Elysian’s newest business, BT Liquor, celebrated its grand opening on August 3, 2023. Bubba (Jeremy) & Tiffany Henninger are the owners of Elysian’s newest retail space. Here to bring you all your favorite beer, wine, and spirts in a convenient location right on Main Street. BT Liquor is a local, well stocked, retail liquor store with a wide selection of today’s most popular adult beverages in a pleasantly remodeled storefront. Fall & winter hours are Monday-Friday 9:00am-8:00pm, Saturday 11:00am-8:00pm, and Sunday 11:00am-4:00pm. Stop on by 107B Main Street E and stock up for that next family get together or game day gathering.
In February of 1988 CENTURY 21 Lake Region Realty opened its doors. Dick and Carolyn Lewis purchased the former “Buck Board Café” at the east edge of Elysian. As business grew, they purchased the former Clements Auto Used Car office that had been located in Rochester. In 2001 it was moved to Elysian and added on to the original building. Dick retired from active sales in 2005 and Carolyn continued selling until almost 2018 when she decided to sell the business to CENTURY 21 Landmark Realtors of Mankato. They sold many properties over an almost 30-year span – focusing on the Southern MN lakes! They loved this business and truly put their heart and soul into making it a success!
Jon Kietzer of C21 Landmark Realtors became the broker and property owner in November of 2017. We maintain our small town presence – but offer full service real estate to buyers and sellers. We offer free professional market analysis to help you price your property competitively so that it will sell at the best price the market will allow. We belong to North Star MLS and Realtor Association of Southern MN, so all listings are seen statewide – as well as being shared throughout most leading websites.
Our office has always maintained a presence in the community. We are open 9-5 Monday through Friday. We always welcome walk-in clients and enjoy visiting about the area and all the great fun that happens in Elysian and the surrounding area! Our office currently has 6 agents. We enjoy our clients, our business and always pledge to give the BEST support and information possible!
Elysian Auto Service, LLC
203 Main Street E
Elysian MN 56028
- Air Conditioning
- Brake Fluid Exchange
- Cabin Air Filters
- Computer Diagnostics
- Coolant Exchange
- Differential Fluid Exchange
- Electrical Repairs
- Engine Tune-up
- Extended Warranty Work
- Fluid Transmission Exchange
- Fuel Filters
- Leaf Springs
- Oil Changes
- Oxygen Sensors
- Power Steering Fluid Exchange
- Serpentine Belt
- Shocks & Struts
- Spark Plugs & Wires
- Steering & Suspension
- Timing Belts
- Tires, Tire Rotation & Tire Repair
- Water Pump
- Wheel Bearings
- Wheel Rotations & Balancing
- Wiper Blades
About the Business
The Elysian Auto Service Story began back in 1984 when Carl Morsching was attending South Central College in North Mankato for Automotive Technician. On his way home from college Carl saw the Conoco was for sale. So Carl decided to purchase the Conoco gas station which was located where Casey’s general store is today. The station provided fuel, auto repair plus 24 HR AAA towing. Elysian Auto Service built a reputation as a quality facility that provided top notch auto repair and emergency service for the southern Minnesota Lakes Region. In 2001 Owners Carl and Susan Morsching supervised construction of a brand new facility at its current location of 203 East Main Street, which allowed Carl who is a certified master technician, to create the type of auto repair shop he had always envisioned with a singular focus on automotive repair. Elysian Auto Service upgraded to 4 bays with lifts, an alignment rack, new front office and lobby, and parking both front and rear to better accommodate the customer. As the company grew so did the staff which included Susan Morsching is managing the front office and marketing, two full time technicians, part time technician in training, and of course Carl overseeing all shop operations. In recent years the incorporation of technology has been the biggest change with full digital inspections that can be sent to phones or computers to allow the customer to see the condition of their vehicle, and a complete software upgrade for both shop and office that allows the most efficient part tracking, repair diagnostics, and customer information all at our fingertips. We strive to make each experience the best it can be..we always say “we don’t want you to feel like a customer, we want you to feel like family”.
