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


New Member Profile: K’ul Chocolate

Peter Kelsey, Proprietor of K'ul Chocolate

Peter Kelsey, Proprietor of K’ul Chocolate

K’ul Chocolate (pronounced ‘cool’) is the newest endeavor of local entrepreneur and chef Peter Kelsey, former owner of the New French Bakery, and one of the newest businesses in Seward. After more than 20 years building the artisan bread bakery ‘from scratch’ into a business with 300 employees and $40 million in revenue, Kelsey sold the New French Bakery in 2013.

Retirement didn’t seem to suit him, however. A cancer survivor, avid bicyclist and healthy lifestyle enthusiast, Kelsey was disappointed that most of the energy bars sold locally use unhealthy (high glycemic?) forms of cooked sugar. He remembered the peanut butter, crackers, dried fruit and chocolate that his family would take on outdoor adventures when he was growing up, and the idea of artisan dark chocolate energy bars was born.

 “It took two years to learn the chocolate making process,” says Kelsey, “and to research the specialty machines needed to winnow, sort, roast, and grind the cacao beans.” He also researched and visited many cacao growers in Brazil, Ecuador, Costa Rico, Peru and Mexico to source the beans from sustainable, family and heirloom growers.

K'ul Chocolate: Boxes of Bars

K’ul Chocolate: Boxes of Bars

K’ul comes from the Mayan word for energy, and the six varieties of K’ul Chocolate bars are 70% dark chocolate – they are also vegan, gluten/soy/dairy free, and low-glycemic. According to Kelsey, “the goal is good chocolate with the highest nutritional value.” In other words, chocolate that’s good for you! The K’ul ‘Endurance’ bar has 8 grams of protein and contains dark chocolate, pumpkin seeds, cranberries, algae protein, and guarana powder (from a plant common in Brazil whose seeds are high in caffeine).


K'ul Chocolate shop

K’ul Chocolate shop

The K’ul Chocolate Store opened last month at 2211 East Franklin Ave, in the old Movement Arts Center building. Kelsey has long had roots in the neighborhood: he lived in Seward years ago, shopped at the Seward Co-op when it was in the current Welna Hardware II building, and transformed an old rock n’ roll club at 26th St & 26th Ave into the home of the New French Bakery in 1997. “I knew Nina Chenault (owner of the Movement Arts Center) from when my sons and I studied karate here,” explains Kelsey. “So when I heard she was planning to retire, it just seemed right to locate here where people care about good food and healthy living.”

Luis monitoring the  cacao roaster

Luis monitoring the cacao roaster

Behind the store is the production facility, where the cacao beans are roasted, grinded, mixed with berries, nuts and other ingredients, and then poured into molds and packaged on site. Known as a ‘bean to bar’ process, the production and retail operation has seven full time employees making a living wage.

The store serves coffee and hot chocolate in addition to selling the energy bars, and a story of chocolate mini-museum is planned for part of the retail space. Store hours are Tuesday-Friday 10 am – 6 pm and Saturdays 10 am – 4 pm. The K’ul Chocolate Online Store was launched this month.




King’s Fair 2015 – Remember the ’60’s


The bi-annual King’s Fair is back again this year on Saturday, September 19 from Noon to 5 pm at Matthew’s Park. This year’s Fair promises to be jam packed with activities, food, music and fun for the whole family! (Click on above poster for larger image) This is a neighborhood fair so the activities and music are as varied and eclectic as the people of Seward.

King's Fair - Keg Toss

There is something for everyone: if you like physical challenges, check out the 5th Annual Twin Cities Strongest Man & Woman Contest sponsored by Los Campeones Gym, where men and women compete for trophies, prize money and glory in events like the Keg Toss, Farmer Carry Medley, and Atlas Stone.

There are many activities for children and families, including a Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, Dog Costume Parade & Contest, Moon Walk, Jugglers, Hula Hoop – Pop Up Hoop Jam, ArtiCulture-sponsored art activities and more.



