Lake City to get new bakery, while Rochester plans a pub

A new artisan bakery and cafe is hopping into Lake City.

Hallie Abbott and Dan Patterson hope to open Rabbit’s Bakery in the next week or so at 304 S. Washington St., next door to the popular Nosh restaurant.

Expect fresh baked breads, pies, tarts and other pastries to come out of the brick oven.

Abbott and Patterson are familiar with the neighborhood. They both have cooked for Nosh Executive Chef Greg Jaworski since he opened in Wabasha and then moved to Lake City.

The plan is for Rabbit’s to serve breakfast and soups, salads and sandwiches for lunch. Nosh will focus on serving the evening meal.


It will seat about 15 and have a staff of about five.

"We both love baking. We both wanted to start a bakery and then this place became available," said Abbott.

They snapped it up…quick as a rabbit.

Lilac Center blooms

Rochester massage therapist Ina Brown planted a seed and now the Lilac Wellness Center is blooming.

Brown, who has run her business Healing Massage Health Center in Rochester for a number of years, decided recently that she wanted to be part of something bigger.

So she opened the doors and began bringing together as many "natural health practitioners" as possible in one place. That became Lilac, which is located in Suite 101 at 3270 19th St. N.W. in the 19th Street Business Park.

"Instead of being the hub, I’m just another spoke," Brown says.


Each practitioner is an independent business.

Many have been opening during the past two months. In July, chiropractor Dr. Christopher Oswald will begin. Dr. Corey Schuler, a functional medicine practitioner and chiropractor, started in June

Linda Hase, a massage therapist who specializes in shiatizu anma and reiki therapy, began in May.

Other practitioners at the center are licensed acupuncturist Deah Kinion and massage therapists Clarie Germain, Pat Dale, Suzanne Merkens and Tina Miller.

Sounds of moving

Listen up. Audibel Hearing Center is moving its Rochester office to a new location, though much of its address will be the same.

"It will be better, bigger and with more office space," says owner Paul Schneider of the new location.

He hopes to move in early August to a 2,800-square-foot office at 2700 N. Broadway, where renovation is under way.


Audibel is moving from 526 N. Broadway.

He has six on staff in Rochester and has offices in Shakopee, Apple Valley and Inver Grove Heights.

Camping out

Just in time for the camping season, Kanz’s Kampers has rolled into a spot on U.S. 52, a mile south of Pine Island.

Kanz’s sells new and used travel trailers along with new pop-up Palomino and Dutchman trailers. It also has a service and parts department.

"We’re really service oriented. We’ll come to the campground to do service or deliver parts," says co-owner Dustin Kanz.

He, along with Chad Kanz and Chris McCall, opened the operation in mid-May.

Besides sales and service, they also plan on renting trailers and campers.

Biz buzz

• Beer Bellyz, Rochester’s latest bar, is getting close to opening at 821 Civic Center Drive in the next few weeks, possibly as early as July 1.

Steve Lee and group of local investors are transforming the former Holiday Gas Station into a new Rochester drinking establishment.

Expect it to have 25 beer taps, seat about 130 and have about six or seven on staff.

• Could a Gordmans store, an Omaha, Neb.-based discount fashion and home decor retailer, be coming to Rochester?

That is the question e-mailed to me by a reader named Gayle.

The answer? No…for now anyway.

"We would absolutely love to open a store in Rochester, and have been targeting this market for many years," wrote Jeff Gordman, Gordmans president and chief executive officer, in a response. "However, we are not aware of any opportunities in Rochester at this time."

So Gayle will have to keep driving to Mankato to Gordmans’ only Minnesota store.

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