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Shot makers like Ablis and California Juice Co, coffee brands like Cuvee and Kickback Cold Brew, and even craft beer brewers have unveiled line extensions or brands built around the functional ingredient. As recreational marijuana sales continue to open up in states across the country, and with political leaders across the aisle calling for legalized hemp farming and distribution, the market for both CBD and Thetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which produces the psychoactive effects associated with feeling �high,� has exploded. The legal cannabis industry as a whole brought in $9 billion in 2017 � and that�s prior to the launch of recreational sales in California this past January. Hemp-derived CBD is currently legal in 46 states and The Hemp Business Journal has estimated hemp and CBD food, beverage, and cosmetics will grow to a $1.8 billion market by 2020. Still, despite entrepreneurs� willingness to experiment, CBD beverages haven�t yet become a wave, and there are plenty of obstacles in the way: production, distribution, branding, and an uncertain regulatory and shipping environment are all drags on what is expected to be a huge business. Those challenges won�t stop the people are still looking to the future, however. Getting In Early For a look at that future, check in with a beverage veteran. L.A. Libations EVP David Meniane no longer goes a day without taking CBD. Since first deciding to explore the space, he has immersed himself in functional beverage brands building around CBD, sampling hundreds of products over the course of the past year. During that time, Meniane became a true believer in CBD�s physical and mental benefits. With a green light from their investors, The Coca-Cola Company, it�s a question of �when,� not �if,� L.A. Libations will partner with a CBD-based beverage brand. �The amount of people involved in CBD is higher than anything we�ve ever seen,� Meniane told BevNET in a phone call in March. �Eighteen months ago I don�t think we had even one call from a CBD company. In the last ninety days, I think we spoke to 20 different companies that do different things.� As entrepreneurs across categories seek to launch brands, beverage developers such as Sovereign Flavors have likewise been seeing a sizable uptick in clients. Katie Allen, account executive at Sovereign Flavors, told BevNET the company first began getting inquiries for CBD beverages in 2016, but over the past six months the amount of requests has �ramped up.� The majority of these clients, she said, are seeking to develop functional products focused on health and wellness. But investors, while showing showing a growing interest in CBD beverages, don�t seem to be fully sold on the concept. Most investment activity thus far has been focused on marijuana producers and cultivators rather than beverage-centric businesses, which could see further growth as overall interest in the cannabis market continues to rise. Up to now, much of that activity has been limited to Canada, where cannabis companies are allowed to be listed on the country�s stock exchange. In late February, Toronto-based Tinley Beverage Company, which produces both THC and CBD-infused drinks, raised $7.9 million in a private-investment-to-public-equity transaction. Meanwhile, liquor conglomerate Constellation Brands� $191 million investment in Canadian cannabis company Canopy Growth last October was discussed in the media as one of the first major plays from a mainstream corporation in cannabis products. Kevin McGovern, chairman and CEO of McGovern Capital and co-founder of new age beverage brand SoBe, has invested in several medical cannabis companies around the world including Canada-based WeedMD, Israel Plant Sciences, and INTIVA. McGovern said he sees �the floodgates� about to open for the cannabis market. Still, he remains cautious of the beverage space for CBD and cannabis products as brands scramble to establish themselves on the ground floor. �To what extent will this �green rush� be a �green avalanche� similar to Colorado has been [for cannabis]?� McGovern said. �I think there�s a lot of people in the cannabis business in California, but frankly I think there�s other states that are even more opportunistic because there�s less noise going on. There�s a lot of people racing to this �green rush� but many of them really don�t understand the marketing aspects that are necessary for a successful product.� While the hype is growing, CBD beverages still face a long road ahead. 