Three Seasonal Boutiques are Gearing Up to Open


Spring is HERE!! And that means there are lawn ornaments to buy and candles to replace. Luckily for you the Three Seasonal Boutiques in Wabasha, MN are ready to open their doors and let the shopping begin. From May 1-May 18, Wabasha, MN is the place to spend all that blanket money you have been using to keep yourself warm all winter.

 There are over 150 vendors filling the shelves, and hopefully your homes, with unique and wonderful products. And since it is SPRING, the colors are bright and beautiful. Need a new blue bookshelf? Got it!! Need a new stain glass garden ornament?? Got it!! Need some toffee?? Absolutely Got It!!

 And not only that, but we are going to be open one week longer. That means 3 weeks of shopping utopia all in one location.

 What could be better?? The Three Seasonal Boutiques opening coincides with the 100 Mile Garage Sale. Did you just catch your breathe a little?? There are 100+ miles of garage sales up and down both sides of the river.  You better plan on renting a U-Haul. The 100 Mile Garage Sale starts on May 1 and goes through May 4. You can check out the various listings on or place your ad on there for free.

 So clean out those couch cushions and check that dryer lint tray…it’s time to shop!! Check out for more information or call 651-565-4158.

March means Soar in Wabasha


March means Soar in Wabasha. Every weekend the town is hopping with activities and family fun. Meet Condors, penguins, owls,  and reptiles.  Get a nose to beak view of animals you may never get to see in a lifetime. These are truly amazing sites and ones that will take your breath away. But Soar is so much more then just birds and programs. We have an Eagle Egg Hunt on the 15th. A Saint Patrick’s Day parade on the 15th. Music all month long as all of our various restaurants.

The 29th Brings Taste of Wabasha. All the best restaurants under one roof with music and friends. Tickets are limited, so get them soon. They are $25 until March 17 and then will go up to $30.

Schedules for Soar can be found at . There are also flyers at various restaurants and at the Chamber with the full schedules.
See you soon!!

Lark Toys…Voted Minnesota’s Favorite

WCCO Viewers’ Choice For MN’s Best Toy Store

via Matt Brinkman (WCCO)


And while Santa may do some of the heavy lifting, there are probably a few toys left on your list. You guys sent me in search of Minnesota’s Best Toy Store.

Your votes sent me southeast of the cities to Lark Toys in Kellogg.

“We value people playing together, toys that last a really long time,” said Miranda Gray-Burlingame, who owns the shop with her family.

That lasting value starts with hand-crafted wooden toys — a hallmark at Lark since it opened in 1983.

“We’ve had people come and say: ‘We got this toy 20 years ago, and the dog chewed the wheel off. Can you fix it, because I want to give it to my owngrandkid?’ And we always will,” Gray-Burlingame said.

Tim Monson has been a toy maker at Larks for 27 years.

“You take a raw piece of wood and turn it into something special like that — that’s what it’s about, for me at least,” he said.

Everywhere you look in in the shop, you’ll see something amazing crafted out of wood.

The carousel, which took nine years to carve, is the heart of the store.

“I remember one beautiful woman who the whole time rode side saddle going, ‘I’m 99, I’m 99, I’m 99, and I’m on a carousel,’” Gray-Burlingame said.

But the carousel is just one corner of Lark’s sprawling 20,000 square feet.

There’s also a museum of toys from decades past, and room after room filled with puzzles, games, marbles, stuffed animals, and dolls.

And did I mention they make their own fudge?

Gray-Burlingame and her husband, along with her parents, took over Lark in 2008. And on most days, they’re all there — together.

“We are still shocked and awed many days just at the ability that we have to work together, to be together, to be in this fun environment and to share it with so many people,” she said.

For more information on Lark Toys, click here.

Need a Holiday Gift?? Think Social Membership!!

Social-Membership-logoThe Wabasha-Kellogg Chamber of Commerce will conduct a special Holiday Social Membership Drive from December 1-19 with the help of the Chamber Board and present Chamber members.

We invite you to BELONG!
Why belong to the Wabasha-Kellogg Chamber of Commerce as a Social Member?
The Wabasha-Kellogg Chamber of Commerce is the voice of the community.  We work with the Wabasha, Kellogg, and the surrounding areas to address critical issues facing our region and work to create an environment that supports and promotes our local economy.  Although our primary mission is to support businesses and the local economy, our efforts produce results that benefit the entire community. We strongly encourage anyone who has an interest in a strong and vibrant economy for Wabasha, Kellogg and the surrounding areas to support the Chamber of Commerce.

