiate athletic programs of Football, Women's Volleyball, Women's Basketball, and Men's Basketball. FDLTCC is a member of the Minnesota College Athletic Conference and the National Junior College Athletic Association.  Faculty, staff, and admissions are State of Minnesota employees. One hundred forty-one employees, 85 full-time and 56 part-time. Through Work-Study programs, FDLTCC employs approximately 60 students on campus and at off-campus sites in local communities.  FDLTCC hosts and sponsors numerous community events each year, reaching thousands of people. Summer concert series, Pumpkin Run & Walk Race, Career and College Fair, Giving Thanks Feast, Community Holiday Celebration, Law Enforcement Career Expo, Fine Arts Week, Health Care Career Fair.  Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College provides customized training to area businesses at an affordable cost with a solid commitment to education and the workforce. Professional and personal growth topics around leadership development, organizational development, customer service, diversity, technical trades, and licensing exam preparation.
July 22, 2022
After Glow Tanning - Your One Stop Sunshine Stop
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC. and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet  are talking about the Hidden Gem of After Glow Tanning.  After Glow Tanning in Cloquet, owned by Liz Little, is located at 1307 Hwy 33 in Cloquet and is locally owned, not a part of a chain.  Liz moved her shop to Cloquet in 2019 after closing her shop in superior after four years.  She has high-quality upgraded beds, spray tans, teeth whitening, and lashes at an affordable price.  You can book tanning sessions online.After Glow has four upgraded new beds – three laydown, one standup, fifteen minutes is the max you’ll be in any bed here, facial lamps are stronger because your face is harder to tan. Spray tans are offered in light, medium, or dark and are done by inserting a cartridge and spraying in the standup bed. They provide a no-burn bed, the most expensive bed that penetrates deeper into your skin and will not have your skin wrinkle. There are several different packages offered. CLASSIC TANS After Glow  provides multiple levels of tanning at an affordable price. SPRAY TANS After Glow provides spray tans in our MyMyst Spray Booth, with several different shades to choose from. Their spray solution goes on clear and slowly reacts with your skin to give you a very natural looking tan. Spray tans typically last 5-10 days. TEETH WHITENING After Glow provides Teeth Whitening Services. They can get your teeth 2-8 shades whiter in just 15-20 minutes. Results typically last around 3 months. RED LIGHT THERAPY Red Light Therapy is a non-invasive service that can have both cosmetic and remedial benefits. It does not contain UV light and will not tan your skin. Cosmetically, it can help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, stretch marks, and cellulite and help rid your skin of acne. It can also help heal skin conditions such as rosacea, psoriasis, and eczema. There’s no end to the benefits of Red Light Therapy. It is always recommended you speak with a doctor prior to using red light therapy for medical conditions
July 22, 2022
United Way of Carlton County - What is Raised Here, Stays Here
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC. and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet  are talking about the Hidden Gem of United Way of Carlton County. The pandemic has increased local demands on many nonprofit organizations. While the United Way is national in its branding, we are lucky enough to have a Cloquet office to help respond to those needs. Sarah Buhs is the new Executive Director of the United Way of Carlton County, located downtown at 807 Cloquet Avenue; she has been involved for a years with the organization, helping to organize Santa's Home for the Holidays and other local events. A few examples of responses by the United Way that are in place now with the pandemic include an emergency food shelf, crisis referral, direct aid to families and individuals, or, more creatively, local volunteers virtually conducting storytime featuring books from a program they support, Dolly Parton's Imagination Library ( The United Way of Carlton County annually raises roughly $200,000; staff is paid for locally, along with operations and items. What is raised here stays here—so remember to give where you live or work. This local office is not supported nationally by United Way, and it is a big deal to house a local office. Several area Cloquet employers launch workplace fundraising campaigns, and that funding allows the United Way of Carlton County to support local nonprofits. In recent years, data has demonstrated that virtual campaigns are not as successful as the traditional workplace pledge cards. To donate Since 1956, the United Way of Carlton County has been mobilizing community resources to support local nonprofit programs. While the community has changed and grown throughout the years, the mission of the United Way has stayed the same: to fight for the health, education, and financial security of every person in every community. Together, we can do so much more. United Way fights for the health, education, financial security, and basic needs of every person in every community. United Way works with residents and public and private partners to co-create solutions that ensure everyone has the resources, support, opportunities, and networks they need to thrive. United Way commits to leveraging assets (convening, strategic investments, awareness building, advocacy) to create more equitable communities. Annually in the region, they also host Operation Community Connect, connecting those in need to resources available. United Way focuses on cradle-to-career education strategies that provide a firm foundation at an early age and continue to help develop our children into successful adults who can contribute to their communities. This year, the United Way of Carlton County invested over $40,000 in the following programs to give kids a hand in their education and healthy development: Carlton County Collaborative: Jump Start 4 Kindergarten Catholic Charities: Foster Grandparent Program Carlton County Historical Society REACH: Mentor Program Girl Scouts of Minnesota & Wisconsin Lakes & Pines: Girl Scout Leadership Pathways Voyageurs Area Council Boy Scouts: Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturing, and Exploring Dolly Parton's Imagination Library Program
July 15, 2022
Warming House - A Gathering Place For Local Communities
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC. and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet  are talking about the Hidden Gem of Warming House.  We had the opportunity to sit down with Sever Lundquist, a third-generation owner, to unveil his secrets of business success. The Warming House, located at 411 Sunnyside Drive right next to Gordy’s Hi-Hat, offers a year-round family-friendly venue and relaxing, cozy coffee shop with wireless internet, an onsite playground, and a dog park. It is a great place to stop for specialty drinks, sandwiches, soups, ice cream, and baked goods. In 2004, Dan & Kelly remodeled the building, which is actually the old Lundquist homestead. They moved the smaller ice cream parlor from Gordy’s Hi-Hat (right next door) to the remodeled building, expanded to 32 flavors, and added a full gourmet coffee house with a menu including soups, sandwiches, and more! The business was opened to serve as a gathering place for the local communities of Cloquet, Esko, and Carlton area. Unlike our seasonal restaurant (Gordy’s Hi-Hat), the Warming House is open year-round to provide an easy stop for travelers passing through any time of the year. The Warming House features specialty roasts created especially for them from small-batch roasters in Minnesota (Bootstrap Roasters and Alakef). They have 23 employees, and these are the draw that makes this place unique. These people and kids want to work and prioritize working hard. In early 2022 they launched a new point of sale system for online ordering.  Check out the Warming House menu: Warming house Coffee:
July 08, 2022
DNR - Forestry and Wildlife
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC. and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet  are talking about the Hidden Gem of DNR. The Cloquet DNR Office houses the Divisions of Forestry and Wildlife. Located at their new office in the Cloquet Business Park at 305 Business Park Drive East, we had a great visit with Melissa, Craig, and Laura and are here to share their mission with you. The Cloquet Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Office houses two divisions – Forestry and Wildlife. The Forestry Division is responsible for over 220,000 acres of land extending over Carlton and South St. Louis counties and has seven permanent staff plus two seasonal staff, all of whom are trained in fire suppression and work cooperatively with surrounding agencies and jurisdictions. The DNR conducts outreach and education on fire prevention. Last year they were in the Fourth of July parade in Cloquet, expanding their visibility and presence in the community. Burning permits are essential and provide safety information; 95% of fires are human-caused where fires have not had a permit. DNR burning permits can be obtained online and are suitable for the whole year; there are also free permits from local fire agencies in many cases. Forestry Division staff work to manage state lands for forestry and logging under sustainable forest management practices and permitting. Staff actively is involved in forestry replanting as well. State lands are managed for many uses, including habitat, recreation, trails, and more. The DNR also works with private land owners with 40 or more acres and is available for consultation working with them. They also work with schools on forestry education and work cooperatively with cities on tree planting guidance. The Wildlife Division has three staff and covers the area of Carlton, Pine, and South St. Louis counties. They conduct various activities such as habitat improvement projects and partnering with conservation groups such as Pheasants Forever. The Division is active utilizing prescribed burns to maintain landscapes. They also conduct facilities work for walking trail access and parking. In wildlife management areas, the Division also surveys wildlife populations examining disease and health factors for wildlife management. They also provide wildlife education, and if you contact their office to schedule an appointment, as the staff is often out in the field working, they can set up a call or in-person meeting to discuss your concerns. They often meet with residents about nuisance wildlife. They also hold public input sessions on local wildlife issues such as deer management, registration for trapping, etc. With their move into the Cloquet Business Park in June 2021, they hope that the facility will provide more conducive space for training, heated facility storage, an opportunity to grow their facility campus, and a more recognizable land spot for the public than their South Hwy 33 office did. To contact the Cloquet DNR Office, call Cloquet DNR Wildlife at (218) 878-5661 or Cloquet DNR Forestry at (218) 878-5641. They find that sometimes the public will stop into their office assuming that they sell licenses and state park passes, which is not the case, gaming licenses are sold, and outdoor retailers in town and state park passes and ATV/Boat registration can be done online. For the mission and structure of Minnesota’s natural resources, DNR facilities, services, and programs visit To locate a DNR Office near you by Division, use the DNR Office Locator: For general DNR questions, folks can call the DNR Info line at 888-MINNDNR or (651) 296-6157.
June 29, 2022
WKLK - Lifeblood of Daily Community Activity
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC. and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet  are talking about the Hidden Gem of WKLK.  Many trends have come and gone, but radio is still the most listened to media. Known as the "Northwoods Radio Group," WKLK/WMOZ Radio currently has three stations inside its building, WKLK 96.5 FM "Legends Rock" (25,000 watts) and WKLK-AM 1230 "America's Best Music" (1,000 watts) and WMOZ 106.9 FM "The Moose." When local businesses want to get their message out, they turn to the radio as they know their neighbors are listening. Unlike some forms of media, there is no lag time with radio, and it's immediate. The radio was invented as a forum to announce vital community information that serves the public interest, which still holds true today. The station provides news, and sports tips, shares press releases, and offers general programming. They have a line for closings and cancellations, provide information on community events, and host a community calendar.   WKLK/WMOZ Radio opened its doors in Cloquet in 1950, with the original studio on Highway 33 South in Cloquet, where you'll find the Dairy Queen today. The station's studio has had various locations but has been in its current location at 1104 Cloquet Avenue since the mid-1990s.   The station's first owner was Harry Newby, Sr. He later sold the station to Otto Korp out of Fergus Falls. The radio station then changed hands to Denny Stramer, who later sold it to an ownership group out of Newton, Iowa. In 1992, Al Quarnstrom became the owner. He kept ownership for 20 years before selling the station to the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa in 2012.  Jake Kachinske has been with the station for 23 years. He is the Operations Manager, Amy Welsh has been with the station for 14 years as Office Manager, and Brent Danielson has returned to the station and area recently serving as Sales Account Executive. "It's all about repetition and awareness when we advertise on the radio." Brent Danielson's dad, Robert Danielson, worked the night shift at a radio station and often listened to the broadcasts.  "I'm here to grow advertising opportunities with WKLK," said Danielson. The station also advertises garage sales on its radio and website for a nominal $15. Also, it has the "Radio Auction" for listeners to access business discounts and for businesses to grow foot traffic.  
June 22, 2022
ACCT - Helping Customers Reduce Health Risk with Asbestos, Lead, and Mold
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC. and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet  are talking about the Hidden Gem of ACCT.  Asbestos Control & Consulting Team (ACCT), owned by Steve Proulx since 2009, is located at 230 North Hwy 33 in Cloquet. ACCT was founded in 1987 to assist customers with reducing the risk of asbestos, lead, and mold exposure. Their fully certified and licensed staff tackle small residential projects to preparatory work for large industrial and commercial renovations and everything in between, including power plants, schools, and municipal infrastructure projects. Their goal is to reduce or eliminate the risk of exposure to known health hazards from asbestos, lead, mold, and other airborne hazards. The Cloquet office has five office staff and 10-20 field staff throughout the year. Their work is concentrated within a 250-mile radius of Cloquet primarily. Their staff is part of a laborer’s union. ACCT provides the services of: ASBESTOS ABATEMENT & CONTROL Asbestos breaks down into small fibers up to 1,200 times thinner than a human hair and, when inhaled, can cause significant lung issues. LEAD ABATEMENT & CONTROL Lead can be found in paint on homes built before 1978. Layers of lead-based paint are often disturbed during renovation projects. MOLD CONTROL & REMEDIATION Mold and mold growth are commonly found where excess moisture or water damage is present and may also present health concerns. INFECTION CONTROL RISK ASSESSMENT ICRA – (Infection Control Risk Assessment) manage health risks related to old and new construction. Common areas where you may find asbestos are: pipe/duct insulation, vermiculite in attics, tile/vinyl flooring, popcorn ceiling, and transite siding. Lead can be found in paint and pipes. Toxic molds fall into five categories. Those categories are Penicillium, Fusarium, Stachybotrys, Aspergillus, and Cladosporium. Each category includes many species of mold, and they have a wide variety of harmful qualities. Symptoms range from allergy-type reactions to deadly illnesses. Watch out for black mold. If you suspect asbestos, lead or mold in your home, call ACCT for a free estimate.
June 10, 2022
Health Star Home Health - Serving Communities. Empowering People.
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC. and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet  are talking about the Hidden Gem of HealthStar Home Health. HealthStar Home Health emerged as a response to a community need to provide culturally-relevant healthcare services to traditionally under-served populations. What began in Minneapolis with a handful of caregivers in 2003 has grown to a team of over 1,100 caregivers, medical and administrative staff. Today, their culturally sensitive healthcare team serves clients all over the Twin Cities and Duluth area, New Mexico and Arizona. Clients benefit from the wide range of healthcare services that they provide, from Alzheimer’s and dementia care, to behavioral nursing, home health care nursing, respite care and more. Having seen he high need for in-home health care services in Carlton County and rural areas outside of Cloquet, five years ago, HealthStar Home Health opened a Cloquet Office at 807 Cloquet Avenue Suite 200, breaking off from the Duluth office to expand services. Amy Butler, Branch Manager, and Megan Erickson, Assistant Branch Manager, speak about the breadth of their services, six staff in the downtown Cloquet office, and 105 employees in the field they work to schedule and oversee. They have employment opportunities if you’re interested in in-home health assistance as an aide, skilled nurse, or unskilled nurse. They look to hire employees that align with their 24 core company values and strive to match caregiver personalities with clients. The mission of HealthStar Home Health is to serve the financially underserved, typically on medical assistance or who have received an assessment from the County. These services are free to use and are reimbursed by state assistance waivers. This isn’t always the case; however, they also have many privately paid rate clients. So what do they do? They bring together passionate, high-quality care with staff that is licensed practical nurses, certified nurses’ aides, registered nurses, Home Health Aides, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, and social workers. They provide services of: Hospice care with medical care and pain management, and family support. In-home health is conveniently offered in the environment where your loved one feels most comfortable. They can help with: People with functional limitations need assistance with everyday activities that help them stay in their homes rather than moving to a facility. Independent Living Skills Training for those with a physical disability, brain injury, or chronic physical or mental health condition improves independence in the home and community. Homemaking services perform routine household chores and, more significant, housekeeping and personal care when necessary. Individual Community Living Support to those who need moderate supervision or physical assistance to stay at home. Personal Care Assistance services provide support for persons with disabilities living independently in the community. Elderly and others with special health care needs receive care in their home or the community when normal life activities take them outside the home. Respite Services caretakers and health care professionals will provide light house cleaning, care, and companionship. Mental Health Services:  Adult Rehabilitative, Children’s Therapeutic and Behavioral Health Home Program.
June 10, 2022
Junction Tire - It's More Than Just Tires
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC. and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet  are talking about the Hidden Gem of Junction Tire.  If you need tires or have issues with your automobile, stop at the locally owned Junction Tire of Cloquet, located at 1502 Cloquet Avenue. Junction Tire of Cloquet was opened in 2007 and is owned by David and Marianne Pierson. Junction Tire has operated for 22 years in business, and the Cloquet shop is one of three locations in Carlton County, with other shops located in Carlton (which opened in 1999 and offers more trucking and farm service calls) and Moose Lake.   Junction Tire carries tires from industry-leading manufacturers, including best-selling Cooper and Bridgestone, Firestone, Michelin, BF Goodrich, Uniroyal, Kenda, and Goodyear. All tire sales include balancing, disposal, stems, free lifetime rotation, and road hazard.   Junction tire is a distributor for Cooper Tire and Kenda, offered in stock. They also offer warranties on their work, tires, and parts. Junction Tire also performs all types of mechanical work, including oil changes, brakes, rotors, batteries, wheel alignments, front end work, engine and repair and replacement, transmission services, heating/cooling service, tire repair, suspension repair, and tune-ups. They also offer wheel balancing, lube, and filter changes. They offer state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment and the latest tire machines to ensure customers receive the best service possible.   Their mechanics have over 40 years of experience doing the job right the first time with great attention to detail. Junction Tire is proud of its staff, especially the four employed females who have excellent customer service and knowledge, organizational skills, and the ability to put our female customers at ease regarding any issues that bring them into the shop. They are known for their quality, affordable work, and on-the-job training to develop skilled mechanics staff.    Walk-ins are always welcome. They take all major credit cards, work with all insurance companies, have a nationwide warranty program on all tires (with 24-hour commercial and residential roadside assistance), and provide shuttle service. 