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Playa Hotels & Resorts Recognized at the 2018 TravelAge West WAVE Awards FAIRFAX, Va., June 15, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Playa Hotels & Resorts (NASDAQ:PLYA) (�Playa�) the owner, operator and developer of all-inclusive resorts for brands such as Hyatt, Hilton, Jewel Resorts and Panama Jack Resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean, was honored last night at one of the travel industry�s top events � the 2018 TravelAge West WAVE Awards. This annual black-tie gala brings together leaders in the hospitality industry to award product innovation, performance and for attaining high guest satisfaction ratings throughout the previous calendar year. The award winners, who are considered the �best of the best� in the travel industry, undergo stringent product analysis, on-site visits, travel agent surveys and online research to be considered for nomination. Nominees are then selected via ballot submitted by certified travel agents throughout the Western United States. Playa Hotels & Resorts Awarded:�Best All-Inclusive Hotel Chain: Mexico� - Hyatt Zilara & Hyatt Ziva �These awards demonstrate our commitment to the travel agent community and to our guests, to consistently deliver an exceptional overall resort experience,� said Kevin Froemming, Chief Marketing Officer at Playa Hotels & Resorts. �We recognize that guests have a multitude of vacation choices in these destinations and we are honored to be recognized as one of the best.� For more information on Playa Hotels & Resorts or to make a reservation, visit PlayaResorts.com or contact your preferred travel agent. Playa Hotels & Resorts Playa Hotels & Resorts N.V. (�Playa�) is a leading owner, operator and developer of all-inclusive resorts in prime beachfront locations in popular vacation destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean. Playa owns and/or manages a total portfolio consisting of 20 resorts (7,769 rooms) located in Mexico, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic. In Mexico, Playa owns and manages Hyatt Zilara Cancun, Hyatt Ziva Cancun, Panama Jack Resorts Cancun, Panama Jack Resorts Playa del Carmen, THE Royal Playa del Carmen, Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta and Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos. In Jamaica, Playa owns and manages Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall and Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall, Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa, Jewel Dunn�s River Beach Resort & Spa, Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort & Spa, Jewel Runaway Bay Beach & Golf Resort and Jewel Paradise Cove Beach Resort & Spa. Playa also owns five resorts in Mexico and the Dominican Republic that are managed by a third party and Playa manages the Sanctuary Cap Cana, in the Dominican Republic.
Where the Wall Worked TIJUANA, Mexico�In 1972, a 15-year-old named Raul stepped off a bus at a depot near Coahuila Street, in the red-light district of Tijuana. Coming from an isolated village in the farming state of Michoac�n, Raul had never heard so much noise, nor seen so many people in one place. He spent the next day afraid to leave the bus depot, until a janitor shooed him away. Coahuila, teeming with people, was a legendary neighborhood a few blocks from the U.S.-Mexico border. Americans came here to spend money in the all-night clubs on booze and sex. By the time Raul arrived, it had also grown into a kind of Ellis Island for would-be migrants�a landing spot for poor folks from across Mexico who arrived on buses like his by the hundreds every day, headed, they hoped, to new and better lives in the United States. They rented cheap rooms in the hooker hotels, as did the smugglers they paid to herd them through a border of barbed wire or porous chain-link fence. Raul had hoped to cross the border and pick crops in California�s Central Valley. But his uncles, whom he hadn�t seen for years, had found work as immigrant smugglers. Instead of crossing into California, Raul stayed in Tijuana, and grew into the family business. Story Continued Below The immigrant-smuggling business was quintessential Tijuana in the 1970s and �80s: It was a seat-of-the-pants endeavor that young men, rural transplants, entered easily by learning from others, employing mostly their wits and bravado. In Mexico, they were known as polleros (chicken herders), and they were the kings of Tijuana, rolling in dollars and filling the cantinas after every trip. �So, I stayed, earning $100 or $200 a day as a pollero�s helper,� Raul told me when I met him in Tijuana a few months ago. �I went from helper to pollero, driving people across.