(Maggi Stivers | Bemidji Pioneer)When Lloyd's Furniture closed last fall, it left a huge hole along Third Street.
The store, which had been in business for 43 years, was located just off the intersection with Bemidji Avenue and commanded a large storefront.
Downtown Meats has broken ground on a brand-new building, a new flooring shop has opened downtown and TNT Tastery will soon go into the spot vacated by Minnesota Nice Cafe when it relocated and expanded along Irvine Avenue."We haven't (operated an eatery) before — this is just a passion that has been building within us," said Teresa Haak, who along with her son, Tony Mensen, owns and operates the bakery and bistro.
"We love to cook, to bake, we love everything about it.
We're just trying to live out a dream here."Replacing Lloyd's Downtown development is quite evident at the eastern point of Third Street, as construction is ongoing on the storefronts outside of what used to be Lloyd's.
Three shops are establishing themselves in its stead: Urbanesque relocated there from a previous Bemidji location; Urban Treasures Thrift Shop, a new business, opened next door; and construction is underway for Loide Oils & Vinegars, which has other sites already established in Walker and Nisswa.
Kendra Fuller first opened Urbanesque in July 2013, at 504 Beltrami Avenue, north of Fifth Street, envisioning a place to sell Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and furniture, though she also sold clothing, decor and accessories.
Relocating to its current location at 104 Third St.
not only brought the shop to a more central location downtown but it also expanded its footprint from about 700 square feet to 2,800."Third Street is definitely the place to be," Fuller said.
"I did look at one other location and it just didn't feel right.
Caroline and Dustin Merseth have owned Downtown Meats since 2003.
They are preparing to relocate the business into a new facility, now under construction on America Avenue. (Maggi Stivers | Bemidji Pioneer)Sidne Klisch opened Urban Treasures Thrift Shop in Janaury.
It is among three new storefronts that filled the space vacated by Lloyd's Furniture along Third Street.