June 02, 2022
Best Service - Locally Owned Full Service Garage
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC. and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet  are talking about the Hidden Gem of Best Service. Best Service, owned by Chris Chartier, is located at 202 Cloquet Avenue in the historic Frank Lloyd Wright gas station, built-in 1956 for the Lindholm Service Station.  Best Service is home to three hard-working mechanics, Chris, Chad, and Kelvin.  Best Service has been located here since 1982.  They are your locally owned full-service gas station that sells propane and provides a spectrum of all general repair services.  Best Service offers diagnostics, tires, brakes, tire balancing, lubrication, batteries, electrical, oil changes, wheel alignments, and coolant flushes.  
May 25, 2022
Crowned Salon - Invest in your hair - it's the crown you never take off
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC. and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet  are talking about the Hidden Gem of Crowned Salon. Sarah Faust opened Crowned Salon two years ago, located at 114 Avenue C in the historic West End Business District. Prior she had worked in Duluth and Hermantown at various salon locations over the past fifteen years but wanted to be located closer to her home and three young children. Friends told her about a salon for sale in the West End District in Cloquet. Sarah says she was meant to be here, this is my home, and I’m happy to be here. She found that 95% of her Duluth area clients have followed her to Cloquet. She and stylist Mandy hope to grow the salon further to expand and serve more clients. She is actively looking to hire an assistant and then a stylist who is newly out of school to train them in the salon business. Her mission is to provide the best hair blow out, and she can be found teaching hair blowouts in beauty schools. Sarah and Mandy offer an array of services for women, men, and children by appointment. Services include haircut/clipper cut/kids cut, color/retouch, foil/partial, foil and color, specialized color, extra bowls of color, extensive round brush/iron, formal style, brow wax/lip/chin, and brow color. All salon prices are starting points dependent on hair length, density, porosity, and general need.
May 25, 2022
Northern Lights Community Action - Connecting Those in Need & Giving Back to This Community
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC. and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet  are talking about the Hidden Gem of Northern Lights Community Action.  Heather Wright opened Northern Lights Community Action at 901 Cloquet Avenue, a new nonprofit Thrift Store, and community action agency, in July 2021. The retail store is far-reaching beyond the storefront. It is about making connections and helping those in need get what they need at a low cost. They are a secondhand retail store offering goods donated by the community and various handmade crafted items. Heather felt compelled to open this store with the closures of both Goodwill and Salvation Army in Cloquet, leaving a hole locally in the retail industry for this niche. Items in the store are labeled by colored dots that correlate to a simple pricing guide, and community agencies also support a store voucher program. Thus far, the store has also hosted several sponsorship drives for school supplies, warm clothing drives, and adopt a family for the holidays. Heather also owns NorthStar Community Services, which provides services for people with disabilities, and this new thrift store offers an employment opportunity for several clients with disabilities. Other employees also volunteer their time. Community donations have been significant, with a donation barn at the rear of the building. “I didn’t realize how much people from Cloquet want to donate to those in Cloquet and help my store. It’s incredible. Our store is about the larger idea of bringing back resources to those in need and making connections to help,” said Heather Wright, owner. Kim Randa has recently been hired as the store’s new executive director, and she is excited about creating opportunities for the store. Thank you, Heather,  for investing your time, energy, and passion in our Cloquet downtown.
May 17, 2022
Community Memorial Hospital - Independently Owned and Operated Healthcare Delivered Locally
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC. and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet  are talking about the Hidden Gem of Community Memorial Hospital.  Community Memorial Hospital (CMH), a regional hospital, opened in Cloquet in 1958 and was constructed upon land donated by Northwest Paper Company (which today is Sappi). CMH is independently owned and operated with over 500 employees across its campus facilities: the Hospital, the Raiter Family Clinic, and Sunnyside Health Care Center. CMH stands out in personalized care and offers exceptional patient experience in a state-of-the-art setting. Take a tour via their photo gallery here: or watch a video on their history. Ninety percent of the care you need can be delivered locally. Community Memorial Hospital offers a full range of medical services, including general and orthopedic surgery, birthing suites, women's health services, an outpatient specialty clinic with visiting specialists, and an extensive educational program for individuals with specific health conditions. Recently, Blue Cross Blue Shield funded a grant for CMH on "Cecilia Models," providing hands-on experience with various types of birthing issues during delivery so that staff is well trained. These Cecilia Models will also allow CMH to host trainings.
May 17, 2022
Pinewood - Helping you fill your workforce shortage gaps!
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC. and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet  are talking about the Hidden Gem of Pinewood.  Pinewood is a private, non-profit 501©(3) charitable corporation licensed by the State of Minnesota Department of Human Services as a Day Training & Habilitation (DT&H) and Employment Services provider. Pinewood was established in Cloquet in 1964, and they moved into their current facility at 915 18th Street in 1975. In 1991, they expanded into Duluth.   The Cloquet and Duluth program sites provide person-centered services to more than 140 adults with intellectual disabilities, employ more than 80 professional staff, and operate a fleet of over 20 vehicles. And during the pandemic, Pinewood was awarded for volunteer efforts and named a proud recipient of the 2021 Life Enrichment Award from the Minnesota Organization for Habilitation and Rehabilitation. Employment services help individuals find jobs regardless of disability status. Employment Specialists help individuals, or small crews, find a job and, once hired for a position, then work with them on that job to teach and learn the skills for that job and maintain contact with the employer to stay ahead of needs and ongoing training as needed. A few examples of employment services provided are: o   Bulk Mailing, Labeling, Folding, and Packaging o   Landscaping/Gardening/Lawn Mowing o   Janitorial and Housekeeping o   Food Service and Dishwashing o   Product Assembly o   Recycling o   Clerical Sammy's Pizza Owner Mike Acheson has hired Pinewood employees with disabilities since shortly after he opened the Cloquet Sammy's Pizza in 2000. In 2018, Mike Acheson was awarded an Outstanding Disability Employer. With current workforce shortages, a considerable opportunity exists connecting with opportunities with Pinewood for employment services. Employers may also be eligible to use the workforce tax credit. For more information, don't hesitate to contact the Employment Services Manager at (218) 879-4566 or email Like most employers these days, Pinewood is also looking to add to their staffing team in their Cloquet and Duluth locations. Applicants must possess a minimum of a high school diploma or GED, a valid Class D driver's license with a clean driving record, the ability to pass a drug and alcohol screen, and a Minnesota Dept. of Human Services criminal background check. Previous experience in supporting persons with intellectual disabilities is preferred. Pinewood-Cloquet Inc (218) 879-4566 915 18th ST Cloquet, MN 55720
May 05, 2022
LCS Coaches & Cloquet Transit - Relax, We'll Do the Driving
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC. and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet  are talking about the Hidden Gem of LCS Coaches and Cloquet Transit.  Located at 1203 Avenue B and owned by Jeff and Jack Lane, LCS Coaches Inc. and Cloquet Transit have a vibrant history in Cloquet. LCS Coaches originally started its operations as Cloquet Transit Company, created over 80 years ago. While Cloquet Transit began offering charter service in 1985, LCS Coaches, Inc. was created as a separate company, leaving school transportation and routing as Cloquet Transit's main business. The business has 30 employees and has been owned by the Lane family since 1974. LCS Coaches is familiar with the roadways with their daily Duluth Commuter Line. They are a charter bus company providing transportation for college and semi-pro sports teams, school field trips, weddings, sporting event trips, casino trips, and band acts. To have them bid on a custom charter trip for you, don't hesitate to contact them at (218) 879-3391. MISSION To provide professional transportation services through an unparalleled dedication to driver quality, staff support, and vehicle reliability. We will set the highest standard through innovative action and a personal commitment to customer satisfaction. WHY CHOOSE LCS COACHES? LCS Coaches is one of the oldest transportation providers in the region. LCS Coaches' staff is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. LCS Coaches trains its drivers to meet above-average standards. LCS Coaches employs its own full-time safety director. LCS Coaches' repeat customers include semi-professional sports teams; the United States military; area corporations, area school districts, municipalities, universities, and many more! Cloquet Transit, a private business, has proudly provided contracted student transportation for the Cloquet School District for over 65 years.  Drivers go through training every year and keep up with industry changes.  They work with the school district to design safe and effective bus routes, bus stops, and student behavior guidelines.  If your school district is interested in having Cloquet Transit bid on services, please call (218) 879-1291.  Cloquet Transit also offers fleet maintenance service programs, body repair upon request, and bus washing services.
April 15, 2022
Sappi - Unlocking the Power of Renewable Resources to Benefit People, Communities and Planet
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC. and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet  are talking about the Hidden Gem of Sappi.  Strategic investments into the globally based Sappi Cloquet Mill to diversify production streams have poised them well to weather market trends. In May 2021, Sappi Cloquet was named one of the 2021 Top 100 U.S. Exporters by the Journal of Commerce. Yes, that’s right, Sappi Cloquet is one of the top 100 U.S. exporters for 2021, which is incredible. Sappi’s Cloquet Mill produces high-quality graphic papers. The mill can swing production between paper-grade pulp for internal consumption and dissolving pulp (DP) for the open market. Sappi’s integrated pulp and paper mill in Cloquet is the most modern pulp mill operating in the U.S.  By utilizing Continuous Batch Cooking, Sappi achieves extended delignification while maintaining high yield and strength properties. In 2013, Sappi further modernized the pulp mill by adding two additional batch digesters, an acid pre-hydrolysis stage and an ozone bleaching stage. These changes, along with modifications to Sappi’s wood yard and pulp dryer, enable the Cloquet Mill to make either dissolving pulp for the textile market or bleached kraft pulp used for papermaking. The Cloquet Mill produces premium publication grades, GalerieArt, Opus and McCoy, and dissolving pulp (DP), an additive in textiles, pharmaceutical, and household products. Sappi Cloquet annually produces 340,000 metric tons of coated woodfree paper and 370,000 metric tons of dissolving pulp with a workforce of 700 people. The Cloquet Mill, located on the banks of the St Louis River, began in 1898 as Northwest Paper Company with the iconic vintage “Mountie” branding materials (the red-coated horse riders). In 1964 the Cloquet Mill became Potlach and Sappi in 2002. The Cloquet mill is part of the fabric of the community and its identity. Employment at the mill spans generations, as does pride in the mill’s culture of hard work and a “can-do attitude.”  Sappi’s vision is focused on People, Prosperity, and Planet, and they dynamically adapt to transportation logistics, consumer markets, and the workforce. So what do people often not know about Sappi? Let’s get the root of that, literally, as it’s all about the trees. Sappi is a diversified forest products company rooted in the core value of sustainability. They invest an incredible amount of resources in implementing continuous environmental improvements in energy use, waste and pollution prevention, forestry planning, and more. Their supply source or the products they produce are from trees, a sustainable renewable resource that is biodegradable. With the shift in 2013 to making dissolving pulp, Sappi has diversified into packing materials, litho-laminates, and other specialties. Their skilled workforce is derived from college graduates with technical degrees. Their modern manufacturing facilities offer cutting-edge technical jobs, for Sappi actively recruits workers. Positions at the Cloquet mill focus on mechanical, electrical, civil, computer science, chemical paper science, environmental, forestry, and more. Sappi has a co-op program and several internship programs. Employees at the Cloquet Mill are committed to giving back to their local communities. They regularly volunteer their time, make financial contributions to a range of community organizations, and coordinate outreach efforts to non-profit groups such as the United Way, the local fire and police departments, and over 20 local school programs.    Mill leadership is committed to the local community and participates in several local boards and committees across various organizations.
April 15, 2022
Northwoods Power Equipment - Your One-Stop Shop for Quality Powersports and Lawn & Garden Equipment
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC. and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet  are talking about the Hidden Gem of Northwoods Power Equipment.  With Cloquet and Moose Lake locations, Northwoods Power Equipment is your local hometown lawn and garden equipment sales, quality powersports, service, and rental store, also offering Mobil 1 Lube Express oil changes. Originated out of Moose Lake, MN, in the early 2000s by owners Joshua and Kerry Pangerl, they opened the Cloquet location in March 2019.  This branch is managed by Zandra Pangerl and Sales Specialist Braden Richards. They carry new inventory, factory promotion, financing available, and used models.  They are dealers for ASV, Husqvarna, Meyer, eXmark, Bad Boy Mowers, and Kawasaki.  They offer various services, including lawn tractor service, snow-thrower service, plow/power unit service, pre-season inspection, push/walk-behind mower service, small engine repair, and zero-turn service. They can also assist with parts requests.  Rentals are only available at the Cloquet location and offer lawn and garden equipment, earth moving equipment, and trailers. Find model information here: ttps://
April 15, 2022
Pine Knot News
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC. and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet  are talking about the Hidden Gem of Pine Knot News.  After the closure of the physical Pine Journal office in Cloquet by the Duluth News Tribune, several former staffers began researching how to start your own newspaper.  They reopened the closed newspaper office at 122 Avenue C and a small team partnered to start the Pine Knot News (PKN).  Pine Knot News (PKN) is a locally owned and operated small town community newspaper that is an independent hyperlocal weekly newspaper covering northern Carlton County with an office in Cloquet at 122 Avenue C.  PKN strives to bring communities closer together by keeping them informed and engaged through coverage of local news, sports, neighbors and happenings. The first issue of the PKN launched October 26, 2018.  They unveiled their commitment to quality local information by blanketing Carlton County with two free issues to introduce themselves, a detailed election guide and a subsequent weekly newspaper.  After opening during a time of newspaper closures, and then the onset of the pandemic, PKN has grown to cover local happenings, sports, arts, and events and today has 1,800 subscribers and continues growing. “We are a good source of vetted journalistic information.  We must fact check everything we publish including letters to the editor.  In our office we have many balls in the air, we do it all, we write, take photos, and do all administrative duties.”  Jana Peterson, PKN Editor. “Our goal at the PKN is to educate people on issues that live here, work here, go to school here, have their families here, and want to be part of this community.  Our goal is to make it a bigger, better place, that celebrates our neighbors.  We are locals supporting local stories.”  Pete Radosevich, Columnist. PKN staff is incredibly involved in the community and its events assisting in planning the Fourth of July events and hosting this year’s September Celebration in the West End.  Since opening, PKN has also become one of the most highly awarded newspapers in the state  with over 33 awards.  Editor Jana Peterson has won the Better Newspaper Contest and First Place for Investigative Reporting in the 2018 Page One Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, in addition to numerous other awards over her 20-plus years as a journalist.  In the first year the Pine Knot News was eligible to participate in the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Better Newspaper Contest, for stories written between October 2018-August 2019, the PKN won 15 awards, including first place in General Reporting, Sports Reporting, Social Issues story (on vaping), Columnist Pete Radosevich and overall General Excellence.
April 11, 2022
Reach Program - A Platform for Your Voice to Be Heard
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC. and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet  are talking about the Hidden Gem of Reach Mentoring and Adult Partnerships. If you’ve met the staff from the Reach Program, you know the passion they hold for their jobs.  The REACH Program is rooted in youth adult partnerships.  So parents and educators in Carlton County, we have an awareness message for you.  Reach provides support to youth ages 10-21 in most schools in Carlton County (they are not in the elementary schools) providing meaningful tutoring and group based mentoring opportunities, during and after school.  In years past, youth activities have included recreational, social, and service-based ventures. Group activities have included skiing and snowboarding, hockey games, canoeing, movies, and local service projects.  The crux of the program is to provide youth the opportunity for group social capital and support.  “Partnering with peers lowers risks and increases protective factors for youth providing positive group community,” said Executive Director Dakota Koski. REACH Program has 250 active youth on a grass roots level in the County providing programs such as SOS in schools – students offering support and After School Activities.  For your child to become a REACH participant in the schools, parents or guardians are able to sign their children up or another pathway is from referrals from working professionals, such as probation officers, social workers, in-school support workers, school councilors, etc. You may also have seen various Reach fundraising events to support their work, annually they host a golf tournament.  They also offer a limited number of scholarships for youth.  If you’re an advocate for youth, REACH is also in need of Board members. In July 2021, REACH received a $920,000 grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Services to further their work to reduce drug and alcohol use through positive community norms over the next five years in Carlton County. The goal is to come up with positive activities, people and ways students can spend their time other than using drugs and alcohol.  Cara Keinanen was hired to work with the current REACH staff, including executive director Dakota Koski and program coordinator Anne Parish, on this goal.
