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Fagan catches ‘Star’

Fagan Studios, a Rochester photography business, has snapped up a downtown home.

Shawn and Michelle Fagan bought the former Gilded Star Art Gallery at 324 S. Broadway from Barbara and Kevin Truax last week.

After three years of running their portrait and wedding photography business out of their house, the couple are thrilled.

"It is our dream building," Shawn Fagan said. "We were pumped it was available."


Work will start there this week, with remodeling expected to be done in June.

Coming back soon

Since JC’s Korner Mart convenience store was torn down as part of the U.S. 52 project, Oronoco has been without a gas station,

Developer Dan Fitzpatrick hopes to change that by building a station and convenience store south of Oronoco along Minnesota Avenue.

"Since the new highway construction took out JC’s, the question has been where the replacement is going to be," said Fitzpatrick. "My (land) kind of stands out as the best possible place."

He’d like to start construction by fall and open by summer 2008.

Ultimately, Fitzpatrick would like to see a commercial center on the site, with businesses like dry cleaners and fast food eateries.

What ‘They’ are saying


• Look for a garden center to open in Byron.

The word is that it will bloom this spring, probably before Mother’s Day.

• One memorable name is turning up often in talk about food chains that could be coming to Rochester — Fuddruckers. No word yet from the Austin, Texas-based chain about whether there’s one the way.

We’ll see if this is well-done or rare.

After Harnack’s

This is the final spring for the former Harnack’s Furniture store at 2008 S. Broadway in Rochester.

Demolition is under way. Commercial Realtor Ron Braasch said an 8,000-square-foot commercial center is slated to be built in its place. No tenants are lined up, though "we’re talking to some people," said Braasch.

Dick Ruhoff is the owner.


The Harnack family had owned and run the furniture store for more than 50 years. Tom Harnack, the son of store founder Eldon J. Harnack, sold it to Mike Monk of Chanhassen in April 2005. Monk closed it later that year.

Opening soon

• June is the month for brides, and Jenni’s Bridal Boutique will open June 1 in its new location in the Miracle Mile Shopping Center.

Jenni Wobig opened her bridal shop in 2003 in Stewartville. Moving to the new location will allow her to have separate bridal and tuxedo areas. Wouldn’t want a groom to see the bride in her gown, would we?

• Look for the Home Technology Center, a new home electronics business, to open between late April and early May in northwest Rochester. It will be in a facility being built by Rochester developer Jeff Brown along Bandel Road.

Kiger can be reached at 285-7798 or

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