Musical performances include:

  • Jim Chenowith Trio – jazz, 60’s classics & originals
  • Argos – Somali oud (stringed instrument) music & song
  • Top Rookie – local high school rap trio
  • The Coxmen – old fashioned rural hip hop & rock
  • Machinery Hill – folk rock, alternative, Americana

Food vendors scheduled for the Fair include Café Racer Food Truck, the Birchwood Café and Precision Grind Coffee. For more details and a schedule of events, visit the SNG King’s Fair webpage. The event is organized by the Seward Neighborhood Group and Matthew’s Park/Minneapolis Park Board; sponsors include SCCA, Seward Co-op, Augsburg College, Mpls Community Education, Fun City Dogs, Pizza Luce and Jim’s Barber Shop. For more information or to volunteer, contact Kerry Cashman at kerry@sng.org or 612-338-6205 ext.119.





September Business Buzz

American Pottery Festival at Northern Clay – September 11-13

Northern Clay Center announces its 17th annual fundraising benefit and celebration of the art of the pot, the 2015 American Pottery Festival. The APF includes a lively opening night reception and party, special conversations and artist workshops, panel discussions, and, of course, a huge array of pots ready to find new homes!

  • 26 Guest Potters
  • Workshops, Lectures, and Artist-led Slide Talks and Discussions
  • Collector Adventures (day trips to collectors’ homes, curator-led museum tours, and special receptions)
  • Opening Night Party and Benefit Sale: Friday, September 11, 6 – 9 pm (Members Only Preview Hour, 5 – 6 pm)

Click here for the full schedule and more details.


Birchwood Bash – September 13

On Sunday, September 13th Seward’s own Birchwood Café will celebrate 20 years of serving ‘Good Real Food’ by hosting, “Birchwood Bash” a party for neighbors, friends, and the entire community.

The Birchwood Bash will kick off at 11 AM in front of the cafe with a street yoga event hosted by Big River Yoga and Gorilla Yogis. After regular brunch service in the restaurant, the celebration continues from 2 PM to 7 PM and features Birchwood fare along with Izzy’s Ice Cream treats and offerings from Chef Shack and Café Racer food trucks. Surly Brewing, Sweetland Orchard, and Peace Coffee will be providing additional beverage options.

Birchwood in bloom

Sean McPherson and Jim McGuinn of 89.3 The Current will emcee the Electric Fetus stage, which will feature musical guests Clementown, Ann Carter and Friends, The Sunny Era, the Brass Messengers and more. Family activities will include art projects from ArtiCulture, a show from Open Eye Figure Theater, face painting, a demonstration hive from The Beez Kneez, Trivia from Trivia Mafia, and a community square dance. Birchwood friends, including NiceRideMN, KillKancer, and Right To Know MN will be present at the party as well.

Birchwood Cafe is grateful to the sponsors that helped make the Bash possible including 89.3 The Current, The Electric Fetus, Surly Brewing, The Growler, Eureka Recycling, and Nice Ride MN. Event updates can be found at the Birchwood website: https://www.birchwoodcafe.com/events/item/177.

DEMO Center for Music Open House – September 12

A new non-profit music center is setting up shop in Seward at 3530 East 28th St (the old Shasta building). Diverse & Emerging Music Organization (DEMO), a non-profit started 10 years ago by former First Avenue General Manager Steve McClellan, is hosting an Open House at their new space on Saturday, September 12 from 2 – 6 pm with live performances and refreshments. The DEMO Center for Music plans to host music lessons, workshops, discussion groups and live performances for all ages, with a focus on promoting the lifelong education and development of all local musicians.


Smyth logo

Seward’s Smyth Companies is Awarded City Green Business Grant

Smyth Printing, located at 2300 East 26th St, was recently awarded a City of Minneapolis Green Business Matching Grant to help reduce volatile organic compound (VOC) and fine particulate pollution. With this grant, Smyth will eliminate 14,000 pounds of VOCs in the air every year resulting in the largest single VOC reduction for either the City program or the State’s corresponding program. Smyth Companies manufactures labels, including those printed with soy-based inks, for a variety of products including food, beverages, personal care, health and beauty and has locations in Minneapolis, Austin (MN), Vermont, Massachusetts, and Colorado.

The Green Business Matching Grant Program goes beyond regulatory requirements to work with business partners on innovative ways to reduce harmful chemical and fine particulate pollution in Minneapolis. The grants focus on protecting the health of employees and neighbors around certain business activities while improving regional air quality. The City invests up to one-third of the total project cost, and the business invests at least two-thirds.

