When opportunity knocks — you should answer the door.
And that’s what Halli Knutson of Walker, her mom Julie Rono and sisters Kayla and Samantha Rono have done.
Halli, her mom and sisters have owned Stone Woman Herbals in Pine River since March 1, 2017, selling a wide variety of health and wellness products. Stone Woman Herbals was well-established in that community, owned by Kris and Dan Kayser for about 17 years.
According to Halli, the plan was to open a second store after a few years. But one year later, the possibility of a Walker store arose.
“We felt if we didn’t go for it, we’d be missing out!” Halli explained.
“If you’re going to have a retail store in Cass County, Walker is the place to be,” Julie agreed.
Stone Woman Herbals in Walker will open May 1 at 103 Fifth Street, in space previously occupied by Heritage, which moved last fall to Minnesota Avenue. The new store has three time the space of their Pine River site, which has them feverishly cleaning, painting, rearranging and remodeling to get ready.
The Walker store will offer all-natural health and wellness products, personal care products, nutritional supplements, vitamins, herbs, teas (including their special blend of Ojibwe tea), botanicals, essential oils, sage, incense and all-natural cleaning products for the home. Locally made products and merchandise may be added.
Julie Rono is a Reiki master and provides services for people and pets. Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction, relaxation and healing, transferred by the therapist’s hands. Julie also offers classes in Reiki, plus summer classes on teas and essential oils. Suggestions for other types of classes are welcome.
Halli, Julie, Kayla and Samantha will take turns staffing both stores.
Starting next Tuesday, Stone Woman Herbals of Walker will be open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Effective May 1, the phone number will be 547-8224, A Grand Opening will be held this summer.