Herald JournalHerald Journal, Feb. 17, 2003

Treasure Hunt sold; two new businesses to use that location

By Ryan Gueningsman

Although Treasure Hunt is gone, the "treasures" are not far from being back at the location just north of Lester Prairie.

Former owner Sam Simonson sold the building to Randy Stodola, owner of the T-Road Tavern in New Germany. Stodola is going to lease half of the building to Tom Schmidt, the owner of ShadowBrooke Golf Course, to continue a consignment business. Stodola, himself, will be running a custom coating business in the other half of the building.

It won't be called Treasure Hunt anymore, but Simonson recommended keeping "treasure" in the name.

"It worked well for us," he said. Customers and consignors can expect many aspects of the business to remain the same, with several small changes and upgrades being done.

Schmidt is expecting one consignor who will bring in more than 3,000 videos and DVDs, and has leads on other consignors for unique antiques, and records.

"The major change will be using a computer program to help keep track of what is sold," Schmidt said. "The shelves and display cases are also going to be moved around to meet the change in the building."

The current plan for the building is to split it in half, with Schmidt and the consignment business on the east side, and Stodola and the coating business on the west.

There are also plans in the works to raise the roof on at least the half of the building that Stodola will be in. The whole roof man by raised, but that depends on the cost, Stodola said.

"My half is going to be Custom Coating Systems, and anything that can be painted, I can coat for a lifetime finish," Stodola said.

Stodola will be spraying a 100 percent pure polyurea, which he feels outperforms other competitors polyurethane bedliners.

"I can spray to any thickness in one application, even on overhangs, with no runs, drips, sags, or fingers," Stodola said. "I can spray most bed liners in a couple of hours."

He is also networked with other local body shops and sandblasting sources to be able to offer repair, blast, and coating for almost "anything you can imagine."

Future plans for Simonson and sales manager Judy Wiehr include getting back to a more "routine" lifestyle as independent sales representatives for companies that they met through Treasure Hunt.

"After almost 10 years, it will be nice to get back to a somewhat normal routine," Simonson said. "I've missed a lot of weddings, funerals, and other family things, so it will be nice to get to do some of that stuff again."

There will be a final pick-up day Saturday, March 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The new ownership actually begins March 7, and Schmidt is setting an April 3 opening date.

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