Walleye Widows Weekend - MN Fishing Opener

Minnesota fishing opener is jokingly referred to as the "Walleye Widows Weekend" , and the Brainerd Lakes Area hosts a number of events to appeal to those not on the lake! Spend the weekend in the Lakes Area ..... shopping! All stores will also have drawing boxes for prizes to be given away all weekend. Here is a list of most, but not all, prizes and events.

Pequot Lakes:

  • Lora B's--register for a drawing (Fri/Sat)
  • Merritt Jewelry--free ring cleaning (Fri/Sat)
  • Schella's Shanty--soup samples; beer & wine testing (Fri 4-8p, Sat 11-2)
  • Weise's Clothing and Variety--old photo reproductions (Sat)
  • Smokey Hollow Fish Co--Walleye special 6-8 pz w/skin on $6.99 per lb, while supplies last. (Fri/Sat)
  • Picket Fences--"fish for your discounts" all day Sat.
  • MarketPlace--gourmet pastry demo & sampling (Sat 1:20-2p, limited seating)
  • Sibley Station--wine tasting (Sat 2-4 pm)
  • Silver Creek Traders--design your own beaded bracelet for $14; gourmet dessert sampling; live music (Fri/Sat)
  • Calico Cottage--in-store specials; flower to first 50 women (Sat)
  • Gabby's--children's story time (Sat 11am and 1pm)
  • Lime Greenery--floral arranging demos (Sat 10 am and 2 pm)
  • The Enchanted Cottage--poker chip sale (Sat)
  • Kinzie Candles--Factory tours (Fri/Sat)
  • Expressions North--in-store specials; 30% off all women's shoes (Fri/Sat)
  • M&M Sweets--food samples and giveaways with purchase (Sat)
  • The Plaid Duck--coffee tasting and tea time (Fri 3-5pm); coffee tasting (Sat 9-10am)
  • The Golden Turtle--children's playtime and new toy demos (Sat)
  • Whimsical Peacock--Harp music; free fudge cookies; 25% off all wooden dolls (Sat)
  • Wildwood Gifts & Apparel--in-house specials (Fri/Sat)
  • Novel Diversions--10% off all fishing related books, clothing & gifts (Sat)
  • Eagle's Landing Gallery--artists in residence (Fri 10-11am, 1-3pm; Sat 10-11 am, 1-3pm)
  • Northwoods Bakery, Cafe & Catering--fish sandwich special; cake sampling (Fri/Sat)
  • Leslie's--free gift with purchase (Sat)
  • My Sentiments/Pine County Crafters--MJ Hummel representative in store; free gift with purchase; Joni Anderson demos (Sat)

At the Pequot Chamber:

  • KC Hattie's will have fabric care demos & fee samples. They'll also have lipstick samples (Fri/Sat all day)
  • Evergreen Gallery will offer a print giveaway. (Sat drawing)

Breezy Point:

  • Wildrose Farm--loom weaving demonstrations (Sat 10-5pm)
  • Kimble Village--make your own beeswax candies; coffee samples (Sat 10-5pm)
  • Marina--Bloody Mary/Martini demonstrations; 10% off golf clothing; 10% off golf clothing (starts Sat at 5:30pm)

Jenkins/Pine River:

  • Ladies Landscaping--plant your own Mother's Day Garden --$15 (fri 3pm, Sat 3:30 pm); patio paver demo (Sat 10:30 am)
  • AmericaInn--Mary Kay makeovers and manicures (Sat 10-3pm--must pre-sign up)
  • Salon Couture (@AmericInn)--neck and shoulder massages at AmericInn (Sat 10-3 pm)
  • Trout Lake Riding Stables--free hay rides; discounted horse rides (Sat 11-2pm)