Our repair shop in Elysian is proud to serve your family as one of our own. Whether you’re looking for preventative maintenances or need an immediate auto repair, you can trust the team at Elysian Auto Service to treat you like family. We care deeply about our customers and community, and that’s why we have been servicing vehicles in, Elysian, Waterville, Janesville, Madison Lake and Waseca MN since 1984! We know your busy life can’t go on hold for vehicle maintenance and repairs – that’s why our friendly team of experts will do everything we can to keep you getting from one place to another while we care for your vehicle. For your convenience, we offer free vehicle pick-up and delivery, free shuttle services, and free loaner vehicles. If you’d prefer to come down to meet the team, our beautiful waiting area is equipped with free Wi-Fi and beverages so you can wait for your vehicle comfortably. You’ll also receive a 3 year/36,000 mile nationwide warranty on all of your auto repairs and services. Honesty is one of our top priorities, and we guarantee never to make any repairs without your approval. Our mechanics look forward to getting you the most value out of your car by performing preventative maintenance and quality car repairs so you can keep your family safe and your vehicle on the road. Stop in today and you’ll see why our customers keep coming back to our auto repair shop!
About the Staff
The staff of Elysian Auto Service is what enables the company to bring the customer high quality Automotive Repair. Besides owners Carl and Susan Morsching we have good mechanics in place to serve you. Cody Schnepf has been with us for approximately 2 years and brings great experience to the mechanic position..Cody likes to say he has been wrenching on cars as long as he can remember. Austin Claeys has been employed with Elysian Auto Service for over 1 year after graduating from Riverland Community College where he earned his automotive technician degree. We feel lucky to have Austin, he brings a great work ethic and is very familiar with all the latest technology. Our service Advisor is Don White, he has been with the company 4 ½ years, his goal is to make sure your vehicle is safe and your experience is the best.
Elysian Auto Service believes in giving back through community involvement. We are a proud supporter of area schools athletics and academics including Waterville-Elysian-Morristown, Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton, Waseca and Cleveland. We also believe in giving back which is why we offer the Cody Spiess/Elysian Auto Service scholarships each spring. This scholarship is named after our long time employee who passed in March of 2020 from an extremely rare disease, and we honor his memory by giving these scholarships to students looking to pursue a future in the automotive field. Elysian Auto Service also is part of the national Brakes for Breasts campaign each October which donates money from each brake job sold to Breast cancer vaccine research. Elysian Auto Service also team up with 27 Elysian area businesses for Teddy Bear Hunt in April 2020 and WEM Strong Heart Wall with Waterville-Elysian-Morristown volleyball team. We would like to thank all of our customers old and new for their patronage, and we look forward to many great years of service.
Erdy’s Pamper, Paint & Paws
406 State Hwy 60
Elysian, MN 56028
Opened in the year 2005 by Daryl & Kris Erdman of rural Elysian.
Erdy’s is a small town car wash with that big town car wash experience right here in Elysian.
The car wash meets most vehicle owners needs with its two self serve wash bays, and one fully automatic wash bay. The same chemicals and technicians that are used in the big town car washes, like Kwik Trip, are used here as well. After your vehicle’s exterior has gotten shined and polished, don’t forget to clean up the interior as well with a stop at the self service commercial vacuum cleaner located right out front.
Erdy’s doesn’t stop at just keeping your vehicle’s clean, it also has the local pet owners in mind and includes a large sized pet wash room. The coin-operated pet wash is open 24/7 to keep those four legged friends sparkly clean whenever needed. It is located in a climate controlled room in the NW corner of the building and has all the amenities to get your pet looking their best.
The next time your vehicle or pet needs a wash, no need to head out of town, avoid the lines and head over to Erdy’s Pamper, Paint & Paws. Owners Daryl & Kris appreciate all the business from Elysian and the surrounding area.
Fischer’s Corner Bar
100 Main Street E
Elysian MN 56028
Fischer’s Corner Bar was purchased by Rich and Pam Fischer in 1985. The bar/restaurant is one of the oldest businesses in Elysian, with the building being built in the late 1890s. The Fischer’s purchased the business from Ralph and Lucy Faltersack, after they had owned it for 15 years.
Over the years, the Fischer’s improved the local business by reopening windows that had been boarded up during prohibition, adding more family friendly seating, renovating the entire kitchen, and revamping the bar’s menu, including the addition of Rich’s famous McFischer breakfast sandwich, among other specialties.
Saturday night is barbeque rib night. The beef commercial is another one of the foods that the business has become famous for. This has always been a beef commercial place,” Pam said. “We have beef in the oven 2 or 3 times a week.”
