Catching up on the Carlton County business scene
The Cloquet Pine Journal looks back on the businesses that opened, changed hands or switched gears in 2022. Know of one we missed? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CLOQUET — Several businesses opened, came under new ownership or switched gears during the past year.
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Casino Pizza & Sub Shop
The Cloquet pizza and sub shop reopened in February 2022 under new ownership after Gregg Wait purchased the business.
“I have always wanted a pizza place, and this kind of fell in my lap,” Wait told the Pine Journal at the time. “It was perfect timing.”
Since then, Wait sold the business to Lamont Hines and Tyrell Beckom, according to Holly Hansen, community development director for the city of Cloquet. The Pine Journal was not able to reach Hines or Beckom before deadline for comment.
Casino Pizza & Sub Shop, 7 13th St. N., Cloquet, is open Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Fairhaven Pizza Farm
John and Emily Beaton, of Saginaw, launched a campaign last year to create the Northland's first pizza farm.
In a November update posted to the farm's Facebook page, the couple said they have switched gears. Instead of building a space on the farm with a commercial kitchen, farm store and gathering space, rising interest rates and construction costs forced them to reevaluate.
They still plan to host the public and serve pizza on the farm, but how they're going to get there has changed. They will prepare food in a nearby commercial kitchen and assemble and cook the pizzas in a "super simple food trailer," the post said.
Their goal is to launch the pizza farm in May or June, according to the post.
Historic Scott House evolves
James Sheetz, owner of Carlton's Historic Scott House , has started a new chapter.
The home, which served as a stage coach stop and inn, continued serving guests with room rentals through Airbnb for four years.
However, Sheetz decided last year to sell his home across Lac La Belle and return to his childhood home. Room rentals stopped in August, but Sheetz still hosts events and gatherings on the property.
Room at the Table food truck
Cloquet-based catering service Room at the Table took its food truck to Duluth's Canal Park over the summer. The food truck offered a variety of smashburgers, tacos, grilled cheese, a veggie patty and pulled pork, to name a few.
Garden Isle Bath & Body
After moving back to Cloquet in August 2020 to be near their family, Cori and Craig Beck decided it was time to take their online business, Garden Isle Bath & Body, to a storefront.
The business, located at 807 Cloquet Ave., Suite 1, specializes in Hawaiian skincare products, which Cori makes herself.
Ivy Black Wedding & Events
The first wedding Ivy Black Weddings & Events hosted was for founder Kevin Swanson and Andrea (Shevich) Swanson.
After searching for the right wedding venue but coming up short of their expectations, Kevin Swanson teamed up with partner Brennon Plaisted to create the venue he and Andrea sought.
The property, located at 6910 Minnesota Highway 194, includes a modern, black barn situated among pines and open fields. A total of 288 people can be accommodated at the wedding and event venue. There is also an 800-square-foot bridal suite with a private bathroom and space for the bridal party to get ready, as well as a private suite for grooms.
Kimberly Christine opened Lacuna Massage Ayurveda and Reiki in July at 1111 Cloquet Ave., Suite 1. Her goal is to help customers escape and relax, which is why she decorated the space in a beachy theme.
Christine offers Ayurveda, Swedish, therapeutic and medical massage.
Transfurmation Training & Grooming
Emily Boulanger and Liam May opened a storefront for Transfurmation Training & Grooming at 5 N. 15th St., Cloquet, in August.
May offers dog training including obedience and leash training. He can also work with dogs to correct aggressive behavior. Boulanger holds down the grooming side of the business.
Mainstream Boutique expands
Cloquet-based Mainstream Boutique owners Kristen Anvid and RyAnna Clark opened their second location in Hermantown in September.
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the boutique had to shut its doors and move sales online. Since then, Mainstream Boutique built an online following from people who live in the Hermantown and Duluth areas, which prompted Anvid and Clark's decision to open the Hermantown storefront.
Jenna Gilbert started selling quality children's clothing online and at vendor shows with her mom, Colleen Sunnarborg, and sister, Bethany Sunnarborg, in 2021. The Cloquet women decided to open the Abundant Baby storefront in 2022 at 708 Sunnyside Drive to cut down on travel and time spent away from family.
In addition to children's clothing through sizes 10-12 for boys and girls, the business also carries maternity clothing, books, bibs, towels, blankets, gifts and more.
This story was updated at 9:45 p.m. Feb. 22 with information on the current owners of Casino Pizza & Sub Shop. It was originally posted at 7 p.m. Feb. 21. The Pine Journal regrets the error.