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Lanesboro business makes scents


Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Features

There are many wonderful small businesses in Fillmore County which add their own special touches to the area. One such business, located in Lanesboro, Minn., is ESSENCE of Lanesboro. The products that owner Peter Bilkey creates cannot be found anywhere else as he makes the products himself and in small batches.

The all natural body care products contain no artificial colors, synthetic fragrances, sulfates or parabens. If a customer prefers to have a scented product, they can choose from scents that Peter has created or create their own scent choosing from over 40 essential oils which come from more than 25 foreign countries. ESSENCE of Lanesboro has more than 9,700 possible combinations for products so a customer should have no problem finding a scent they love. A scent the customer makes can be as light or as strong as they wish. Patrons can bring their empty containers back to be re-filled or bring their own container they would like filled.

Some of the products found at ESSENCE of Lanesboro are lotions, facial cleansers, liquid soaps and shampoos, hair conditioners, bar soaps, facial masks, lip balms, massage oils, body balms, and roll-on perfumes. The roll-on perfumes are new to the shop and patrons seem to love them as they are easy to put in a purse or pack in a make-up bag.

Using fresh ingredients and having fresh products for customers is of utmost importance to Bilkey, which is why he makes his products in small batches. Bilkey explains that other products can sit in distributor warehouses for months and then on store shelves for who knows how long before purchased by a customer while his products are freshly made.

Some of the most popular items at ESSENCE of Lanesboro are the lip balms selling over 4,600 in 2012. Peter says “If I’m famous for anything right now, it’s my lip balms,” stating that customers have fallen in love with the chocolate lip balm as it is so luscious. Bilkey uses real Dove dark chocolate to make the chocolate lip balm Who doesn’t love chocolate?

The second most popular lip balm is the coffee lip balm made with the freshest local coffee from Pedal Pushers of Lanesboro. Some other examples of the many flavors of lip balm are orange geranium and chai spice.

Peter describes the lotions at ESSENCE of Lanesboro as “extremely rich” and there are five kinds to choose from ranging from ultra light cream up to extreme cream. The M .....
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Merchants Bank completes acquisition of Rushford and Lanesboro locations from Associated Bank

Thu, Nov 21st, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Business Announcements

WINONA, Minn. – Merchants Bank has taken ownership of the former Associated Bank locations in Rushford and Lanesboro, according to Merchants Financial Group, Inc. President & CEO Richard L. Mahoney. Transfer of ownership took place November 15, ..... 
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Lanesboro Christmas Inn Tour 2013

Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Julie Kiehne Lanesboro Area Chamber of Commerce, info@lanesboro.com, www.lanesboro.com Come to Lanesboro and tour eight charming Lanesboro Bed and Br ..... 
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Lanesboro discusses Amish vendors

Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Government

A crowd of people, including several from the Amish community, attended the Lanesboro City Council meeting on November 4 to discuss vendors doing businesses at Sylvan Park. Mayor Steve Rahn explained the Amish have been selling food and other items ..... 
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In response to Mrs. Carole Yenter

Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, She blamed Democrats for barricading entrance to the War Memorials during the Government “shut down.” The “shut down” was caused by extreme Republicans in Congress. When Republicans shut down the government they cut funds th ..... 
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Root River Trail towns partnership to host regional Destination Medical Center (DMC)

Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Business Announcements

Root River Trail Towns Partnership to Host Regional Destination Medical Center (DMC) informational gathering and conversation in Lanesboro, November 18. WHAT: Root River Trail Towns will host an informal social hour, presentation and discussion f ..... 
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Enjoy home cooked local meals Wednesday nights at Lanesboro Local

Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, Minn., – Don’t go home without a good healthy meal next Wednesday night – or any Wednesday night in the foreseeable future. Angie Taylor has stepped in as interim executive director at Lanesboro Local Marketplace with plans to cook ..... 
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Commonweal Theatre Company presents the last night of Ballyhoo

Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Residents and employees of Fillmore and Houston Counties receive free admission to see Commonweal Theatre’s poignant and funny The Last Night of Ballyhoo on Thursday, November 21 at 7:30 pm. Gone with the Wind is having its premiere, World War II ..... 
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‘Movies’ will be the theme for the Season Finale “Over the Back Fence”

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

‘Movies’ is the theme for the season finale “Over the Back Fence” Community Variety Show, held on Friday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the St. Mane Theatre in Lanesboro, Minn. The show is presented by our local talented cast members, hosted by Dam ..... 
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