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Entrepreneur Spotlight

One business becomes three

Hitch Studio grows, sells and expands BROOKINGS – In 2014, Renee Bauman and Carrie Kuhl founded Hitch Studio as business partners in a design studio for wedding invitations.  Over time, it grew to include three divisions: web and graphic design, wedding planning, and a downtown retail store full of cards and gifts. This month, the…

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New store offers baby, maternity items

BROOKINGS – Teresa Holloman noticed a lot of babies in Brookings, but nowhere to buy higher-end items for them, so she opened Baybeeluv Boutique to see to their needs. She’s only been open since July 1, but she’s already been adding things because people have requested them. “I’ll continue to do that. I want to…

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Lebruce owner producing wine near hometown

BRUCE – After four decades in education, Myron Eighmy is turning his family’s farm into what he hopes will become a destination for his hometown of Bruce. Lebruce Vineyard and Winery is a new South Dakota-based winery located just a mile south of Bruce on 466th Avenue. The vineyard is run and owned by vintner…

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Consultant by trade, craftsman at heart

BROOKINGS – With years of experience in the furniture business, Matt Johnson aims to help his customers find the exact piece they’re looking for.  And if it’s not already out on the market, he’ll make it himself. Designer and craftsman Matt Johnson and his wife Jackie Van Balen-Johnson have owned and operated MRJohnson Furnishings for…

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Food truck finds a permanent home

Micro Doughnuts owner opens storefront in Brookings BROOKINGS – Doughnut aficionado Teresa McDermott is the proud owner and baker of Micro Doughnuts in Brookings. Micro Doughnuts offers just that – bite-sized, fresh, hot doughnuts that are adorned with delectable toppings, all made to order. After making and selling her treats all over the country via…

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Working on wellness

b.well Brookings expands to include food program BROOKINGS – Longtime athlete, fitness enthusiast and foodie Bri Austin believes her b.well Brookings brand is the best option for creating a healthy community. The b.well brand was created four years ago and is a brand that inspires both healthy eating and fitness. Austin opened her gym next…

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A design dream

ID8 Architecture opens new office in downtown Brookings BROOKINGS – Interior designer, architect and owner of ID8 Architecture Angela Boersma has a unique philosophy when it comes to design – and it’s the same philosophy she uses in her position on the Brookings County Commission.  ID8 is an interior design and architecture firm that has…

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Local Brookings teen tackling opioid abuse

Project to deter opioid tampering wins top Addiction Science Award A Brookings 14-year-old’s innovative approach to prevent tampering and misuse of opioid pills won a first-place Addiction Science Award at the 2019 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. The first-place distinction was awarded to Brookings High School freshman Aditya Tummala for his project “Tampr-X: A…

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Bike & Brew pedal pub is open in Brookings

BROOKINGS, S.D. (KSFY) – Bum’s Bike & Brew is a human-powered bicycle bar giving 14 passengers a tour of the city of Brookings. Jessica Herrboldt opened the business after attending a small business conference in Brookings looking to add something new to the city. You must be 21 or older to ride the bike. The company…

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