Lo­cal com­mu­nity hop­ing to drum up busi­ness

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Prince’s Pais­ley Park es­tate will be a per­ma­nent mu­seum.

The late singer’s Min­ne­sota home and record­ing stu­dio has been open to the pub­lic on a tem­po­rary ba­sis for the past month and now the Chan­has­sen City Coun­cil has voted unan­i­mously to al­low the ex­hibit to con­tinue af­ter re­view­ing con­cerns about traf­fic and pedes­trian safety.

Lo­cal busi­ness lead­ers had backed the pro­pos­als to make the es­tate a per­ma­nent tourist at­trac­tion.

Ver­nelle Clay­ton, a Chan­has­sen res­i­dent and leader of the Buy Chan­has­sen busi­ness group, told the Chan­has­sen Vil­lager news­pa­per: “We think more cus­tomers and clients is noth­ing but ben­e­fi­cial to our com­mu­nity.”

Jeff Filipek, pres­i­dent of the South­West Metro Cham­ber of Com­merce, said one lo­cal restau­rant ex­pe­ri­enced a 36 per cent in­crease in busi­ness dur­ing a two-hour pe­riod last week­end.

Since Pais­ley Park’s doors were thrown open on Oc­to­ber 6 – al­most six months af­ter the 1999 hit­maker died from an ac­ci­den­tal over­dose at the prop­erty – more than 12,000 peo­ple have al­ready toured Stu­dio A, the Pur­ple Rain Room, the NPG Mu­sic Club and other parts of the es­tate.

Pais­ley Park is now ex­pected to be open to tourists from Thurs­days through Sun­days in the short term.

Fans who visit the es­tate even get to see Prince’s re­mains as the elab­o­rate urn hold­ing his ashes is on dis­play.

The urn was de­signed by Prince’s sis­ter Tyka and nephew Pres­i­dent Nel­son, and fea­tures scale-model de­tails from Pais­ley Park, his pur­ple Yamaha pi­ano and white or­na­men­tal doves.

Tyka worked with the com­pany Forev­er­ence to cre­ate the urn and it fea­tures seven crys­tals.

Pete Saari, CEO and founder of the com­pany, said in a state­ment: “We are truly hon­oured and hum­bled to work with Prince’s fam­ily to pay trib­ute to one of the great­est mu­si­cal artists of our gen­er­a­tion. We be­lieve that ev­ery­one’s a leg­end to the peo­ple who love and miss them the most.”

OVER­DOSE: Prince died ear­lier this year

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