On Thursday, Feb. 13, Beste Byen Grocery and Gallery will open in downtown Lanesboro. Located on the corner of North Parkway and West Coffee Street, the new business will continue to be a grocery presence in the community, a foundation laid by previous tenant Lanesboro Local.

Pronounced "Best-ta BEE-in", the Norwegian translation "A good town" marks the business' purpose to provide goods that "enable and empower a healthy community" by providing wholesome products from producers and artisans around southeast Minnesota and the region.

Beste Byen will also specialize in carrying items with a Scandinavian flare. Lanesboro residents Phil and Heidi Dybing own the building and the business.

"A local resident said to me the other day that she hopes we are successful as this may be Lanesboro's last chance to have a grocery store. With community support and involvement we will be successful," said Heidi Dybing.

The new store will provide local favorites including Kapper's Milk from Chatfield, Liz Belina's greens from Peterson, local eggs and regional ground beef and cheeses.

In addition to supplying local favorites and basics, Beste Byen aims to provide a waste-free shopping experience for selected products via bulk purchasing, a practice where customers bring their own reusable containers to re-fill or use simple bags provided by the store. There will be 19 bulk items available to start, ranging from basics such as oatmeal and rice to rich dark chocolate covered almonds. Selection will be adjusted over time depending on customer feedback and popularity.

The second floor was remodeled in the summer of 2013 and the sunny space will re-open in the spring to provide a versatile space for pottery, paintings and community gatherings.

"I am most excited about providing a physical outlet not only for food and local artisan items, but also a potential gathering and sharing place for the community in downtown Lanesboro," said Phil Dybing. "We will try our best to offer good value and especially high quality foods for both residents and tourists that visit our area."

"The first few weeks will be 'transition time.' as we settle in," added Kristin Eggen, store manager.

The store's grand opening is scheduled for Saturday, April 25.

Hours for the store are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays, Feb. 13.

Contact Beste Byen at (507) 467-2500 or find Beste Byen on Facebook for more information.