� All that changed beginning in the early 1990s, when U.S. authorities, responding to the chaos and open flouting of the law at the border, built a wall�followed by another over the next decade. The first, made of Vietnam War-era steel landing pads, begins in the waves of the Pacific Ocean and stretches east for 14 miles along hilly terrain that sidles against a string of working-class neighborhoods, the Tijuana airport and the Otay Mesa factory zone, stopping only when it meets the mountain known as Nido de las �guilas (Eagles� Nest), on Tijuana�s eastern edge. The second, parallel barrier, made of fencing and prison-like stanchions, spans several miles east and west on either side of the legal crossing point at San Ysidro. Along with these structures came additional surveillance such as buried sensors and poles with cameras peering in every direction. Today, nothing so embodies the tense relations between the United States and Mexico as President Donald Trump�s promise to build a wall along much of the 2,000-mile border between the two countries. Trump has spoken of a �big, beautiful� border barrier since his days as a candidate and, earlier this year, took a trip to San Diego to view prototypes. Many Americans and Mexicans alike have greeted the idea with disdain. A wall would be expensive ($18 billion, by the administration�s own estimation); redundant (some 700 miles of wall and fencing already exist); and, to some Mexicans, offensive. The leftist politician Andr�s Manuel L�pez Obrador has described the impulse behind the would-be structure as �neo-fascist�; he is leading in the polls to become Mexico�s next president. Tijuanans, though, tend to view the idea of yet another wall with indifference. �We already have two walls. I�m not sure what another one would do,� says Miguel Marshall, a young entrepreneur in the city. The walls were the first nudge that forced the city to focus inward and wean itself, over many years, from its dependence on easy money from elsewhere. Tijuana has in many ways been a success story since the 1990s�and at least some of that success owes to the border walls. Over the years, the walls, along with bulked-up security, have imposed order on a chaotic border, where extortion, rape and robbery had been common. More broadly, the walls were the first nudge that forced the city to focus inward and wean itself, over many years, from its dependence on easy money from elsewhere. Eight former polleros I spoke with for this story, including Raul, told me that after the walls went up, their smuggling business began to taper off; they no longer facilitate illegal crossings. (Illegal immigrant apprehensions at the southwest border overall have dropped by more than 70 percent in that time, from well north of 1 million annually in the late 1990s to about 300,000 in the 2017 fiscal year.) Meanwhile, though for different reasons, U.S. tourism to Tijuana slowed substantially. Over the past 24 years, including a decade living in Mexico City, I have made dozens of trips to Tijuana and watched the city slowly mature from a kind of wild west dependence on migrant-smuggling and American tourism to a more self-contained and economically viable metropolis. I grew fascinated by the emerging city that few in the United States seemed to recognize�a place with burgeoning opera and classical music scenes and a distinctive and high-quality cuisine known as Baja Med. In some areas, older buildings are being redeveloped and in-filled. Locals have created boutiques, clothing lines, microbreweries, small but striving tech and film industries, art galleries and more�all of which serve Tijuana�s middle class and a new cohort of rambunctious, globally aware hipsters who have grown up since the mid-1990s. Bus depots that once deposited tourists or prospective migrants near the border daily have closed. The old hooker hotels are fading, and lofts and artist spaces have sprouted up. Today, Tijuana�s economy is among the most robust in Mexico. Tijuana continues to face its share of troubles. Drug trade-related murders have recently spiked, and as the United States sends undocumented immigrants back to Mexico, new flophouses have cropped up in Tijuana for deportees. Nor have illegal border crossings to the United States gone away, as has been made clear by the family-separation crisis at the U.S. border in recent weeks. But the time I�ve spent in Tijuana suggests that the walls at least were the first jolt in a citywide reinvention that has been largely positive. As the United States and Mexico face the prospect of a tougher border�whether Trump gets his wall or not�in Tijuana, at least, locals have stopped looking north quite so much as they once did. *** Long before the walls went up, Tijuana was a village along a river, across the borderline from San Diego, dependent on the United States even for electricity. Easy money flowed, but it was American dollars, not pesos, that fueled commerce for much of the 20th century. Los Angelenos looking to avoid U.S. prohibitions on alcohol and gambling in the 1920s and �30s, and later Hollywood partiers looking to have a good time, headed south over the border. In the following decades, the Avenida Revoluci�n tourist strip developed into a place for Americans to get drunk and lose their inhibitions. For countless foreign visitors, this city was their idea of �Mexico�; people in the rest of the country, though, tended to