New Business Moves Into Two Harbors

By KBJR News 1

August 6, 2010 Updated Apr 17, 2009 at 11:54 AM CDT

For years, Al Lampela made this walk to the job he loved.

But after building Al's Bait and Tackle from the ground up, Al and his wife Machelle, were forced to close the doors of their home away from home.

"That was one of the hardest things I have ever experienced in my life. We had the business and ran it for 12 and a half years and it almost becomes a member of your family," says Al.

Just when Al and Machelle thought all was lost... their friend LeRoy Veness stepped forward to take over the bait store and make it an addition to his boat and car repair shop.

"By having that business established back there, we didn't lose that, we didn't lose something in Two Harbors," says Machelle.

"The people have been telling me that they are really glad that we reopened the bait shop and right now our problem is that people just don't know that we're back here," says LeRoy.

After taking care of the bait shop... Al and Machelle still had to figure out what to do with the building.

That's when they got a phone call from Linda Towne with Vision Pro.

"In calling we didn't know if they wanted another bait shop in here or exactly what was going to happen and Al decided to transition into a different kind of business," says Linda.

"By having this company come in we have another choice in town. We have a lot of seniors in town that now hopefully don't have to travel to Duluth, it gives them another option," says Machelle.

Now with a little extra time on his hands... Al no longer has to be envious of his former customers.

"Allan has got a tan right now because he's been out on the lake so much the last three or four days so I think that's just an indication of what's to come," says Machelle.

Vision Pro currently has eight locations across the Northland.