Social Chamber Member Incentives:

The Chamber’s goal is always to support the best interests of our members.  We are here to represent your needs and be your voice.  Your success is our success. The value of your Social Chamber membership comes in many forms. From your coupon book, to your membership card, to the monthly giveaways that help you explore different communities and attractions.

The Chamber is offering you:

  • VIP Nights at Grandpa’s Barn- be the first to shop the Barn
  • Wabasha-Kellogg Coupon Book- Over $275 worth of coupons to all of our favorite businesses
  • Chamber Membership Card: This card gives you discounts on Chamber functions- Discounts on Riverboat Days bands, Grumpy Muddah registration fees, Date Night tickets, and many other activities
  • Monthly giveaways – win tickets to plays in Lanesboro, Chamber functions, and weekend trips on the North Shore.
  • Exclusive emails- be the first to know of the sales and goings-on in the area

What Would My Membership Money be Used for??

Simple answer is Website and Festivals. The Chamber created a state-of-the art website for Wabasha, Kellogg, and the surrounding areas.  This site provides a professional and welcoming starting point for the world to learn about all-things in our region.   Our webpage is receiving approximately 275 hits a day.   The Chamber also maintains a Facebook page which promotes local businesses & events in the area.  We currently have 3,106 fans. The Chamber also sends out monthly newsletters and events calendars to over 7,000 subscribers. The Chamber has created a central events calendar for all good things happening in Wabasha-Kellogg at   This events calendar is a great way to plan a weekend or a day-off.

The Chamber also hosts a variety for family-friendly festivals every year including: *Grandpa’s Barn Spring and Fall Shows
*Grumpy Old Men Festival
*Grumpy Muddah ~ NEW Event
*Riverboat Days featuring Lost Highway
*Old Fashioned Christmas

How Can You Join?

Social Memberships are only $50 and can be bought at the Chamber office at 137 W Main Street. Not only is there some fabulous incentives to become a Social Member, but it is also tax deductible. And no, we will not make you volunteer for anything. Social Members are never asked to volunteer, but if you want to… of course we will take you.

This Holiday season give the gift of community investment and help support the Chamber at the same time.


Old Fashioned Christmas

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Old Fashioned Christmas December 7th


The town of Wabasha is once again sponsoring an Old Fashioned Christmas on Saturday, December 7th, 2013 in conjunction with 100 Miles of Christmas.  The town is hopping with activities all day long. Starting at 11am, head on over to the Library for Holiday Storytime with Katie Knutson where she promises to get you into the spirit.  Then its lunch with Santa at Slipperys with a kid style buffet at 12:30pm-1:30pm (reservations a must…order a ticket online at or pick one up at the Chamber office $5 for kids and $7 for adults). At 2pm, RJAC is presenting a festive movie at the Broadway Theater free to tots.  Let’s not forget Harriet’s Open House at the National Eagle Center, bring a canned good or unwrapped gift for free entrance. Lark Toys is having an all-day affair with music, storytime and more.  Eagles Nest Coffee House has free cookies for kids all day. Anderson House is hosting Cookie Decorating from 2-4.


We haven’t forgotten the big kids. Start off your day at the Faith Lutheran Church Cookie Walk and then it’s off to the UCC Christmas Bazaar.  Shop-Punch-Win at Pure Identity, Jewels on the River, On the River Boutique, and the Attic for great prizes. Riverboat Lanes has a Holiday Bowling Special which includes bowling and pizza. From noon-3pm Flour Mill Restaurant promises wine and chocolate sampling.  The National Eagle Center is having an optics Expo (check out their website for a full list of activities).  At 6:30pm, Anderson House is presenting a Christmas Feast (reservations a must).


Can’t wait until December 7th to get into the Holiday Spirit??? Well, make your way over to SVJ in Kellogg. They have put up their Annual Holiday Display with Santa and a certain  Red-Nosed Reindeer ready to kick things up as they start test flights before Christmas morning … one can never  be to prepared.


The on December 11 is Holiday Train. The Wabasha Ambulance will be out in force handing out cookies and hot cocoa.  The train is expected to arrive at 7:00. Don’t forget your canned goods. All donations help out the local food shelf.



