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Jessie Street Java fills your cup and a calling


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Features

(L-R) Kila, Amy, Kevin, and Zoe Feller of Jessie Street Java. Photo by Peggi Redalen

Stepping into Jessie Street Java in Rushford, Minn., it’s hard to pinpoint what comes over you first; the tantalizing smells, the enticing rural chic atmosphere, or the comfortable feeling that you’re home. Both eclectic and colorful, with a modern coolness, the business has the town brewing with excitement following nine months of extensive renovations that kept the windows covered and the public guessing.

The café didn’t formally announce their opening, opting instead for a subtle, early morning flickering of the new ‘open sign’ this past Monday, April 14. “We didn’t want a rush. We don’t want to give our customers poor service or quality,” noted owner Amy Feller. Neither must be lacking, as the place was brimming with enthusiastic customers its first week.

The café’s beginnings go back more than 18 months, to a unique calling of the Feller family. “We feel called to have this as a youth outreach,” adds Amy. “We have two teenage daughters and there’s not a niche in town for that demographic to hang out.”

Originally, the plan was for a kiosk located at an established site in town. Embarking on their independent studies of traffic flow, exit/entry, and location, the Fellers discovered all the recommended sites were unsuitable choices. Last year, driving past the building, the family was struck by the idea of the contract for deed sale, a low risk option. With plan in hand, the family purchased the building in July 2013.

A series of setbacks initially proved daunting, but eventually came to represent an even greater opportunity. Just one month after purchasing the building, the tenant of the upstairs apartment notified them of their plans to move out, a move that would drastically cut the income generated by the building. “Looking back, it was totally on God’s timing,” enthuses Amy. “If we hadn’t had the tenant leave, we couldn’t have renovated the apartment space. We would have generated only half the income.” Fully renovating the upstairs, the Fellers designed two, modern apartments, one two-bedroom and one-three bedroom, both of which were quickly leased. “More and more was revealed to us the deeper we got into the project. We were comfortable with it. It seemed like the right thing to do.”

The weather also set the project launch date further and further back. Painting the bland exterior a dramatic brown and blue, in the dark and at 34 degre .....
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Area resident is a lottery winner

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Ostrander Features

Congratulations to Dylan Himle of Ostrander, Minn. Himle won $20,000 by playing the Lottery’s $200,000 Bonus Jackpot scratch game. Himle claimed the prize on April 7, 2014. The winning ticket was purchased at Kwik Trip, 640 N. Broadway St. in Sprin ..... 
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Preston, home of The Driftless Fly Fishing Co.

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

This is no fish tale. There is a new business in Preston, Minn. that may reel you in hook, line, and sinker. Well hook and line anyway. No sinkers involved here. If you, a friend or family member loves to fly fish or have always wanted to learn n ..... 
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Rushford Peterson Valley triathlon event gains momentum

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Features

The excitement surrounding Rushford Peterson Valley Tri-City Challenge and Conquer the Bluff is building. A project put forth by the Foundation for Rushford-Peterson Schools, the event is designed to bring awareness to the community and to raise fund ..... 
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Rushford Peterson Valley triathlon event gains momentum

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Features

The excitement surrounding Rushford Peterson Valley Tri-City Challenge and Conquer the Bluff is building. A project put forth by the Foundation for Rushford-Peterson Schools, the event is designed to bring awareness to the community and to raise fund ..... 
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B&B Olympic Bowl spruces up with remodel

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

Walk into B&B Olympic Bowl in Preston, Minn. and you will be bowled over by the new look. The restaurant side of the business has been through a transformation from floor to ceiling. Paul and Shelly Hanson purchased B&B Olympic Bowl in September ..... 
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Preston’s “DMC” is the SMSVC

Fri, Mar 28th, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

As the greater Rochester area celebrates the establishment of the state-supported Destination Medical Center, aptly coined the DMC, the greater Preston area recognizes the Southeastern Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery (SMSVC) as an economic engine ..... 
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Lanesboro Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes Dee Slinde

Fri, Mar 28th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Features

The City of Lanesboro, Minn. and the surrounding area has graciously opened its arms to the new executive director of the Lanesboro Area Chamber of Commerce (LACC) and Tourism, Dee Slinde. Having grown up in London, Minn. near Austin, and gradua ..... 
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New name, new location, same great service

Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Features

Main Street Wireless, LLC, formerly Magnum Wireless, of Chatfield, Minn. has opened in its new location at 20 Main Street South in Chatfield. The business, which originally opened in the Magnum Sports building in May 2013, is now located in the for ..... 
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