Business Development

Upstream Coffee opens on Main Avenue South

By: Eric Sandbulte, The Brookings Register There’s no better way to start your day than with a fresh cup of coffee; that’s what Matt Naughton has found out as he welcomes customers to his new coffee shop, Upstream Coffee. Opened Wednesday and located at 510 South Main, the quiet store with a soft outdoorsy feel…

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Knutzen Family Dentistry expands to new location

By: Jodelle Greiner, The Brookings Register A longtime Brookings business has moved to a new location and tripled its space so it can offer better service. Knutzen Family Dentistry was located in the Yorkshire Building for decades, and Dr. Ben Knutzen just opened the doors to a brand-new building at 2110 12th St. S. Knutzen…

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Brookings sales tax revenue up

By: Jodelle Greiner, The Brookings Register Some South Dakota cities’ sales tax revenue is down, and municipalities are reporting troubles balancing budgets. That’s not the case in Brookings, where sales tax revenue is up, which officials say is a very good thing. “Our 2015-2016 total was up 4 percent, so that’s a good healthy increase,”…

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$50 million PAC expansion project win, win for town and gown

By: John Kubal, The Brookings Register While the Performing Arts Center at South Dakota State University has been recognized as a superb venue for music and studio-theatre productions since its opening in 2003, it was always envisioned that more would be added at some future time. That time is now – with a 96,000-square-foot expansion…

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Building a vibrant downtown

Building a vibrant downtown by Kristi Larsen, Marketing Director All throughout the nation, empty downtown store fronts are prevalent in rural communities that are seeing steady population declines. The downtown is the heart of a community. A healthy, vibrant downtown portrays a strong local economy. National retailers who are looking at new store locations will…

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New Italian restaurant coming to Brookings

New Italian restaurant coming to Brookings By John Kubal, The Brookings Register Brookings will soon offer its residents and visitors a new dining experience with a taste of Italy. Mama Mia, 1300 Main Ave. S., has a target date for opening at the beginning of April. “The menu will be basically Italian food, casual Italian…

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Good Vinyl Graphics Company opens in Downtown Brookings

Good Vinyl Graphics Company opens in Downtown Brookings By The Brookings Register Skateboarders love coating their gear in stickers, says Brian Ahlers, and he was no different growing up. But these days, he’s dealing with stickers of a professional grade: custom vinyl decals. It’s all through his new business, Good Vinyl Graphics Company, in which…

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Dress shop opens in Downtown Brookings

Dress shop opens in Downtown Brookings By The Brookings Register A dress is something special, almost sacred to some; a means of celebrating a momentous occasion in a wave of fabric. Harnessing the power of the dress is one of downtown Brookings’ newest stores, Your Special Day, owned by Sheree Heyduk and James Nelson. From…

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Pop on in…

Pop on in… By Jennifer Quail, BEDC Director of Entrepreneur Support Many of you did just that on Saturday at the first Brookings Pop-up Market.  We are very excited and grateful for the community support (over 200 attendees) of the local entrepreneurs and up-and-coming businesses.  The event was held at the Brookings Recreation Center (aka…

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First ever Pop-up Market to be held March 11

First ever Pop-up Market to be held March 11 By: Brookings Economic Development Corporation Brookings Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) is excited to announce they will be hosting Brookings’ first Pop-up Market on Saturday, March 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Brookings City Recreation Center (armory building) on Main Avenue. The event will…

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