Over the years both Rich and Pam have spent countless hours at the business. Their children have always been a big part of the operation, with all of them having worked there at one time or another.
In this day and age, being in the restaurant/bar business for 3 ½ decades is something of an oddity, but something the Fischer’s are definitely proud of. “I don’t want to do anything else. I love what I am doing,” Pam said.
Rich and Pam work the lunch hour almost every day and have since the early days. “He and I do lunches together almost all the time unless he is farming,” Pam said.
After 37 years of working together, they have seen the ups and downs of the business. With the help of their family along the way makes this a special place. “They have all been through it with us. They are our best supporters,” Pam said. “Our kids are hard workers.”
Humor and hard work are two things the couple know well, but they credit their regular customers with making Fischer’s Corner Bar successful. The love of a business goes both ways for the Fischer’s. Rich will check on regular customers who may not have come in for a number of days, making sure they are okay. Loyal customers will also call when they are home sick, so the Fischer’s won’t worry about them.
Fischer’s is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner Monday through Saturday. Lunch and dinner specials daily. Stop in for a refreshing cocktail, a tasty meal, or a game of darts, or an event such as Canvas and Cocktails. Located at 100 Main Street East, Elysian. 507-267-4948.
You could say family business is the focus at Mama’s Mercantile. After starting a greenhouse business just 4 miles North of Elysian almost 45 years ago, the Greenwald family decided in 2005 that it was time to expand. Kim Greenwald-Mitchell and Audene Greenwald (Mother/daughter) owned the greenhouse business together in 2005 and Kim’s family was growing so they decided to grow the business too. They purchased the old Antique store on Highway 60 in Elysian with Dawn and Tom Nygren (Audene’s other daughter and son-in-law). The family vision was clear. They would create a gift store with floral arrangements on the Greenwald side of the business and a bakery and deli on the Nygren’s portion of the business. There were modifications to the buildings. They would connect the Old Schoolhouse to the main building and add a kitchen to the addition, along with a flower cooler and bathrooms. It was a welcomed change to the area as Mama’s Mercantile and EllieGail’s Bakery and Deli opened in the Spring of 2006.
The gift store features well over 100 gift lines that include: greeting cards, candles, candy, clothing, toys, decor, wind chimes, gifts, Watkins products, many Minnesota made products and much more. Fresh flowers are always available. You can purchase what is available in the cooler or place an order to be picked up at any time during business hours. During the Spring and Summer months you will find hanging baskets, house and garden plants and garden decor available. In Fall and Winter you will find amazing outdoor pots and Holiday decor available to decorate your home or porch.
Mama’s (as people often call them) employs 8 part-time employees and 4 family members (3 generations!) They are very proud of the family aspect of their business and strive to keep a tight relationship with the community. This family can often be seen volunteering at community events. “Community is a huge part of every business, having a sense of Community and helping to maintain a healthy and happy place for others around you is crucial,” says Greenwald-Mitchell, “ we are so lucky to be a part of such a beautiful town with wonderful people.”
When asked what was the most important aspect of their business they responded, “Local Business awareness. Keeping customers and gaining new ones can be challenging in today’s world! We are so thankful for the support of our customers and hope we can keep people shopping locally by offering a great selection of quality gifts, decor and fresh flowers.”
All flowers are designed by Audene or employee Brenda at their flower shop out in the country but conveniently brought either to Mama”s Mercantile for pick up or delivered to your place of choice. This service is not only handy but their years of experience make sure you get a unique and beautiful product.
So when you need to do your Holiday Shopping, that last-minute gift , the perfect indulgence for yourself or just the right decor for your home, go and check out Mama’s Mercantile. We promise you won’t be disappointed!
McBroom Lawn Care, LLC was created in 2021 by Grant McBroom. Grant started his Lawn Care journey for fun mowing properties in the neighborhood at the early age of 12 years old. Which is when he knew he should make a career out of it.
Coming out of high school Grant was working construction full time while also doing school. He decided he wanted to get back into lawn care shortly after graduating high school. At that time, he continued to work in the construction field and at nights, would mow his properties.
Grant started out with his parents’ lawn mower, and his boss’ trailer to get to his destination. The following year he bought a trailer and a new mower and took a huge leap to focus on it full time by himself. Fast forward to today, Grant has four employees, two crew members and is always looking to expand his company. McBroom Lawn Care offers Mowing, Landscape, Landscape Design, Pest Control as well as Snow Removal.