Franklin Avenue Bridge Update: West River Parkway Closure

West River Parkway has been closed north of the Franklin Avenue Bridge since June 2014 due to mudslide repair work that will be completed by the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board. Extending the closure south of the bridge is needed for construction crews to restore the bridge and apply new concrete. Click on link to View Detour Map.

Crews are working on various projects all along the bridge area, but primarily under the deck at the present. This work includes: building a platform for accessing the bridge arches, repairing piers, removing and restoring concrete and relocating utilities. A temporary construction site at Bohemian Flats continues to be converted for the manufacturing of precast deck panels. These panels will form the new Franklin Avenue Bridge deck in 2016.

For more information and to sign up for email updates, click here. Please direct any questions or comments to franklinbridge@hennepin.us.





Open Streets Photo Essay

Open Streets Franklin Avenue was a great success this year as many businesses, organizations and vendors participated in this popular celebration that transforms busy commercial corridors into safe, car-free streets for a day. Here are some photo highlights of the August 16th event from the Seward half of East Franklin Avenue (click on the photos to enlarge):

Soberfish Thai Restaurant staff

Soberfish Thai Restaurant staff

Steve Bialon of Prime Meridian Acupuncture

Steve Bialon of Prime Meridian Acupuncture


ArtiCulture Volunteers

ArtiCulture Volunteers

ArtiCulture's hand made items

ArtiCulture’s hand made items

Chalk art at ArtiCulture booth

Chalk art at ArtiCulture booth

Wells Fargo games

Wells Fargo games

Grand Opening of Co-op Creamery Cafe

Grand Opening of Co-op Creamery Café featuring hotdogs, free ice cream and prizes.

(L to R) Seward Co-op’s Education & Outreach Coordinator Abby Rogosheske, Board Member Mary Alice Smalls, and Seward intern Makeda Toure welcome people to the Co-op Creamery during Open Streets. The co-op’s new café opened the weekend of Open Streets.

(L to R) Seward Co-op’s Education & Outreach Coordinator Abby Rogosheske, Board Member Mary Alice Smalls, and Seward intern Makeda Toure.

Cadillac Kolstad entertains on wheels!

Cadillac Kolstad entertains on wheels!

Mon Petit Cheri Bakery

Mon Petit Cheri Bakery

Music sponsored by Hoffman Guitars

Music sponsored by Hoffman Guitars

Encore Upholstery Studio provides a respite

Encore Upholstery Studio provides a respite

Yoga - a break from the action

Yoga – a break from the action

K'ul Chocolate recently opened in the old Movement Arts building

K’ul Chocolate recently opened in the old Movement Arts building

Madalin demonstrates red at Welna II Hardware & Paint

Madalin demonstrates red at Welna II Hardware & Paint

Probably got his paint at Welna!

Probably got his paint at Welna!

Blue Nile offers its Ethiopian specialties

Blue Nile offers its Ethiopian specialties

Solcana Crossfit photo op!

Solcana Crossfit photo op!

Many thanks to the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition and other event sponsors, all the volunteers, and our community partners from the Franklin Area Business Association, Ventura Village and the Phillips community. A special thanks to Deborah Ervin for all her hard work as the SCCA Open Streets Outreach Coordinator!

Open Streets Minneapolis is an initiative of the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition supported by the City of Minneapolis, and presented by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Center for Prevention. You can read more about them, and their other seven events this summer, here.

Open Streets – Organizing the Community

By Deborah Ervin

OS Franklin Logo 2015

On Sunday, August 16th Franklin Avenue will burst into a colorful, bustling hubbub of activity for Open Streets Franklin. From 11am-5pm, the street will be closed to car traffic for the second year in a row, and bikers, skaters, and pedestrians will take over.

The idea behind Open Streets is to allow us to enjoy each other and our community spaces in new ways; it’s a special experience to move freely down the middle of a street normally reserved for cars, surrounded by music, food, and games. Our event stretches along Franklin Avenue from 28th Avenue in Seward to Portland Avenue in Phillips. It’s huge!

Living Room

In my role as an organizer, hired by the Seward Civic and Commerce Association (SCCA), it’s a pleasure to meet with business owners in the months leading up to the event. The process of community planning is as important as the magic of the big day itself. This year the planning committee was dedicated to reaching out to the East African residents of Seward.

