Custom Fireplace store heats up on University Avenue

For many years, Joe Spoden worked as chimney sweep, assuring folks a comfortable, relaxing respite from winter’s biting chill as they warmed themselves by the fireplace.

MetroNorth Chamber of Commerce President Lori Higgins and co-chairperson of the chamber’s Ambassador Committee Caralyn Hack chat in front of a fireplace in the Custom Fireplace and Chimney Care showroom. Photo by Sue Austreng

MetroNorth Chamber of Commerce President Lori Higgins and co-chairperson of the chamber’s Ambassador Committee Caralyn Hack chat in front of a fireplace in the Custom Fireplace and Chimney Care showroom. Photo by Sue Austreng

He knew fireplaces inside and out and when the opportunity came to open his own store, it lit a fire in his heart until he and his wife, Melissa, found a location and opened Custom Fireplace and Chimney Care.

Joe and Melissa opened the doors to that Coon Rapids store back in October, and officially and ceremonially cut the ribbon with a MetroNorth Chamber of Commerce ceremony Jan. 16.

“We are just so fortunate to find this location. We are very happy here,” Melissa said before the ribbon cutting as Joe spoke with a couple in the showroom, helping them decide between installing a gas or wood-burning fireplace in their home.

At Custom Fireplace and Chimney Care, the Spodens provide installation and sales of gas and wood-burning fireplace units and wood stoves.

They also provide repair, cleaning and maintenance services for fireplaces, wood stoves and chimneys.

“I really like going out and servicing homes, meeting people, working with them, helping them find the best fit for their home and providing the best care, too,” Spoden said.

MetroNorth Chamber of Commerce President Lori Higgins expects the business to be a good fit in the community.

“It’s fun to see such a vibrant business go into this area,” Higgins said.

“They are a wonderful couple. They have a beautiful showcase, a beautiful showroom. This will be a good fit for this area.”

Custom Fireplace and Chimney Care is located at 9696 University Ave. NW, Coon Rapids and is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

For more information, call 763-267-1499 or email info@CustomChimneyCare.com.

Sue Austreng is at sue.austreng@ecm-inc.com

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