Since ’21 we have built a reputation of reliability and value. We are a go-to lawn care company in the area, creating beautiful landscaping and green grass. We are a team of outdoor professionals who take pride in assisting you with residential or commercial needs. We are not satisfied until you are!
Nu Horizons of Southern Minnesota is a licensed corporate adult foster care provider. We provide room and board along with 24-hour care for adults with disabilities including: TBI, mental illnesses, developmental disabilities and cognitive disabilities. We also serve clients with a history of chemical dependence.
Nu Horizons of Southern Minnesota’s mission is to provide outstanding and compassionate care and services to all of the clients we serve in our homes. Our staff takes pride in our person- centered approach to meet our clients daily needs and help them with their challenges.
Our clients feel happy, safe, and comfortable in their homes knowing that our staff are there to help improve and enhance their quality of life and support them in their daily needs.
If you have a friend or family member who needs a home that provides exceptional quality of care in a supportive and inviting environment, please contact us for information on providing a placement in one of our homes.
Scoops is located midway on the Sakatah State Bike Trail, right in the heart of Elysian. It is owned and operated by Joe Meixl and Nancy Dobson. Both have now retired from their careers in Mankato and have found much joy at their “retirement job” operating Scoops!
Scoops is now in its 7th year under their ownership, and they have been fortunate to follow in the footsteps of the previous owners.
Scoops was originally founded in 2005 by Jim and Joanne Hansen and then passed onto Larry and Candi Hartung for a few years before Joe and Nancy came on board in 2015!
Scoops features Wisconsin premium hard scoop ice cream that arrives at the shop each week from family-owned Cedar Crest Specialties, LLC creamery located in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. The menu also includes a variety of soft serve cones, shakes and sundaes! If you want a great way to start your day, Caribou coffee (including hot and iced specialty espresso drinks) is available every morning. Specialty hot dogs are available all day, including the town favorite the Carolina Slaw Dog.
For the outdoor adventurers, Scoops offers bike, kayak, and paddle board rentals. A great way to explore the area lakes, rivers, and the Sakatah State Bike Trail!
For special occasions, Scoops can cater ice cream from the decorated red and white Scoops-mobile! So far, they have served at birthday parties, graduation parties, and wedding receptions.
Because owners Joe and Nancy love good music and family fun, they now have live music, outdoors, under Scoops band stage, most Saturday evenings! Bring your lawn chair or find a spot at one of the picnic tables and enjoy the music and some ice cream soon!
Scoops is a seasonal business that is open weekends only the months of May and September and open daily 7am-9pm Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Joe and Nancy are fortunate to have a wonderful staff at Scoops. They employ primarily local high school and college students. The caliber and quality of the staff reflects the traditional family values of small-town Elysian.
As a personal perk, Scoops provides the opportunity for Joe and Nancy to work with some of their family members. Their kids and grandkids all like a turn handling money at the register, scooping up the yummy ice cream for customers, and of course eating all the ice cream they want!
Joe and Nancy love the community of Elysian, the area lakes, and most importantly the local businesses and people in the area!!
They are grateful and blessed to be here in Elysian with all the residents and tourists!
Suemnick’s Final Cut Tree Service LLC
Suemnick’s Final Cut Tree Service, LLC was established in 2010 by then 21-year-old Bryan Suemnick. At a young age, Bryan learned that he had a knack for cutting trees while cutting wood to heat his childhood home where he lived with his five siblings and parents. His parents, Bonnie and Curt Suemnick, instilled a strong work ethic into all their children at a young age.
After high school, Bryan started working in the construction field. While working for James Brothers Construction of Elysian, Bryan was encouraged by the owners, Wayne and Steve James, to pursue his passion for cutting trees and turn it into a business. They offered helpful advice on business management and equipment maintenance.
Bryan continued to work for James Brothers Construction for two full seasons, during which time, he worked nights and weekends to build his tree service business. He started with a skid loader and dump trailer for hauling debris from tree removal projects. As his company grew, he was able to buy more equipment and trucks and eventually build a shop for his business at his home in Elysian, where he moved in 2015. As the years went by, his business started to focus on commercial contracts while continuing to do municipal and residential work. In 2020, he signed with the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 49. Fast forward to the year 2022, Bryan’s company now has several employees and a substantial fleet of trucks and equipment allowing for single tree removal to large scale clearing projects. His fleet includes stump grinders, whole tree chippers, excavators, skid loaders, log trucks, bucket trucks, dump trucks, and other heavy equipment. His tree service travels all over Southern MN and into the metro area for work.