April 11, 2022
Cloquet Natural Foods - Locally Owned Health Food Store
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC. and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet  are talking about the Hidden Gem of Cloquet Natural Foods.  Cloquet Natural Foods (CNF) is a small, locally-owned health food store, located at 502 Carlton Avenue, that sells organic food/produce, supplements, health-foods, beauty products, household products, gifts, bulk and frozen foods. CNF offers a friendly, helpful, welcoming environment to orient you to unique products. Owners Jodi and Don Christensen are passionate about offering high quality goods at moderate prices that are local, organic, and relevant products. CNF strives to provide moderate prices and offers lots of sales! CNF also special orders unique products and can help customers research questions. They also offer shipping and curbside service ( CNF offers a personal component for shoppers that sets them apart and compliments what other food sellers offer. The staff at CNF are continuously learning and engaging in online trainings. A typical day for the Christensen’s starts early at the store around 5am which allows the married couple to rotate their schedules to manage family demands. They began their journey into business ownership in 2000. They had worked at CNF for the original owner Linda Dahl (she opened this store in 1970!) and decided to open their own store in Sandstone called the Organic Carrot. In 2013, CNF was up for sale in Cloquet and the Christensen’s purchased it from the second owners the McClures. The McClure’s added solar panels to the building and made numerous building improvements which allowed for the addition of a fabulous massage studio featuring therapist Leah Burr ( “We love this business because we are surrounded on all sides with dedicated, passionate, and enthusiastic people.” Jodi Christensen Stop in and check them out today! CLOQUET NATURAL FOODS 502 Carlton Ave Cloquet, Minnesota Phone: (218) 879-3243 Curbside Orders:
March 27, 2022
Pine Valley 360 (PV360) - Year Round Gems of Outdoor Activity
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC. and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet  are talking about the Hidden Gem of Pine Valley 360. Of all the parks within the City of Cloquet, the vast natural area of Pine Valley Park is the crown jewel. Situated on top of unique geological features, Pine Valley is the largest of Cloquet’s parks, covering approximately 240 acres.   Pine Valley is maintained by the City of Cloquet Parks Department and has a multi-use trail system for cross country skiing during the winter season and hiking and trail running in summer and fall. The ski jumping facility has multiple jumps and hills with a rope tow. The singletrack trail provides opportunities for mountain biking, hiking and running during the summer and fall, plus snowshoeing, hiking, and fat-tire biking in the winter. Northwest Paper Company donated 40 acres of land in 1960 to the City of Cloquet for the purpose of developing the park for ski jumping and Nordic skiing, which was then a pine plantation with mixed hardwoods throughout its hills and valleys. The natural vegetation and geography would soon become the backdrop for a beautiful ski trail system in the forest and was named Pine Valley Park by Cloquet’s legendary ski coach Joe Nowak in 1961. The primary purpose headlining the creation of the park was to provide a first-class ski jumping and Nordic ski trail network, sports Cloquet had become renowned for. Throughout its history the park has been supported by a vast network of volunteers who constructed chalets, built the ski jumps and trails, and then maintained the ski jumps and trail network. The creation of the Nordic skiing and ski jumping park proved to be a successful endeavor, soon playing host to state high school championship ski meets, regional USSA ski races and jumping meets, and the annual City Ski Meet. Pine Valley and Cloquet High School produced 13 Minnesota State Champion High School Ski teams, many individual state champions in Nordic skiing and jumping, plus United States Olympic Team members in Nordic combined, biathlon, and ice hockey. The street into the park is aptly named “Olympic Drive.” At the entrance into Pine Valley Park is the Pine Valley Ice Arena (Northwoods Credit Union Arena), home to high school hockey programs, the Cloquet youth hockey association, and the Minnesota Wilderness junior league hockey team. While Nordic skiers and ski jumpers had already been active at Pine Valley during the 1960s, a cooperative effort between the skiers and the growing hockey program looking for a place to build an indoor ice rink identified a suitable location at Pine Valley on which to build the new rink. The Pine Valley Ice Arena was built in the late 1960s, using local volunteer labor and funded by grassroots fundraising by the hockey program spearheaded by then head coach Bill Kennedy. Improvements led by volunteers and City staff included a Nordic trail lighting project in 1998 that resulted in 2.5 kilometers of lighted ski trail. The ski jump landings were re-graded and the start positions at the top of the jumps were modified to accommodate new jumping techniques in 1999. The most recent addition to Pine Valley is the five-mile singletrack trail that winds through the park. The singletrack trail concept initially came from a group of Nordic skiers who thought the addition of the new trail network would bring more users to the park, particularly during the summer and fall seasons, thereby making Pine Valley more of a year-round center for silent sports.
March 16, 2022
USG Interiors - Innovations to help customers build a better world
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC. and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet  are talking about the Hidden Gem of USG Interiors.  For more than 115 years, USG Interiors has been expanding the boundaries of building science with products and systems that are safer, lighter, stronger, and more sustainable. They are the leading manufacturer of building products and innovative solutions worldwide. USG's mission has been simple: create building products that improve the world around us from the very beginning. USG was formed in 1902 when about 20 gypsum companies came together as the United States Gypsum Company. Twenty more companies joined the following year, and a network of gypsum mines, quarries, and processing plants spread across the United States. In 1916, USG disrupted the construction world with the invention of Sheetrock® panels, changing the way interior walls were installed. A sales representative named it Sheetrock®, and the most well-known product was born. Today, USG is a market leader in wallboard and gypsum products in North America, but they also invented latex paint, mineral fiber ceiling tile, shaft wall elevator systems, and Durock® cement panels along the way. These products sped up the building process and improved the way buildings could be designed and built. USG has helped build some of the world's most iconic structures, such as the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the Lotte Tower in Seoul, and the Freedom Tower in New York. Headquartered in Chicago, USG serves construction markets worldwide with wall, ceiling, flooring, sheathing, and roofing products that enable their customers to build the outstanding spaces where people live, work and play. Their network of plants, mines, quarries, and other facilities includes 49 manufacturing locations and 6,900 employees across North America, and 3,615 active patents. In 1985, United States Gypsum purchased the Conwed plant, now known as USG's Cloquet facility located at 35 Arch Street. The facility employs approximately  320 employees in its over 20 acres of buildings under the roof, manufacturing ceiling tiles. In 2014, USG rebranded and did some major plant renovations. USG is proud to be a part of a manufacturing-friendly community. The positive reputation in the community has often led to generations of families being employed with the company. "We have a multi-generational workforce. We're looking for people to join the family, so to speak," Jameson said. "They want to stay in the area. They want a decent-paying job. They want good working conditions and benefits, and USG offers all of that." USG is an industry leader in health and safety by creating an injury-free workplace and modeling safe behavior for families, colleagues, customers, and communities. They received the Robert W. Campbell Award from the National Safety Council in 2016. The international Robert W. Campbell Award honors companies that achieve business excellence by integrating Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) management into business operations. Safety is a top priority. Learn from employees at USG.
February 23, 2022
Upper Lakes Foods - Family Owned and Operated Since 1967
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC. and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet  are talking about the Hidden Gem of Upper Lakes Foods. Upper Lakes Foods (ULF), located at 801 Industry Avenue,  is your local foodservice leader proudly serving  Midwest businesses and organizations with the products and services required to thrive in the food industry for over fifty years. Upper Lakes Foods is the largest independent distributor in Minnesota and Wisconsin with over $360 million in sales in 2019 and 400 employees across all three locations of Janesville, Northfield, and Cloquet. They were recognized as the No. 1 fastest-growing distributor in the US in 2017 and 2018. As an independent, family-owned company, they ensure businesses have access to the freshest local products. They have a dedicated team of experts in menu and product development, marketing, social media, graphic arts, and more, all committed to generating innovative ideas to drive business forward. Larry Sorensen founded Upper Lakes Foods in 1967 at the age of 32. Operating out of the Duluth Terminal building, Larry had nine employees who worked every aspect of the business. Larry established a company culture that put the customer first, and delivering excellence was paramount. In January of 1981, Upper Lakes Foods moved to what is now the corporate headquarters in Cloquet, MN, due to a new highway in Duluth that claimed ULF's seven-story warehouse on Lake Avenue and Commerce Street. Larry passed away in 2005. His wife Patricia and his children carried on his legacy. Today, 12 Sorensen/Ryan family members are working in the business. The legacy crafted over 50 years ago by Larry Sorensen is still thriving today. The ULF Advantage is the people who are dedicated to sales, culinary, marketing, and operations. It's timely deliveries by professional drivers you can count on. It's the innovation and passion around food.   It's promotion of table tents to menu designs and dining room layouts from the foodservice marking team that assists customers every step of the way. It's about partnering to get the best products at the best prices. It's a team of professionals whose performance is dedicated to customer success. The COVID pivot was necessary and noticeable, being that 50% of annual sales come from street businesses, 8% healthcare, 37% schools, and 5% national sales. Despite the challenges, Upper Lakes Foods' leadership and employees worked hard to lay the groundwork for a strong foundation for continued success. They introduced weekly truckload sales to reduce inventory, created industry-leading COVID-19 customer support, established a company's freight division, created grocery delivery, launched a retail program incentive, and offered creative customer financial programs. Upper Lakes Foods continues to grow at a sustainable pace while investing in replacing aging equipment and modernizing facilities. They believe in investing in their people and conducting themselves with integrity, and cultivating an environment of innovation, collaboration, and trust at all times.
February 22, 2022
WebMed Mental Health Services - Improving Life Satisfaction
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC. and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet  are talking about the Hidden Gem of WebMed Mental Health Service.  WebMed Mental Health Services, located at 1001 Avenue B,  is an outpatient mental health facility started by Timothy Weber that treats anxiety, depression, and chemical dependency. As a nurse practitioner working in emergency care, he saw the need for crisis and emergency mental health services. When people need help, they need help today, not three months from now. This led him to get his psychiatry certificate and open his practice. With two locations, Cloquet & Duluth, he has three nurse practitioners, three therapists, and three interns whose mission is to provide effective, affordable, and accessible mental health and substance abuse care. They serve by assisting with improving life satisfaction, reducing relapse potential, providing preventative assistance, and implementing the appropriate interventions. Crisis appointments are available to address the needs of patients experiencing high distress. In addition, individual and couples, and group therapy sessions are available. However, you don't have to be in crisis to visit WebMed; they offer talk therapy,  addiction services with the utilization of medication and therapy combined to combat substance abuse, medication management to provide goal-focused and patient-centered management and give the tools and knowledge to make the best medical decisions to improve your life. WedMed provides TMS Therapy for depression. This involves a series of repetitive, brief, and highly focused magnetic pulses, designated to stimulate brain cells. TMS is typically prescribed to adult patients when antidepressants have failed or intolerable side effects. TMS Therapy is a non-invasive outpatient procedure with few known side effects. It is safe and effective, with no anesthesia, outpatient treatment, covered by insurance, including Medicare.  In-person and telemedicine services are available—coverage by most insurance companies.    Mental health can be a complex subject to define. However, when you think of mental health, think about your physical health, and it becomes much easier to understand.   Schedule your mental health check-up today by calling or scheduling online.  
February 11, 2022
L & M Supply - Quality at a Discount for Over 60 Years
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC. and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet  are talking about the Hidden Gem of L & M Supply. L & M Fleet Supply, located at 620 Hwy 33 in Cloquet, aims to be your favorite retailer in the community, stocking a great diversity of products, putting quality first, and servicing what they sell, always at a fair price.  In addition, L & M always strives to do an excellent job caring for the customer.  L & M is a family-owned, family-oriented business with a strong reputation in our community specializing in sporting goods, home improvement and hardware, automotive, tools, farm and pets, lawn and garden, toys, and power equipment, as well as a growing line of clothing and footwear to meet a variety of fashion needs and interests. They feature brands Cub Cadet, DeWalt, Wood Master, Drolet, Stihl, Yeti, Milwaukee. Jaun, general manager of the Cloquet store, knows retail and knows people and prides themselves in the golden rule "Treat people how you want to be treated." They adhere to the values of listening to customers' needs, providing quality products and services, being fair, finding solutions, creating value, and always being honest and conducting business with integrity.   People are our first priority. - Juan, General Manager  L & M has been offering quality at a discount since 1959.  James Luthen and Delbert Matteson opened the first L&M Fleet Supply store in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, in 1959.  The first store was a 30' x 60' wooden building that barely had room for all the signage on the front.  L&M Supply started with a small markup philosophy which continues today.  Their vision and mission were to be one of the first merchants to buy directly from factories and sell directly to consumers.  Out of that vision, the Company Philosophy and Logo was established as "Quality at a Discount." L&M Supply now includes ten retail store locations and one corporate office/distribution center across Northern Minnesota and Wisconsin.  The ongoing loyalty through the years and support of all of their customers, along with the commitment from their employees who hold true to the philosophy and goals of the Company to continue to provide quality products at discount prices with excellent customer service, for ensuring continued growth and customer satisfaction.   L & M has proudly worked under the same mission, vision, and values since its inception over 60 years ago. 
February 04, 2022
Paradigm Therapy Services - We're Here to Listen
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC. and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet  are talking about the Hidden Gem of Paradigm Therapy Services.  Paradigm Therapy is a community oriented mental health resource. We're Here to Listen. Paradigm Therapy Services is located at 1102 Cloquet Avenue, owned by Saprina  Mathney, and opened in July 2019  in the previous Goodwill location. Saprina is joined in practice by nine therapists and two support staff.   Their experience enables them to offer effective outpatient, individualized, psychological care. Their patient promise and goal are to help people grow from struggles, heal from pain, and move forward to where they want to be in life.  Paradigm Therapy is a community-oriented mental health resource providing services for trauma, abuse, grief, depression, anxiety & other mood disorders, family conflict and couples counseling, behavioral or attention issues, offending behavior, significant mental health issues such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Psychotherapy services include trauma assessments, school-based therapy, diagnostic assessments, and individual, family, and group.   They also offer court or social service ordered/referred services such as trauma assessments, threat and risk assessments, chemical health assessments, anger management groups (meeting MN statute), parenting education for individuals and groups, co-parenting therapy, psychosexual assessments, custody evaluations, and parenting time expediting. Paradigm is in-network with various insurance providers.  Life can be stressful. Sometimes you need a check-up. Preventative/proactive mental health is the start of a "paradigm shift" in how we think of taking care of ourselves. So schedule your appointment today, in person or zoom appointments available.  
January 25, 2022
K1 Sportswear - One Stop Manufacturer for Custom Sports Uniforms and Apparel
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC. and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet  are talking about the Hidden Gem of K1 Sportswear.  K1 is the largest hockey uniform manufacturer in the US and One Stop Manufacturer for Custom Sports Uniforms and Apparel.   K1 Sportswear,  currently located at 1309 Avenue C, started with one sewing machine in a basement in 1987 and has grown to be the No. 1 hockey jersey manufacturer in the U.S.A.   K1 Sportswear Inc. sells primarily business to business, places like hockey stores, sports equipment stores, college bookstores, teams, and franchise shops. In addition to hockey jerseys, K1 Sportswear makes performance hockey socks, Breezer shells (which go over the top of the padded hockey pants and offer teams an opportunity to do more customization at a lower cost) along with lacrosse uniforms. Marty Ketola started K1, and Tony Fisher purchased the business in November 2016. Both Ketola and Fisher were exceptional athletes in school and have used that background in business - Ketola into manufacturing hockey apparel and Fisher in his job with the Target Corporation. In Fisher's first job at Target, he was responsible for the licensed apparel portion of the business. Over the next eight years, Fisher's career took on several different roles, but he returned to licensed apparel. I've always been passionate about sports apparel. Tony Fisher - Owner, K1 Sportswear K1 is based on a solid set of key values: Act with integrity. Demonstrate accountability. Commit to the customer. Win as a team. Respect our team. Have fun. K1 jerseys are worn by players at every level, from youth to high school, from juniors in college, even professional players and Olympians. In addition, K1 has made a significant investment into the newest technology, which has allowed them to expand into additional sports like lacrosse, baseball, and softball apparel for the latest designs and trends. K1 utilizes high-quality materials. They provide a traditional cut and sew-to-die sublimation, tackle twill, sublimated patches, and screenprint. All products are custom designed and sewn in-house. K1 was the leading manufacturer of the 1980 Team U.S.A. Jersey. They also had the incredible privilege to be selected by the FDNY and NYPD to produce the 2021 jerseys for the charity game to honor the fallen heroes of September 11th. As a special tribute to these heroes, the names of all 343 firefighters that lost their lives within each of the jerseys numbers. To learn more about the history of K1 and change in leadership, check out this piece completed by the Pine Journal in 2016. 
