It was an atypical lending project for the Foundation, but Northland’s Director of Business Finance, John Elden, became convinced by Allen’s vision and business savvy. His confidence in Allen seems well-placed as she directs painstaking restoration and updates. The second floor, once the grand Aitkin Opera House, is once again an elegant event site. The brightly awning’d street level hosts a bustling coffee house and a boutique, and Allen envisions a restaurant and brew house on the lower level. She proudly shares that all the work is being done by local contractors, too.
“This is a labor of love and a way to contribute to this town, where I have been coming all my life,” stated Allen. “I’m thrilled that Bremer Bank and the Northland Foundation believed in me and my dreams for the Butler Building.”