Chisago Lakes Chamber

Serving the Chisago Lakes Community

November 2020 Newsletter

Note From the Chamber Board

As I write this message, I’m thinking about all of local business challenged with how they can succeed during these unprecedent times and current events. I found myself inspired by this quote, “No external advantages can supply self-reliance. The force of one’s being…must come from within” (R.W.Clark).

We are all dealing with the challenges of keeping employees, customers and our community as safe as possible. The chamber has seen some wonderful creativity in our local businesses and organizations to keep their businesses going and events not cancelled. We are all growing tired of COVID-19, but that will not stop us from seeking out creative ways to continue to serve our community. Like many other organizations, the chamber cancelled some of our most important events these past few months, but with thoughtful intent, were able to host some events with great success.

Celebration of the Lakes planning is currently under way, even though we are all unsure of what our situation will be when February, 2021 rolls around. This event takes months of preplanning, so we are moving ahead with as many outdoor events as possible, where safety of our guests and participants is an easier challenge to address. Our committee will continue to work on options to keep this wonderful event in our community, but also address the challenge of COVID-19. Watch for updates in future newsletters and emails as this event develops.

Marlys Dunne

Chamber News & Events!

  • Chamber Board Meeting - Thursday, November 5th 3:30-5:00pm
  • Chamber Luncheon - TBD
  • Newsletter Deadline: 25th of every month
  • Newsflash Deadline: Every Monday

Ted Talks

How to Support and Celebrate Living Artists by Swizz Beatz

(Click Here)

In Chisago Lakes we live among artists. Musicians, potters, sculptors, builders, creators. This TED Talk celebrates the creative people but also offers insight into the business of creativity. We hope you enjoy.

Chamber Board Openings!

If you are interested in being a member of the Chamber Board of Directors you are encouraged to apply. Click Here for Details and Application. Applications need to be submitted to the chamber by November 30th, 2020.

Small Business Saturday

Saturday, November 28th

This annual holiday falls on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, a day after Black Friday, and two days before Cyber Monday. Small Business Saturday ensures that consumers keep local businesses in mind as they buy gifts.

The Chamber is expecting our delivery of Shop Small Saturday marketing materials any day. Watch for an email letting you know when it has arrived.

Halloween on Main Street Scavenger Hunt

This year had a different look to the Trick or Treat on Main Street. We had over 300 children plus their parents and grand parents! Each little goblin got a bag full of great treats! Thank you to the following businesses who participated in this wonderful community event!

All Ways Automotive, Anderson’s Ice Cream Shoppe, Bayview Dental, Beancounters Tax & Accounting, Brink’s Market, Chisago County Historical Society, Chisago Lakes Chamber, Embrace Orthodontics, Farmers Insurance – Tom Kieffer Agency, Josh Leonhardt Team-Coldwell Banker Realty, Lindstrom Antique Mall, Lloyd’s Ideal Plumbing, Mueller Jewelers, Thrifty White, & Wild Mountain

Welcome New Members!

Chisago County HRA/EDA

Chisago County Relief Grant

Business Relief Grant Online Application

Nonprofit Relief Grant Online Application

Chisago County HRA/EDA in partnership with our cities have over 2 million dollars in grant relief available for small businesses and non-profit organizations. Many area businesses have also applied, but there are still dollars available. Up to $10k per grant is being awarded. Don't miss this relief opportunity! If you have any questions regarding the required documents please contact us at 651-674-5664 or If you are unable to complete an online application please print the correct application and return to the HRA – EDA office 38871 7th Avenue, North Branch, MN 55056

Gustaf's Up North Gallery


November 1st-8th 8 days of holiday deals!

* 15% OFF all Scandinavian imports

* 15% OFF all Ekelunds linens

* 15% OFF all Dansk Smykkekunst Jewelry

* Buy 4 get 1 more: socks, candles, ornaments, and dishcloths


November 28th 10:00am-4:00pm

Surprise discounts on stocking stuffers and other Christmas merchandise!

> We are closed on Thanksgiving Day

13025 Lake Blvd, Lindstrom 651-257-1821

Eichtens Cheese Factory

> November 1st to December 2nd

Order online at Discount 15% off order with Code: Holiday20. Order now and ship later. Covid-19 related shipping delays may occur, please order early.

> Eichtens Cheese, Specialty Foods and Gifts Pop Up Markets right on the Farm

16809 310th Street, Center City 651-257-4752

Come out to Eichtens Cheese Factory and enjoy shopping for cheeses, specialty foods and gifts. Many premade gifts to select from our custom make your own specialty gift. Enter the north side of building-shipping dock.

We ship nationwide. Covid-19 related shipping delays may occur, please order early.

Picket Fence Gals

Picket Fence Gals Sale November 4th-8th

Wednesday 3:00-7:00pm

Thursday-Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm

Sunday 11:00am-4:00pm

We are fully open with new hours! We are excited to have our customers back! Please know that the health and safety of our customers is our #1 concern, therefore we have the following guidelines.