January 25, 2022
Mutty Trails Pet Boarding - Pet Boarding with Passion and Homelike Amenities
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC. and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet  are talking about the Hidden Gem of Mutty Trails Pet Boarding.  Mutty Trails Pet Boarding, located at 398 Freeman Road, is a small kennel that offers a home-like boarding. Owners Scott and Kristina Johnson are starting their 10th year in business. Pets are their passion. The kennels provide cozy radiant in-floor heat, a 24-hour air exchanger, and air conditioning. In addition, they have a 40x40 fenced-in play yard.   Canine friends have spacious 5X5 suites and one large 5X7 suite. Feline friends have their own private room with large kitty towers. Scott and Kristina care for your pet as if it were their own. They don't have a website or fancy marketing. They operate their business on referrals and repeat customers and market on Facebook. Rates for one dog is $25/day, each additional dog from the same family in is shared kennel is $20/day. Cats are $15/day. Rates are per calendar day and do not include sales tax. Cash or check payment is required. Unfortunately, they do not accept credit cards. Call today to set up a tour of their facility or schedule an appointment for boarding for your dog or cat. Be sure to follow them on Facebook. Not sure your dog or cat would like a visit? Check out some happy customers
January 03, 2022
Wilderness Hockey - Junior League Hockey
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC. and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet  are talking about the Hidden Gem of Wilderness Hockey.  Minnesota Wilderness - Junior League Hockey The Minnesota Wilderness was founded by regional leaders several years ago to establish an area junior league team, to provide a hockey feeder program that develops and prepares players for Division 1 hockey.  How lucky we are that they picked Cloquet to do so. General Manager, Dave Boitz, says the biggest misconception of the Minnesota Wilderness is most people think this is a semi-pro team. The North American Hockey League (NAHL) is a tier II junior hockey league program. The Minnesota Wilderness is a part of the Midwest Division and calls the Northwoods Credit Union Arena home, located in Cloquet’s Pine Valley Park. All players on the roster play at no cost to them. Under USA hockey sanctioning, The Minnesota Wilderness cannot charge players to play, and they also must provide players with uniforms, team clothing, and select equipment such as sticks, gloves, and helmets. Players without local families live with a Minnesota Wilderness Billet Family. A billet family is a host family and a house for an NAHL hockey player during the hockey season, which is around eight months long. The program costs approximately $25,000 per player per year to participate in the program. Costs are funded by ticket sales, advertising, fundraisers like raffles, and the annual golf tournament, along with corporate sponsors and a commitment from our local community. “This community is so great, their support is unbelievable,” said Boitz. Local sponsors are updated on the team website and currently include: St. Lukes, B&B Market, Carmens, the Buffalo House, the River Inn, Family Tradition, Sammy’s Pizza, Pedros, The Jack, Community Memorial Hospital, Park Avenue Therapies and Fitness, Community Printing, USG, Super One Foods, FDLTCC, Kiminski Paving, Great Lakes Insurance, Farmers Insurance, Subway, Wells Fargo Advisors, Little Caesars, Perkins, Duluth Sign, Halvor Lines, Johnson Mertz, Adolphson Real Estate, Hunt Electric, Superior Beverages, and sitelogiq. Players are recruited from all over the United States. Of the current roster of 23, three players are local, and the rest have come from other areas. Attend a Wilderness game today and show your support. You can purchase season tickets or single-game tickets, online at or in person at Super One and B&B Market. If you are interested in being a billet family, you can find more information on the team website. If you are interested in sponsoring the program by advertising or donating, reach out to Dave to learn more about your options.
January 03, 2022
Angel Nails - Local Professional Nail Care
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC and Holly Hansen- Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet are talking about the Hidden Gem of Angel Nails.  Angels Nails and Hair Salon, located at 1201 Cloquet Avenue,  offers high-quality manicures and pedicures with hairstylists on site. Owner Tony Nguiyen and his team provide top-of-the-line nail services, including acrylic, hard gel, and sculpted enhancements, as well as gel manicures and lavish pedicures. In addition, they specialize in trendy nail art, designs, and personalized service. When asking Esko resident and owner Tony Nguiyen why he does business in Cloquet, he says he loves it here. He loves the small-town community. The people are so nice, and they really care about each other. It is a great place to do business and raise a family. You may also know Tony as the i-Doctor. He has a hobby business where he does minor repairs and screen replacements on iPhones and iPads. Let Tony and his team pamper your hands and toes by calling for an appointment today.
January 03, 2022
American Health Filtration - Your Indoor Air Quality Experts
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC and Holly Hansen- Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet are talking about the Hidden Gem of American Health Filtration.  American Health Filtration, located at 1203 Cloquet Avenue, is a local, family-owned business with over 14 years of experience in helping people live in a healthier interior environment. Ryan Lee, born and raised in Carlton, MN, and his wife, Brooke, have owned the Northern Minnesota Territory for FilterQueen since 2008 and have created a solid FilterQueen Team. As Lee's dreams and ambitions grew, they started the Iowa operations in 2018. American Health Filtration provides air purification, filter cleaning, and in-home/in-office air cleaning system services to the Cloquet, MN and Urbandale, IA area. They carry the Majestic Surface Cleaner and Defender Air Cleaner. The FilterQueen® Defender® Portable Room Air Purifier uses its proven technology to create a cleaner, healthier home environment that is protected from harmful pollutants such as pollen, mold, bacteria, viruses, pet dander, dust mites, smoke particles, cooking odors, and airborne chemicals, without producing harmful ozone. The Defender is an FDA-registered Class II Medical Device. The Majestic Surface Cleaner and Air Purifier marries classic style to modern technology to remove 99.99% of harmful pollutants down to .01 micron in size. It has advanced cleaning ability, auto-snap connections, low-profile, gear-driven power nozzle, original bagless cyclone action system. It offers many superior cleaning attachments also. The Majestic Surface Cleaner can sustain its maximal cleaning operation with the help of cyclone-like airflow in the center filter cone, wherein the extracted airflow is drawn and released back into your room. At any cost, the cleaning performance of FilterQueen Majestic is excellent compared with an ordinary vacuum with flat filters and bags that can potentially bring back air pollutants due to its multiple holes. If you are interested in learning more about American Health Filtration, you can view product demonstrations online or invite a local sales representative into your home or business for a free "in-home" demonstration.
January 03, 2022
Dave's Cloquet Mattress and Furniture - Doing Business the Old Fashioned Way
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC and Holly Hansen- Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet are talking about the Hidden Gem of Dave's Cloquet Mattress and Furniture.  Dave's Cloquet Mattress & Furniture, owned by Dave Cochran, is located at 1207 Cloquet Avenue.  Dave is a veteran who spent 24-years in the Airforce, retired, and moved to Minnesota from Washington state.  He worked for Johnson Brothers Furniture for many years and jumped at the opportunity to purchase the previous Furniture For Less a little over four years ago.   Dave carries a full line of recliners and sofa brands like La-Z-Boy, England, Catnapper,  and Ashely.  Mattress from Therapedic made in the USA, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In addition, they have dining room and bedroom sets, bunk beds, and artwork.  Dave specializes in smaller furniture, furniture that will fit through the doors of area homes and apartments.  In fact, he can tell you the door entrance dimensions of most places in Cloquet and surrounding areas.  He also carries smaller chairs and recliners that are easy to get in and out of, especially for those whose feet do not typically touch the ground when they sit in a recliner. This is a hit with older ladies.   Dave wants customers to know he and his staff are working hard to find the items they want.  They have been buying available items to work around shortages, but inflation is a real thing.  Container costs are at an entirely new level, and unfortunately, he has to pass those costs on to his customers.  They have been selling floor models to customers as needed based on their ability to meet personal timelines.   Stop in and see Dave and his team today.  You will be amazed at his product knowledge and approach to customer service. Dave's Cloquet Mattress & Furniture (218) 879-5008 1207 Cloquet Avenue Cloquet MN 55720
December 20, 2021
Pioneer Recovery Center - Exploring the Wilderness Within
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC and Holly Hansen- Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet are talking about the Hidden Gem of Pioneer Recovery Center.  Pioneer Recovery Center located at 241 Hwy 33 N, is a 20-bed inpatient residential chemical dependency treatment facility that provides assessment and treatment planning, screening for mental health concerns, and integrated trauma treatment for women in a homelike setting. The Center is owned by Jennifer Nyakundi.  Pioneer Recovery started in Palo, MN  in 2009, as a 10-bed, medium-intensity program for women.  The Center moved to Cloquet when Jennifer bought the old Regional Realty Building from Marty Ketola in 2013, and turned it into a 20-bed facility with a commercial kitchen to serve customers from south St. Louis County, Carlton County, Isanti County, Itasca County, Koochiching County, Lake County, Cook County, and Fond du Lac, Leech Lake, Boise Forte, and Mille Lacs Bank Reservations. At Pioneer Recovery, women will experience and learn to overcome the challenges of recovery within an atmosphere of compassion, dignity, and respect.  The in-home-like setting focuses on relationships to help women learn to overcome the challenges of recovery. There is help out there.   Do not be ashamed to get help.  If you are struggling, get the help you need.     - Jennifer Nyakundi, Owner - Pioneer Recovery
December 10, 2021
Epic Nutrition - Northern Minnesota's Only Himalayan Salt Room and Shake Shop
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson, founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC and Holly Hansen, Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet are discussing the Hidden Gem of Cloquet, Epic Nutrition.  Epic Nutrition is Northern Minnesota's only Himalayan Salt Room and Shake Shop.  Epic Nutrition & Salt Room, located at 10 N 12th Street, is unlike any other local shake shop and juice bar.   Yes, they have a full menu of protein shakes with four different protein options (Exante, Legion, Thrive, and Vega) and various flavors of tea and juices, award-winning beauty products by Nuskin, but the salt room makes this place unique.  Kari Lewis has owned this small business since 2013, and she loves running her own business.  Her favorite part of business ownership is meeting new people and providing them with a quick healthy meal and salt room experience.  She experienced a salt room and Minneapolis and decided to bring that experience to northern Minnesota.  The salt room, Halotherapy,  is the newest health trend in the United States and is available right here in Cloquet.  Halotherapy has been around for hundreds of years in Europe.  Thousands of salt rooms and caves are operating to provide salt therapy experiences. Halotherapy is a drug-free and all-natural, non-invasive treatment that improves the overall effectiveness of the immune system and is used to alleviate a multitude of health conditions.  So how does it work?  A machine called a halo generator grinds salt to the size of 1-5 micrometers to produce a dry salt aerosol.  While sitting in the room for 45 minutes, the fine salt can travel to the deepest part of the lungs in addition to other parts of the respiratory tract.  As salt enters the lungs and respiratory tract, it dissolves the bacteria and pollutants and works to get rid of the mucous and open constricted airways.  Salt therapy can treat allergies, asthma, breathing difficulties, chest tightness, bronchitis, cold/flu prevention, COPD, ear infections, eczema, hay fever, psoriasis, rhinitis, sinusitis, smokers cough, snoring, sleep apnea.  Halotherapy helps you breathe, feel & sleep better. When you enter the salt room, you will be simply amazed at this space.  It is unlike anything you have seen. But, you must see it to believe it. So, be prepared to leave feeling rejuvenated with this authentic one-of-a-kind experience.  Salt therapy is not just for adults.  It can be helpful and fun for kids too.  You can bring toys and books to keep kids entertained during their 45-minute session.  Salt therapy appointments are taken on the hour and will last 45 minutes.  The salt room is open Monday - Friday from 8 am - 3 pm and Saturday from 9 am - 1 pm.  You can purchase single sessions or purchase a package of 3, 6, or 12 sessions for a discounted package price.  They even offer a "Salt Room Spa Package."  You can come to the salt room by yourself, or come with a group.  The salt room is a must-have experience.  While at Epic nutrition, you can also purchase the Nuskin anti-aging skincare products.  Some of the products they carry in the store are body butter, firming cream, sole solutions, tanner, and toothpaste.  Stop in and see Kari and her team today. Then, have a shake and tea, grab some whitening toothpaste and firming cream, and schedule an appointment in the salt room.  A gift certificate for the Christmas stocking is always a great idea also.
December 08, 2021
Talking Business. Nelson Funeral Care - Helping Your Create the Tribute of a Lifetime
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC and Holly Hansen- Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet are talking about the Hidden Gem of Nelson Funeral Care. Nelson Funeral Care is your only locally owned funeral home and cremation service. Rob and Lori Nelson purchased the Medich Snyder Drug building in downtown Cloquet at 10th Street and Cloquet Avenue. They renovated it to accommodate a large chapel, fellowship room for luncheons, private family room, children's room, spacious foyer with a grand piano. They opened in January of 1998 and began serving the community. Rob is a licensed funeral director in both Minnesota and Wisconsin and has worked in funeral service for over 40 years. Local ownership gives the flexibility to work closely with families on arrangement details and costs. Rob, Lori, and their staff members are caring and experienced professionals who understand that each family is unique and have personal requests and traditions. These requests and traditions are of utmost importance. They know that making the many decisions that come at a time of loss can be difficult. It is their job to understand, show respect and preserve dignity. To offer comfort and to assist families in their most challenging time. "As a local, family-owned funeral provider, our greatest asset is experience. We believe it is our priority to listen to families, answer their questions, offer them ideas and options, arrange all the details, provide them with the dignified level of service and meet each of their unique and personal needs."                    - Rob Many may not understand all of the services a funeral director provides. They file the death certificate and other necessary paperwork for social security, insurance claims, and benefits, retirement benefits, veterans' benefits. They obtain veterans' flags, cemetery markers, and burial clothing. They notify clergy or priests, organists, pianists, soloists, veterans honor guides, pallbearers, civic clubs, newspapers for obituaries. They order death certificates, vault for the cemetery, and flowers. In addition, they provide customer memorial folders, luncheon/fellowship room, coffee and punch for visitations, memory picture boards, memorial tables, audio and videotaping services, photographs of floral bouquets, laminated obituaries, temporary cemetery marker, placemats for luncheons, limousine services, tent at the graveside, grief counseling references. When a Minnesota Veteran dies, they qualify for a free hand-crafted wooden urn professionally handmade using quality oak wood and is personalized with a military service seal and a nameplate that lists the Veteran's name, rank, military service, and life dates. To learn more about the free urns for Veterans visit Rob and Lori believe in giving back to the community, and they have always been active in the community with local churches, the Rotary Club, Masonic Lodge, Shriners, volunteering at the schools and serving on the Cloquet Educational Foundation, Cloquet Memorial Hospital, and its Foundation, the Salvation Army, and Chamber of Commerce. Experience, dignity, and compassion. Check out Nelson Funeral Care and Cremation Service when needed.
November 12, 2021
Talking Business. Northern Minnesota Eye Care - You Deserve to See the Beauty of the World
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC and Holly Hansen- Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet are talking about the Hidden Gem Northern Minnesota Eye Care. Northern Minnesota Eye Care, owned by Dr. Christopher McDowell & his wife, Dr. Sasha Narayan, is located at 1001 Cloquet Avenue.  They understand how important your sight is for your overall quality of life — kids in school, families enjoying the outdoors, and older adults who deserve to enjoy their retirement to the fullest.  They believe that you deserve to have healthy vision to continue doing the things you enjoy. They have been a part of the Northern Minnesota community and taking care of patients since 1979. They are still independently (and locally) owned, so they can treat patients in their best interest, not recommend whatever is best for a corporation or insurance companies bottom line. They offer comprehensive vision plans, diagnostic testing, glasses and contacts, vitamins/supplements, surgical co-management, dry eye treatment, and emergency care.  They treat conditions such as cataracts, myopia, astigmatism, macular degeneration, glaucoma, strabismus, diabetic retinopathy, computer vision syndrome, and visual fatigue syndrome. In addition, they care about your eye health as it changes throughout the various stages of your life. They have three convenient locations, Cloquet, Moose Lake, and Hinkley. They were the first optometry practice in Minnesota to use multi-spectral retinal imaging for diagnostic exams. Each year, their medical team completes 120 hours of continuing education. For almost everyone, sight is by far the most important of their five senses.  Up to 80% of the information our brains receive is from our eyes.  One of the biggest myths people have is that your eyes don't change. On the contrary, your eyes will continue to change as you age, deal with other medical imperfections, take medication, use the computer or phone, watch tv, etc. Most people want an easy way to maintain their long-term vision and gain peace of mind knowing their eyes are healthy.  To do that, the doctors at Northern Minnesota Eye Care recommend following these three steps to better eye health: Meet with a doctor for an evaluation. Receive a custom treatment plan unique to your needs and your concerns. Maintain a routine eye care schedule. To meet the needs of their customer's busy and active lifestyles, they are open one Saturday a month from Labor Day to Memorial Day. Call for an appointment for the entire family so that everyone can live their best life.  Please stop by one of their three locations for a routine eye care exam today.
November 09, 2021
Talking Business. Shooting Star Dance- Dance Will Challenge and Inspire
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson- Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet are celebrating the Hidden Gem of Shooting Star Dance. Shooting Star Dance (SSD), located at 1402 Cloquet Avenue, is dance instruction that fits your needs and location and offers everyone a class.  SSD is owned and operated by Suzy and Luc Goodin.  Suzy is the studio director.  She danced with Becky’s Studio for 23-years before taking over the studio, changing the name and changing locations.  She is the competition guru and a certified aerobatic arts instructor.  Luc is responsible for all the beautiful woodwork throughout the facility and always comes up with props, even with the most challenging requests.   They have three daughters.  They work very hard to make Shooting Stars Dance a family for all that dance there. Dance is my passion.  I have always known I wanted to own my own studio and I wanted to teach.  I can teach anyone in just 45-minutes a week.  I want to make an impact on lives.  We not only teach dance, we teach how to be good people.  Just because we live in a small town doesn't mean we have to have small goals.  We help build confidence, self esteem and leadership. I love what I do! - Suzy The original building has two studio spaces and an office. In addition, the newly acquired Dominos pizza has been totally refurbished and will serve as another large studio space. Currently, they have nine instructors and five desk staff.  They have around 250 students from Esko, Moose Lake, Bemidji, Ashland, Albrook, Alborn, Cloquet, Carlton, and McGregor.  They offer tap, jazz, ballet, contemporary, hip hop, musical theater, acrodance, and more. From pre-school to high school, they have a class for you. They offer classes for beginners to progressive programs for the serious dancer. Shooting Stars Dance has a program that will challenge and inspire just about anyone. Shooting Stars Dance is more than just dance education. They are a dance family.  They offer a dance education program that strives to provide affordable, convenient dance instruction to students of all ages. They value family and friendship and work to create a supportive environment that extends beyond just dance lessons. They offer both recreational and competitive classes for all ages in a variety of dance styles. Dancers can take as little as one class a week or dance many hours a week. Many of their classes participate in an annual recital, and everyone is invited to perform in events throughout the season. Are you interested in competing? They have competitive options for dancers of different skill levels and split all competition fees up monthly, so you are never surprised with a huge lump sum payment due. In addition, they encourage team-building and personal growth. Acrobatics has become a large part of the dance world. As a result, SSD is certified to teach the Acrobatic Arts syllabus. This syllabus is designed to ensure that students are developing in all areas of acrodance, including strength, flexibility, balance, limbering, and tumbling. By developing all these areas thoroughly before advancing to the next level, they ensure that students have the best acrodance education possible while minimizing the chance of injury. Acrodance is for anyone who enjoys dance or gymnastics and wants to utilize their skills without additional equipment needed. To have a facility and investment in our community such as this is truly amazing.  Stop in and see Suzy and the team and learn how you can become a part of the dance family.
