SALE at Patina Marquet!

I have some good news and some bad news…

The GOOD news is that our favorite home decor store is having a fabulous sale all weekend! Everything – yes, everything – at Patina Marquet is on SALE today (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday)! Discounts range from 10-30% off and increase with purchase totals. Now is the time to save big on the beautiful handcrafted furnishings and home accessories you’ve been pining after…

Not that I would know.

{Lies. I totally know. Let’s just say I was in the 30% range…}

I should also mention that Patina is the perfect place to find a Christmas gift for that person that has everything. It’s hard to go wrong with an original creation! You can see some of these creations on the Patina Marquet Facebook page.

The BAD news…and possibly good news…is that Patina is also FOR SALE. Sad face! I love this specialty store full of friendly faces and one-of-a-kind pieces. I can’t even tell you how many little accessories I’ve made room for in my own tiny living space! Serving trays, kitchen towels, vintage signs, and the sturdiest ottoman I’ve ever seen top the list. BUT the Patina Marquet crew is holding out hope that the perfect buyer will come along and snatch up this cute little shop.

So heads up, all you crafty people! This place is gold!

Patina Marquet, we consider you a major #Willmarwin and we hold out hope that this is just a “see ya later” before the right buyer makes the decision to continue on with the charming shop you’ve created!

All-You-Can-Eat Pancakes at Middle Fork!

Helpful hint for the hungry: it’s Pancake Saturday!!

Grab your appetite and head on over to the Middle Fork Café this morning for a pancake feast! All-you-can-eat pancakes are served the first Saturday of every month, and this special event is quite the affair. The warm, fluffy pancakes are ready in a jiffy (no pun intended – I’m certain no boxed mixes are involved in the preparation of this gourmet breakfast!), served in a steaming stack and ready to be loaded with toppings.

All-You-Can-Eat Pancakes from Middle Fork Cafe!

There’s a full table devoted to the accompaniments for your pancakes – fruit, chocolate, maple syrup, applesauce…and of course a little bit of whipped cream.

Or a lot. Your call.

I stopped by to try the endless pancake special for myself last month, and this deal is no joke! I had myself and my stomach convinced that I could down a lot more pancakes than I actually could…but my one full plate plus toppings did it for me. Next time I’ll have to come even hungrier. 🙂

All-you-can-eat pancakes are served from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on the first Saturday of every month. They cost $5.95 for adults or $3.95 for children.

Don’t miss this fun breakfast tomorrow morning! Happy May!

Carlson Studio of Spicer to close its doors

Yesterday Carlson Studio of Spicer made the official announcement that its 30-plus- year photography business will come to an end as of May 31, 2015. Marti Carlson has been photographing graduates, couples, kids and families for years and is a well-known local favorite.

As someone with a photography background myself, I can personally vouch for her skills behind the camera. Carlson Studio has “unofficially” been known as the best photography business in the area for as long as I can remember. Marti took my childhood photos, senior pictures, and several family shoots as I grew up. She’ll be missed!

That said, there is a small silver lining

Before the studio closes for good, it’s offering MAJOR deals on files from old sessions!

Carlson Studio deal

If you’re from the area, you know that Carlson Studio is known as a higher-end photography business. Its current special, though, is a steal! From now until May 1st of this year, you can purchase digital files from any session prior to 2012 for $50. For older sessions, negatives can be purchased for just $25. On top of that, each additional session that you buy is only $15 each!

Kandiyohi County is losing a great photographer this year but I, for one, am excited to check out some of the old files from my family’s past sessions and relive memories long forgotten.

You can receive updates from Carlson Studio on its Facebook page, or call 320-796-0096 for more information. The studio is currently located at 176 Progress Way in Spicer.

Best wishes to all those who’ve been involved in Carlson Studio – you and your talents will be missed in Spicer and the surrounding areas!

Papa Murphy’s Celebrates Tax Day

In honor of everybody’s favorite holiday, Tax Day, Papa Murphy’s Take-and-Bake Pizza is offering a special deal today!

If you visit Papa Murphy’s today, you can get a one-topping Fresh Pan pizza and a large Faves pizza (cheese, pepperoni, or sausage) for $10.40.

Dinner, anyone?

Valid Wednesday, April 15th, 2015 only.

BOGO at Dunn Bros today!

Happy April Fool’s Day! Hope you’ve managed to dodge any and all pranks so far on this warm Minnesota day.