As his business grows, he will continue to offer the best work to all clients. All clients past, present, and future are greatly appreciated and Bryan would like to say thank you for supporting a local business by calling and giving his company the opportunity to bid on all your tree care needs.
The Knotty Bar & Grill
510 State Highway 60 W.
Elysian, MN 56028
The Knotty Bar & Grill opened to the public on Oct. 4, 2018, in Elysian, MN. It is co-owned by Angie Jenkins, and Ryan and Liz Bair, and Emily Swalve.
Angie lives in Mapleton with her 2 sons. Ryan and Liz also live in Mapleton with their 4 children. Emily lives in Janesville with her husband, Joe, and 2 children.
The Knotty Bar & Grill employs approximately 35 people. Nick Soderlund is the chef, bringing his expertise to the table. Emily makes sure that the food is fresh, made to order and much of it is made from scratch. “From our signature items such as our Knotty dip, Knotty sauce, chicken wild rice soup, hand-battered onion rings, and even our dressings/sauces. We hand selected all our burgers, steaks, fish and breads. We use high quality products and we focus on quality and consistency with every order. We offer daily and weekly specials along with our delicious prime rib every weekend. Emily says, “We want people leaving here saying ‘Wow! That is the best meal I’ve ever had.’ Although it can take a little more time to prepare a side dish of fresh green beans or bacon fried cabbage—yes, I said bacon fried cabbage! A must have!—or homemade mac & cheese…we strive to make each part of the meal the ‘wow’ factor, not just the entrée.”
Angie believes, “We have hired an amazing kitchen staff, offering our patrons a quality food menu, an outstanding wait and bar staff offering top-notch customer service. We are very excited to be a part of the business community here in Elysian.” Liz agreed, “The team that we hired have been amazing. We have some people with some great experience which has been a huge help. Our employees have been excellent; I feel very lucky to have such a great group.”
The trio already have “ideas and plans that we will be implementing in the coming year at the Knotty Bar & Grill, including fun promotional events, live entertainment, expansion of several items to our food/drink menus and continued additional property improvements as well.”
The owners of the Knotty Bar & Grill make it a point to be very receptive to customer feedback and requests. “We want to say THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to so many! All of the support, words of encouragement and now the wonderful patronage we have received from our families, friends, surrounding community members, and various business vendors is truly a great blessing. We couldn’t have done this without you!”
The Knotty Bar & Grill…Dedicated to creating your next great dining destination!
Hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, and 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. Friday and Saturday. The kitchen is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. with dinner entrees served from 4:30 to 9 p.m. The Knotty is available for large party reservations and private event bookings. E-tabs and pull tabs are coming soon.
The Pit Stop
205 E. State Highway 60
Elysian, MN 56028
The Pit Stop has been a staple of the Elysian area community for quite some time. In 2004 Scott and Kathy Roemhildt, Elysian locals, purchased the landmark which began a new chapter in the Roemhildt family story. While a staple in the community, the Pit Stop has also been a staple in the Roemhildt family as Kathy and her daughter had been employed by the previous owners of the business.
Scott and Kathy live in northern rural Elysian. They have 3 adult daughters and 4 grandchildren. A fun fact about this family business is that one of the daughters and 2 of the grandchildren are employed at Pit Stop. This is in addition to the 8 other people Pit Stop employs.
For the past 15 years locals, vacationers, and those “just passing through” have experienced the unique atmosphere of Pit Stop. This is not your typical gas station. The Pit Stop offers a range of services including: a seasonal and daily camping; the deli kitchen with made to order subs; salads, pizza; and other goodies; a very accommodating grocery, automotive, and home good selection; off-sale liquor located on the west side of the building; full bait and tackle shop complete with fishing and hunting license sales available; a Minnesota State Lottery retailer; and many more services are available to customers at the Pit Stop.
Kathy says “I enjoy meeting every person coming through the door with a warm greeting, a friendly smile, and a good sense of humor”. She also added that a few select individuals engage in a daily playful banter inclusive of light-hearted sarcasm.