November 02, 2021
Talking Business - Cloquet Service Center- Success Built on Reputation
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC. and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet are discussing the Hidden Gem of Cloquet Service Center. If your check engine light comes on in your vehicle or something doesn't feel or sound right, stop into Cloquet Service Center, owned by Cory Roe, located at 340 Scanlon Way in Cloquet.  They do everything from A to Z in auto repair except no collision body repair work.  They are an ASE-certified automotive repair shop meaning their team of professionals are certified and follow the rules set forth by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.  They have nine certified technicians, which allows them to get your vehicle repaired in a timely manner.     Some of the common services are auto repair, anti-lock brakes, cabin air filters, air conditioning, batteries, brakes and rotors, belts and hoses, clutch repair, exhaust system, and mufflers, fuel system, heating, and cooling systems, transmission services, steering and suspension, water pumps and radiators, oil changes, and diagnostics.  The team at Cloquet Service Center will pinpoint the underlying cause of the problem with your vehicle, explain the required services, and keep you informed each step of the way.  They invest in the latest state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment to accurately identify and repair computerized engine issues. Their computerized system can check for complete ignition system diagnostics, engine code check, engine oil light, engine overheating, and no start and charging system diagnosis. In addition, they are the only service repair shop in the area that has an Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) calibration. This is the necessary equipment to calibrate front-facing cameras quickly and precisely, blind-spot monitors & radar sensors. Cloquet Service Center honors Extended Warranty Plans.  They are a Napa Autocare Center.  A nationwide warranty covers the parts they put in.  They will also complete the warranty work for any other Napa Autocare Center Parts. Cory and his team value the long-term relationships with customers and generations of customers who keep coming back because of their passion for solving problems, reputation for quality work, and trust that they have the customer's best interest at heart.  Clouet Service Center is a woman and kid-friendly business. Cloquet Service Center Phone:  218.879.2131 340 Scanlon Way Hours: M – F,  8 am – 5 pm Cloquet MN 55720 Website: Facebook:
October 26, 2021
Talking Business. Ellison Family Chiropractic - Quality Care for the Whole Family
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC. and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet are discussing the Hidden Gem Ellison Family Chiropractic.  Nestled on the corner of Arch Street and Avenue C, you will find Ellison Family Chiropractic.  Dr. Ellison purchased Leno Chiropractic in May 2019 after joining the practice as an intern and then associate doctor in 2014.  Dr. Ellison is joined in practice by Moose Lake native and associate doctor Dr. Katie Larson.  Together they provide Chiropractic care, specializing in pregnancy, pediatrics, and sports, along with massage therapy and DOT medical examinations. For those unfamiliar with chiropractic care, it is a drug-free, non-surgical science. In addition, chiropractic is a holistic practice; therefore, treatment extends beyond the time spent in the doctor's office. Along with massage and chiropractic adjustments, doctors of chiropractic also recommend a program of stretching, exercise, good nutrition, and lifestyle changes to promote better overall health.  Chiropractic is a primary health care profession that diagnoses, treats, and prevents neuromuscular disorders. Chiropractors assess joint stability and function to determine the nature of musculoskeletal disorders. Chiropractic treatment involves joint manipulation (adjustments), soft tissue work, rehabilitation through exercises, and general health and lifestyle counseling. Dr. Kayla Ellison is certified to use a special assessment, and adjustment protocol with pregnant women called Webster Technique. When the sacrum is misaligned, it can cause undue tension to the ligaments and musculature in the pelvis, particularly the round ligament, as it gets stronger and wider in pregnancy. Using Webster Technique, pelvic mobility and function are improved, thus optimizing fetal positioning and labor progression. Women who have had chiropractic care throughout their pregnancy report faster and more comfortable deliveries compared to previous ones without chiropractic care.
October 25, 2021
Talking Business. Jill's Pet Parlor - Learn a Trade and Earn From Your Passion
n this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC. and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet are discussing the Hidden Gem of Jill's Pet Parlor. Over thirty years ago, Jill Vork turned her hobby and love for dogs into a very successful flexible business.  Having her own business allowed her to be a mom of a special needs child and balance family and career. Jill enjoys being her own boss and finds grooming to be very therapeutic. She is a very hands-on solopreneur who has her pet parlor on the backside of her home in Cloquet, which is convenient for her customers who come from all around the area.    Jill is well versed in dog behaviors and the safety of your pet.  Pet grooming can be stressful for your pet. She understands the importance of proper handling, signs of stress and does not stack pets who wait all day for their cuts.  No two pets are the same.  Bathing and drying, brushing, trims for different breeds, canine head types, ear styles, foot types, and tail types lead to different grooming techniques and style options. Jill is an admitted perfectionist and values customer relationships; therefore, her plate is full, and she is not accepting new clients.  We are writing about Jill's Pet Parlor to inspire others to explore dog grooming as a business opportunity. If you love animals, why not pursue a career that allows you to work with them every day.  Being a groomer may be the right thing for you.  The training is minimal and this career tends to be very professionally and financially rewarding.  There are several aspects that you can consider prior to enrolling in a program, things such as learning style and type of training.  If you are interested in learning more about Jill's journey and discover if this would be a promising career and business opportunity for you, reach out to her to learn more. Explore more:  The Rio Grooming School is a state of the art school located in Hastings, MN. The Saint Paul Pet Grooming School Jill Vork  - Dog Groomer, Solopreneur 218.590.1697
October 14, 2021
Talking Business. Cloquet Country Club - Private 18-Hole Championship Course
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC. and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet are discussing the Hidden Gem of Cloquet Country Club.  The Cloquet Country Club was established in 1923. It existed as a nine-hole course until 2002, when a second nine, designed by Joel Goldstrand, was added. Today the 6,649 yard, par 71 course offers a challenging course rating of 72.9 and slope of 130 from the tips.  The course provides a unique layout with six demanding par three's to go along with five lengthy par five's all over 500 yards.  Among the tall pines exists a challenging design that is our very own Cloquet Country Club. In 2017, the golf course became 100% membership-owned.  Membership historically has been around 200 members; during the pandemic, membership has risen to nearly 300.  The Club offers an excellent opportunity for those Under 30 to join the Club at an amazing price.  The best offer around for those young people looking for access to a great golf facility.  The Country club offers many events to get to know your fellow members.  Ladies League is on Tuesdays, Men's League is Thursdays, and Couples Night on Friday evenings.  CCC believes in getting young people involved in the game of golf.  The Club welcomes children of all skill levels and offers junior lesson programs and other opportunities for kids.  Individuals or group lessons are also available. If you are looking to improve your game or have a question, talk with Bill. He provides quality golf instruction, which could be the best thing you could ever do for your golf game. The Cloquet Country Club has excellent facilities and amenities: a Golf Shop with various golf brands of clothing, Golf Balls, Gloves, Hats, Clothing, Golf Bags, and a limited selection of Golf Clubs. The clubhouse has a full bar and restaurant and is open seasonally; and has housed many retirement parties, anniversaries, grad parties, birthdays, business meetings or luncheons, class reunions to members.  Great outdoor space to gather after a round (overlooks Hole #2).  Both Men's & Ladies locker rooms - Brand new Sauna. Entire practice facility equipped with both a chipping and putting green as well as a Driving Range.  The facility is Private - so you must be a member, guest of a member, pre-arranged non-local guest, or playing in an event at the Club to use the facilities. Each year CCC hosts some of Minnesota's most successful golf tournaments and corporate outings. In addition, there have been millions of dollars in fundraisers held at the country club over the years, giving back to various non-profits throughout our community.  PGA Golf Pro and General Manager, Bill Manahan, Grounds Superintendent, Jud Crist, and the nearly forty employees invite you to tour the facility and consider a membership.     Cloquet Country Club 400 Country Club Drive Cloquet, Minnesota 55720 Pro Shop: 218-879-7997 Club House: 218-879-8858 Maintenance: 218-879-5240 Email: Facebook:
October 05, 2021
Talking Business. Lamberts Auto Glass - Your Best Choice for Auto Glass Repair & Replacement
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC. and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet are discussing the Hidden Gem of Lamberts Auto Glass.  Established in March of 2000, Lambert’s Auto Glass is locally owned and operated by Kirk Lambert. He and his family have lived in Cloquet since 1989. He is a Master Auto Glass Technician, certified by The National Glass Association (NGA). He specializes in auto glass repair and replacement.  Being a member of the NGA means that Kirk follows a specific code of ethics and uses dependable products to produce top-quality work. In addition to fast and professional service with fair prices, when Kirk does an auto glass replacement, or repair, he guarantees his work for as long as you own the vehicle. His goal is to build his business on his reputation, so you can be sure that the staff at Lambert’s Auto Glass will do everything they can to achieve complete customer satisfaction. This means they will work with you and/or your insurance company to make things go as quickly and smoothly as possible. They pride themselves on great customer service.  They work with your insurance company as long as you have auto glass coverage insurance.  In order to minimize your out of pocket expense, Lambert's likes to analyze each glass loss both ways – cash and insurance.  They make sure you get the lowest cost. Sometimes deductibles can be discounted heavily. It is best to look at all your options before proceeding.  As a tip: you, the customer, have the right by law to choose any auto glass shop you feel comfortable doing business with. You can not be told or coerced by your insurance company to use a specific shop of their liking. This practice is called steering and is against the law. Lamperts has a Mobile Auto Glass service comes to you. Their fully equipped mobile vehicles provides:  Auto Glass, Windshield Safety, Windshield Repair,  Windshield Replacement, Back and Side Glass. Kirk's sister Jill, is the warm friendly voice that greets you on the phone or when you come into the shop .  Call and schedule your appointment today. Lambert's Auto Glass 602 Cloquet Ave - Cloquet, MN 55720 (218) 878-1000 Fax: (218) 878-1200 Website:
September 24, 2021
Talking Business. Arrowhead Water - Providing you with the best quality of water available
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC and Holly Hansen- Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet are talking about the Hidden Gem of Arrowhead Water. Arrowhead Water Services and Arrowhead Springs are family-owned by Kyle and Travis Gustafson and have been servicing the arrowhead region since 1977. They took over from their dad Rick when he retired nearly ten years ago.  Whether you use city or well water, they can provide you with the highest quality water available at an affordable price. They are proud to offer American-made products from Hague, an innovator in water treatment for over 60 years. With Hague, you can protect your home's plumbing and appliances from problem water damage due to sediments and iron and assist in preserving the Earth's natural resources. Their trained and certified staff will help you choose the right system, deliver and install it and provide service after the sale. Anticipating supply chain issues due to COVID, we doubled the inventory we would generally carry on hand. - Travis Free Water Test Arrowhead water conducts a series of onsite water tests to determine what's in your water and the hardness of your water. Tests include: Determining the amount of chlorine in your water. The EPA recommends no more than three ppm in your drinking water supply. A TDS count will be conducted to determine the total dissolved solids in your drinking water. A Hydrogen Sulfide test will be conducted. Hydrogen Sulfide is one cause of a "rotten egg" smell in the water supply. An Iron test will be conducted. Iron will give the water a metallic taste. A pH test will be conducted to determine the alkalinity/acidity of the water supply. Once they have determined your water quality, they can recommend which of the WaterMax's 83 configurations will be needed to provide you with the highest quality water available. Products and Services: Water Conditioning Services WaterMax® is a patented, comprehensive water softener system; truly the right water cleaner for our age of conservation -- highly efficient in water, salt and time. Reverse Osmosis System The Hague H6500 Reverse osmosis water system enlists a five-stage process that begins with a dual-function pre-filter, a combination sediment filter, and carbon to prevent the membrane from clogging and chlorine degradation. Hague TIL The Twin Intermediate Line is designed for light commercial water users such as restaurants, office buildings, laboratories, dairy farms, and car washes. Bottled Water  & Coolers Cold coolers or hot and cold coolers are available for monthly rental. In addition, bottled water refills can be delivered to your home or office. Salt Delivery The convenience of salt delivery right to your home or business. Set up auto-delivery every month, or you may call for delivery as needed. Don't settle for hard water, bad taste or odor, discoloration of water or cloudiness, and definitely stop staining of sinks, toilets and clothes.  Stop in and see Kyle, Travis and office manager Sarah to discuss your water needs, weather city water or well water. Arrowhead Water Services Phone: (218) 879-2672 1114 Cloquet Avenue Cloquet, MN 55720 *  Located in the back of the Daugherty Appliance Building Website: Facebook:
September 21, 2021
Talking Business. Union Lofts - Work Environments to CREATE, Homes to INSPIRE, and Lasting Memories to MAKE
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC and Holly Hansen- Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet are talking about the Hidden Gem of Union Lofts. GCL Development Group, LLC. – Louise & Clyde Sherman are the local husband/ wife duo sharing similar characteristics to Chip and Joanna Gaines from HGTV.  They are an inspiration to our community and their investment in development and breathing new life into old historic properties. We want to be a part of helping revitalize this area.  Marriage and Business – We’re in this together.  -Louise The Union Lofts is a versatile space in downtown Cloquet, which used to be the Cloquet Labor Temple.  It has been renovated and modernized into offices and flex space on the first level and brand new modern studio and one-bedrooms coming soon for an industrial-driven executive lifestyle. The Lounge Comfortable setting that includes WIFI, refrigerator, Keurig, water dispenser, and modern furniture. It can be used for work meetings, showers, parties, pop-up boutiques, book clubs, or any special occasion—order in catering or bring in your own food. The Conference Room Working remotely and need to assemble the work team? Maybe you want to have a special dinner, such as a girls night or fantasy football? This space has seating for ten and includes the use of a smart TV. The Flex Space Calling all crafters, exercise groups, quilters, birthday parties, church groups, and sport's teams! Need to celebrate a special event, teach a class or Bible study or just need a place to spread out? This space can be configured in many ways: tables with chairs for 25, classroom setting, or wide open for exercise. Let us know at the time of booking, and we can accommodate your needs. The Office Working from home and need a quiet place to work or maybe to meet with a client to close the deal? Our office space is ready for you to just plug in and work. Included in our rental is WIFI desk, printer, and a monitor to plug your laptop into for dual screens. This newly created place to come together is fantastic.  Stop in and see Louise and Clyde today. Then, take a tour and book your next event. Union Lofts Phone# (218) 940-0578 1403Avenue C Cloquet MN 55720 Website: Facebook:
September 17, 2021
Talking Business. Cloquet Animal Hospital - We Love Your Pets As Much As you Do
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC and Holly Hansen- Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet are talking about the Hidden Gem of Cloquet Animal Hospital. Cloquet Animal Hospital is your local comprehensive veterinary care facility just off Highway 33, right across from Pinehurst Park at 122 2nd Street.  Cloquet Animal Hospital has been serving Cloquet and surrounding communities for over 75 years. They specialize in small animals exclusively – dogs, cats, and pocket pets.  Dr. Jennifer Shepherd and her husband Paul purchased Cloquet Animal Hospital in March 2007. They have a complete in-house laboratory with results available within an hour, digital x-ray, digital dental x-rays, a surgical laser, therapeutic laser, and an ultrasound machine. Cloquet Animal Hospital also has excellent relationships with specialists from the Twin Cities who are often willing to see patients in Cloquet, so pets don't need to travel. Cloquet Animal Hospital is very conscious of "White Coat Syndrome" and its effect on your pets. In 2016, they became a "Fear Free Certified" clinic. The entire staff was trained on reducing fear, anxiety, and stress in our veterinary patients while at the clinic. You may see them employing some of these techniques by offering your pet treats, taking a slower approach with minimal handling, and even recommending medications to reduce anxiety for some patients. Being fear-free takes the pet out of petrified.    "We have a lifecycle connection with our pets and their families.  We see them for their first wellness visit all the way through the end-of-life visit. So it's not just about your pet. It's about the entire family." - Dr. Shepherd Dr. Shepherd and Dr. Wickenheiser, along with veterinary technicians, believe quality care is paramount, and they constantly challenge themselves to offer the best in medical diagnosis and treatment. Their philosophy is to treat each patient as if they were their pets.  Their passion is to prevent suffering through education, preventative care, and evaluation of all options.  Services offered:   Spaying and Neutering, Parasite Prevention and Protection, Pre-Anesthetic Screening, Examinations, Dental Services, Microchipping, Vaccinations, Laser Surgery, Laser Therapy, Diagnostic Services, End of Life Care.  In addition to caring for your dogs and cats, they provide veterinary care for rabbits, reptiles, rodents, and ferrets.   Pets are an important part of our family, and they have their own personality and unique health history.  Nothing compares to coming home to a wiggle butt or soft purrs. So give Dr. Shepherd and her team a call today.     