view the town as barely Mexican. Looking Inward In recent years, businesses in Tijuana have increasingly catered to a local clientele, and less to the American tourists who long flooded the city. | Guillermo Arias for Politico Magazine As Mexico�s economy stumbled through the 1970s, Tijuana also emerged as a crossing point for illegal immigrants who hoped to tap the massive job markets in Southern California and the agricultural Central Valley. Its city limits began to leap east and south, unplanned and chaotic, filling with the poor from the country�s blighted rural interior. Back home, wherever they had come from, elites tended to blunt access to economic opportunity. But Tijuana, as it grew from a dusty village to a busy outpost of sin, was a blank slate where people could start small businesses and work their way into the middle class. Mexico�s rural poor collectively injected huge amounts of money and energy into the city�s economy. The migrants seeking to cross into the United States supported a whole cottage industry of suppliers near the border selling them what they needed for the trip. According to the polleros I spoke with, one crossing area that was legendary became known as Las Canelas�The Cinnamons�for a spiced drink with a touch of alcohol to keep crossers warm at night. At Las Canelas, a marketplace materialized every afternoon as migrants congregated before crossing, and vendors came to sell them tacos, coffee, maps, shoes, coats, tampons, diapers and more. All this was abetted by the fact that, for decades, the border was simply a line that people crossed at will. By the 1980s, officials added a chain-link fence here and there, or strands of barbed wire, but both were easily broached. At times, Raul told me, Border Patrol officers had to push Las Canelas south�the vendors had unwittingly nudged into U.S. territory. The market continued through each night, he says, until, a few hours before dawn, when vendors would strike their stands. They would be back the next afternoon. Officially, Tijuana grew from roughly 290,000 people in 1970 to close to 1 million by the 1990s. But even those figures seem conservative, given the vast river of people passing through the city during these decades, stopping for days or months before moving on. Over that time, the migrant-smuggling industry became a volume business; former polleros tell me they routinely herded groups of 20, 50, 70 people across the borderline, then crowded them into vans and trucks waiting a few hundred yards north that took them to Los Angeles and beyond, with each migrant paying a fee of a few hundred dollars. Meanwhile, many people came to Tijuana intending to cross but stayed. They discovered new businesses they had never imagined back home. They sold hardware and building supplies to people, like them, who came and stayed. Others found work selling velvet paintings, serapes, plaster Mickey Mouse statues, tequila�and sex�to the Americans flowing south onto the Avenida Revoluci�n every weekend. The money that came from crossing people or selling trinkets to Americans added little to the city�s own productivity or entrepreneurialism, however. Tijuana was, primarily, a way station. In 1986, Congress responded to the chaotic flow of migrants by passing the Immigration Reform and Control Act, giving amnesty to some 3 million undocumented immigrants in the United States and enacting punishment for employers who hired undocumented workers. But the migrants continued to come; American employers continued to hire them with virtual impunity; and the Mexican economy continued to be unable to channel the energies of its young working classes. By the mid-1990s, undocumented immigrants in the United States would number some 5 million�equal to the number before IRCA. The cost of crossing, migrants tell me, eventually skyrocketed to between $6,000 and $14,000 per person�perhaps the best measurement of how the border closed. The administrations of Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton responded to the surge with a number of measures meant to keep out illegal migrants in the first place. They included the first wall on the California-Mexico border�the 14-mile steel structure�which the Border Patrol had completed by late 1993. In 1994 came �Operation Gatekeeper,� a federal initiative committing more Border Patrol resources to the San Diego area. That same year, California voters passed Proposition 187, which denied government services to those in the country illegally. A court later overturned the measure, but it was nonetheless a sign of American voters� sentiments. The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, forced heightened border security. The lines in Tijuana to cross legally into the United States grew to be hours long. The wall had already made it harder for Mexicans to jump the border northward; now the crossing was a hassle for American