“SCCA is my way to give back and help grow our local business community, which is key to keeping Seward as a sustainable neighborhood.”
SCCA Member: Tracy Singleton, Birchwood Café

Monthly Archives: October, 2012

Fun City Dogs Set to Save $7,000 a Year on Electric Bill due to Light Fixture Upgrade

Since our August meeting about solar power, there has been a lot of buzz in the neighborhood about energy. There are really two ways to look at your electric bill: usage and source. Fun City Dogs is a doggie daycare at 22nd and Snelling which was getting a huge electric bill each month. Emerald Electric was able to determine that they were getting charged a fine from Xcel due to the extremely low efficiency … More

A Community-Oriented Approach for 2nd Moon Café

At 2nd Moon Café on Franklin, the owners and staff are all about people. The business was bought by Jay and Laura Fritzke earlier this year, and the new ownership is very clear about their commitment to rededicating the shop to the community. The shop will soon be reinvented as Precision Grind – a reference to the metalworking shop that previously occupied the space at 2225 Franklin – and Jay and Laura hope to … More

The 2012 Seward Winter Frolic November 30th – December 2nd

This winter, the Seward Neighborhood Group, The Seward Civic and Commerce Association, and the Seward Co-op invite you to come experience and celebrate Seward’s unique culture at the 2012 Seward Winter Frolic: Art in the ‘Hood. Starting with the opening festivities on Friday and continuing through an art crawl on Sunday, the weekend-long festival will provide an excellent opportunity to experience and support the work of Seward’s artistic community.

The event will kick … More

Photographer Aaron Hays to be featured at 2nd Moon Café for Seward Arts Frolic

Local artist Aaron Hays – also a former intern at Redesign –will soon have a black and white photography series on display at 2nd Moon Café. You may recognize his style from the SCCA Newsletter, which he helped produce last fall and winter. His work will be for sale at 2nd Moon over the next several weeks, so go check it out or stop by during the Seward Arts Frolic. Aaron’s work, some of … More

Introducing New SCCA Intern Will von Geldern

Last month, Redesign hired Will von Geldern to work with the business association and organize SCCA’s monthly meetings. Will is a graduate of Saint Paul Central High School and Grinnell College, and recently returned from a year of working with low-cost private schools in Hyderabad, India. Will’s interests are in economic development, entrepreneurship, and social business, and his time in India impressed upon him the importance – and challenges – of engaging immigrant communities … More

Ivy Building Arts Fest

The Ivy Building tenants will open their studios to the public this weekend. From 6-9 Friday evening, the 12th, and 11am-5pm on Saturday, you can visit Seward artists and view or purchase their work. The Vine Arts Center, which provides gallery space to all kinds of artists. They will provide refreshments and have new work on display through the weekend and during regular gallery hours through the beginning of November. If you haven’t had … More

Benches Seeking Shelter










Redesign has 15 of these wooden benches scattered around Seward. You may have seen them by True Thai, the Franklin Freeze, or in other locations. We are looking for businesses that would be willing to host a bench in their entryway for the winter so that they can stay out of the snow and salt.

Please email us at info@sewardbusiness.com to request a bench!… More

Barton Player Pianos Coming to Seward











Before there were mp3 players and earbuds, before smartphones and video games, before LPs, even before the radio, player pianos served as one of the first forms of home entertainment. Above is a picture of one of the first versions of the device, which could be rolled up to any piano. The device plays directly on the keys as a pianist would, and is … More

Birchwood Expansion Approved by the Neighborhood

Thanks to all the businesspeople who showed up at the September 4th SNG Development Committee Meeting. Over 150 people attended, and the final vote on the Birchwood Cafe expansion project was 141 in favor, 28 opposed. Owner Tracy Singleton’s next step will be taking her requests to City Hall. That meeting is open to the public as well, and the Birchwood would greatly benefit from a strong showing from the business community. The hearing … More