I am proud to report that this is no joke, ladies and gentlemen: Dunn Bros of Willmar has buy-one-get-one-free coffees today! Grab a friend or surprise someone special with a refreshing IceCrema this afternoon! I recommend the mocha flavor – with whipped cream. 🙂

Birthday Freebies in the Willmar Area


It just so happens to be my birthday today and, as everybody knows, the best part of birthdays is stocking up on freebies from local retailers!

In case you’re unfamiliar with this concept, many vendors offer free and discounted products on your big day to help you celebrate. Some deals are even redeemable throughout your entire birthday month!

Many retailers require that you sign up for their e-mail list ahead of time, so plan ahead, and be sure to have an ID on you if you’re 16 or older, just in case.

Here’s the full list of places in the area that offer birthday specials:
A&W: Free root beer float when you join the Mug Club
Arby’s: Free shake when you sign up for e-mails
Applebee’s: Free ice cream with either chocolate or strawberry sauce (and a free birthday song!)
Burger King: Free hamburger Kids Meal for kids under 13 years old (BK Crown membership required)
Caribou Coffee: Free medium drink when you join their e-mail list and provide a photo ID
CherryBerry: Free frozen yogurt and toppings of choice
Culver’s: Free ice cream surprise when you join their e-mail list (In the past, treats have included a scoop of custard and an ice cream sundae.)
Dairy Queen: BOGO Blizzard—mini, small or medium (Sign up for e-mails online to receive your birthday coupon and other deals throughout the year.)
Dunn Bros: Free birthday drink when you sign up for their e-mails
El Tapatio: Free dessert and song, plus you get the honor of wearing a sombrero!
Erbert and Gerbert’s: Free sandwich during your birthday month when you join the Sandwich Society (must pick up a card from an Erbert and Gerbert’s location)
LuLu Beans: Free cookie of choice
Green Mill: Free small one topping pizza for adults who join their rewards program, and free kids meal for kids who join the KidSpace birthday club (both offers valid through your birthday month!)
Panda Garden: Free buffet on your birthday with a valid ID and a party of 6+ people (print coupon here!)
Qdoba: Free burrito when you join their e-club
Redbox: Free DVD rental when you sign up for e-mails
Papa Murphy’s: Free cookie dough when you sign up for e-mails (You’ll also be the first to know about deals throughout the year!)
Pizza Ranch: Receive a $5 bonus on your card when you join the Ranch Rewards program AND take out a free cactus bread when you dine in.
Spicer Castle: Free birthday dinner (up to a $15 value)
Taco John’s: Free cini-sopapilla bites when you sign up for e-mails

Know of other local businesses that offer birthday freebies? Comment below and we’ll add them to the list!

25% off at CherryBerry today and tomorrow!

Heads-up, Willmarites! CherryBerry of Willmar is once again offering a discount for us froyo lovers!

Today and tomorrow, March 23rd and 24th, CherryBerry is offering 25% off all purchases.

I’m not sure there’s any better way to celebrate the arrival of spring! Now if we could only get the spring weather to stay…

Caribou BOGO!

Today only, March 19th, Caribou Coffee is offering buy-one-get-one-free coffees for all Caribou Perks members!

To become a Perks member, you basically just need to give the barista your phone number. Each time you use a perk, they’ll ask for your number, and that’s all you need to verify your identity! You can begin the process on Caribou’s website to start receiving e-mail updates and offers.

I’ve been a Caribou Perks member for a year or so, and I can vouch for this program. It’s free, there are deals quite often, and they don’t spam you with constant e-mail. It’s definitely a #win in my book!

Best of all, it’s always fun to surprise someone with an unexpected mocha or chai. 🙂 My coworkers and I love to find random people to bless with a coffee – sometimes that’s all it takes to brighten someone’s day just a little! If you don’t have somebody to share a BOGO with, I can assure you that most anyone would love to be on the receiving end, and it’s just as fun to be the giver!

Check out the Caribou Perks program if you haven’t already – you can support a local Minnesota company, fuel your caffeine addiction, and maybe even make someone’s day in the process. 🙂

1/2 Price Frozen Yogurt at CherryBerry Today!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

I can claim no Irish blood, but I am totally on board with wearing green if it wins me some discounted froyo…

And it’s our lucky day!

Today only in celebration of St. Patty’s, CherryBerry of Willmar is offering 50% off your yogurt! All you need to do is show up in green and present the coupon from the Willmar CherryBerry’s Facebook page.

See you at the toppings bar!