September 14, 2021
Talking Business. Premiere Theatres – Every Night’s a Movie Night
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC. and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet are talking about the Hidden Gem of Premiere Theatres where every night's a movie night. Premiere Theatres, owned by Rick Stowell, opened in May of 1994 after the city had gone without a movie theatre for over twelve years. So Rick took the old grocery store owned by his father Gene, which had sat vacant since 1989, and turned it into a two-screen movie theatre.   Demand was so great that he added two more screens in 1996.   In 2011, two more screens were added, bringing the total to six screens.  In addition, upgrades in seating we made changing out regular seating to the high back rocker style chairs.  By doing this, renovation and seating upgrades took the capacity from 1,000 seats to 820 seats.  Many people are asking, "what about recliners?" Adam, Rick's son and next-generation owner is headed to CinemaCon in Vegas this fall to check into the options.   Also, in 2011, Premiere was the first theatre in Minnesota to go 100% digital. The way movies were delivered when they first opened by film stock on large reals and fed through a projector and spliced together to show the entire movie, approximately three reels has since changed to movies being delivered over digital satellite.  Many people thought that streaming would be the end of the movie theaters.    During the pandemic, movies went to streaming, Hollywood did not get enough money from that format, piracy was an issue, and the quality suffered.  The film industry tried it, and it did not work.  People love their local theatre experience and could hardly wait to come back to see movies.   Stop by Premiere Theatres and say hello to Rick, Adam, and manager Kerry. Then, get your tickets, popcorn, and candy, settle into the comfy seating and get ready to see some of the greatest blockbuster hits. 904 Hwy 33 South  Cloquet MN 55720 (218) 879-7985
September 10, 2021
Talking Business. Vision Pro Optical - Eye Care Experts You Can Trust
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC and Holly Hansen - Community Development  Director for the City of Cloquet are talking about the Hidden Gem of Vision Pro Optical - Eye Care Experts You Can Trust.  Vision Pro Optical located on the busy corner of Stanley Avenue and Hwy 33 is locally owned and operated by the husband-wife team, Gary and Linda Towne. Their team of optometrists have many years of experience and use state-of-the-art equipment to provide: Thorough eye exams and consultations Vision testing Eye function testing Eye health for the entire family Often, eye and vision problems do not have obvious symptoms or signs but are easily diagnosed by a licensed optometrist.  At Vision Pro, they strive to meet all your eye and vision care needs.  Corrective lenses evaluations and prescription management is provided.  They also carry cosmetic lenses and prosthetic lenses. When it comes to caring for your eyes' health, you shouldn't have to choose between quality and affordability.  We don't believe in compromising care or functionality.  - Gary Their staff of opticians are experts in their field and can help you find the perfect eyewear. In addition, they are known for their boutique shopping experience and selection of glasses from practical to stylish at affordable prices. They carry brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Ray-Ban, Prada, Oakley, Versace, Karen Kane, Haggar. They are one of the largest Oakley dealers in the Midwest. If you cannot find a frame you like, they can special order to meet your needs. With the amount of time we all spend on the computer and digital devices, you may want to check out the blue light filter computer glasses they carry.  Vision Pro is also your local supplier of safety glasses and has safety contracts with some local companies. Vision Pro accepts most vision plans and will work with your insurance program to maximize your current insurance program. In addition, they handle some insurances that many other vision places do not. Vision Pro Optical won the 2020 Reader Award for both Best Optical and Best Service (Non Restaurant). Check out this video to learn more about the process of making your glasses once you pick out your frames. The entire process is kept within Vision Pro.   This allows them to control the supply chain and get you your glasses sooner.
September 07, 2021
Talking Business. Up North Insurance - You Don’t Need To Reduce Coverage to Save Money
is episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet are talking about Up North Insurance as the next Hidden Gem of Cloquet. Up North Insurance is a locally owned independent insurance company owned by husband wife team Aaron and Holly Peterson located at 619 Sunnyside Drive.  Unlike a captive insurance company that only offers its own products, Up North Insurance is 100% independent.  Clients can expect excellent customer service, strong relationships, and competitive rates. Their knowledge of the insurance industry, products, and different situations allows them to work with home, auto, and business owners all over Minnesota to help them find the right combination of tailored and personalized insurance coverage at a price that fits your needs. One of our specialty niches is a rustic rural property, no electric, no water. - Aaron With over 30 companies to work with, products offered:  auto, home, condo, renters, rental property, life, motorcycle, boat & jet ski, umbrella, business owners package, worker’s compensation, contractors insurance. Unfortunately, too many people have fallen victim to bad advice. They reduce coverage to lower their premium cost.  You don’t need to reduce coverage to save money.  At Up North Insurance, Aaron, Holly, and Kaylynn will help you keep the coverage you need while keeping costs as low as possible. You Don’t Need To Reduce Coverage to Save Money. 619 Sunnyside Drive Cloquet, MN 55720 (218) 879-4444 Email: Email: Facebook: 
August 31, 2021
Talking Business. County Seat Theater Company - The Little Theater That Grew
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC and Holly Hansen- Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet are talking The Hidden Gem of County Seat Theater Company.  The Encore Performing Arts Center and Gallery has been the home of the County Seat Theater Company since 2008.  Located at 2035 Hwy 33 south (on the frontage road),  the theater seats 135 patrons on raised seating.  The Art Gallery located in the back of the theater is an excellent opportunity for local artists to display and sell their work. Each season is packed with plays and concerts.  The theater's mission is to provide an opportunity for all individuals of all ages to participate in all aspects of the performing arts, bring quality live theater to the community, and promote the performing arts. The story of the "Little Theater That Grew," County Seat Theater In  October 1987, a fledgling community theater was a Carlton High School Band Booster fundraiser. It was a unique idea, "Let's put on a play!" After six weeks of rehearsal for Neil Simon's, The Odd Couple, the parking lot was filled, the show opened, and the laughs came. The community and the organizers had a wonderful experience, and the band was closer to buying those new uniforms. "Let's do it again next year and the next!" After three years of being a school project, they decided to form a theater group with its own identity. The County Seat Theater Company was born. They continued to perform, using the high school facility for 13 years. During those years, the season grew to include Children's Theater, holiday and summer shows, in addition to the established fall production. As the productions continued to grow, it was time to get out of the school and find a place to call home.  They moved to a quaint little church in Atkinson Township. The first production in September 1999 was Steel Magnolias.  The audiences came, and came, and came to "hold over" performances. In January 2008, County Seat Theater purchased the Kingdom Hall Building and began major renovations.  The location was perfect, the size was great, the condition was excellent. So much work! So much support! The birth of the Encore Performing Arts Center and Gallery, the home of the County Seat Theater Company was complete.
August 26, 2021
Talking Business. Bergquist Imports - A Little Bit of Sweden in Every Home
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC. and Holly Hansen - Community Development Directory for the City of Cloquet are talking about the Hidden Gem of Bergquist Imports.  Bergquist Imports, owned by Scott Camp and Ali Bilden-Camp, is located at 1412 Hwy 33 South.  The Bergquist Gift shop is your local "Place for Gifts."  They carry gifts from Scandinavia like clogs, jewelry, chocolates, jams, wild rice, Trolls, tiles, crystal, books, Swedish dishcloths, rugs, candles, and more. Scott and Ali purchased the store from Barry and Vivian Bergquist in February of 2021, amid the pandemic. Bergquist Imports has been a family-owned business since 1948.  It was started by Richard and Margaret Bergquist.  Before the sale, Barry and Vivian operated the business since 1980. Bergquist Imports has been a family-owned business since 1948.  It was started by Richard and Margaret Bergquist.  Before the sale, Barry and Vivian operated the business since 1980. In 1986 Bergquist imports acquired the Berggren Trayner Company, which produced dinnerware, tiles, mugs, plates, magnets, and custom design items.  This portion of the business was not included in the sale. Currently, Scott and Ali are turning the inventory to bring in some new items.  This Fall, they will also start some small group arts and craft classes at the gift shop location. In addition to the gift shop, 80% of their business is wholesale.  They sell to museums, gift shops, churches, associations, and anyone who wants to introduce their customers to a little bit of Sweden into their home, all around the United States. Stop by and meet Scott and Ali and say hello. You can reach them at 218.879.1142. Website or Facebook at
August 24, 2021
Talking Business. J3 Insurance - A Complementary Mix of Insurance Experience
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC. and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet at talking about the Hidden Gem of Cloquet J3 Insurance.  J3 Insurance is located at 900 Hwy 33 South is owned by Joe Beaupre, Jeff McCaffrey, and Jason McCaffrey, with locations in Brainerd Lakes, Duluth, and Cloquet.  Their "WE CARE" mission is, everything we do must be beneficial to our clients, our employees, and our insurance carriers. New location and a new name, same experience, and customer service.  You may remember Joe from his days at Woodland Insurance, where he spent 25 years of his career.  When Rick Ron retired, Joe wasn't ready to stop serving his customers in the area, so he decided to join Jason and Joe McCaffrey and formed the J3 Insurance Group. J3 Insurance has grown into a successful independent insurance agency by providing knowledgeable insurance advice with dependable service and consistently competitive premiums. J3 Insurance has the experience to walk you through each stage of your life. For example, your home is a considerable investment.  Do you have the right coverage to help you protect it?  How about auto?  Auto coverage can vary.  Do you know what you are paying for, and do you have the right coverage?  Health insurance can be very complicated and expensive.  Do you know your options in this ever-changing market?  Life insurance is one of the most needed policies, yet so many people fail to purchase it.  Do you want to protect your assets?  Do you have enough money to cover lost income so your family can keep the same standard of living? If you own a business, J3 understands what it takes to help you protect your business.  Do you need worker's compensation? Do you have cyber liability? Is your business bonded?  What are your bonding needs?  Do you have a business liability policy?  Have you protected your assets? At J3, their ultimate goal is to create lasting relationships with each client.  Their team of nearly 20 employees is committed to providing clients with the best possible products at the best possible prices. You can learn more at or LOCATIONS: Cloquet                                           Duluth                               Brainerd Lakes 900 Hwy 33 South                          325 S. Lake Avenue            23590 Smiley Road Cloquet MN 55720                          Duluth MN 55802              Nisswa MN 56465 (218) 384 - 4236                (218) 728-3600                    (218) 961-2452
August 17, 2021
Talking Business. Outdoor Advantage - Your "Larger Than We Look" Sporting Goods Store
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson- Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC and Holly Hanses, Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet are sharing The Hidden Gem of Outdoor Advantage.  Outdoor Advantage, located at 1302 Hwy 33 South, is your "Larger Than We Look" sporting good store owned by Gene Fulton and managed by Jenny Jarvinen.  This local homegrown, mom-and-pop sporting goods store,  one of the very few left in the country.  The business started in 1995 in the Perkkio's carpet building, moved to its current location in 1998, and put on the addition in 1999.  Need gear for on the water?  Check out their great selection of rods, tackle and bait, along with life jackets and inflatables. Need your prop repaired?  Drop it off at the shop by Monday morning, and you will have your fixed prop by the following Monday.  How about hunting supplies?  They carry a wide selection of hunting apparel, ammunition, and shooting supplies; however, they are not a licensed firearm dealer.  Need clothing and footwear for every season and every reason?  They carry trusted brands such as Columbia, Carhartt, Smart Wool, Rocky, Frog Togs, Muck.  They even have baseball and hockey supplies and special order all the uniforms and gear your team needs.  Special order?  No problem.  For those hard-to-find items, they will do their best to order what you are looking for.  The inventory in the store changes daily.  Outdoor Advantage sells fishing licenses and deer hunting licenses.  They are the largest license seller in all of Carlton County and half of St. Louis County.   Please stop in and see Jenny and Gene and check out their current and ever-changing inventory.  You can learn more: 
August 12, 2021
Talking Business. Reliable Insurance - We're True To Our Name
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet are showcasing the Hidden Gem of Cloquet, Reliable Insurance where "We're True To Our Name." When you hear Reliable Insurance, you automatically think of Steve Micke and Val Wojtysiak, and their knowledge of the insurance industry and the investment they make in the community with both financial contributions and time commitments.  Steve was born and raised in Cloquet, graduated from Cloquet High School, and started his insurance career in 1979 at Nationwide Insurance Company after graduating from St. Johns University. It didn't take long for Steve to come back to Cloquet when his dad called him and asked him if he wanted to be a part of the company in May 1981.  Val also started her insurance career in 1979 and joined Reliable in June of 1981, and the tradition continues with her sons, Kyle and Scott, being actively involved in the business. Reliable was established in 1974 in Cloquet with the mission to adhere to the highest standards of integrity by always being ethical and fair with their customers.  That mission has carried on throughout the years and has grown to add offices in Superior and Hermantown. People don't think they need us until they really need us to use the benefits of their policies. We are there to help.  We do what is right for the customer, and we always stay above board and take the high road to serve our customers - Steve Reliable is committed to helping its customers with the best insurance and financial products for each stage of their lives and business growth.  They offer home, life, auto, disability,  health, commercial insurance, financial planning, long term care, Medicare supplement as well as wealth management, estate planning, Medicare supplement, and annuities, from trusted companies like AAA, ASI, Nationwide, Auto-Owners, Integrity, MetLife, Progressive, The Hartford, Ram Mutual, Secura to name a few. Both Steve and Val strive to have all employees involved in our community, not only because they love the area they live in, but this also helps them support the customers and communities who support them.  They are active in the local chambers of commerce, Rotary, Kiwanis, Associated Builders Association, AreaVibes, and Best Christmas Ever. To learn more about the products they offer, connect with their well-trained, experienced professional staff who have a positive and helpful attitude to serve. You can connect by stopping by one of the office locations at : Main Office Phone (218) 879-4663 Toll-free (800) 625-4661 803 Carlton Avenue Cloquet, MN 55720 Hermantown Office Phone (218) 729-6791 5094 Miller Trunk Hwy, Ste 500 Hermantown, MN 55811 Superior, WI Office Phone (715) 718-5900 610 Ogden Avenue Superior, WI 54880 Website: Facebook:
August 05, 2021
Talking Business. Oswell Auto Body - The Area's First Choice for Collision Repair
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director of the City of Cloquet are discussing the Hidden Gem of Cloquet Oswell Auto Body.  Oswell Auto Body, located at 112 - 15th Street,  provides auto body repairs, collision repairs & paintless dent repairs to the Cloquet area.  Locally owned and operated by Todd and Naomi, Oswell Auto Body has been in business for over 30 years, providing fast, friendly, and professional service you can trust. Todd and Naomi bought the business from Jack Oswell in 2015.  At the time, Naomi was working a corporate job and Todd had been in the collision business since 1991.  Both were ready for a change and decided to take the jump into business ownership.  They have never looked back and have made it their mission to treat people with kindness and complete transparency.  Todd specialized in helping people, especially the older community who may have lost their spouse, and the collision process is overwhelming.  He will coach you through each step in the process. Their master certified ASE technicians are I-CAR trained in collision and painting with a combined experience of over 70 years in auto collision repairs. Not only do they guarantee superior quality, they also ensure you receive all that you are entitled from your insurance company. At Oswell Auto Body, they pride themselves in being well-versed in all aspects of collision repair. Their experts use the latest tools, techniques, and technology to resurrect your car, bringing it back to its true original state. In addition, they provide frame repair, dent repair, painting, and paintless dent repair on cars, trucks, and RV's. Not only do we guarantee superior workmanship, we'll also ensure you receive all that you are entitled from your insurance company. They are associated with the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers and the Northern Business Collision Association. Look to Todd and Naomi and their team for auto collision repair service that can't be beat and a dedication to customer service that can't be found anywhere else. They will help you resurrect your vehicle.  Check out  or  for more information.
August 03, 2021
Savanna Pallets- Largest New Wood Pallet Manufacturing in the Region
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet are highlighting the Hidden Gem of Cloquet - Savanna Pallets.  How many people even knew we had one of the largest new Minnesota wood pallet manufacturers in the region and the largest producer of wooden pallet components?  If that wasn't cool enough, of all the pallets, skids, and crates they manufacture, over 90% of the components are created onsite in their own sawmills. This allows them to control the raw material needs and adjust according to customer needs. Our superior service, quality, and over 40 years of experience set them apart from the competition.  Al Raushel, whose dad worked as an engineer at Wood Conversion (former USG Interiors/Conwed Plant), started Savanna Pallet in 1966 in McGregor.  In the early 1980s and 1990s, Al and his two brothers, Doug and Andrew, and their dad, were all active in growing and running the family business.  Today, Al and his two brothers are the current owners, who are getting ready to turn the business over to the next generation. This is where you will meet Al's daughter, Hailey, taking over the reins of the Cloquet Facility. The Cloquet facility, located at 805 Tall Pine Lane, in Cloquet's first industrial park, is a satellite plant supported with raw materials from both McGregor & Remer, producing both custom packaging and standard pallets.  McGregor is where their main facility is located on over 20 acres and has over 100,000 SF manufacturing space.  This location has three separate sawmills and two separate assembly buildings.  The Remer sawmill facility is strategically located geographically to support pallet production while extending the reach of timber procurement. The wood pellets are made on the best machinery available to the industry. Their process allows the production of any quantity of pallets required. This machinery does more than manufacture stringer pallets. They also produce wooden block pallets, skids, and crating. With this advanced process, they can produce many other varieties of wooden pallets. Their heat treatment process allows pallets for international shipping, also. Some local companies you might recognize that use the pallets from this facility are:  USG, Sappi, Charter NEX Films, Amsoil, Boise, Compass Minerals. By controlling the supply chain of raw materials, and large onsite lumber storage in Cloquet, Savanna Pallets can meet orders with extremely low lead time. This ensures their customer's product gets to their customers faster. Once pallets are prepared for shipping, they can deliver to the Minneapolis Metro Area in under 3 hours. For other locations in Minnesota, they complete delivery in under 24 hours. The staff at Savanna Pallets is always available to answer any questions you may have. If you are looking for a great place to work. They have immediate positions available.