tourists as well, and their numbers began to dwindle. But illegal immigration to the United States was still on the rise. So, in subsequent years, a second fence, roughly 100 yards into the U.S. interior, was constructed; it was largely completed by 2005. Around that same time, through a combination of federal and congressional action, the Border Patrol added more agents, sensors, lighting, cameras and other surveillance. Border Patrol apprehensions in San Diego fell from more than half a million in 1994 to 138,000 a decade later�and to just 26,000 last year. Over time, trafficking was no longer a game for independent operators; increasingly they had to leave the trade or join larger groups who could afford to pay Mexican authorities for protection or for more elaborate ways of smuggling individual immigrants across. Many polleros left the trade. Those who remained raised their prices. The mighty flows of migrants north from Tijuana ebbed. Las Canelas faded. Then, from 2008 to 2010, savage drug-cartel violence erupted in a fight over territory between the reigning Tijuana cartel and its rivals. For a time, that, and the effects of the recession, all but extinguished the foreign tourism that had sustained much of the town since its birth. The Avenida Revoluci�n tourist strip, which once buzzed with dollars and drunk Marines, was largely abandoned. The cost of crossing, migrants tell me, eventually skyrocketed to between $6,000 and $14,000 per person�perhaps the best measurement of how the border closed. Tijuana was left without the rivers of money from the south and north from which it had long lived. *** At the same time, a class of young entrepreneurs, bilingual and eager to mix with the world, was quietly emerging from Tijuana�s middle class. Their parents had come in the 1970s and found work as vendors or, later, accountants in assembly plants, sacrificing so that their children could attend college and find more opportunity in the world. Among them was Miguel Marshall. Marshall, 31, began his business career selling goods to American tourists on Avenida Revoluci�n�rhinestone-studded T-shirts that he bought from Chinese and Israeli merchants in the Fashion District of Los Angeles. But as American tourism declined and the drug violence began to subside in 2011, a small hive of hipster bars and restaurants formed at Avenida Revoluci�n and Sixth Street, and young artists crept onto the wasteland of Revoluci�n, painting murals and provocative statements on the storefront shutters. Marshall, and other entrepreneurs of his generation, were �thirsty for a sense of being a Tijuanan, people from a city that�s typically not recognized,� he says. Without the traditional, easier ways of doing business, he continues, �I had to become more creative, think of other ways to make money. Then we saw the economics: abandoned buildings, cheap rent. It was easy to do something that looks nice cheaply.� TJ Locals Miguel Marshall, left, renovates old Tijuana buildings into co-working spaces, galleries and more. Cab driver Martin Gutierrez, right, is one of the city�s many deportees. | Guillermo Arias for Politico Magazine Soon they were transforming classic old Tijuana. Curio shops that once sold switchblades, velvet paintings and naked-lady playing cards to Americans became boutiques displaying fashions from local designers. Old taco shops became gourmet taco stands. Hotel Caesar�s, which houses the restaurant where the Caesar salad was famously invented, has remodeled and now features Baja-Med cuisine of grilled octopus, French onion soup and tamarind margaritas. The corridors�pasajes�that in Tijuana�s tourist heyday housed kitschy art galleries for Americans were abandoned for many years. They have now been reborn as gathering places for Tijuanans. The main corridor�Pasaje Rodriguez�is thick with caf�s with young kids smoking and playing guitar, a bookstore and funky galleries, which come and go quickly amid walls painted with the visages of revolutionary Emiliano Zapata and the Mexican cultural critic Carlos Monsiv�is. Today, Tijuana�s population is more than 1.6 million; its unemployment hovers around 2 percent (compared with a national average of about 3.5 percent); and the city is enjoying a construction boom. It has also deepened its economic ties with San Diego, which is connected to the Tijuana airport by a walkway. Residents of each city attend concerts and sporting events in the other. At the port of entry in San Ysidro, part of the city of San Diego, the Las Americas Premium Outlets bustle with shoppers, many of whom cross legally from Tijuana. Tijuana pharmacies and hospitals survive largely off Americans coming south for cheaper medication or procedures. Meanwhile, San Ysidro remains the busiest land border crossing in the world�for legal migrants. Of course, Tijuana�s growth is the result of more than just the city�s new entrepreneurial