Afton Area
Business Association
Winter 2012.13 Newsletter
Community News. Events. Information.
Afton, Denmark Twp, Lake St. Croix Beach, Lakeland, Lakeland Shores, St. Mary’s Point, West Lakeland Township
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Upcoming AABA Events:
Ultimate Girls Night Out in Afton
(Every 3rd Thursday)
November 15, December 20, January
17 and February 21
Afton Village Holiday
Nov. 30 and Dec. 1
Afton “Strawberry Festival”
(Formerly May Fair)
June 22 and 23, 2013
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Retail Holiday &
Winter Hours
Please note these change of hours
for the winter/holiday season:
Afton Leather Holiday hours:
Sat noon - 5, or we are happy to
open by appointment. Closed
Jan – April.
Baglios of Afton Holiday Hours
11 am – 5 pm Tu-Sat, Noon –
4:30 pm Sun or call us and we’ll
stay open later.
Creative Cottage Holiday hours:
11-7 Th –Sat, Su 12-5 pm.
Jan- March: Th-Sat. 11-6pm.
Selma’s Ice Cream Parlour – closed
Dec. 2. See you in the Spring!
Squire House Gardens – Holiday
Hours: 11-5 T, W, F, Sat, Sun
and 11-7 Thursdays for “Tea
Time” through Dec. 20. January
and February open Fri, Sat and
Sun only, 11 am – 5 pm.
Lakeland Antiques – Holiday
hours starting Nov. 23- M-Sat
10-6, Sun. 11-6.
Afton Village Holiday November 30 and Dec. 1, 2012
Step into a winter wonderland when the Afton Area
Business Association presents its annual Village
Holiday event. Each day features strolling carolers,
old-fashioned fun at the Afton Museum and
complimentary Horse and Carriage rides to
transport guests to all the festive destinations.
CANDLELIGHT LIGHT, Fri. Nov. 30, 5 to 8:30 p.m.
The village of Afton will “light up” with holiday
lights and torches for a romantic evening with
festive shopping, discounts, complimentary treats
and beverages at Creative Cottage, Baglio’s of Afton,
Chelsea Rose Antiques, Squire House Gardens,
JJ’s Boutique, and Afton Leather.
Guests can also enjoy chair massages at Calla Lily
Day Spa, wine tasting at Swirl Wine Shop and food/
drink specials at the Afton House, Sail Away Cafe
and CURRENT. Sail Away Café will feature live
holiday music and Selma’s has joined the fun by
offering complimentary Ginger Cookie S’mores
and coffee.
FAMILY DAY, Sat. Dec. 1, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Festive fun for the whole family including breakfast
and photos with Santa plus frame decorating at the
Historic Afton House Inn and lunch with Santa at
Sail Away Café.
The popular kids stocking promotion returns, where
kids can pick up a stocking at Sail Away Café, the
Afton House or Selma’s and collect free treats and
toys at Afton shops and restaurants. Other kids
activities include old-fashioned crafts at Afton Care,
cookie decorating at Selma’s Ice Cream Parlour,
create a bobber ornament with children’s book
author Deborah Jo Larson at CURRENT, free kids
craft kits at Creative Cottage plus face painting
at the Afton Museum.
Squire House Gardens will feature holiday food
samples and complimentary mulled wine. Guests
can also partake in an Afton Historic Walking Tour
(maps at Afton Museum) and listen to live music at
Sail Away Café (starts at 6 pm). Finally, St. Mary’s
Point Arena will host free open skating from 6:15
to 8:15 pm., and St. Mary’s Church of Basswood
Grove will host its annual Taste of Christmas bake
sale and craft bazaar.
Guests are asked to please bring donations for the
3rd annual Afton/Lakeland Girl Scouts Mitten Tree,
located in front of Baglio’s. Items will be donated to
Valley Outreach, serving area families in need.
For more information and a complete schedule,
visit www.aftonholiday.com
Afton Village
fri & s a t , Nov 30 & Dec 1
Market Square will host a “Letters to Santa”
station, free cocoa and festive hair tinsel by
Making Waves Salon.
Get Creative! Unique and Personal Gift Ideas From AABA
This year, treat the people on your gift list to something
unique and personal from the shops, restaurants and
businesses of Afton. Some distinct gift ideas include:
Afton Alps – Gift cards good for lift tickets (ski, snowboard and tube) plus food, rentals, clothing and more.
Afton House Inn – gift cards good for food and/or
lodging in our historic inn.
Afton Hudson Cruise Lines – A cruise for everyone.
Choose from relaxing brunches, dinner cruises,
comedy shows, wine tasting, scenic tours and more.