> One entrance-one exit

> Indoor and outdoor registers each day, weather permitting

> Must wear a mask in buildings, and masks are strongly suggested in the yard

> Social distancing

> Hand washing machine available at exit. Hand sanitizer at all checkouts

13075 Lake Blvd, Lindstrom

Pleasant Valley Orchard


17325 Pleasant Valley Road, Shafer


We’ve extended our fall apple season into November this year! We know we’ve had a hard time keeping up with the demand for our pies and crisp. We decided to be open weekends in November as a way to supply you with the pies and crisps you want for the holidays and for gifts. We have a great selection of gourmet foods, fun Christmas gifts and decorations. Plus all your favorite apples, while supplies last.

Thursday, Friday & Saturday from 10:00am to 5:00 pm

  • November 5th, 6th & 7th
  • November 12th, 13th & 14th
  • November 19th, 20th & 21st

Gustaf's On Main Eatery


Saturday, November 7th 11:00am-3:00pm

Join us in the upper level Gustaf's On Main Eatery for a "mini-mart" of high quality items to shop from. Products will include kitchen items, bags & purses, facial products, personal care, natural cleaning, nails, essential oils plus more. Experts in their product lines will be on hand to help you find the perfect item for you or someone you want to share with. Social distancing will be adhered to and masks requested. The eatery will be open in the lower level from 9:00am-4:00pm.

13045 Lake Blvd, Lindstrom 651-263-0737

Country Bed & Breakfast

Swedish Cardamom Bread for the Upcoming Holidays from Country Bed & Breakfast

God Jul to everyone. That's Merry Christmas in Swedish. I'm keeping up my yearly tradition and baking loaves of Swedish Cardamom bread. You can call or email me and order a half loaf for $7.50, or a whole loaf for $15.00, then come to my house to pick it up on the day you want it. Deck-side Delivery, safe for all of us. I would also consider delivery to you if you're local and close to my place. The loaves can also be frozen, ask me about that. Remember, I use real Cardamom seed from Sweden. My Swedish relatives mail it to me every year. My phone: 651-257-4773. My email: Merry Christmas, Sally Barott, 17038 320th St., Shafer, MN 55074 website:

Chisago Age Well Coalition

'Online Dine and Discover Webinar' - November 10th 9:30am-11:00am

Join this AARP Homefit Guide Webinar. This presentation offers solutions that range from simple do-it-yourself fixes to improvements that are more involved and require skilled expertise but well worth the expense. FLYER Register at & scroll to Senior Offerings or 651-674-1025 Questions contact: or 320-227-1658

'Medicare Open Enrollment' - Through December 7th

Medicare Open Enrollment began today and runs through December 7. Every year there are plan changes that can include out-of-pocket costs, covered drugs and participating providers. The Senior LinkAge Line encourages every Medicare beneficiary to review their plan options by using the Medicare Plan Finder on This will help to ensure that you have the coverage that is best for you for 2021. FLYER

'AARP Virtual Conference on Age-Friendly Communities in Minnesota'

November 17th-18th

Building Great Places for People of All Ages. An Age-Friendly Community includes safe, walkable streets; housing and transportation options; access to needed services; and opportunities for residents to participate in community life. Learn more about Age-Friendly Communities in action and what tools and resources are available to create change where you live. Whether you're a citizen, an elected official, or a local leader, everybody has a role to play in creating more livable, age-friendly communities. Our state is aging, let’s meet the challenge and embrace the opportunity. FLYER Register HERE

'Ongoing Free Program for Caregivers and Their Loved Ones'

Offered by Lakes and Pines CAC

During Covid-19 many more people are caring for their elderly spouse or parents in their home who might otherwise take advantage of respite care services or congregate living facilities. These caregivers (and their family members) need a break and this program is designed to provide some help online. Please share this flyer with your employees, friends and neighbors. They need to call the 800 number to register and receive the link for the online events. Event Flyer

Franconia Sculpture Park

'Virtual Dinner & Discussion'' - Tuesday, November 17th 6:00pm-7:30pm

6:00pm-6:20pm – Wesley Fawcett Creigh

6:20pm-6:40pm – Lee Noble

6:40pm-7:00pm – Emma Beatrez

7:20pm-7:40pm – Tsohil Bhatia

7:40pm-8:00pm – William Lanzillo

For this “Dinner & Discussion”, Franconia will highlight the work of their current Emerging Artists-in-Residence via short 20-minute discussions.

29836 St. Croix Trail, Shafer 651-257-6668

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Heartland Express

The team at Heartland Express understands that during these uncertain times, finding safe and reliable transportation can sometimes be difficult. We strive to be a good community partner and want to make sure that everyone is able to utilize our services for their transportation needs.

As a result, we are happy to announce that we will not be charging for ANY rides for the remainder of 2020. Whether you're going to work, school, shopping, a medical appointment, or just to visit family and friends, Heartland Express will give you a free ride through December 31, 2020! Call 651-213-5790