Business briefs: Stillwater Famous Dave’s wins first for cleanliness

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Stillwater Famous Dave’s general manager John Donahue holds up the store’s recently cleanliness award, flanked by managers Michael Davis, left, and Tim Gaspard. (Gazette staff photo by Jonathan Young)

Stillwater Famous Dave’s was recently awarded first place in the company because of the location’s EcoSure Score. EcoSure is an internal inspection program through Ecolab that inspects food safety, personal hygiene and the overall cleanliness of the restaurant. This program is set to create good habits through  high expectations and standards.

Stillwater Famous Dave’s has been serving the community since July of 1997.

General Manager John Donahue said he’s grateful to his staff member.

“Without their commitment and passion, we wouldn’t be where we’re at today,” he said.


‘Women, Wealth and Wellness’

Thrivent Financial, Eckberg, Lammers, Briggs, Wolff and Vierling, PLLP and First State Bank and Trust present Women Wealth & Wellness — a series of fun quarterly “Lunch and Learn” events designed for the women of the St. Croix Valley. Each event features a local financial or estate planning expert and presents a specialty health and wellness guest speaker.

May 14 features the wealth and planning topic “Social Security — Strategize to Maximize: Avoid Costly Mistakes,” with event sponsor Dana N. Erickson, and the health and wellness topic “the Elements of an English Garden” with guest speaker Sarah Buerkley, owner of Sarah’s Cottage Creations.

The event is at the Stillwater Public Library, Margaret Rivers Room B at 224 Third Street N. and starts at 11:30 a.m. The cost is $15 and includes lunch provided by Grand Catering, payable at the door by cash or check. Credit payment accepted online. To register, call 651-351-3760 or go to


Icon Lashes opens in Stillwater

Tianna Seo recently opened her own eyelash studio, Icon Lashes, in Stillwater.

Seo has worked in the beauty industry for more than eight years as a makeup artist. She has trained one on one with celebrity makeup artist Emily Connors in Atlanta in airbrush and semi-permanent body makeup. Her works include fashion shows, bridal and editorial makeup.

For the past two years, her passion has been creating something new in the eyelash enhancement industry. She wanted to give women the chance to experience a different eyelash extension experience that gives women the chance to “experience eyelash extensions to their full potential.’

Seo’s private studio, Icon Lashes, had been located in Woodbury but is now inside Stillwater Skin at 5525 Memorial Ave. N., Suite 6.


Stillwater company partners with champion racer

Events by Eastman, Inc., based in Stillwater, Minn. announced it has been selected to partner with Tony Pedregon Racing as a team sponsor for the 2014 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Series to be held at Brainerd International Raceway (BIR) Aug. 15-17. Events by Eastman, Inc. will be providing team hospitality for the crew and two-time World Champion Funny Car Driver Tony Pedregon. In addition, race fans will be able to participate in a one of a kind Fan Experience while visiting Brainerd.

Tony Pedregon, based out of Brownsburg, Indiana, drives a Toyota Nitro Funny car sponsored by American Racing Custom Wheels. This season marks Pedregon’s 21st year behind the wheel including two championships in 2003 and 2007. He currently holds over 507 wins on his record. Tony’s wife, Andrea Pedregon, runs the Andrea Pedregon Charity Foundation, and a portion of the proceeds from the BIR Fan Experience will be donated to her charity to help serve those in need.

For more information on the NHRA Fan Experience visit