Caroline and Dustin Merseth have owned Downtown Meats since 2003.
They are preparing to relocate the business into a new facility, now under construction on America Avenue. (Maggi Stivers | Bemidji Pioneer)Sidne Klisch opened Urban Treasures Thrift Shop in Janaury.
(Maggi Stivers | Bemidji Pioneer)Also new on Third Street is Lucette Boutique, a clothing store that Greta Lund opened in October.
Lund said she has always wanted to own her own business, even establishing her own photography operation while in college.
(Maggi Stivers | Bemidji Pioneer) Kendra Fuller and Heidi Christiansen are business partners in the operation of Urbanesque, a downtown shop that sells home decor items, furniture, clothing and accessories. (Maggi Stivers | Bemidji Pioneer)Sisters-in-law Jen Pomp (left) and Jennifer Pomp together not only operate Yellow Umbrella in downtown Bemidji but also run 218 Home + Gifts.
The latter store was an expansion of the former, as they moved baby, home decor and gift items from Yellow Umbrella into what became 218, leaving room for an expanded selection of clothing and accessories in Yellow Umbrella.
(Maggi Stivers | Bemidji Pioneer)When Lloyd's Furniture closed last fall, it left a huge hole along Third Street.
The store, which had been in business for 43 years, was located just off the intersection with Bemidji Avenue and commanded a large storefront.
But that location has since been broken into smaller storefronts poised to be filled by an eclectic mix of shops, adding even more interest to a downtown that has been re-energized in recent years as a number of locally owned shops and boutiques have been established, relocated or expanded downtown."Our downtown has just really turned around and we're so excited to see so many shops," said Jen Pomp, who with her sister-in-law Jennifer Pomp owns and operates Yellow Umbrella and 218 Home + Gifts.
"We're so encouraged that this Third Street is truly a shopping destination now and we're so glad to be a part of it."Indeed, much of the reinvestment into downtown has been centered around Third Street, though other improvements are certainly occurring elsewhere.
Downtown Meats has broken ground on a brand-new building, a new flooring shop has opened downtown and TNT Tastery will soon go into the spot vacated by Minnesota Nice Cafe when it relocated and expanded along Irvine Avenue."We haven't (operated an eatery) before — this is just a passion that has been building within us," said Teresa Haak, who along with her son, Tony Mensen, owns and operates the bakery and bistro.