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AABA calendar
Afton Alps
12/15 Breakfast and photos with Santa
12/15 and 16 Family Value Days
(2 lift tickets for $52 after 2pm,
plus ½ off rentals)
12/31 New Years Eve Party
Afton House Inn
11/16 Global Cuisine Wine Dinner
11/22 Thanksgiving Buffet,11am – 5 pm,
reservations and take-out
12/21 December Wine Dinner
12/31 New Year’s Eve
1/18, January Wine Dinner
2/14 Valentine’s Day Dinner with
music by Joe Myer
3/17 Chocolate March – tour of
historic inns, chocolate tastings and
wine sampling
3/31 Easter Sunday Brunch
Afton Museum
1/17 Holiday Dinner - $25 in advance,
$30 at the door. Catered by Sail Away
Café and held at Memorial Lutheran
Fellowship Hall
Baglio’s of Afton
12/1 - Holiday Style Show, seating at
12:30, show at 12:45.
Lakeland Antiques
11/25 Holiday Open House and Sale,
Swirl Wine Bar
Wine Tasting Every Friday 6-8:30pm
Memorial Lutheran
Church of Afton
12/2 Advent Service of Vespers with
Scandinavian buffet, 5 pm
12/24 Christmas Eve candlelight
services: 4pm — family service,
5:30pm and 11pm traditional services
Sunday services: 8:30 and 10:30am
Sail Away Café – Upcoming Live
11/16 Augie
11/17 Joel Summers and Larry Quinn
11/24 Taz and Tim
11/30 Silver City Millers
12/1 Practical Goods
12/7 Taz and Tim
12/8 Back Porch Band
12/14 Greenwood Tree
12/15 Joel Summers and Larry Quinn
Taco Tuesdays/Support the Troops
Fundraiser – Every Tuesday
Live Music every weekend!
St. Mary’s Church, Basswood Grove
12/1 Taste of Christmas Bazaar,
12/16 Children’s Christmas Pageant
Program, 9am
12/24 Christmas Eve Service, 7pm
12/25 Christmas Day Service, 10am
Squire House Gardens
11/24 Friends and Family Day
2/9 Annual Valentines Day Event
98 St. Croix Trail North • Lakeland, MN 55043
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Serving your printing & graphic art needs.
Now offering digital printing!
Introducing our new children’s book,
Emmy of Whistling Well Farm.
Now available at:
The Red Balloon & The Golden Fig in St. Paul
The Valley Bookseller in Stillwater or
Whistling Well Farm
8973 St. Croix Trail South, Denmark Twnshp
Creative Gifts
Afton Leather – For the motorcycle
enthusiast – leather jackets and
clothing plus accessories, jewelry,
limited edition prints, pins and more.
Baglio’s Of Afton – “boutique unique”
clothing, fun sweaters and a fabulous
array of scarves, purses and jewelry.
Bisou Bisou Salon – the gift of
beauty! Gift cards for salon services
plus professional hair care products.
Calla Lily Day Spa – Pamper someone
with a gift card for a massage, spa package
or facial. Plus beauty-themed gift
baskets, purses and more.
Chelsea Rose Antiques – Rare finds
including fabulous estate jewelry, chandeliers and more. Gifts from $5 and up.
Creative Cottage – Handmade, artful
gifts such as hand painted ornaments,
knit scarves, baby items, unique
jewelry, glassware and more.
CURRENT – Always a delectable gift!
Give a gift card for CURRENT, where
the food is fresh, lively and fun.
Squire House Gardens
Fresh Earth Farms – Give the gift of
19 weeks of fresh, locally grown
produce! Purchase a “share” of the
farm for a special “foodie” on your list.
JJ’s Boutique – handmade gifts
including kids crafts, candles, bath
and body, gift cards, jewelry and more.
Lakeland Antiques – A wide variety
of memorable gifts for the collector,
from vintage to contemporary. Gift
certificates available.
Sail Away Café – Give the gift of
great food! Gift cards can be used
for breakfast, lunch or a fun night
out with dinner and live music.
Selma’s Ice Cream Parlour (open until
Dec. 2) – the sweetest gift! Selma’s offers
gift cards plus shirts and golf shirts.
Snap Fitness – A SNAP membership
is the healthy gift they can enjoy
24/7, all year-round. The latest
equipment plus group classes.
Squire House Gardens – Distinctive
gifts for home and garden plus
jewelry, men’s and women’s scarves,
hats and accessories and delicious
gourmet foods.
2012 AABA member directory
Afton Alps Ski Area
Afton Apple Orchard
Afton Boat Storage
Afton Care Senior Homes
Afton Historical Museum
Afton Historical Society Press 436-8443
Afton House Inn
Afton*Hudson Cruise Lines 436-8883
Afton Law Office
Afton Leather
Afton Marina & Yacht Club, Inc 436-6050
Afton Tree Works
Baglio’s of Afton
Bisou Bisou Salon
BJ Transport
Buell’s, Inc.
