Karrow Jewelers closing mall store

For more than four decades, Karrow Jewelers has operated stores in downtown Alexandria and in Viking Plaza Mall. Nothing lasts forever, and Jeff Karrow - who is co-owner with his wife Jennifer - has announced they will be consolidating operations in their store at 628 Broadway.

"There's many layers to this decision," he said, noting that taking the job as full-time fire chief kick-started discussions. He said they have had their three best revenue years since he stepped away, and troubles the mall has had filling the 2018 vacancies of two anchor stores had nothing to do with the decision.

"It's just time to downsize and put it all under one roof," Karrow said of. He praised his staff - which includes Karen Muzik and Michelle Wencl, both of whom have been with Karrow's for 30 years or more - and said no jobs would be lost.

No closing date for the mall store has been set, but Karrow plans on it happening by the end of the summer.

Wake up at Butterfly Hill

Butterfly Hill Nature Preschool, 2210 6th Ave. E., will host the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce Wake Up Alexandria event on Friday, June 21, at 7:30 a.m.

The event is open to everyone. The $1 admission includes a light breakfast, networking and a chance to win door prizes. All money raised will be donated to the day's nonprofit recipient, Smokey Timbers Campground. All Chamber members will also be placed in a drawing for the Pot of Gold, valued at more than $4,600.


How will 2019 laws affect business?

Members of the business community can learn how their priorities fared during the 2019 legislative session on Tuesday, June 25, from 9:15-10:15 a.m. at Tastefully Simple, Inc., 1920 Turning Leaf Lane SW in Alexandria.

The Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce will host the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce in wrapping up the 2019 legislative session during its statewide policy tour. The session will focus on how the actions and inactions at the Capitol affect businesses in Minnesota. There will be the opportunity to dive into specific issues, and help set the business agenda for the 2020 Legislature.