spirit. Assembly plants�making televisions, car parts and more for the U.S. market�have long employed much of the city�s working class. And Mexico�s economy, with a rising middle class, has grown overall in recent years, particularly in the industrial north, at least in part due to the North American Free Trade Agreement. What�s more, large parts of Tijuana remain shantytowns, with residents who might be surprised to hear that the city is changing at all. The corridors�pasajes�that in Tijuana�s tourist heyday housed kitschy art galleries for Americans have now been reborn as gathering places for Tijuanans. But in places like Pasaje Rodriguez, there is a palpable sense of reinvigoration, with businesses that serve a local clientele. A block away, the Sara building once housed a discount-clothing emporium. On the ground floor now is Baristi, a caf� of dark rough-cut wood offering coffee, wine and Wi-Fi. A floor above is a co-working space, and above that is a terrace reception area where Victor Rangel often works. Rangel, now 37, told me he was deported from the United States when he was 25, in the middle of studying to be a chef. After years of traipsing around Mexico, he has settled in Tijuana. �We do have bars for gringos, but it�s started to die down,� Rangel says. �Now it�s more like bars and cocktails directed at the bicultural Tijuana kids.� Marshall, meanwhile, started a co-working space called Hub Stn, in one of the very bus stations that used to transport thousands of Americans to Tijuana every weekend. When that was bought and razed for a movie theater, he turned to other properties. He has renovated a gas station�Estaci�n Federal�near the borderline into a mix of apartments, co-working space, a caf� and offices that house an art gallery and more. Marshall also recently purchased one of the old hardware stores that sold so much of what built Tijuana for decades, and he is redeveloping that into a mix of lofts and retail.
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Hotel to open in downtown Stillwater STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) - When it came time for developer Corey Burstad to find a partner for his $13.5 million hotel project in downtown Stillwater, he knew a standard chain wouldn�t cut it. The space - the former Joseph Wolf Brewery block on South Main Street - was too historic and too unusual, he said. �I didn�t want to be controlled by anyone, as to what needs to happen to this property, because there is no way I could have ever followed their rules,� Burstad said during a recent tour of the new hotel. �I just felt like I needed to bring on an operator who understood.� Burstad, chief manager at Elevage Development Group, interviewed several firms in the Midwest before turning to Provenance Hotels, based in Portland, Oregon. The firm�s portfolio includes boutique hotels in Seattle, Portland, Nashville and New Orleans. Provenance officials toured the site �in a freezing rain on a cold spring day,� Burstad said. �It was terrible weather, and I thought to myself, there is no way they are going to like this property. We had water running through the roof. But he was, like, �I get it. I see what you�re doing.� � What Burstad was doing was taking four separate buildings - built at different times and on seven levels - and cobbling them together to create a 30,000-square-foot hotel that includes a gourmet restaurant, craft cocktail bar and coffee shop. The 40-room, three-story boutique hotel, called Lora, opens June 18, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported. The project is already garnering national attention. Architectural Digest included Lora in a list of the 15 best-designed hotels opening this summer, along with hotels in the United Arab Emirates, Germany and the Maldives. The magazine noted that Lora �resides in a former brewery built in 1886 . and retains much of the features of a brewery, including caves, stone walls and a carriage passageway transformed into airy, livable spaces.� Designers with Minneapolis-based ESG worked to maintain as much of the original character of the buildings as possible by keeping the original trusses and leaving brick and limestone walls exposed, said Bridget Mugan, an interior designer with ESG. The rooms feature a color palette of blues and gray designed to pay homage to Stillwater�s German and Scandinavian settlers, she said. The name �Lora� is short for Lorelei, the mythical river nymph who dressed in white, wore a wreath of stars in her hair and sang a song so alluring that no one could resist its pull. �She was the river spirit,� Burstad said. �We thought it was fitting with all the history behind it. We just shortened it to Lora because it�s easier to say and remember. It�s more approachable.