When Ron and Valerie St. Martin moved to Bricelyn 5 a long time in the past, one of the primary motives was their want to reside in a modest city and appreciate the less difficult life-style which accompanied being in a scaled-down local community.
But, they also needed to turn out to be aspect of the material of the city. So, even though Valerie has now been the manager at the Bricelyn Swimming Pool for 5 a long time, the pair also decided to open up a shop in Bricelyn which would reduce the need to have for persons to go away city to purchase factors they were looking for.
“It’s ironic,” Valerie mentions. “We opened our shop so individuals did not have to generate to Albert Lea to uncover specified products and now we have individuals from Albert Lea coming to Bricelyn to store for factors.”
The shop is called Von’s House Goods and Computer system Repair. They supply a range of products from toys for young children, clothing, tools, and weed whips to lawn mowers.
In addition to the storefront, the pair also operates an Ebay shop less than vbro4090.
“One of the best objects ideal now is our hardware,” Valerie states.
Without a doubt, the retail outlet, which is found throughout the street from City Corridor, has a huge assortment of doorway pulls, hinges, knobs and hooks – all priced at $1 for each piece.
“We will get products when suppliers shut or when merchants replace stock with the most recent year’s product,” Valerie clarifies. “We are capable to give those people things for sale at a pretty reduced value.”
And if the retail store does not have an merchandise, Valerie will discover it and get it for no excess charge.
Even though Valerie is in cost of sales, Ron is the computer system mend guy. He also will repair any variety of cell telephone.
“The youthful children retain me chaotic putting new screens on their phones,” he says with a smile. “Seems like they break quite usually.”
He enjoys doing the job on pcs and formerly owned a keep in Albert Lea termed Captain Ron’s Desktops.
“I also operated a computer system store in Ellendale,” he notes.
He will personalized develop computers for gaming or any other requires a human being may have. Ron is also equipped to repair laptops and tablets and scan the computer systems for, and remove, viruses to restore the devices so they are running at their very best.
He was born and elevated in Faribault and labored as a diesel mechanic at TA Trails in Albert Lea and then at Albert Lea Tractor.
“The operator of Albert Lea Tractor also experienced me set up a pc software for holding track of his areas,” he mentions. “So, he form of bought a two-for-one particular deal.”
Valerie is a indigenous of Albert Lea who became an accountant and expended some time in the Twin Cities.
“I experienced my possess business and I liked performing taxes,” she reviews.
Nevertheless, an incident 21 many years in the past forced her to make a modify in her lifestyle.
“I was rear-finished by a drunken driver,” she shares. “I have four herniated disks and I could no for a longer period sit at a desk for an prolonged time period of time.”
The pair satisfied in Albert Lea 11 decades in the past.
Then, 6 several years back, one more incident improved their lives.
“We ended up driving bike with Val riding with me on my bike,” Ron shares. “A expecting lady who was possessing a clinical crisis pulled out in entrance of us. It was not her fault, just an regrettable circumstance.”
A mate witnessed the incident and picked up the bicycle and acquired it off the road and took the few property.
“Ron wasn’t likely to go to the medical center,” Valerie says. “Then, I held up my bloody, mangled hand and stated I was not heading to go either.”
Ron transformed his intellect and the couple bought clinical assist.
He ended up with spinal stenosis, which is a narrowing of the areas in your backbone, and can place stress on the nerves that travel by way of the spine.
“I was pressured to retire as a mechanic,” Ron remarks.
But even although each Ron and Valerie have had to offer with problems from their mishaps, they both continue being upbeat and constructive.
“We’re below. We have a lot to be thankful for,” Ron claims.
When they created the decision to try tiny-town residing 5 yrs ago, they checked out Bricelyn.
“We observed a home, fell in adore with it and restored it,” Ron describes.
And then they became aspect of the town.
“There is a little something unique about understanding your neighbors, the people today who are living close to you,” Ron remarks. “You do not get that in the bigger metropolitan areas.”
It is also a town the place Ron can shell out time doing the job on his common cars – when he has time.
“I have a 1952 MG TD and an Austin Healey,” he notes. “I have usually liked the minimal two-seaters and get pleasure from driving the MG in the yearly parade in city.”
Now, they are part of the Bricelyn organization community which has also seen a new fix store/gas station and a motorcycle shop recently open up.
The couple approach to commence web hosting a flea sector the first Saturday of each individual month beginning July 2.
“We personal the open up good deal to the north of the making and will charge folks $5 if they want to have a place to promote their items,” Valerie describes.
The store’s hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday by way of Friday. They are also open up on Saturdays commencing at 10 a.m. with a closing time of 2 p.m.
Men and women can also get in touch with the shop at 507-320-8737.
“We even now have some do the job to do on the creating,” Valerie claims. “We want to repaint the exterior and get a sign put up. But, we are incredibly joyful to be in this article in this community.”