Cold One Liquor in Cloquet is under new ownership.
Dean and Alison Crotteau are excited to keep the business in the family. They purchased the business Jan. 1 from Alison's aunt and uncle, Gary and Candy Stowell. The Stowells opened a video store in the space at 906 Minnesota Highway 33 South in 1994, then switched to Cold One Liquor in 2004.
The building was built in 1994 by Alison's grandfather, Gene Stowell, and the first store in the building was Today's Market. Her father, Rick Stowell, owns Premier Theater next to the liquor store.
Dean, 33, and Alison, 36, worked with Gary over the last several months to learn how the business operates.
"It's a well-oiled machine," Alison said of the 15-year-old business.
"It's an established business and it was a good opportunity," Dean added.
Alison grew up around the family businesses and has seen the day-to-day operations for much of her life. Her father encouraged Alison and her siblings to take accounting classes in college if they planned to be business owners someday.
Alison obliged, and although she did not use the skills in her past career as a social worker, she is happy she did now.
Dean works a full-time job in Duluth after working several hours at the store in the morning. The couple are balancing work and family life with young children as they learn the ropes of the business.
Alison and Dean are hosting a grand reopening celebration from 3-7 p.m. May 2 and 3 and at 11 a.m. May 4. The event will feature a variety of local vendors as well as prize drawings, including a guitar autographed by country music singer Kenny Chesney.