Moose Lake Star Gazette - Serving Carlton and Pine Counties Since 1895

By Lois E. Johnson
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Five Sisters reopens on Arrowhead Lane


January 17, 2019

Lois Johnson

Jenny Moonen shows the variety of stylish warm clothing available at Five Sisters.

It has been over four years since Jenny Moonen opened Five Sisters in Moose Lake on Folz Boulevard. She named the shop after the five sisters in her family.

Now she has moved her business to a new location at 732 Arrowhead Lane, where Blue Sky Electrolysis had been located. The Grand Re-opening was held on Jan. 10 and 12.

"It was a God thing," she explained during an interview on Friday, Jan. 11. "I had prayed about a new location for my business, being that it was growing, and it was the very next day when Angie Eckerman, the owner of Blue Sky Electrolysis, came and asked if I would like to move to her shop. She was moving her business to her home in Rutledge."

Moonen said that she had been asking around while she checked on other possible locations for her business, and one of the people that she had contacted had passed along the word to Eckerman.

Moonen and her husband, John, and other helpers moved the contents to the new store between Christmas and New Year's Day.

People were stopping in to check out the new store during the Grand Re-opening.

Moonen has a variety of products available in her store, from clothing to Avon products, to jewelry and to food items.

"I call this my Home Room," she said as she pointed out one room where gourmet food products, including raw honey, are on display as well as items for the home, such as hand towels.

Clothing is in another room at the rear of the building.

Avon soaps and other products line the shelves in the main room in the front of the store. Jewelry is on display in one cabinet.

A table is located near the counter.

"That's where we will have our painting classes," said Jenny. "We also have craft classes and card-making classes."

Jenny offers samples of fudge from Cheri's Fudge Factory, a business located in Sandstone.

Thick pieces of wrapped fudge are located in a display on the main counter for a reasonable price.

Congratulatory bouquets of flowers were being brought in by representatives of local businesses and other well wishers.

"It is fun," said Moonen. "People have been so nice."

Jenny found her place when she moved to Moose Lake and married John Moonen in 2014.

"I grew up in Elk River, which was a small town in those days," she said. "I lived in the Twin Cities area so it was nice to come back to a small town. I really came into my own when I moved to Moose Lake."

Jenny is appreciative of all of the people that have helped her.

"There were so many people that helped me out when I first came here," she said. "I want to pay it forward."

Jenny helps out in the community with the SOCC group (Strengthening Our Christian Community), her church, Holy Angels Catholic Church, and other organizations. She also sponsors the Five Sisters 5K run during Agate Days.

"I have a servant's heart as does John," she said. "We each volunteer the other for different things. We enjoy it."

Jenny said that her latest idea is to make a map for tourists that show the places where they can shop in the community.

"They often ask me where else they can shop," she said.

Moonen also has a heart for women.


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