“We joined SCCA to learn from and work with other successful businesses in the Seward neighborhood.”
SCCA Member: Jim Welna, Welna II Hardware

August Business Buzz


photo courtesy of SNG

photo courtesy of SNG

Save the Date – King’s Fair 2015

Every other September the Seward neighborhood celebrates King’s Fair, a much anticipated festival held at Matthews Park. This eclectic family-friendly event features home-grown musical talent and entertainment, tasty food by local restaurants, pet judging, artwork by our creative community, interesting history about our neighborhood, and plenty of fun activities organized by our local businesses and neighbors.

This year’s event is on Saturday, September 19 from noon to 5 pm, and features pony rides, a moon walk, a hula-hoop pop up hoop jam, jugglers, a dog costume parade and contest, and more! Local musical acts scheduled to perform include The Textiles, Argos, Top Rookie, Asma Farah, The Coxmen, and Machinery Hill. And don’t forget the food! Café Racer, Birchwood Café, Precision Grind and others will have lots of great food available. For more details, check out the King’s Fair web page, courtesy of fair sponsor Seward Neighborhood Group.

Birchwood sign

Save the Date – Birchwood’s 20th Anniversary Bash

The Birchwood Café will celebrate 20 years of Real Good Food at ‘Birchwood Bash’ on Sunday, September 13th. The whole neighborhood is invited to join in the fun with yoga at 11 am, followed by food, local brews, family entertainment and music from 2 to 7 PM. Join us at the Birchwood Café (3311 E 25th St) for a day of fun!

Shabelle Grocery Converts Building to One Sort + Organics Recycling

From left to right: Andre Xiong (Hennepin County Environment & Energy), Amy Maas (Hennepin County Environment & Energy) and Joshua Houdek (Sierra Club).  Photo by Michelle Rosier

From left to right: Andre Xiong and Amy Maas (Hennepin Co. Environment & Energy) and Joshua Houdek (Sierra Club).
Photo by Michelle Rosier

The building on 24th and East Franklin, owned by Abdurezak Omar of Shabelle Grocery & Restaurant, recently received a $1,900 Hennepin Co. Business Recycling Grant to convert the building to one-sort and organics recycling for composting. In addition to Shabelle, the other businesses and non-profits housed in the building who will participate in the improved recycling system include Buck Brothers Construction, Hayat Beauty Salon, Sierra Club North Star Chapter, SNG, and Seward-Longfellow Restorative Justice Partnership. According to the county, the business sector generates more than half of the total waste in Hennepin County, and almost two-thirds of waste created at businesses and non-profits is recyclable.

Contact Andre Xiong, of Hennepin Co. Environment & Energy, at andre.x.xiong@hennepin.us or 612-543-1316 to learn more about the county’s grants and other assistance available to start or improve your business or organization’s recycling program.

Somali Business Forum – August 25

Somali Business Forum

The next Somali Community Business Forum will be held on August 25, 2015 from 9:00 to 11:00 am at the Abubakar Islamic Event Center (2824 13th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55407).

Topics to be discussed are:

  • Support for businesses including sharia compliant loans.
  • Minneapolis Police Department rules for officers working off-duty.
  • Buying tobacco products and youth compliance checks.
  • Food Safety training classes in Somali

Over 110 people attended the Somali Community Business Forum in April to learn about issues that impact their businesses, including packaging changes and the Green To Go Ordinance; changes to the Staple Foods Ordinance; health Inspection reports online; and extended hours for Ramadan. The Somali Business Forums are sponsored by the Minneapolis Health Department.

Franklin Avenue Bridge Update

Progress continues with the Franklin Avenue Bridge construction. Crews are expected to move to the East abutment in the next couple of weeks. Currently, a cofferdam is being installed under the bridge and the contractor is working on restoring concrete below the bridge deck. Boaters should be particularly mindful of the construction and steer clear of the site.

For more information and to sign up for email updates, visit http://www.hennepin.us/residents/transportation/franklin-ave-bridge. Please direct any questions or comments to franklinbridge@hennepin.us.


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