Both Scott and Kathy agreed that they have made many updates and introduced new services over the past 15 years that have included: The liquor store, upgrading and expanding the campground to include more camping options and amenities, increasing the grocery sections, and expanding the kitchen to include made to order food and warm lunches for those of us looking for a quick bite while in town.
Kathy remarked about the Pit Stop team, “we have had friends, family, nieces, and nephews work at the store throughout the years, we couldn’t have done without each and every one of them.” “We appreciate the dedication of our team members and look to grow the legacy of Pit Stop”.
Scott and Kathy make it a priority to make relationships with every person that walks through the door. Kathy pointed out that she appreciates customer feedback and is always looking for new services to provide or ways to improve the existing services. “We appreciate and value our customers and community and look forward to continue to serve our existing and welcome new customers. “ A big THANK YOU is due to the community for the support and amazing patronage. This wouldn’t be possible without the people of this unique community.
The Pit Stop…As Scott would say “If we don’t have it, you don’t need it”!
Hours are 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. 7 days a week with some considerations of hour changes for holidays. Camping reservations are made by calling the number listed and can be done during business hours. Stop in and say ‘hi’, we welcome you!!
The Rusty Flamingo
Hi, I am Kris Henry, and I established The Rusty Flamingo in Oct of 2018 in the building on Hwy 60 next to Mama’s Mercantile, formally Greenwald’s Greenhouse. I have always wanted to own my own store and have admired the building for a long time. One day, I was on vacation with friends when my Fiancé sent me a picture of a leasing sign on the front of the building. I just had to inquire and with literally $50 in my bank account I made it happen.
The name “The Rusty Flamingo” was inspired by my love for flamingos, anything rusty, crafting, and repurposing/refurbishing scrap items. It is not a boutique but what I call an eclectic collection of new, used, repurposed/refurbished, antique and handmade items. As a small business that just barely got its start when COVID-19 hit, I can proudly say that the store is a survivor! I never in a million years would have thought that with such a rough start it would still be open today.
In July of 2021 with help from family and friends I made the move to Main Street. This was a huge undertaking turning what was used as a home into a store. The store has such a quaint, homey, small town welcoming feel. There is also an outdoor area under the carport that is stocked full of goodies and a lot of sale items. Items change weekly as new things are being added and changed for the seasons. I can’t even begin to list all the items that we sell, anything from homemade canned jellies/salsas, soaps/lotions, rag rugs made from old jeans, trinket boxes made from license plates, jewelry, fun insulated cups, and handmade games. You have to come check it out for yourself.
There are currently 23 vendors that sell on consignment, 3 of them being my own parents, brother, and myself of course. We sell unique items that are either handcrafted or are from small businesses mostly from the southern MN area with quite a few from right here in Elysian and surrounding towns. I love the small town feel and pride myself on keeping it local. I could not have made this dream come true without these vendors. They all take great pride in where they sell their items as well as how much I care for them and what they do. My customers… what can I say, I have the best customers around that come from all over to see what is new or sometimes just to see me. Great friendships have been made. My family and friends have also been a huge support system.
The Rusty Flamingo is open on weekends seasonally from April to December (closed January, February, & March). Hours are Saturday’s 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Sunday’s 10:00 am– 2:00 pm & occasionally other days for special events or holidays. Keep your eye out for more information on possibly extending the hours in the future. Follow us on Facebook for hours (usually posted on Thursdays) and events or items coming into the store.
107 West Main Street
Elysian, MN 56028
Trailside Trims has gone through many changes since the doors first opened in 1999. Jane Conroy, the owner of the salon, specialized in family hair care (perms, colors, wedding and prom styles, etc.). Jane stated that she had wanted to be able to raise her children while she worked. “We had a corner with movies and games for the kids and we hung notes on the door so customers could find me if I was at an event, such as a Little League game. My daughter came to work with me and many of my customers would entertain my baby while I worked on their hair. Something like that can really only work in a small town like Elysian,” Jane said.
“By 2006, we had two stylists, and we added a barber stylist, as well as the first massage therapist in Elysian. An opportunity arose for us to purchase a building, rather than continuing to rent the one we were in at that time, and we took it, deciding to move about a block up the street. We renovated the new location and rebranded, becoming Of the Earth. Of the Earth was one of the first eco-friendly salons in the entire State of Minnesota as there were only two or three others at the time. Along with offering massage and barber services, we decided to add manicures, pedicures, facials, and spa parties to our repertoire. We needed to become much more educated in the use of eco-friendly products and essential oil usage, so we did just that, learning more and more whenever possible.” Jane Conroy.
