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Paynesville Press - September 8, 2004

New business opens in city

By Bonnie Jo Hanson

A new business has opened its doors in Paynesville. Koronis Specialties specializes in custom-made and decorated wooden window valances and shelves, wooden slacks racks that roll, and custom-made car and truck accessories that range from steel step-bars to bug deflectors and truck bed covers. The business also offers auto and RV detailing.

Products of Koronis Specialties Koronis Specialties, which is located at 221 Ampe Drive, is owned and operated by a father-son team Ron and Brian Menk with help from Ron's wife Caidy.

Koronis Specialities builds custom window valances and rolling slacks racks, as well as a full line of custom auto accessories.

Brian came to the Paynesville area from the Twin Cities last year to join his parents who retired here several years ago. With a background in cabinet making and custom laminate installation, owning his own business working in wood as well as other mediums suited him, Brian said.

Ron, who is a retired manufacturer of plastic laminate, joined the business to help his son get started, he said. Once the business is off and running, Ron would like to return to semi-retirement, working only when he wants to. Caidy is a nurse and works part-time for Koronis Specialties as bookkeeper.

Now that the doors of Koronis Specialties are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Brian and Ron can concentrate on expanding the business. Customers can find product samples on the company's website at

Eventually Brian would like to have enough business to hire employees.

Currently, Brian lives with his parents at their Lake Koronis home, but he hopes to move to Paynesville soon. The whole family enjoys fishing, boating, hunting and camping together.

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