7/7/2020 8:43:00 AM Longville General Store opens in downtown Longville
By Dave DeLost, Publisher
The excitement of a new venture can be a contagious thing - when you first meet Jon and Kris Hokanson, the passion of a new life experience is evident. Their story begins like many business owners in the area, grew up and made a career in the Twin Cities area - Jon in real estate and Kris as a software developer. Both had connections in the Lakeland, Jon spent summers at his grandparents cabin on Leech Lake in Walker and Kris' grandparents owned a cabin near Deerwood.
With successful careers winding nearer to retirement, their kids out of college and wanting to "go in a less hectic direction," the seeds of life's next challenge were sewn.
"We were involved in the Walker Farmers Market last year selling one-of-a-kind t-shirt and sweatshirt sublimination, embroidery along with laser engraving/cutting and printing on travel mugs and cups.
"We wanted a permanent space to sell this unique merchandise along with space to allow local artisans consignment space to sell their products. We were seriously looking at a location in Walker when close friend and Longville business owner mentioned that the former Studio 5 on Main building was available. We checked out the building and area and thought it was the perfect fit." Jon stated.
It didn't take long to figure out that the Hokansons have a passion for making maple syrup...
Jon got into maple syrup making about five years ago, tapping only three trees, it takes a lot of time boiling down the raw materials to make syrup, and Jon was quickly to nearly 80 trees tapped this spring on their property on Leech Lake.
"I didn't have a lot of background on making maple syrup when I got into it and I think it would be fun to utilize some of our store space to hold seminars to teach people new to maple syrup making how to do it properly," Jon said.
As you would expect of a general store, Longville General Store will offer a very wide selection of merchandise. Locally produced, Dirty Goat Farm products, offer soaps, candles and balms in many fragrances and blends. LGS is also a distributor of Smoky Lake Maple Products, a manufacturer of all manner of maple syrup making supplies and syrup. Fully custom pottery by local artist Mark Mustful will also be available, along with the earlier mentioned decorated garments and custom specialties.
"We're anxious to bring new and fun things into our store," said Jon. "With more people choosing to stay at home, we invented three new games that we should have on the shelves in the next couple of weeks."
Jon and Kris feel blessed to be where they are in life and welcome the new challenges and rewards of their new venture, Longville General Store.
Store hours will be Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment. For an appointment or for more information on consigning your unique products, contact Jon at (952) 239-9913.