You may or may not have heard. This year marks the centennial of Beisswenger’s Hardware and Power Equipment in New Brighton. Yes, 100 years is a milestone that not many businesses can proclaim. From the turn of the clock on December 31st, 2018 our celebration began. Beisswenger’s now belongs to a list of distinctive businesses that have managed to survive time, turmoil, development, a passing of the torch to the next generation, and still make a positive visible presence in the community. And of course the challenges of continuing to operate as a local, neighborhood hardware store in the days of big boxes. A challenges we gladly accept!
It’s History Folks!
The Beisswenger family has played an integral role in the New Brighton Community. The Beisswenger family settled in New Brighton before it was officially proclaimed as a city. Jacob and Caroline Beisswenger were one of five families that moved into the area, but the first to officially stay. The business itself began like most, a small stand with an idea. They sold their wares at the market before purchasing an old building and setting up shop. What started as a hardware and grocery store has gone through many changes over the years….furniture, appliances, gift shop before currently settling on hardware and power equipment. We are a second generation business with Mark Beisswenger as owner. He loves retail. And, like his father before him, you can still find him at the store almost everyday. So yes, this is a big deal for us.
About to Party!
The momentum and festivities mount as we approach our centennial anniversary date on June 7th. And, we are throwing a “Party in the Parking Lot” on Saturday, June 8th from 9 am to 5 pm. Stay tuned for more details. If you have questions please contact one of our committee members: Mark Beisswenger, Jim Neumann, Steve Bien, Al Morelli, Dawn Tereau, or Mark Armstead.
Perry Carlson, Minnesota native chainsaw artist and woodcarver joins us for a four day Power Equipment event beginning June 6th.
Party in the Parking Lot
Oh what fun we’re going to have! A Centennial in the making! We constantly hear stories from those who have shopped some of the old stores. The old wooden floors, being able to see down to the basement or up to the second floor, and product along every inch. We may be in a newer store but the dedication to you as a customer has not faltered. Find special $19.19 deals throughout the store!
Festivities will start at 10 am and last until 5 pm.
Let’s Make a Deal Prize giveaways every 10 minutes
Free games for the kids 10 am to 4 pm
Petting zoo 11 am to 1 pm
Employee Dunk Tank of Doom 10 am to 4 pm
(all of the proceeds being donated to local charities)
New Brighton’s “4 plus 1 band” rounds out the day under the tent
food, giveaways and most of all fun! Watch some your favorite employees get dunked in the water tank of doom with all of the proceeds going to local charities!
Beisswenger’s Hot Dog and a pop meal is back, but this time we’ve added 1919 Rootbeer to commemorate the occasion for a whopping $0.50. And for those who love BBQ, a Pulled Pork topped with Cole Slaw sandwich just $3.50.
Bring your friends and family! Parking space will be limited as we are closing off the front drive of the store.
My BOB Country will kick off the day with “live” broadcasts from 11 am to 2 pm. Neil Freeman joins our staff and joins in the fun
Ron Schara and Raven will make an appearance from 1 pm to 3 pm and join the fun.
Bailey Nursery is attending with their “Endless Summer” van….spending the day with us. With Father’s Day just a week away, we’re having a Hydrangeaganza! Take advantage of special pricing on the newest introduction to the Endless Summer line of Hydrangeas, Summer Crush.
At Bailey Nursery, they are all about growing. And they invite you to grow along with them.
In the meantime, we would love to hear your stories, get copies of photos from past employees and the Beisswenger business (old and new), the funny antics, and the weird world of craziness. If you see past staff, have them contact us!
Beisswenger’s Hardware and Power Equipment has been serving the New Brighton , Minnesota area since 1919! We are committed to providing top notch customer service and great products to the greater Twin Cities area and communities of Ramsey County, Hennipen County, Washington County, and Anoka County of south-central Minnesota. We offer over 67,000 items through our warehouse that can be shipped to your door, or to our store! The Twin Cities is home to many great attractions including the St. Paul Saints, Minnesota Wild, Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Timberwolves, Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Lynx, Science Museum, Amusement Parks, State Parks, and more.
A Huge Thank You to those Vendors that support us through the great giveaways and special pricing!