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I am a wife, dog lover, coffee enthusiast, and writer who grew up in a very small town just outside of Rochester, Minnesota.  Byron is a charming bedroom community boasting a sought after school district, a tight knit community, and the best apple fritters you’ll ever eat, ever.  You’ll be lucky to rack up a tab for more than $1.50 at Otto’s Bakery while you enjoy endless coffee refills sitting in an old wooden chair in a warm, sunlit corner.

I met my husband, Craig in college at Winona State University.
I met my husband, Craig in college at Winona State University.

When I finished college I came back to Rochester to see my siblings grow and because I knew this town was something special and I wanted to be a part of it.

This town has an impressive entrepreneurial spirit with a global way of thinking.  I have experienced so many opportunities for personal and professional growth since residing here; it’s hard to say that I’ll ever leave.

My family grew up here.  They built their businesses and lives here.  My roots are in this town.  I have a fondness for photography, writing, and food.  Here, I can find countless picture-perfect places to enjoy a meal or meet with a friend for coffee or gourmet ice cream.

Our beloved Lab, Bella.
Our beloved Lab, Bella.

That’s why I created this site.  I aim to show you just how wonderful this city is and the endless ways you can start, build, and enjoy your life here.  On this site, you’ll find information about buying and selling real estate in Rochester & surrounding areas, things to do in Rochester, where to find reliable vendors, a good cup of coffee, and everything in between.

I started my real estate career in the new construction business as a Builder Representative, selling new model homes.  I have gained much success in the existing and new homes market by focusing on my strengths, (and my roots).

Our squishy rescue pup, Bandit.
Our squishy rescue pup, Bandit.

This city has a rich history and is ever-changing.  Real estate allows me to be a part of the future landscape as well as a part of preserving our past.  That’s why I love my job.  I get to watch the city that gave my family and I so many opportunities, grow and flourish.

My hope is that you take away some piece of information from this website that helps you explore and enjoy this city in new ways.

Now, go explore.


3 Comments on About Me

  1. Todd
    December 17, 2014 at 11:14 am (2 years ago)

    Hello I am a partner with the Loop Bar + Restaurant. We appreciate your write up. We are hoping for a huge turn out tomorrow throughout the day to help all the animals at Paws and Claws. Please let me know if you see any way for us to do business together in the future. We love to do what we can for our community.

    • jennamartindale
      December 17, 2014 at 11:35 am (2 years ago)

      It was my pleasure! You guys have brought so many good things to our community already. I’m grateful for business owners like you. Let’s stay in touch! I will be in for dinner tomorrow!

  2. Santa Claus
    July 22, 2015 at 7:08 pm (2 years ago)

    Dear Jenna: Might ask around in the circles you exist in; find out if the Real and Original Santa is coming back to Apache Mall for Christmas Season 2015. Maybe ask the MOM who started the ” Save our Santa at Apache Mall ” or Jeff Kiger from Post-Bulletin. It doesn’t look promising for the Santa of 13 years , to be coming back. Thrown Bus Under; He Could BE – Shifts of 12 to much for me ? On the Naughty List ? Golden Rule applies; One who holds the Gold – makes the rules. A cheaper Santa is more profit. Black Balled for ? ! ?


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