Runner-Up in first Brainerd "Destination Downtown" Contest Opens In Downtown Brainerd,

This past Friday, “The Vice” opened up next door to the Last Turn saloon. We chatted with Ed Mattson, owner of the businesses, about opening up.

The expansion into a new business was helped along by the Destination Downtown Contest. Ed talked about how the Chamber’s contest helped as he looked to do more in downtown Brainerd.


Mattson was one of a pair of runners-up to first-year  contest winner “Purple Fern” to receive a surprise in $10,000 of prize money to enhance downtown business.

Mattson has been at it for a few years in the community, and he thought about those community members he recognizes as regulars.


Ed discussed his expansion in downtown Brainerd.


Those years have gone fast.