Business memos 5/1/13

Brewer expands to 3 new markets

Lift Bridge Brewing Co. is expanding into three new Midwest markets beginning mid-May, officials with the Stillwater-based craft beer brewer announced.

Lift Bridge products will be available in Detroit Lakes, Marshall and Fargo, N.D., making it the company’s largest geographic expansion and its first move into North Dakota. The move supports the company’s recent expansion efforts expected to increase overall production by 200 percent this year.

“The expansion into western Minnesota will complete our state-wide coverage plans and we look forward to further expansion in the Dakota region,” said Dan Schwarz, Lift Bridge co-owner.

All Lift Bridge products available in current markets will be offered in the new territories. Visit the Lift Bridge website to learn about which bars, restaurants and liquor stores sell Lift Bridge brews.

Blue Sky honors Stacey Olsen

Stacey Olsen, a guest services representative at the Crossings by GrandStay Inns and Suites of Stillwater, received the Outstanding Performance Award for the first quarter from Blue Sky Hospitality, company officials announced.

Olsen has been with Crossing for seven months and this is the first time she received the award. The award symbolizes Olsen’s commitment to outstanding guest services.

VA loans topic of real estate class

Marketplace Home Mortgage and Alliance Title host a session on VA loans from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday at the Water Street Inn in Stillwater.

Jacob Eilbert from the U.S. Veterans Administration St. Paul Region Loan Center will discuss eligibility, entitlement, how to read a COE, income-credit qualifications, minimum property requirements, condo information, appraisals and grant programs. Participants are encourage to ask questions.

The three-hour program offers three free Minnesota continuing education credits. In addition, food and cash donations are accepted fro Valley Outreach.

Contact Joe Bydzovsky at 651-439-4941 or [email protected] or Kami Telschow at 651-351-5146 or [email protected] to RSVP.

Falls Chamber honors Drive-In

TAYLORS FALLS — The Drive-In Restaurant in Taylors Falls is the Falls Chamber of Commerce May Business of the Month, chamber officials announced today.

The restaurant’s iconic root beer mug started spinning again when Carol and Wade Vitalis bought the restaurant in 1988. The couple re-created a 1950s-themed dining experience with friendly car hop service and added Adventure Falls Mini-Golf in 1995. The restaurant currently employs 43.

For more information about the Falls Chamber visit their website at