Small Town Life and Business Opportunity Led Vickie Hasbargen to “Get Hooked for Life” in Lake of the Woods.

For Vickie Hasbargen, living in the Lake of the Woods Community was an easy choice. After marrying in 1998, she moved just east of Lake of the Woods as she obtained employment at CHI Lakewood Health. She was immediately attracted to the area for the small town lifestyle, world-class outdoor opportunities, and great community amenities.

“I found Baudette to be a quaint little town with many friendly folks. I remember thinking how great of a community this would be to raise children. The school system offered so much for a small town, there are several different churches making it easy for one to find the denomination they were seeking. Baudette also offers a great Health Care facility…”

As the daughter of owners of a floral shop in International Falls, Vickie spent her pre-teen hours in the flower shop, creating her own custom flower arrangements. It was a natural fit for Vickie to go into the business for herself, and in November 2014 she opened Boutique Baudette, formally Baudette Floral and Gifts. Over the last three year Boutique Baudette has provided the Lake of the Woods community a full service floral and gift shop. During that time she’s also added custom apparel printing, embroidery, and same day digital photo developing service. In the near future Boutique Baudette will be opening the Rogue Bean Coffee Shop. It will be nestled inside the store with a drive up window for those in a hurry, and cozy seating for those seeking a place to gather with friends. They will offer gourmet coffees, smoothies, light breakfasts, and lunches and treats.

Her advice for anyone considering Lake of the Woods:

“Be willing to grow and change to accommodate the things that are important to the community.”

Baudette Floral and Gifts is located at 211 Main St, Baudette, MN. Check out their website at or find them on Facebook by searching “Boutique Baudette”.


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