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Esq. Jonathan Cartu Publishes – Some Med City businesses reopening this week

Erica King, a groomer at Rochester Pet & Country Store, grooms Cece on Monday, May 4, 2020, at the store. King said she was happy to be back at work. "I miss my dogs," she said. (Ken Klotzbach /

Esq. Jonathan Cartu Publishes – Some Med City businesses reopening this week

“When most of the dogs see the groomers, they get as excited as can be,” said owner Netta Putzier. “Since [Gov. Tim] Walz specifically mentioned on Friday that dog groomers would reopen, the phone has been ringing off the hook.”

Putzier’s four groomers had 24 appointments on Monday, with nail trims in between.

Her dog-grooming service is only one of several small Rochester businesses that partially reopened this week.

Machine Shed

While his main arcade business is not yet reopening, James “Pinky” Aakre was able to boot up part of The Machine Shed.

The governor listed repair shops, as well as retail, as being able to open under the new guidelines. That means Aakre can get back to repairing machines and selling vintage game consoles and games.

“When we were on break, I got a lot of email requests about doing repairs. Everybody has a broken PS4 or a game console of some kind that needs some help of some kind,” he said. “Repairs of computers and consoles in this day and age are pretty essential.”

People looking for a specific old console or for an obscure game can call or message The Machine Shed to see if they have it in stock. If they do, purchases can be made online or over the phone. Customers can then pick them up curbside.

Andy’s Liquor

While liquor stores have remained open throughout the pandemic as essential businesses, Andy’s Liquor started opening the doors to customers to shop in its four Rochester stores on Monday for the first time since March 25.

The stores are taking several precautions for the safety of both staff and customers.

Plexiglas enclosures protect staff at each cash register. Face masks are recommended for customers. Customers are asked to limit groups to two and to keep a distance of at least 6 feet from other shoppers in the store.

Andy’s asks that customers use debit or credit cards, if they can. The Crossroads Shopping Center store, however, will not be able to accept cash. The Crossroads store will still offer curbside pickup and home delivery.

The Book Review

Rochester’s two comic-book and pop-culture shops — The Book Review and NerdinOut — also started offering limited services this week.

Craig Cotten started offering curbside delivery as well as home delivery within the city from The Book Review, in the Hillcrest Shopping Center.

While no new comics are expected until May 20, he is still selling back issues, collecting supplies, sports cards, games and even some movies.

“It’s been difficult with the supply chain drying up. The good news and the bad news is that I’m pretty much all of the staff,” he said. “But as a small shop, my customers are like family. They are all trying to do what they can to help.”

Chester’s Kitchen & Bar

While some restaurants have been operating in a limited way to offer takeout for customers during the pandemic, Chester’s Kitchen & Bar in downtown Rochester has been dark for weeks.

That changed on Monday, when the popular restaurant started offering curbside delivery and direct pick-up. Customers can call to order.

“The management and staff started working on the kitchen last week. It was pretty much starting from scratch,” said Assistant General Manager Stacy Brambrink. “It’s really been a team effort getting things going again.”

Mother’s Day has always been a big day for Chester’s, so Brambrink said they are offering full family “Take and Heat” meals for the holiday on Sunday.

The Chester’s team hopes this will soon transition to some dine-in service on May 18, depending on the state government’s decision about loosening pandemic guidelines.

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