� The rooms include many whimsical nods to fables and folklore, including coat hooks in the shapes of hares, jackalopes and other animals (some of them not mythical). A few chosen room doors are painted red �like the eye of a loon,� Mugan said. Other features: valet parking, down comforters, Mascioni linens, eco-friendly bath products, complimentary Wi-Fi and an honor bar stocked with locally made products. Pets are welcome, and hotel staff will provide an Eco Nap pet bed, bowls and a treat upon check-in. Provenance usually builds 120- to 150-room hotels, but �40 rooms on Main Street is the perfect size for Stillwater,� said Kate Buska, the firm�s vice president of brand development and communications. �When we�re looking at new projects, we really look at what the cities are like - if they have a creative culture and a sense of place that we can incorporate into the spirit of the hotel,� she said. �Certainly we specialize in historic buildings and independent-lifestyle properties that connect with the heritage of the place and the building, so naturally Stillwater was intriguing to us. This site is a once-in-a-lifetime experience to get to work with.� Lora is a �game changer� for the hotel scene in Stillwater, said Mayor Ted Kozlowski. �To have a hotel of that caliber in Stillwater allows for a whole new type of visitor to come to Stillwater,� Kozlowski said. �Before, if there was a rock star or celebrity, they wouldn�t stay in town, right? They didn�t have that option. . We didn�t have the really swanky hotel that you find in the Cities. We�ve got that now.� Burstad gets the credit for sticking with the project despite many setbacks. �It was like gluing four buildings together,� Kozlowski said. �These were buildings, built at different times, that were kind of glued and duct-taped together that had to become one hotel structure. It was in a lot worse shape than I think any of us realized. It was crumbling and was structurally unsound.� The Stillwater City Council approved $1.15 million in tax-increment financing for the project in June 2014. The TIF money was key to saving the buildings, said community development director Bill Turnblad. �It�s an important site, and it occupies a key location downtown,� Turnblad said. �It�s the southern gateway to the city, so it�s a prominent location, and you don�t want it run down.� Saving the historic buildings required a major overhaul. Installing the elevator, for example, required crews to dig into bedrock. �We basically held the structure up and ripped every building out from the top to the bottom and then rebuilt up from the inside, so you basically have a new building in every building,� said Christopher Zeman, vice president of Zeman Construction. He said all the timbers pulled out of the buildings were repurposed. Among the main challenges: a stream that ran underneath, which had to be channeled to a storm sewer; stone walls with moisture issues; and a compromised roof. While working on the project, Zeman crews discovered extensive water damage inside a first-floor wall that had eroded an entire foundation and the wall that was coming off the Main Street stairs. �The superintendent called me and said, �You need to come and see this. There is no wall,� � Zeman said. �And sure enough, you were looking at the public stairway through the wall - it was just dirt.� The stairs were closed for four months while workers replaced the wall and rebuilt the stairs. Then there was a fire. On Feb. 27, a construction worker who was finishing the roof caused a fire on the corner of the building. The fire was extinguished and the damage repaired. The hotel�s restaurant will be called Feller and will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Sam Collins, executive chef and culinary director of Elevage, will be the chef. A native of Minnesota, Collins trained at Le Cordon Bleu in Minneapolis and has worked at the Ritz Carlton in Naples, Florida, and as sous chef at Murray�s in Minneapolis. Collins has created a �hunter- and gatherer-inspired menu� that will feature dishes from local purveyors. �The menu is my take on what the founders of Stillwater would have eaten, mixed with a bit of my own family traditions and recipes,� Collins said. �Everything will be local and fresh and should feel familiar to Midwest diners.� Feller seats approximately 100, with an additional 40-person semi-private dining room and a 30-seat outdoor patio. The hotel bar, the Long Goodbye, will serve craft cocktails, local beers and fine wine, Burstad said. �It�s named for the region�s time-honored tradition of lengthy farewells,� he said. The hotel�s coffee shop, called MADE, is located right next to the Main Street steps and will feature wood-roasted coffee, homemade pastries and fresh-pressed juices �for people who run the stairs,� he said. Kozlowski said he expects the hotel to be booked solid during busy times of year. �I think it�s going to do phenomenal,� he said. �The hotel itself is a destination, and we�ve never really had a destination hotel in Stillwater.