VIDEO: Lanesboro reopens and welcomes tourists back |

VIDEO: Lanesboro reopens and welcomes tourists back

Created: July 03, 2020 05:59 PM

(ABC 6 News)--COVID-19 continues to affect small businesses. However, in Lanesboro, business owners are seeing an increase of support. 

"We're seeing a real uptick I think on people staying longer. They're coming in and most of my stays are three to seven days now," said Cleo Boll, the Owner of Coffee Street Inn.

With a population under a thousand, local and surrounding support is important to a small town, which is why Lanesboro has taken extra initiatives to make residents and visitors feel safe.

With hundreds of tourists on the trails, in the river or just enjoying a day in town, a new initiative to 'Stay Safe in Lanesboro' has sparked a surpprising increase of guests in recent weeks. 

"Sanitizing tables, we've segregated our staff responsibilities so our wait staff isn't touching dirty plates. We have separate busters and runners to take food out and take plates in so all of those types of things, again really the focus is around keeping everybody safe," said Randy Rakosnik, the owner off a newly opened winery.

For Randy and his wife Lori, the plans to open n May were pushed back due to the pandemic, but they oppened anyway and the owners said business has been going surprisingly well.

"We've gotten fantastic support from both the tourists and the community," said Rakosnik.

Just down the street from the Root River Unwined, another business owner hoping to open in the fall iss taking notes and preparing to also safely host customers. 

"This is really a mom and pop kind of shop. Andy and I are going to be running it and he'll be brewing, I'm kind of managing the business side of it and you're going to find us behind the bar serving, one or both of us pretty much all the time," said Karen Heimdahl, Owner of Sylvan Brewing.

 From the local Inns to the newly opened winery, Lanesboro is reopening, and officials said they are confident that they can invite the community back in and keep everyone safe.

Information for the Stay Safe in Lanesboro campaign can be found at the link below:

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