Category Archives: Elk River Businesses

Elk River Business Spotlight: Flowers Plus

Today we are starting what we feel we will do about once a week through this blog and on 365 Things To Do Around Elk River, MN on Facebook; which is to spotlight a local business!

Today’s business is Flower Plus of Elk River. Your Elk River local florist shop changed owners ship moving into 2011 and the new owner is Samantha Schulze.  Samantha has worked at the shop since she was 15 years old and brings her passion, energy and experience as the new owner!

On the 365 Things To Do Around Elk River, MN page there will soon be a video posted to tag along with this blog post (most of you probably watched the video before clicking on this link).

Promotion 1: Now through Jan. 31st for $20 you can purchase a coupon card which will get you a free flowers and discounts.

Promotion 2: For those who see this blog or see the video on Flowers Plus Facebook page or our 365 Things To Do Around Elk River, Mn page – You can stop in the store for a free flower in the next 24 hours!!  Call 763-441-2598 if you have questions.

Flowers Plus is located at 518 Freeport Ave. NW in Elk River. Click here to go to there website!

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Author: Chuck Carstensen, Realtor with The Discovery Team at RE/MAX…Online Marketing Specialist – www.TheProsperityLeader.com

If you have an event or business you would like spotlighted call Chuck at 612-290-3809 or email chuck@thediscoveryteam.com

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Visit Rockwoods Grill This Weekend!

If your looking to have some fun in the Elk River Area this week Rockwoods Grill could be the place for you!  Look at what is lined up there this week:

Live Music is scheduled Tonight through Friday!

Tonight from 8:30 to 11:30pm its Thunderheads Duo. On Thursday from 9pm -midnight you can be entertained by Saggy Botton Boyz! They feature female vocalist Alena Sheldon singing some Patsy Cline favorites, plus other classic country and country rock songs.

On New Years Eve live musics starts again at 9pm and goes until midnight.  Local Favorite Shane Martin performs more county rock hits.

For more info on what Rockwoods Grill offers visit them at http://www.rockwoodsgrill.com

To check out what is happening around Elk River go to the 365 Things To Do Around Elk River Facebook Page!

Blog author: Chuck Carstensen with The Discovery Team at REMAX. If you have an event coming up in the Elk River Area please contact me at chuck@thediscoveryteam.com or call 612-290-3809.

BIG LAKE AREA PRAYER BREAKFAST

The BIG LAKE AREA PRAYER BREAKFAST is scheduled for April 19 from 8:00-10:00 am at the Big Lake High School Lunch Room. 

This years event features Keynote Speaker MACK McCARTER. McCarter is the Founder and Coordinator of Community Renewal International.  Community Renewal International works to restore the foundation of safe and caring communities by rebuilding the system of caring relationships. Founded in 1994, after more than a decade of planning, CRI is today an international model for all cities looking to bring renewal to their communities.

This event, much like the National Prayer Breakfast held annually in Washington, D.C., is a time of prayer for our city, state, nation, leaders, and a time of reflection and rededication of individuals to God.

FOR TICKETS & INFORMATION:  Call 763-263-3900 …$120.00 for a table of 6 ($20.00 per person). Tickets will be available at the door. 

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Chuck Carstensen is a Realtor with The Discovery Team at RE/MAX; helping buyers, sellers, and investors of residential real estate in Isanti, Anoka, Sherburne and Wright County.  He is a speaker and co-author in the best selling book series Wake Up…Live the Life You Love: Your Wake Up Moments (available soon). Carstensen is also a personal development mentor with Success University…where he helps people discover how to be more successful in business, life and health.

 

Suburban Northwest Builders Associaton forging ahead

SNBA Suburban Northwest Builders Association

I attended the April 8th membership meeting of the Suburban Northwest Builders Association, and left with a sense of renewed optimism.  Over the last few months the SNBA hit a “speed bump” when the housing market slowed.  However, if this meeting is any indication of the near future, there will be many positive things happening from the SNBA to promote building, remodeling, and real estate in Sherburne and Wright Counties.

Over 60 members in attendance at the Elk River Country Club listened to SNBA President Gene Eckstein from Eagle Builders outline the SNBA’s strategic plan for 2008.  Included in the plan was a detail of the SNBA’s goals and activities.  Eckstein shared plans for a Fall New Home and Remodeling Tour, a Spring 2009 Home Tour and Home and Remodeling Show, and a renewed emphasis on member events that will make the most of member’s time and networking advantages.

