Historic look preserved in KIK Graphics building in downtown Blooming Prairie
The “WOW” factor was evident Wednesday night, Dec. 23, as more than 200 visitors toured a restored downtown building in Blooming Prairie
The building, which dates back to 1885, at 110 Highway Ave. North is now the home of KIK Graphics and Printing, operated by Tyler Kruckeberg. The graphics business was moved to its new location from 500 Minimizer Way.
Kruckeberg, 25, was a focus of attention at an open house on Wednesday night.
Tyler’s father Craig, owner and chief visionary of Minimizer, was accepting congratulations, too, for spearheading the remodeling of the building on the corner of Highway 218 and Main Street. He chose to be in the background, however, saying this venture belonged to his son, Tyler. The building has been in the remodeling stage since June.
Lots of “oohs” and “ahs” were heard as guests looked around the two-story building. Visitors were amazed at the quality of the hardwood floors, the preservation of the brick walls and the blend of old, original beams with new support structures.
The new home to KIK Graphics features some modern, sophisticated equipment. “I love the openness of the building,” remarked Eaton Miller as he congratulated the Kruckebergs.
A lower level will eventually house a Minimizer studio managed by Caleb Ostrander. An adjacent building owned by Minimizer is the home of the Minimizer marketing department led by director Steve Hansen.
Visitors were in awe by the expanse of the building and they were attracted to an old freight elevator that was refurbished by Harvey Farr of Metal Services and others. The elevator will not be in use but will rather be part of the history of the building.
Members of the Blooming Prairie Area Chamber of Commerce participated in a ribbon cutting with Tyler Kruckeberg about half way during the four-hour open house, which featured refreshments, sandwiches and meat and cheese trays.
Chamber President Luke Swenson congratulated Tyler on the new building and wished him the best for the future.
Craig Kruckeberg thanked the guests for attending. “The building turned out OK, didn’t it!” Kruckeberg was overheard saying to a guest.
One of the younger guests at the open house was Cash Kruckeberg, 2 ½. He is the son of Trevor Kruckeberg, Tyler’s brother. Trevor and Cash’s mother, Katie Williamson will be married on New Year’s Eve.
Cash was having a fun time at the open house, manning two measuring tapes on the graphics company floor with the help of his mother.