By Gabe Licht
Spring is a time for new beginnings and, for three local businesses, that means new locations.
Delano Floral and Gifts traded one downtown location for another, going from 137 Bridge Ave. E. to 120 N. River St. Ron Drake moved from Larry Torgerson’s Edward Jones office at 133 N. Second St. to his own office at 725 Babcock Blvd. Suite 2. Bagy Jo is moving its retail location at 1350 Babcock Blvd. in Delano to its corporate and factory location at 5563 Pioneer Creek Dr. S. in Maple Plain.
Delano Floral and Gifts
Deann Gowin has owned Delano Floral and Gifts since 2000. She bought the new location at the end of December and worked throughout the winter to renovate the space.
That included opening up the former office space and adding a new ceiling and floor. The storefront also underwent a facelift with a new sign featuring a new logo.
“A lot of people think it’s a whole new flower shop,” Gowin said.
Though the shop only moved about a block, it is more visible.
“It’s a much busier street with the post office and Dave’s Town Club right here,” Gowin said.
Her goal was to have the new location open by Easter and she met that goal. She is now ready to provide flowers for administrative professionals week, area proms and Mother’s Day in May.
The phone number for Delano Floral and Gifts is (763) 972-8444.
The building was previously occupied by Dick Grinley’s law office, the Peterson optometry office, and a bar.
When Sabrina Stevens opened the Bagy Jo retail location at the Delano Crossings 10 years ago, her goal was for her and her husband, Bill, to get their kids through high school. With their youngest child finishing her sophomore year, they didn’t quite accomplish that goal before deciding to move the business to the Bagy Jo factory location in Maple Plain.
A lot has changed in the past 10 years.
“The warehouse is way too busy,” Sabrina said. “We need to get a handle on one location. We’re kind of condensing to grow.”
They are moving their equipment and two employees from the store to the warehouse. The Delano retail location will be open through Saturday.
Their goal is to set up a new retail outlet in their Maple Plain location by sometime in July.
Sabrina also hopes to continue selling Bagy Jo products in Delano through a third party, but those plans are not yet finalized.
“We have some different outlets who want to keep our products in town,” Sabrina said. “There’s a good chance it will still be able to be purchased locally.”
Gift certificates will still be honored and orders can be placed by calling (763) 479-3848.
Bagy Jo has 22 employees and is looking to hire three to five more to meet demand.
Bill reiterated that the relocation is “a business decision based on needing employees closer together.
“We could be back in Delano as soon as the fall,” he said.
Ron Drake Edward Jones office
Ron Drake initially moved from Phoenix to an Edward Jones office in Long Lake about two years ago. He and his family were living in Delano at the time, so when Edward Jones decided to open a second office in Delano, Drake was asked if he would like to operate it.
Before he could open his own office, he needed to work in Torgerson’s downtown office for a year.
“For me, it was great because I got to work with someone from Delano,” Drake said of Torgerson, who has had a local office for 15 years.
He moved to his Highway 12 location March 23, and is settling into his new office.
“Opening a new branch is great,” Drake said. “It’s brand new from floor to ceiling.”
While Drake is happy to have a new office, he doesn’t spend all his time there.
“Where other companies make cold calls, direct mail, and run ads, I like to knock on doors,” Drake said.
Not being from the area, Drake finds door-knocking a good way to get to know people and the community better.
“It’s not necessarily efficient, but it has been effective,” Drake said. “I’m not from here and don’t have any history. I could hand out business cards at the grocery store, or I can go door-to-door.”
Drake’s office serves about 200 clients on a daily basis.
He can be reached at (763) 972-3990.