Kessler's Food and Liquor is in the midst of a major cooler upgrade that should benefit customers.
I talked to Reed Kessler about the changes on Thursday. The biggest one is the replacement of the open-air dairy cases with coolers with doors. The new coolers will be more energy efficient and display the products better. About 30 new coolers will take the place of the open air cases. The dairy offerings will be expanded by 20 to 22 percent, Kessler said.
Right now, dairy products are in temporary locations in the store with many near the meat department. It is kind of torn up around there, Kessler said, but the good news is that it won't be long before the coolers are installed.
The coolers will be set in place on Monday and by Wednesday should be operational, he said.
Another benefit of the enclosed coolers is that the dairy aisle will be warmer.
"Walking down that aisle is like being sandwiched between two air conditioners," Kessler said. "That might be OK in the summer, but it is not so great on days like today (below zero)."
Kessler's has also revamped about 13 of its freezers by installing high-efficiency LED lighting and more efficient fans. That project took a couple of days and is finished, Kessler said.
"Our team is really excited about the changes," he said.
A new expanded Finders Keepers will open today at 14 Second Ave. S.W.
The store offers a variety of home decor items such as wall hangings, ceramics and table decorations.
It is owned by Cathy Christenson, who previously owned Lifetime Nutrition. I wrote about Christenson in October, when she opened Finders Keepers in a room next to her herbal shake shop. She decided to close the nutrition side of the business and expand the home decor side.
The store now is about five times as big as the former Finders Keepers. Christenson said she caters to a variety of tastes such as country, shabby chic, western or garden themes. She also has a year-round Christmas room.
Store hours are from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Girls' Night Out
Lakewood Mall has the cure for the February blahs. On Wednesday, the mall will host Girls' Night Out, which includes free wine tasting, plenty of shopping deals and prizes.
I talked with Karla Spear, marketing director, who said people may stop by the registration table anytime between 5:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to get a bracelet that will allow them to sample wine. Identification is necessary to prove participants are 21 or older. Shoppers may also enter the drawing for prizes at the registration table. There are some nice ones, including an iPad, pair of diamond earrings or a $500 mall shopping spree.
The wine-tasting tables are at various places along the walkway. Mall staff will hand out brochures that show the location of the wine as well as a listing of participating stores and their specials.
Most of the mall stores are offering deals, and many are giving away prizes. Although the night is billed as a Girls' Night Out, men are welcome, Spear said.
"This is kind of a customer appreciation event for us," she said.
Follow @Business_AAN on Twitter or email email@example.com.