Calla Lily Day Spa
Century College Transp. Cntr 779-3926
Chelsea Rose Antiques
Creative Cottage
CURRENT Restaurant
Deborah Larson
Fresh Earth Farms
Graphic Concepts,
Theresa Giebel
Herman Farms & Contracting 436-7119
Hooper’s Yachts
JJ’s Boutique
Lakeland Antiques
Lakeland Heating & Air Cond. 436-2256
Linda Sirois, 343-0128
Thirty-One Consultant
Little Foot Farms
Lower St. Croix Valley 325-7642
Yellow Ribbon Network
Making Waves
Memorial Lutheran Church 436-1138
Paiement Law Office
Pioneer Tank Lines 436-8926
PressEnter! Internet
Remax Results - Jane Peters 436-2279
River Valley Printing
Sail Away Cafe
Shelly Holz – 436-5958
Keller Williams Realty
Snap Fitness
Squire House Gardens
St. Croix Web Solutions
St. Mary’s Church, 436-1872
Basswood Grove
Selma’s Ice Cream Parlour
Swirl Wine Shop
The Old School Art Studio 239-634-1489
Subway / Lakeland
US Bank
Valley Mediation
Vujovich Design-Build, Inc. 998-0533
Whistling Well Farm
Windmill Marina Assn
It was a Boooo-tiful day in
Afton October 27, for the
2nd Annual Trick or Treat Trail.
Thanks to the little ghosts
and goblins who helped us
celebrate Halloween in Afton!
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Member Announcements
The AABA is excited to announce the annual May Fair event has been
transformed to Afton Strawberry Festival. The new event, which has been
moved to June 22 and 23, will feature fun family activities, great food, an
international bazaar and more. Afton Strawberry Festival will be held in
conjunction with Memorial Lutheran’s annual Strawberry Festival. Visit
www.exploreafton.com for more details.
Squire House Gardens announce Tea Time Thursdays through Dec. 20.
The shop will be open until 7 pm, with “happy hour” starting at 4 pm
including wine and gourmet food tastings and gift specials each week.
Lakeland Antiques announced the addition of several new antiques
dealers. Stop by to see what’s new –and of course old!
Memorial Lutheran Church of Afton has added a third Christmas Eve
service to its schedule. They will hold a family service at 4pm, and
traditional services at 5:30pm and 11pm. All are candlelight services.
Visit www.memoriallutheran.org.
Fireman’s Breakfast
With Santa
Don’t miss the annual Lower
St. Croix Valley Fire Department’s
Pancake Breakfast with Santa
on Sunday, December 2nd from
8:00am until Noon. The event is
free but guests are asked to bring
donations of nonperishable food
items for Valley Outreach.
Ring in the New Year
in Afton!
From tubing to toasting, Afton is a
great place to celebrate New Year’s Eve!
Afton Alps will host its annual
New Years Eve Party, with the front
lifts and tubing open until midnight,
plus a torchlight parade, live music,
food and party favors. The Historic
Afton House Inn will have live
music in the Wheel Room plus free
party favors and complimentary
champagne at the Afton House,
CURRENT and Swirl starting
at 11:30pm. Sail Away Café will
feature live music plus a fabulous
prime rib dinner, food and drink
specials, fun games and prizes. Prix
Fixe menu with two seatings.
Ski, Ride or Tube
with the Family!
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Limited time only!
Online Holiday Gift Card Sale
Two Afton locations. Family owned
and operated. For more information,
visit www.aftoncare.com or call
Cheri O’Connor at 651-249-8518.
Sign up for Ski & Snowboard Lessons
Register online, space is limited. Individual/group
instruction for nearly every age, ability & budget.
Breakfast with Santa Sat, Dec 15
Thanksgiving, Nov 22 – Monday 26, 2012.
Buy $50 gift card, receive an $10 Bonus Bucks.
10 year parts and labor
with new furnace installation
(Valid through 12.31.2012)
Free digital image with Santa,
special breakfast menu.
New Year’s Eve Party Dec. 31
Front lifts & tubing open until midnight. Live
Band, tourchlight parade, food & party favors.
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Art in the Park –
Thank You!
The 34th annual Afton Art in the Park
was a huge success! The event featured
over 80 artists and vendors, showcasing
a wide array of beautiful products, plus
a new Pet Stop and Children’s Art Area.
A record number of patrons enjoyed the
event, too.
The AABA wishes to thank these
generous sponsors: Renewal by
Andersen, Lakeview Health, Kitchens
of Stillwater, Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day,
Fat Tire Beer, Learning RX Woodbury,
Advanced Dermatology Care, Freedom
Valu Centers, Absolut Orient Apple
Vodka, Arthur Murray Dance, Maplewood
Audi, Excel Energy, US Bank, Paws
and Claws and the Pioneer Press.
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