THE BUTLER BUILDING – Home of the Aitkin Opera House

Watch the “World Famous Fish House Parade” in Style!

November 28th from 12 to 3 p.m., the Aitkin Butler Building will be hosting a special VIP Fish House reception, giving partygoers the opportunity to enjoy the parade and the day’s festivities from the warmth of its historic Opera House. Instead of having to save a spot on the curb, guests will get a premium bird’s eye view as the annual parade passes directly in front of the building on Minnesota Avenue. There will be a complete hot and cold buffet, as well as a cash bar featuring an array of Minnesota craft beers, wines and a full range of liquor. There will also be live entertainment. View Details


Aitkin Farmers’ Market Now Open!

Open Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 12 noon
Minnesotans can visit the parking lot at the historic Butler Building (301 Minnesota Avenue North) to enjoy a wide range of farm products from local farmers. Learn more about the featured businesses as well as how to be a part of Aitkin Farmers’ Market.

Looking for a way to showcase your talent? The Farmers’ Market is a great opportunity to do so. No money, but a way to get tips and maybe some gigs for your talent. Contact Sylvia or Lynne to let them know if you are interested. This is also a good opportunity for a trio, solo guitar or duo.


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The Butler Building is Ready to Host Your Next Event!

Imagine your event in this space! Perfect for weddings, 50th anniversaries,
birthday celebrations, fundraisers, concerts and more! Capacity for 486.
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Butler Building Event Contract

    Wedding reception at the Butler Building

Holidays and Special Events at the Butler Building

The Butler Building and the Opera House have room for parties from 40 to 468.
The Opera House has a full liquor license and seating for any number of people up to 468.
For information on booking your party,
you can call Sylvia Allen at (218) 678-2441 or Lynne Jacobs at (218) 820-8790.
Celebrate your special event
in the beautifully restored Opera House in the Butler Building

Commercial Leasing Available Now – ONLY 2 LEFT!

New Diner and Coffee House at the Butler Building.Brainerd Lakes area’s newly renovated historic building has two retail spaces left … 450 and 625 square feet and, since they adjacent, they can be one shop with your own external door. Combines state-of-the-art with elegant, historic ambiance. Types of stores that are needed in Aitkin: sports & memorabilia, big and tall men’s shop, yarn shop, Irish shop, Minnesota products (crafts, wild rice, etc.), bed and bath products, antiques, primitives – no dollar stores or resale shops. $9 a square foot, modified gross. See Details! See Details!

Currently the building houses an Internet café and Giada’s, a women’s boutique. An additional space is being used by the Aitkin Historical Society to showcase their activities and history of Aitkin. Future plans call for a restaurant and brewpub. The opera house has been totally renovated and is available for weddings, seminars, training, 50th anniversaries, school dances and other events where ambiance and charm contribute to the success of the event.

Reserve Today Your Leasing Space!
Call Sylvia @ 218.678.2441 or 732.241.1144

Shopping Arcade

The main level will be comprised of an assortment of retail shops including the Beanery, an Internet café and coffee shop and a diverse collection of shops.
The Grotto - Party Preview

Opera House

Upper Level for Special Events

The upper level has been fully restored to its original splendor and is available for events such as weddings, 50th anniversaries, fashion shows, fund-raising celebration … any number of events where you want to be in an exciting and beautiful event space.


The lower level is a divine location for a quality restaurant … with ambiance, low level lighting, a bar, quality food, entertainment … what about The Grotto? The back portion would be perfect for a brew pub. We’re interested in talking to restauranteurs about making your vision for this space a reality.

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with more exciting information!