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A Hallmark of change

Wine and a studio space are set to replace cards and gifts in downtown Red Wing later this year.

Ric and Judy Claydon, owners of the Hallmark buildings, announced this week that Brian Schneider and Tom Quanrud will purchase the Bush Street site. The Claydons will hold a “retirement sale” starting later this month.

Schneider and Quanrud said they plan to open Oliver’s Wine Bar at the site, as well as move Inspired Home and Flower Studio, currently located on Main Street.

The timeline is aimed at an early November opening, Quanrud said.

The parties plan to close on the space July 1, Quanrud said, and then the new owners will work on the renovations, which he said will be extensive. The wine bar will need a kitchen and seating area, and there will be a small studio space for Inspired as well.

“We’re a little overwhelmed, of course, but we’ve been through it several times,” Quanrud said, noting this will be the sixth building they’ve purchased and renovated in Red Wing.

Saturday will be the last day of full-time retail hours for Inspired, Quanrud said. They will pare back likely to just Saturdays through June as they prepare for work at the new site and on Oliver’s.

Quanrud said Claydon had joked with them about buying the building before, but nothing ever came of it. As plans for the wine bar were solidified, however, the current Inspired site was not ideal, and the search for a new location was on.

When the Claydons officially listed the building for sale, it seemed like a good possibility, Quanrud said.

“It really was just a timing thing,” he said.

“We had several proposals for the buildings and decided that the sale to Brian and Tom would be the best fit for us by keeping the ownership local and providing an immediate reuse of the buildings,” Ric Claydon said in a statement.

The Claydons owned and operated the Hallmark Store for 45 years. They said they will hold a closeout sale beginning May 29, offering discounts and $1,500 in prizes.

Quanrud said he and Schneider are looking forward to the new site.

“We’re most excited to be truly right in the heart of downtown,” Quanrud said. “We foresee that having the evening wine bar will really bring a great vibe to downtown.”

Danielle Killey

Danielle Killey covers local government for the South Washington County Bulletin. She has worked as a reporter for other Forum Communications newspapers since 2011. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a journalism degree.

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