Jane’s daughter, Stephanie Conroy, joined the team in 2008 as a certified massage therapist, and Wanda Morsching joined in 2014 as a stylist that specializes in using Redken products.
In 2018, the decision was made to drop the name “Of the Earth” and return to “Trailside Trims”. “We felt that although Redken is a wonderful line of product, it’s not an organic product. I had wanted to return to the original Trailside Trims name so that, along with the fact that we now have the Sakatah State Trail right behind us, it just made sense to do so,” Jane said.
“We don’t do much advertising – word of mouth has worked just fine for us. We still specialize in family hair care, do spa parties, sell products such as soaps, scrubs, shampoos, conditioners, and balms, as well as essential oils, maple syrup, and popcorn, and we give educational classes once in a while. We’ve been told that we’re a ‘best kept secret’ of sorts and we love that!” Jane said.
About the Staff
Jane Conroy: Owner/manager who specializes in natural and organic hair care, education of essential oil use, and organic homemade spa products. Jane has been married to her husband and best friend Timothy Conroy for thirty-seven years. She is blessed with four children (three sons and one daughter), a daughter-in-law, and a grandson. Jane enjoys spending time with her family and close friends, crafting, gardening, volunteering, reading and a good cup of tea.
Stephanie Conroy: Certified Massage therapist who specializes in deep-tissue and Swedish massage and essential oil use. Stephanie is blessed with one son. Stephanie enjoys spending time with family and friends, shopping and sitting outside in the sun in the summer.
Wanda Morsching: Manager/stylist who specializes in Redken haircare, precision haircutting, innovative hair color, manicures, and pedicures. Wanda has been married to her husband Richard Morsching for thirty-two years. Wanda is blessed with three children (two sons and one daughter), and a grandson. Wanda enjoys spending time with her family and friends, fishing, gardening, and volunteering for Waterville and Elysian community events.
So, come on in and say “Hello!” If our door is closed, then we are likely with our families or involved in a community event; leave a note on our door or call the number on our sign (507-267-4922) and we will contact you.
Up Town Cuts
Tasha Hering has been in the hair industry since May of 2007. In late 2011, she decided to expand in her career as a hairstylist and venture out into the world of small business ownership and open her own salon called Up Town Cuts. This venture started with the purchased of a Main Street building that she fixed up into what it is today. When she first purchased the building, it was a one room place. Tasha has since added in a utility room, bathroom, and tanning room, along with all the other unique features it has. The salon from the outside looks very deceiving and tiny, but when you pop inside the building, it’s bigger than what’s anticipated.
Up Town Cuts has been in business since April 2012 and just this year celebrated its 10-year anniversary.
Up Town Cuts is a full-service salon that offers haircuts for men, women, and children, colors, perms, pedicures, manicures, polish changes, nail trims, waxing, and tanning.
The salon offers product lines such as Paul Mitchell, Tea Tree, Kenra, Australian Gold, Hempz, and Redken.
The salon also has a wide array of specialty items for purchase, such as earrings, can coolies, laser engraved items, local honey, local maple syrup, dips, soups, BBQ rubs, wild rice, popcorn and popcorn seasonings, just to name a few.
Up Town Cuts is involved with many community events, such as the 4th of July celebration, winter’s farmers market, and Small Business Saturday to name a few.
Next time you are looking for a trim or the full salon experience be sure to check out Up Town Cuts, and don’t forget when you are doing your holiday shopping this year, looking for that last-minute gift, the perfect indulgence for yourself, or just the right piece for your home, Up Town Cuts has what you are looking for. Stop on in, we promise you won’t be disappointed!
107 on Main is a newly established small-town boutique owned and operated by long time Elysian resident, Shelby Meyer, daughter of Pam and Daryl Meyer, also of Elysian. With the help and encouragement of family and friends, Shelby was able to open the boutique in the summer of 2022. Shelby stocks the boutique with signs and upcycled furniture pieces that her and her father make together, as well as unique clothing and home decor pieces. She finds happiness and joy in shopping for and designing the pieces that go into her boutique, and strives to have just the right piece for everyone that stops in. The items in the boutique change as new unique pieces are added and change with the seasons. 107 on Main has varying hours, which can be found on the boutiques Facebook page as well as in the store window.