The Atlantic Avenue building will remain in the family
By Kristen Miller
After opening the door to occasional sales in Dassel, Brenda and Kent Rydberg, owners of The Little Red Hen, will have their final sale this weekend.
“A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush,” said Brenda, of her decision to sell the Atlantic Avenue building to her daughter and son-in-law, Dawn and Brian Gillman. Dawn will expand her wellness center, which is currently located on Third Street.
“Dawn needed more space to grow her business, and I’m ready for something new. I’m not sure what that is yet,” Brenda said, who has operated the occasional store for seven years.
Brenda got into the occasional sales business while recovering from back surgery.
No longer able to paint walls, Brenda began painting furniture.
During her recovery, Brenda was selling her work at Second Hand Rose, an occasional store in Buffalo.
“I thought, if they can do it in Buffalo, why not in Dassel?” Brenda said.
“The community has been very supportive and I’ve had some wonderful workers real women of integrity,” she said.
She also couldn’t have done this without the help of her husband, Kent. “He has been my right-hand man.”
Brenda doesn’t know what’s in store for her, though she plans to continue painting homes and custom furniture.
She would also like to work at her daughter’s wellness center, The Well.
Brenda is looking forward to having more free time to visit other occasional stores, and spend more time with her 16 grandchildren.
“It’s been fun, and a whole lot of hard work,” Rydberg commented.
“I’m looking forward to taking a breath and seeing what God has planned for me,” Brenda commented.
The final sale for The Little Red Hen will be this weekend, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, Sept. 25-27, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Any gift certificates will be honored or refunded at that time.
Come November, Dawn will be moving her wellness center, The Well, from its current location at 407 Third Street, to 261 Atlantic Avenue.
“We’re all about education, wellness, and healing,” Dawn said, explaining The Well provides guidance on how to live healthier lifestyles.
Gillman originally partnered with Michelle Bekkala, owner of The Natural Nook, to provide techniques using essential oils.
“We both grew, and learned a ton,” Gillman commented.
When their lease was up at their shared location in Dassel, Bekkala moved her business to Cokato. There, she would have her own store, close to home.
“I never thought it would be possible that I would grow to own my own space, and it’s all made possible by The Well team,” Gillman commented.
From the raindrop technique, which is the application of essential oils to the body; to educational classes on essential oils, each member of the wellness team have a common goal of helping people’s bodies heal.
The new Dassel location (261 Atlantic Avenue W) will include four massage rooms and an area for yoga and/or pilates. The business is currently seeking instructors.
As far as the name, “The Well just fit,” Gillman said. “It’s about us learning to be well.”
The Well is open Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and during occasional sale weekends.
It is also open by appointment by calling (612) 229-4390.