Eckstein said that SNBA membership meetings would focus on education and builder issues, and also introduced the following new board members:

Dan Scherer – Bakken Building

Jason Heinen – Heinen Homes

Brad Kadlec – Kadlec Construction

Ken Geroux – Ken Geroux Construction Corporation

Chris Butala – Legend Homes

Brad Fitch – Monarch Homes

The next membership meeting for the SNBA is scheduled for May 27th.

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Chris Mitchell is the President and Founder of 25-8 Marketing, Inc, a full service advertising agency in Elk River, Minnesota. He plans and implements marketing programs for small to medium-sized businesses. Mitchell is a consultant, speaker and author and has worked with hundreds of companies. He has over 20 years of real-world advertising experience, and understands the marketing challenges of the small business owner.


Good turnout at the Elk River Business Expo

Close to 180 booths filled the Elk River High School today at the Elk River Chamber of Commerce hosted their annual Business Expo. When I arrived at 10:30am, the foyer and gym was filling with attendees.

In the foyer, I browsed the water fountains, talking to Glenn Koppin from Aqua Par Lifestyles. I chatted with Molly Nadeau-Peterson when I went over to the Town Mortgage booth. I picked up some information from Elk River Parks and Recreation, because I was interested in their summer music series. Plus I spent a little time talking to David Long and Dan Scherer from Bakken Building and Remodeling.

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Heading into the gymnasium, the aisles were filling quickly. I chatted with Marcy VanValenburg, the owner of Elk River Travel.  It was fun talking to my friends… Clayton from Clayton’s Appliance Repair and Wendy from the Elk River Arts Alliance.

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I grabbed a slice of Sarpino’s pizza (my favorite local pizza) and headed out, just as the masses started arriving. Another successful expo…hats off to the Elk River Chamber for organizing a good event.

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Chris Mitchell is the President and Founder of 25-8 Marketing, Inc, a full service advertising agency in Elk River, Minnesota. He plans and implements marketing programs for small to medium-sized businesses. Mitchell is a consultant, speaker and author and has worked with hundreds of companies. He has over 20 years of real-world advertising experience, and understands the marketing challenges of the small business owner.

Pray Elk River Business Roundtable

Many people around Elk River aware of spiritual presence and activities in the city.  For business people looking to touch peoples lives through their business/career here is your invite to meet with other like professionals one time a month.  The PRAY ELK RIVER BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE will have its next meeting Wednesday, April 2nd from 11:30-1:15 at La Roses.  (A lunch Buffet is available for $7.50)…La Roses is located at 508 Freeport Ave. in Elk River near the Movie Theatre.

David Monroy, the Vice President/General Counsel with Rivers International and Ripka Enterprises leads the meeting.  Monroy stated in an email to the group today, “Please feel free to bring a friend and be ready to encounter God!”

Perhaps someone reading this blog is looking to connect with other business people of faith in the community.  You’re welcomed to attend.

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Chuck Carstensen is a Realtor with The Discovery Team at RE/MAX; helping buyers, sellers, and investors of residential real estate.  He is a speaker and co-author in the best selling book series Wake Up…Live the Life You Love: Your Wake Up Moments (available soon). Carstensen is also a personal development mentor with Success University…where he helps people discover how to be more successful in business, life and health.

The cure for a snowy Elk River Tuesday

If people in Minnesota couldn’t talk about the weather, we’d have nothing to talk about. Well, not entirely true, but when I woke up to 2 inches of new snow in Elk River, my mind started churning.

101 Market Otsego MN  55330By 2pm, I had my plan. A short shopping stop to catch a sign of spring at 101 Market in Otsego. I was invited to mom’s house for Easter Sunday. Mom likes flowers. And she doesn’t read this blog.

101 Market is a great place. The Nathe’s have turned this place into the premiere gardening and flower shop in the Elk River area. And their fresh produce in the summer is terrific.

As I walked in the door, I spied the Easter lillies. Three colors to choose from. The traditional white, and then some orange and pink. “Go traditional, she always likes white,” I thought. And at $9.99 for a plant, I would be a hero at Easter dinner for a very small price.

As I was checking out, I was reminded by 101 Market of this tip:

Easter lillies elk river MNAfter the flowers stop blooming, cut off the stem to the soil line and put the potted bulb in a cool place. Then, later in spring, plant the bulb in a sunny location.

If the bulb received enough cooling days, it could bloom again this summer. Otherwise, next year when it will bloom in either June or July.

Those folks at 101 Market are pretty smart.

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Chris Mitchell is the President and Founder of 25-8 Marketing, Inc, a full service advertising agency in Elk River, Minnesota. He plans and implements marketing programs for small to medium-sized businesses. Mitchell is a consultant, speaker and author and has worked with hundreds of companies. He has over 20 years of real-world advertising experience, and understands the marketing challenges of the small business owner.