For more information please check the website at


Christmas is Almost Here



Not only are we preparing for Old Fashioned Christmas, but our stores are getting ready for Black Friday and beyond. If you need a unique gift, Wabasha is the place to be.  Not only do we have tons of stores that offer the very best in craftsmanship, we also offer many unique services. From massages to chocolate heaven, whatever your needs are we can fulfill it.

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utting up their Annual Christmas Display. The Holiday Train will be roaring through on December 11. The National Eagle Center not only is celebrating Harriet’s Open House, but has a few Bird Field Trips to keep you busy.

Old Fashioned Christmas brings Santa to town for a special lunch. Businesses will be decorated and specials will be had by all the shoppers. And don’t forget to stop and eat at any of our fine restaurants. They promise to warm you up with their wonderful entrees and superb customer service.


See you Soon!!

Three Seasonal Boutiques and SeptOberfest Well Under Way


SeptOberfest is in Full Swing and the Three Seasonal Boutiques are open and ready to go!! Have you stopped by yet?? There is so much to do and so much to see. Moonshine Showcase, music Under the Bridge, children’s activities, clowns, pumpkin contests and well more then  we can even list. Check out the event section of SeptOberfest to see what is happening this weekend!!

Watermelon Festival… THIS WEEKEND!

It’s that time of year again…free watermelon, burnouts, music, softball tournament, barbecue chicken and more in the small town of Kellogg, Minn.

Events begin on Friday, September 6 with Kellogg Lions famous barbecue chicken, food vendors, carnival rides and new this year, a Bud Light Tailgate Party sponsored by Wabasha Warehouse Liquor in the Dugout from 5:00 p.m.-7 :00p.m. Friday night entertainment in the Dugout is free by the Corey Koehler Band.

Saturday enjoy bingo all day long, view a vintage tractor ride, test your abilities in the Watermelon Crawl 3/5k, send the kids to the saw dust scramble and enjoy entertainment in the Dugout by Trouble Shooter starting at 8:00 p.m.

The fun doesn’t stop…Sunday enjoy the soap box derby distance challenge, kids tractor pedal pull and the grande parade starting at 2:00 p.m. Live entertainment provided by Backlash at Yahooligans.

For more information, go to and don’t forget to like Kellogg Watermelon Festival on Facebook!


SeptOberfest is Almost Here!!


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It’s hard to believe that SeptOberfest is only a month away. The businesses and  residents of Wabasha are busy planning for the biggest pumpkin decoration display in Minnesota. Years past have seen Smurfs, Cows, and even a few M & M’s wandering around our quaint, quiet streets, what this year holds is anybody’s guess!!

Wabasha’s 6th Annual SeptOberfest Celebration will take place from September 14 through October 27.  Every weekend during the festival promises family fun activities and reasons to come back for more. Check out our calendar of events at to see when the German Parade will take the streets, Polka bands will blaze into town, the Pumpkin Derby will race to glory, and the tons of other activities that will keep you busy all weekend long. This year along with our annual Pub Crawl and Feasts (check out Slippery’s, Olde Triangle Pub, T-Bones), we are adding the Brew Master (5 course dinner with 5 matching beers at the Bluffs sponsored by Schells), a Date Night at LARK Toys (Be a Kid Again with mini-golf and a little Whitewater Wine), and our 1st ever Dessert Crawl (promising the best fudge and cupcakes you have ever had in your life). Moonshine Showcase will kick off SeptOberfest with the Best of the 60’s on September 14… and the music just gets better from there with a new band every Saturday afternoon in Heritage Park  throughout the festival.

Let’s not forget the carriage rides, picnic Under the Bridge, clowns, pumpkin carvers, and did I mention over 3,000 pumpkins, corn stalks, and hay bales decorating on our newly paved streets???

Our Three Seasonal Boutiques open on September 27  through October 20. There will be over 250 vendors in three locations providing shoppers with Christmas present options, home décor, and one-of a kind treasures that will make you want to splurge on yourself. There will also be some scrumptious selections to keep help keep your tummy happy during your travels.

Wabasha, Minn, is nestled between the Mississippi River and its bluffs.  Only an hour and a half south of the Twin Cities, Wabasha makes for a great destination for a day or weekend trip away from the hustle and bustle of city life.  The leaves on the trees start changing coloring around mid to late September, usually at its peak in mid October. There is no  place prettier this time of year guaranteed. So help us welcome fall and have a little fun at the same time!!

For more information, visit


Announcing at Riverboat Days during Lost Highway! Head over to our Facebook page — like and share their logo for a chance for you and 5 friends to meet the band before the show!