July 29, 2021
Talking Business. Cloquet Interiors - A Hometown Favorite Since 1960
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet are discussing the Hidden Gem of Cloquet Interiors - A hometown favorite since 1960.  When you hear the names Jim and Kathy Abrahamson, you automatically think of the brother-sister team from Cloquet Interiors, who specializes in flooring.  Jim bought the store from his dad in 1994.  Cloquet Interiors, located at 227 Highway 33 North, carries carpet, laminate, vinyl, and wood flooring as well as ceramic and porcelain tile to Cloquet and the surrounding area.  Many community members and customers were fearful that after the May 2018 fire that destroyed the showroom and warehouse, Jim would not rebuild and close the business. But, lucky for all, Jim decided to rebuild. You can see hundreds of different colors and styles in their showroom, including floating flooring, smooth flooring, and textured flooring—brands such as Armstrong, Congoleum, Dreamweaver, Mannington, Mohawk, and Shaw.  Unique to Cloquet Interiors, they employ their installers vs. contracting this work out to others.  They have twelve employees, and most of them have at least 20-year's experience. Open six days a week, stop in, see the showroom, and say hello to Jim and Kathy.   You can reach them by calling 218.302.4229.  Check out their website at
July 22, 2021
Talking Business. Quilted Dog Quilt Shop - A Quilters Paradise
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC. and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet are discussing the Hidden Gem of The Quilted Dog.  The Quilted Dog Quilt Shop, owned by Mary and Gerry Thompson, is a quilters paradise. Established in 2009, the Quilted Dog provides quilting, longarm quilting, and sewing services to Cloquet and the surrounding areas. Mary, a Cloquet girl, is a Home Economics graduate of the College of St. Scholastica.  She started her career at So Fro Fabrics in Green Bay, until which time they wanted her to move to Chicago for a leadership role. Chicago didn't seem like the place she wanted to be so, she decided to move back to Minnesota and began working at Flemming Foods before her 14-year career at Diamond Brands (Jardon). Once Diamond Brands closed, Mary, found her way back to her passion.   Mary and Gerry purchased the quilt shop in July of 2011.  Gerry, who grew up in Carlton, is the male figure in fabrics for the shop. In this fantastic shop, you will find over 40 years of quilting experience.  They carry a wide variety of quality fabrics to choose from; brands such as Andover, Moda, Maywood, Northcott, Riley Blake, and much more.  You can also get various quilting supplies, including threads, batting, felts, kits, and more. Linda Suer is the longest-serving employee of the quilt shop.  She is the “creative” director and comes up with terrific ways to use fabrics, along with continually making samples for the store. Quilted Dog association affiliation includes million pillowcase challenge, quilts Minnesota, and Minnesota Charms Square Show. The quilt shop is known for the fun events hosted throughout the year.  Events include shop hops, mystery trips, pumpkin pie weekend, bus trips, and pro-bolts mega sales. Check out the event calendar here: Mary also partners with Community Memorial Hospital to host the classes she offers to her customers and a trunk show, where she brings in an informative speaker.  Classes are limited to 30 participants. Stop in and see Mary and Linda at 274 Hwy 33 N.  You can reach them by phone at 218.879.3577 or email:  Follow them on Facebook at
July 20, 2021
Talking Business. Hagen's Glass and Paint - Everything you need here in Cloquet
In this episode of talking business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet are talking about the Hidden Gem of Hagen's Glass and Paint located at 28 8th Street N and is owned by Cloquet native, Jim Martin.  When Jeff and Mark decided to retire,  the opportunity for Jim to purchase the business was a logical one; Jim had been an employee since 1990 and was very familiar with the business, customer service and the contractors and residential customers they serviced. Hagen's is a painter's one-stop-shop.  They carry a complete line of Pittsburg paints and supplies and can mix any color you desire. Most people are unfamiliar with all the products and services they offer. For example, they do window repair, screen repair, window seal repair, sell glass components, sell and install Anderson windows and doors, special order and cut glass, commercial storefronts, and Autoglass repairs and installation.  In addition, they do broken key extraction, key duplication, lock installation, lock changing, lock repair.  They also carry polycarbonate materials and make custom products requested by customers. Keeping up with technology is essential.  Jim recently invested in an insulated glass production machine. This technology is used to manufacture the highest performing insulating glass units such as double glass, triple glass, and structural glass façade units. Give Jim a call at 218.879.4531 to discuss your project ideas.  No need to drive to Duluth, they have a wide variety of products to choose from, excellent customer service, and free estimates.
July 15, 2021
Talking Business. TJ Gun and Pawn.
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC. and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet.  Today's Hidden Gem is TJ's Gun and Pawn.  TJ's Gun and Pawn, owned by Tom Anderson and managed by Galen, is located at 1007 Cloquet Avenue. This local pawn shop has a continually changing inventory of firearms, ammunition, jewelry, tools, videos, electronics, tools, and games.  If you are unfamiliar with a pawn shop, a pawn shop is a business that loans money to people who bring valuable items which they leave with the pawnbroker. The valuables that people leave are called the "collateral." The person can get their valuable item back from the pawnbroker if they pay back the money they were loaned and pay interest on the loan. Interest is like a fee for getting to use someone else's money for a set time period. For example, suppose the person who has borrowed money from the pawnbroker does not repay the loan and interest within an agreed-upon time limit. In that case, the pawnbroker can sell the valuable item to another customer to get back the money they loaned. This is also referred to as the lowest level of banking.
July 13, 2021
Talking Business. Mainstream Boutique - Love, Strengthen and Celebrate Women Through Fashion
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet are discussing Mainstream Boutique.  Mainstream Boutique, located at 1306 Cloquet Avenue, is your locally owned women's clothing boutique that sells some of the most fashionable and unique clothing and accessories. Ryanna Clark owns this cute main street boutique.  Her mission is to help women celebrate themselves through fashion and make them feel beautiful. Mainstream is a destination store for people who travel here from all over the state.  During the holiday season,  it becomes a place where those who have left the community come to reconnect and find just that right gift for that special someone on their list.
July 08, 2021
Talking Business. Cloquet Flooring - If it has to do with flooring, they have you covered.
Cloquet Flooring, located at 1504-1/2 Highway 33, is your source for carpet, hardwood, laminate, luxury vinyl, waterproof flooring, sheet vinyl flooring, and installation in Cloquet, Duluth, Sturgeon Lake, Pine City, and Superior. They offer free estimates and have financing options available.  Tom McConnell, the owner, has over 30 years of experience in commercial and residential installation in Michigan, Florida, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.  No project is too big or too small.  They offer free estimates and financing options.  As a flooring retailer, Tom and his team pride themselves in providing prompt and courteous service and carrying innovative products that make life better for their customers. Visit their showroom to see their carpet gallery, hardwood gallery, or luxury vinyl gallery.   If you are having trouble choosing colors or designs to fit your home, their in-home designers will be glad to work alongside you to pick out the very best combinations for your home. If you are laying out a commercial space, whether offices or retail, they can help you with that, too.  Once all of the choices are made, their installation services can provide you with the finishing touch to ensure the perfect fit and finish of your flooring project.
July 06, 2021
Talking Business. Sara's Vac Shack - A family business with a proud history.
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson, Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC. and Holly Hansen, Community Development Directory for the City of Cloquet are highlighting Sara's Vac Shack - A family business with a proud history.  Sara's Vac Shack started as an e-commerce only operation in 2006, opened the doors to the public in 2009 to serve Cloquet and surrounding communities.  It has outgrown its location twice and now is permanently located at 1108 Cloquet Avenue.  Owners Sara and Lloyd also have a location in Hermantown and Rapid City. So whether you need a new vacuum, vacuum repairs, or cleaning products, s Sara and Lloyd, manager Jon, and the team is ready to meet your needs and provide a stress-free experience from start to finish.  They carry a wide selection of the latest models of Miele, Sebo, Riccar, Oreck, and Lindhaus vacuums and are the Northland's Vacuum Experts. In addition, they offer a price match guarantee and a free extended warranty.  This is something online companies cannot and will not provide.   Sara's Vac Shack offers service and repair for every product they sell and is an authorized warranty center for over twenty brands.  Unlike other competitors, Lloyd and his staff personally handle every product and can repair and refurbish vacuums from the bottom up. In addition, if the vacuum you purchased from them is in for repair or service, they will offer ou a FREE loan vacuum, and if you bought a vacuum from them, you can use their commercial carpet cleaner free for one year. Customer service is essential to their success.   In addition, they carry a wide variety of cleaning products and a great selection of Lampe Berger lamps and fragrances.    Maurice Berger, a pharmaceutical chemist, invented the system of diffusion by catalysis in 1898 in response to the need for disinfection in hospitals.  To which he added fragrance, this revolutionary technology was quickly applied for use in the home, giving rise to the  Lampe Berger company.   Buy local and buy with confidence.  Stop by and see Sara, Lloyd and Jon, and the team at 1108 Cloquet Avenue.  Be prepared to be amazed.  
July 01, 2021
Talking Business. Gene's Marine - Your Local Outdoor Powersports Destination Repair Shop
Gene's Marine is locally owned and operated and is located at 255 Highway 33 N in Cloquet and is a destination repair shop for many people though-out our region, and those headed to their cabins.  Gene's staff, Mike and Joe, have been with him in the business for more than a decade. In addition to repair service, they carry a wide variety of parts in stock.  If they don't have what you need in stock, they will order it for you.  As you walk around the store, you will notice a nice collection of antiques representing water sports and snowmobiling. Of course, you cannot miss the vintage jukebox. During the winter months, they repair snowblowers and snowmobiles.  Gene and his team are a part of the vintage snowmobile community and have built some custom machines.  In year past, they have done swap meets and get-togethers at the shop before the pandemic.  Gene is hoping to host another get-together the first week in December again. You will not find a website or Facebook Page for Gene's Marine, they can be contacted via phone at (218) 878-3348 for pricing, hours, and directions, or you could stop in and say hello to Gene, Mike and Joe.
June 24, 2021
Talking Business. B &B Market - This is Us - Our Family, Our Community, Our Life
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson, Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC and Holly Hansen, Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet celebrate B&B Market as a Hidden Gem of Cloquet.  &B Market is your locally owned small town meat market and convenience store with a ton of character.  John and Kim have owned the store for more than 30 years.  Sitting down with them and seeing the sparkle in their eyes as they talk about the store's history and taking it over from Kim's parents in the late 1980s was very enjoyable.  John grew up on a farm but didn't know anything about cutting meat when they took over the store.  He went to the library, got a book on cutting meat, and taught himself what to do. We got married in May of 1988, bought the store in July, and got pregnant in September.  Three kids later, numerous stories, we continue to thrive. - Kim The store is known for its large selection of meats, beef sticks, cheeses, and their specialty of over 25 different types of brats. They sell homemade salads, vegetables, fruit, baked goods, chips, canned goods, lottery tickets, gas, and seasonal items - pumpkins and Christmas trees. It is your one-stop specialty store.  You can order a wide variety of meat bundles and they.  They also provide catering for any event by providing a large variety of food options, beverages, desserts, paper products at affordable prices.  One of their largest services is their cookout trailers that can cook hotdogs, brats, burgers, steaks, and anything in between.  They also have a B&B wagon outside the store during the summer to offer customers hotdogs, brats, and burgers all day long. It's an excellent option for a quality lunch when you may be pressed on time or want to spend some time with the family.
June 22, 2021
Talking Business. Park Avenue Therapies and Fitness - Your Body. Our Business.
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director with the City of Cloquet are talking about Park Avenue Therapies and Fitness in the Hidden Gem Series.  Rhonda Johnson started Park Avenue Therapies in a 12 X20 room of the Cloquet Racquetball and Fitness Center, owned by Neil Nemmers nearly 30 years ago, to help injured people restore their health.  Five year's into her physical therapy business, Rhonda took over the fitness portion of the business from Nemmers to add exercise therapy. She eventually moved her business to the old Norwest Bank building at 1204 Cloquet Avenue. She will tell you that her success in the community is the result of solid business relationships and getting to know the community. Today, Park Avenue Therapies and Fitness is the first choice for people seeking physical therapy to restore their strength and range of motion. Athletes come here to develop strength and stamina to excel at their sports and regain their edge after an injury. Others come to stay fit, maintain their good health and build their strength using the latest fitness machines and free weights. Some come to relax in the heated indoor swimming pool, hot tub, and sauna. Families and other groups have a blast renting the pool and hot tub area for private parties for all occasions.
June 08, 2021
Talking Business. Daugherty Appliance Sales and Service - Locally Owned Appliance Sales and Service
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet are talking about the Hidden Gem, Daugherty Appliance Sales and Service.  Daugherty Appliance Sales and Service is your locally owned appliance sales and service store with a big personality and hometown customer service. Owners Scott B and Tom B carry all the major brands: Whirlpool, Maytag, Kitchen Aid, Amana, Samsung, GE, Speed Queen, Rheem, and Frigidaire. Stepping inside the store, you will see many different models of washers and dryers, refrigerators, freezers, ice makers, ranges, cooktops, microwaves, wall ovens, range hoods, and range tops, dishwashers, garbage disposals, trash compactors, air conditioners, water heaters, and outdoor kitchens.   Inventory is limited due to the pandemic; however, they have been working with customers to help them find solutions to fit their needs.
June 03, 2021
Talking Business. Medicine Shoppe - Your locally owned pharmacy and medical supply store
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO or Promoting Me, LLC. and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet talk about the Hidden Gem, Medicine Shoppe. The Medicine Shoppe has been serving the communities of Cloquet, Esko, Carlton, and the surrounding Northern Minnesota communities since 1976. Owner John Gust and his pharmacists have over 120 combined years of experience, and their friendly staff will treat you like family. At  The Medicine Shoppe of Cloquet, they are dedicated to providing customers with customized services to meet their needs. They guarantee prompt, safe prescription service. Personal Records-They maintain personal medication profiles and offer year-end summaries for tax & insurance needs. Emergency Services-Emergency number puts you in touch with pharmacy services after hours. Delivery for patients who need to refill their medications but may not have the means to travel. The Diabetes Specialized Care Center at The Medicine Shoppe® Pharmacy can help you discover new ways to monitor and manage your care so you can feel your best. Pharmacists and staff take diabetes-specific courses so they can give you up-to-date information and practical tips for everyday living. We also offer free informational sessions at the pharmacy that cover such important topics as blood glucose testing, medication myths, and healthy eating. They carry a complete line of diabetic shoes. The pharmacists have been certified by the American Pharmacists Association to administer immunizations right here in the pharmacy. They offer CDC-recommended immunizations that may include influenza, shingles, pneumonia, and vaccines for international travel.  They offer the COVID vaccine. Throughout the year, patient education & screening programs are all designed to help you take a more active part in your health care.
May 31, 2021
Talking Business. Bearaboo Coffee Escape - Fresh Coffee in a Comfy Environment
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO or Promoting Me, LLC. and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet talk about the Hidden Gem, Bearaboo Coffee Escape.  You don't know what you've been missing if you've never visited Bearaboo Coffee Escape located at 1005 Stanley Avenue.   Newbies should look carefully at the menu before ordering since they have over 40 different flavors. Try the caramel macchiato to satisfy your sweet tooth, or enjoy a panda mocha for a one-of-a-kind experience. The options are limitless.  Not only will you satisfy your caffeine cravings, but you also won't find a better selection of bakery items, gluten-free options, or sandwiches.  Under new ownership since January of 2020, Natalie and Chris Swanson invite you to visit whether you opt for the drive-thru or order inside the restaurant, expect outstanding service and competitive prices.
May 24, 2021
Talking Business. Pack & Mail - On Time at the Best Price, with a Smile
Shelly Peterson, Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC and Holly Hansen, Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet highlight the Hidden Gem, Pack & Mail, in this episode of Talking Business.  Pack & Mail Station, a family business owned by Crysta Reeves and her husband Jason, located at 1110 Cloquet Ave, Cloquet, MN, is the go-to resource for packing, shipping, printing, and business service needs of the residents and businesses of Cloquet.  Their team of dedicated, professionally trained experts understands the meaning of Super-Star Customer Care—they focus on saving you time and money by ensuring you get the right products and services at the right price—in a single, quick visit. They can pack and ship [almost] anything to [almost] anywhere in the world.  They stock over 50 sizes and keep plenty of styrofoam peanuts, bubble wrap, tape, specialty boxes (artwork, laptops, double-wall, etc.), and other packing materials on hand. They can even custom-make a box for those elk antlers or car bumpers. Their  “Packed to Perfection” guarantee gives you peace of mind to know that your items are packed to meet or exceed all carrier requirements, so if any damage or loss occurs during transit, Pack & Mail Station stands behind their packaging.
