Blaine BizConnect Online

February 2019

Blaine Biz Connect is a monthly e-newsletter to keep you up to date on development happenings in the City of Blaine. From commercial to industrial to residential, Blaine is one of the fastest growing cities in Minnesota and always has new and exciting projects on the horizon.

In this newsletter, you will learn about featured developments, business opportunities, grand openings, new businesses coming to Blaine, and recent approvals by the City Council.

Featured Development - Marriott Fairfield Inn and Suites

Marriott Fairfield Inn and Suites

The Elevage Development Group broke ground last fall on a new Marriott Fairfield Inn and Suites at 10643 Baltimore Street NE. It is next to Brick’s Kitchen & Pub and the National Sports Center. The 82 room, 5-story, full service hotel will offer an indoor pool, fitness center and meeting space. The hotel is expected to be open sometime in the summer of 2019.

The Elevage Development Group recently completed the Lora hotel in downtown Stillwater. That hotel includes a gourmet restaurant, craft cocktail bar and coffee shop. In 2017, Elevage began construction on a mixed use apartment and commercial project in Shoreview.

Grand Openings

Kwik Trip

Kwik Trip

Kwik Trip opened their fourth location in Blaine on January 24. The new store is located at the corner of 122nd Avenue and Lexington Avenue near the Lexington Athletic Complex. This location offers a full convenience store and car wash. Kwik Trip is based in La Crosse, Wisconsin and opened their first store in Eau Claire, WI in 1965. Today Kwik Trip has over 500 stores throughout the Midwest. 

The Fun Lab

The Fun Lab opened recently in a portion of the former Gander Mountain building located at 107th Avenue and Highway 65. Opened by Blaine residents, Jim and Marilyn Webber, The Fun Lab is a family entertainment center with multiple attractions for all ages, young to old. Laser tag, a ropes course, virtual reality, an XD theater, and spinning bumper cars are just some of the many attractions you will find at The Fun Lab. They offer birthday parties with a party host that stays with the party the entire time! It’s fun for school, corporate, and social events. For more information please visit

The Fun Lab
Omnetics Connector Corporation

Omnetics Connector Corporation 

Omnetics Connector Corporation is a leading design and manufacturer of rugged high performance micro-miniature and nano-miniature interconnect solutions. Omnetics corporate office and main manufacturing facility is located in Fridley, they recently announced the relocation of their precision machining division into a new location at 10073 Baltimore Street NE in Blaine. The new location will accommodate expanding capabilities and company growth; the machining space will increase from approximately 1,500 square feet to 12,000 square feet at the new location.

This new location for the precision machining division allows Omnetics’ to continue to meet the growing opportunities and demands of customers in the military, aerospace, satellite, petroleum, and medical markets. The additional capacity allows the business to meet or exceed the customer’s expectations for service, quality and on time delivery.

Blaine Business Council

Do you want to connect with other Blaine businesses and hear updates about the community? The Blaine Business Council is open to all Blaine businesses and is held quarterly at the TPC Twin Cities in Blaine. Meeting dates for the rest of 2019 are April 25, July 25 and October 24, all meetings start at 7:30AM. No RSVP is necessary and we hope you can attend. For more information please visit the Metro North Chamber of Commerce webpage at  

Blaine Business Visits

The vitality of our local economy depends upon a healthy, growing business community. In recognition of this fact, the City of Blaine offers a business visit program.  

The primary purpose of the program is to establish a connection between city government and private businesses and industries in the community. By visiting with and gathering information from companies through this program, we can become aware of expansion needs and anticipated business growth, address any needs or concerns you may have, and offer city assistance and support where possible.

Business visits are scheduled at a time that is convenient for you. Visits are meant to be both productive and helpful to the growth and longevity of your business here in Blaine. Generally one or two members of city staff and the City Council attend. If you’d like to participate please contact Erik Thorvig at or by phone at 763-785-6147.

Did You Know?

Blaine businesses employ over 24,000 people. The largest employer in Blaine is Aveda Corporation employing over 730 people. According to the Quarterly Census of Employment report, in 2018 Blaine saw an overall decline in unemployment rates beginning at 2.3 percent in January and falling to 2 percent by the end of the year. Unemployment rates are better than pre-recession rates and 2 percent is the lowest rate since 1999. Unemployment rates peaked in July, 2009 at 8.6 percent.

More Information

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Erik Thorvig
Economic Development Coordinator

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