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Lux to open Lillians in Willmar

WILLMAR -- Stacey Lux announces she will open a Lillians Shoppe at 414 Becker Ave. S.W. in Willmar. A grand opening is planned June 3-6.

Lillians is an occasional shop open only four days each month: the first Thursday through Sunday of every month. The shop features affordable and trendy handbags, wallets, jewelry, sunglasses, watches and other accessories. It also offers the Moon Goon fashion line, which includes dresses, tops, leggings, jackets and denim.

Lillians was started nearly five years ago by Cindy Dueser and Sue Olmscheid who came up with the idea of opening a chic women's shop focused on service. Lillians also offers a program to guests called "Diva Nights,'' a private shopping experience where invited guests preview and purchase the month's new inventory before the shop opens to the public.

The first Lillians shop opened in August 2005 in Buffalo and has expanded to 33 more shops in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, Colorado, and Illinois.

For more information, call Lux at 320-235-0469 or visit

Knight buys Giovanni's Pizza

WILLMAR -- Bob and Peg Fortmann of Willmar announce the sale of Giovanni's Pizza, 1312 Lakeland Dr. S.E., to Andrew Knight. The sale was effective May 16. Knight is a longtime Giovanni's Pizza employee, starting as a driver and cook, then serving as assistant manager, manager and general manager.

In addition to 11 years with Giovanni's, Knight has experience at Godfather's Pizza of Hutchinson, Slap Shot Pizza of Grand Forks, N.D., and Pudge Brothers Pizza of Denver, Colo.

Knight and his wife, Amber, live in Willmar and have one son. They will retain the same employees and continue the same commitment to outstanding customer service.

Bob Fortmann will retire after 20 years in the pizza business. His previous business experience includes 30 years as owner of Wheel Fun Skate Center and Fortmann's Lock and Key Service.

Peg Fortmann, who was also involved in the skate center and lock and key service, recently bought and will continue to operate Curves Fitness Center, 1025 19th Ave. S.W., in Willmar.


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