May 24, 2021
Talking Business. Morning Star Woodwork Where Perfect is Close Enough
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC. and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director from the City of Cloquet talk about The Hidden Gems of Cloquet.  Morning Star Woodwork high-quality craftsmanship, flexibility in styles and designs, and experience to work with any budget, Morning Star is fast becoming a "one-stop" supplier for their clients' interior woodworking needs.  They specialize in providing distinctive design options, including a wide variety of wood species in stock, classic ornate woodworking,  rustic Northwoods accents, and unique design services for cabinetry and custom woodwork for any room.  They also sell interior and exterior doors, stairways, and moldings.
May 19, 2021
Talking Business. Community Printing - Your First Stop Shop For Your Print, Promo & Apparel
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me, LLC. and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director from the City of Cloquet talk about The Hidden Gems of Cloquet, Community Printing - Your first stop shop for your print promo and apparel.   Kris and her long-term staff are there to help you promote your business, organization, or event.  Whether it be business forms to promotional advertising, they can handle all of your needs. They specialize in banners, envelopes, brochures, flyers, letterhead, forms, postcards, posters, screen printing, promotional items, and wearables.  Their goal is to be your one-stop-shop for your print, promo, and apparel.  For businesses, they can even set you up a custom corporate portal, "Your Storefront," with customizable templates so that your employees will be able to order their business cards and promotional items without worrying about brand consistency.
May 17, 2021
Talking Business. Wood City Nutrition - Nutrition For Your Best Life
In this episode of Talking Business, Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me and Holly Hansen, Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet, discuss their recent visit with Stephanie Hulett owner of Wood City Nutrition.  Stephanie offers many products to choose from to help you achieve balanced nutrition with the help of Herbalife protein shakes, weight management programs and nutritional supplements.  Herbalife is a global leader in nutrition with over 40-years experience in developing world class products. 
May 12, 2021
Talking Business. Northern Printery - Your Full Service Printer
A summer job in 1969 turned into a lifetime career for Rick Luke, Owner of Northern Printery, located at 206 Avenue C in the historic west end in Cloquet, MN.  Northern Printery has been around since 1923.  You won't find Northern Printery on the internet or Facebook.  Rick is focused on personally helping his customers who come into the store or call with specific needs.  He is very appreciative of his loyal customers and repeat business.  When asked what his niche is, Rick says "Anything Paper": Cards, wedding invites, raffle tickets, brochures, calendars, graduation invitations, restaurant menus, holiday cards, business cards.
May 06, 2021
Talking Business. Introduction Episode
Welcome to Talking Business. I am Shelly Peterson, Founder and CEO of Promoting Me. Promoting Me is a business consulting firm that helps businesses and individuals make a name for themselves and stand out in today’s digital world. I am a third-generation construction professional who has been in the construction industry for nearly 26 years. I have sold and completed hundreds of small projects and  66 major projects in 14 different state, totaling over$3B. During that period, I was also bitten by the entrepreneurial bug. While I was married, in addition to my construction career, I also owned 8 different businesses. Two restaurants, one catering company, small home electrical company, rental property, mini storage, small business consulting company and helped invent, patent and manufacture and sell a specialty product. I have always been actively involved in the community and understand the importance of networking and supporting small business.  For the past two years, I lived in Florida. I recently returned to the community and appreciate the many Hidden Gems of our small community. In the past, I have been an active member of the Chamber of Commerce, Business Enhancement Committee and was the Vice President of the Cloquet Economic Development Authority. After my short stint away, I was looking for ways to reconnect with the business community. I reached out to Holly Hansen, the Community Development Director at the City of Cloquet and asked her how we can use my new business platform to help spotlight our area and the small businesses, which I call the “Hidden Gems of Cloquet”.   It is with that that I am going to move into my interview with Holly and begin our first of many podcasts on Talking Business - Celebrating business in small town America. I hope you enjoy. Today we are talking to Holly Hansen and she share show the City of Cloquet may be able to help your small business.  
April 12, 2021
Talking Business. Skutevik's Floral - More Than Your Average Florist
In this episode, Shelly - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet talk about one of the Hidden Gems of the Cloquet community - Skutevik's Floral - More Than Your Average Florist, located at 305 Broadway Street in Cloquet.   Life is short!! Buy the flowers.  Skuteviks is more than just your average florist.  In addition to flowers, they have plush stuffed animals, balloons, candy & chocolates, baby items, memorial stones, home décor and more. What began as a hobby almost 50 years ago has blossomed into a thriving family business for Skuteviks Floral, which relocated to 305 Broadway Street. SKUTEVIKS  is a 3rd generation professional local florist proudly serving Cloquet, Minnesota, and surrounding areas. George III, Michelle, Nicole, and Matt and their friendly and knowledgeable staff are ready to assist you when you need flowers delivered locally or anywhere in the world.   They also offer daily delivery services to local hospitals and funeral homes. Whatever the occasion, one of their talented designers will create a beautiful, eye-catching fresh or silk floral arrangement that's customized just for you! They offer traditional and contemporary floral design styles appropriate for birthdays, anniversaries, get well, new baby, sympathy, holidays, or just because. WEDDING FLOWERS AND SPECIAL EVENTS ~ Whether your wedding or party is formal or casual… a small gathering or the social event of the year… they can help you plan an event that's a "blooming" success! SYMPATHY AND FUNERAL FLOWERS ~ You can always depend on them to help you choose funeral flowers for a friend or loved one. They will design and deliver an arrangement that beautifully conveys your feelings of sympathy and serves as a lovely tribute to the deceased. ASSORTED PLANTS AND GIFT IDEAS ~ They have Nursery Plants available, and they invite you to call or stop by and browse the large selection of green plants, blooming plants, and dish gardens for a gift that adds life to any room or office.
April 07, 2021
Talking Business. Common Ground Coffee Bar & Deli - It's More Than Just Coffee & Pastries
In this episode, Shelly - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet talk about one of the Hidden Gems of the Cloquet community - Common Ground Coffee Bar & Deli - It's More Than Just Coffee & Pastries. If you have not been to the Common Ground coffee bar and deli located inside the historic Chief Theater, now is the time. This quaint coffee bar and building is owned by Kingdom Builders Ministries, which is a non-profit 501c3 corporation. The goal of Kingdom Builders Ministries is to unite our community by providing a safe, family-friendly environment for people of all ages. 100% of the coffee bar and deli profits are used to fund activities such as live music, movie nights, and more. They proudly serve UP Roasters Coffee, not to mention quality espresso drinks, teas, baked goods, and a homemade soup of the day! They serve breakfast and lunch with sandwiches, wraps, and paninis made fresh to order! There are also  salads and gluten-free options! They also cater food to groups who are reserving the meeting space. There is free Wi-Fi and a cozy environment perfect to study, work, or simply catch up with friends! The live music venue makes it a great place to hang out on a Friday or Saturday night! Huge meeting space on the main level which consists of tables and chairs, couches and recliners.  Wide flexible space that can be tailored to small groups, medium groups and large groups. Upstairs flex space for larger gatherings or music venues.  Historic theater seating and wide open meeting space. Please E-mail for meeting space reservations and food catering.
April 07, 2021
Talking Business. North Country Comfort - Your Local CBD Shoppe
In this episode, Shelly - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet talk about one of the Hidden Gems of the Cloquet community - North Country Comfort - Your Local CBD Shoppe in Cloquet, Minnesota. Commonly mislabeled for a heating and cooling business, North Country Comfort, located at 6-14th Street is actually a local resource for CBD wellness and valuable educational information regarding your questions around CBD.  They offer low cost, natural solutions to help those who have chronic pain, anxiety and other painful ailments. If you’re just getting familiar with the world of CBD, you may be wondering: What’s up with all the buzz? Why does it seem like everyone has something to say about CBD? At first, CBD can seem like a complex topic. However, once you understand the basics about what exactly CBD is, you can start to understand what all the hype is about. What is CBD? In order to understand why everyone is excited about CBD, it helps to know more about the topic. CBD is a cannabinoid found in cannabis plants. The CBD found in products often comes from hemp plants’ leaves and stems. CBD is one of the many cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. CBD reacts with the human body’s endocannabinoid receptors, CB1 and CB2. Common Reasons Why People Like CBD CBD is becoming an increasingly popular topic in society. Whether you’re just getting to know about CBD products or you’ve been a consumer for some time, it’s hard to go anywhere without hearing about the cannabinoid. There are a number of reasons why people prefer to purchase CBD products. ●CBD is Legal Many people entertain the concept of purchasing CBD because of its recent legalization. The 2018 Farm Bill act made all products made from hemp-derived CBD legal. Because of this legalization, CBD products have become extremely easy to purchase. Since the bill passed, consumers can now purchase from a local CBD shop. ●Safety One of the most notable characteristics of CBD is its natural origin. Many consumers prefer CBD because they consider it as a more natural alternative to various types of medications and anti-inflammatory drugs. ●Variety of CBD Products Another reason why people enjoy CBD is because there seems to be a CBD product for everyone. Whether you prefer to ingest it with some tasty gummy snacks or you prefer to utilize CBD while moisturizing your hands with a topical, there are plenty of options for you to choose from. This attracts many consumers because even if you don’t enjoy the taste of a CBD oil tincture, there are still many other methods of using CBD. “Everyone's body is different.  We treat people with anxiety relief, anti-seizure relief, pain relief, multiple sclerosis, chronic pain and cancer treatment. Our products are 100% lab tested, all natural ingredients, and grown in the U.S.  We work with customers to help them find a product that will work best for them . ” One of the common myths people have about CBD is you always test positive on a drug test.  That is not true.  Oils, creams, and salves penetrate your skin and help your muscles. CBD is also good relief for female mensural cramps.
April 07, 2021
Talking Business. Sewing Unlimited - Wendy Bakke
In this episode, Shelly - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet talk about one of the Hidden Gems of the Cloquet community - Sewing Unlimited. If you have not met Wendy Bakke at Sewing Unlimited located on Cloquet Avenue,  you are truly missing out. She is absolutely amazing, extremely talented, high energy, and very kind.  Even if you don't have something that needs to be sewn, you need to find something and bring it in just to meet her. Wendy started her business nearly 30 years ago in her house as a single mom raising her two girls.  As business volume grew and her girls got older, she took the plunge and purchased her current location at 907 Cloquet Avenue. Wendy has customers come from all over the state of Minnesota.  Businesses like hers are in high demand and are becoming extinct.  There doesn't seem to be an interest from the upcoming generation for sewing.  Wendy loves being a small business owner; she enjoys the flexibility of being her own boss, enjoys the work she does and likes the customers she gets to know.  She believes customer service is number one.  She prides herself of repeat business. Sewing Unlimited specializes in high-quality alterations and personalized custom services for bridal, alterations, tailoring, zippers, patches, home décor, men's suits, special events, and casual fashion for men and women. Services are designed to accommodate your needs and lifestyle with your personal preference in mind.  You will experience one-on-one personal service conveniently located in Cloquet, MN, and within a very reasonable completion time. Costs for services will be determined at the time of appointment, depending on the individuality of your garment and needs. Your everyday alteration needs are essential to Wendy.  She is experienced in the design and production of couture bridal gowns, wedding, and special occasion dresses.   When interviewed, Wendy said, "I can enhance and complete your wardrobe without you having to spend a lot of money. I can extend your favorite wardrobe by coordinating and renovating each item to look its modern best." Stop on by any time between 9:00-5:00, Tuesday – Friday to for any alterations, zipper repair, zipper replacement, clothing repair, leather repair, suits tailoring, button replacement, patches, formal gown fittings, hemming, home décor, curtains, and so much more! If you have a passion for sewing and love to work with people, you are encouraged to contact Wendy about how you can turn your passion into financial success.
April 07, 2021
Talking Business. Fig Tree - Great Quality, Great Price and Great Selection
C Suppose you need a great gift idea, gourmet food, seasonal décor, home décor, women's accessories, gardening supplies or annuals, perennials, herbs, veggie plants & shrubs. In that case, you need to check out the Fig Tree located at 418 Sunnyside Drive (Hwy 33).  This business is locally owned and operated by Jeremy and Beth. Their inventory is an ever-changing variety of gifts & décor at very reasonable pricing. Enhance your landscape with a variety of different beautiful and healthy plants.  Fig tree has the area's largest display of handing baskets, annuals, perennials, herbs, succulents, air plants, hanging baskets, shrubs, small fruit shrubs, tropical plants and chrysanthemums.  People travel from all over the area to check out the great selection. There is also a wide variety of garden décor - stepping stones, frogs, butterflies, gnomes, dragonflies, solar garden stakes, metal wall flowers, Corinthian bell wind chimes, bamboo wind chimes, garden & house flags, birdhouses, bird feeders, bird baths, rain chains and metal garden art. You will find ever changing gift ideas.  Very unique items for that hard to buy for person.  Coffee mugs, essential oils & soaps, inspirational gifts and journals, willow tree angels, children's books, Woodwick candles & melts, decorative kitchen towels, Minnesota sweatshirts & hats, wall hanging & signs.
April 07, 2021
Talking Business. Burger Shoes and Repair Shop Since 1958
Shelly Peterson - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me and Holly Hansen - Community Development Directory for the City of Cloquet talk business in the Hidden Gems of Cloquet.  Burger Shoes and Repair Shop since 1958.  Shoes, Shoes, Shoes and More Shoes.  What a great visit to Burger Shoes. Maria and Carmen were so much fun.  You can tell why this business has been around for over 60 years.  The business is built on customer service, which has created many loyal customers and friendships. Over a century ago, a young man, Ludwig Burger, came to America and had the privilege of opening his own shoe business after a short time. He began with shoe repair, a craft he learned as a young teen in Zalog, Slovenia. Mr. Burger soon gained the trust of his patrons through honesty and hard work. He developed many loyal customers and friendships throughout the years, making his business a staple in this community. Maria, Ludwig's only child, grew up in the shoe store watching her father resole boots and make favorite footwear look new again. By the age of 13, she was working the sales floor. Her decision to carry on with the family business was an easy one, keeping her father's simple vision that he taught her so many years ago: Honesty, Quality Shoes, and Excellent Customer Service. They strive to be a five-star shoe store. You will find an array of top-quality brands & products that will keep your feet feeling comfortable. They measure everyone's feet to ensure a proper fit. Most men do not realize the large selection of brands for work boots, dress shoes and sandals.  Burgers partners with Sappi and USG with the "Voucher Program" to allow workers to be custom fitted in store and pay with the company voucher program.
April 07, 2021
Talking Business. Hong Kong Spa - Specializing in Improving Health and Wellness Through Chinese Massage
In this episode, Shelly - Founder and CEO of Promoting Me and Holly Hansen - Community Development Director for the City of Cloquet talk about one of the Hidden Gems of the Cloquet community - Hong Kong Spa.  Hong Kong Spa is a family massage business, located in Cloquet and Plymouth, Minnesota.   The business opened in Cloquet in 2009.  "My business specializes in improving the health and overall well-being of the human body with Chinese massage therapy. There are also mental health benefits that include improved sleeping by encouraging mental relaxation", said Ying Ling Liang (Ling), Owner.  "We want people to feel as if they are a part of our family.  We are dedicated to providing them with the best services and experience to make their visit as satisfying and enjoyable as possible."  When asked why she got into the business, Ling said, "I started treating my family and began to see improvements in their health.  I then realized that I could help other people, so I started a small business in my home at first and then grew and moved to the location at 139 North Road.  I help customers get the befits of the Chinese approach to massage therapy.  We treat anyone who seeks improvements to their body whether it be stress, muscle pain, body aches, low energy, fatigue or anyone who believes that Chinese massage therapy can help them. “The Massage is just as good as The Medicine.” Massage provides many benefits.  It will help decrease anxiety, reduce stress & fatigue, increase circulation, improve the immune system, provide greater energy, enhance sleep quality and improve concentration, energy and self esteem. Massage is helpful with more acute health conditions and is even more important in healthcare planning.  Research shows: ~ Alzheimer’s patients exhibit reduced irritability, pacing, and restlessness after neck and shoulder massage. ~ Deep-tissue massage is effective in treating arthritis, back pain, fibromyalgia, and osteoarthritis. Fibromyalgia patients receiving massage have fewer sleep problems and less anxiety, depression, fatigue, pain, and stiffness. ~ Massage during labor appears to help block pain, reduce stress and anxiety, and relax muscles. Some medical professionals say massage shortens labor and hospital stays. ~ Massage can reduce sports-related/ work-related soreness and improve circulation. ~ Massage is beneficial in reducing symptoms associated with arthritis, asthma, burns, high blood pressure, and premenstrual syndrome. ~ Massage therapy is effective in reducing post-surgical pain and reducing recovery times. ~ Oncology patients show less anxiety, depression, fatigue, nausea, and pain following massage therapy.
April 06, 2021