Reflecting that prioritization, we’ll be delivering fliers announcing the event in English and Somali to every apartment in the Seward Towers. Special thanks to Melinda Studer at Common Bond for making that possible. Seward Neighborhood Group is hosting two Somali artists on the street in front of their parking lot at 2323 E. Franklin: Asma Farah (an emerging spoken word artist originally born in Gambia and raised on the West Bank) and Abdulkadir Said (a 65-year-old local Somali oud player). Ashley Freitag from the SNG board coordinated with The Cedar Cultural Center to make this happen. And the Blue Nile will be selling Ethiopian street food on Franklin Avenue, and have their patio open all day with their full bar and food menu available!

Electric Fetus

I’m super excited for our second year of Open Streets. East Lake Street’s event drew almost 17,000 people this year, and some businesses report it to be their busiest day of the year. That’s where Franklin Avenue is headed. The Bike Coalition tells us regularly how Franklin Avenue is the most organized and enthusiastic group of all the 8 events this summer. The level of engagement and civic mindedness they’ve noted characterizes our neighborhood year round, and is what’s going to make Open Streets on Franklin awesome!

Don Barton and his player piano at Luce

Open Streets B-I-N-G-O: SCCA is coordinating a joint neighborhood BINGO with Phillips neighborhood to encourage folks to visit both sides of Franklin. Players can pick up a bingo card at one of the 25 participating businesses, and win prizes or discounts by getting your card stamped to complete a full row on the card.

FACEBOOK:  Here’s the Facebook event for Open Streets on Franklin. Feel free to use this on your website, or share it in your social media posts. You’re also entirely welcome to create your own Facebook event. TWITTER: Open Streets’ Twitter handle is @OpenStreetsMPLS – hashtag is #OpenStreetsMPLS

Open Streets Minneapolis is an initiative of the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition supported by the City of Minneapolis, and presented by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Center for Prevention. You can read more about them, and their other seven events this summer, here.

Co-op Creamery Café Grand Opening!

Photos by Milo Shapey, Redesign Intern

Co-op Creamery 1

The long awaited Co-op Creamery Neighborhood Café opens to the public on August 12, with the Grand Opening on Sunday, August 16 to coincide with the Open Streets Franklin event. For the Grand Opening, tents will be set up in the street and parking lot of the Creamery building at 2601 E Franklin Avenue, with food for sale including the new ‘Franklin Frank’ – the co-op’s version of the classic frankfurter – and a house-made veggie burger. The co-op/café will be giving away free ice cream, $30 gift cards every 30 minutes, and a drawing for the grand prize: a chef’s table dinner for two with Creamery Café Chef Lucas Almendinger!

Original Franklin Creamery Co-op cooler door

Original Franklin Creamery Co-op cooler door

The Café is owned and operated by the Seward Community Co-op, and is located in a building that originally housed a cooperative dairy and milk driver’s union beginning in the 1920’s. More recently, the building had been converted into office space, which presented a closed-off façade to the street. In 2013 the office user, a faith based publisher, elected not to renew their lease. The building owners were close to signing a lease with an underfunded chemical dependency non-profit when Seward Redesign got involved.

Redesign had strong interest in seeing this great building occupied by a user who would make a portion of the space open to the public again. Eddie Landenberger, Redesign’s real estate broker at the time, was aware that the Co-op was looking for a space for their administrative offices and bakery production. It was a perfect match, and he negotiated a deal that would ultimately give the co-op an option to purchase the building, which made it feasible for them to put in the investment the building sorely needed, including windows, HVAC, managing the asbestos, and the most visible change, the architecturally interesting lobby for the new elevator on the east side of the building.

In addition to the Creamery Café, the building now houses the co-op’s food production facility on the first floor (sausage, bakery and some deli), which will supply all Seward Co-op locations, and administrative offices located on the second floor.

Cafe - interior (1) 8-5-15

Cafe - interior (3) 8-5-15

The café’s menu features locally sourced Midwest fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner, using ingredients sourced from many of the co-op’s long-time providers. There will be a day menu, featuring eggs and grains, sandwiches and salads, and an evening menu starting at 4 pm focused more on craft entrees and table service. According to the café’s Executive Chef Lucas Almendinger, “the goal is to utilize the great ingredients that Seward shoppers want with new, wonderful tastes that haven’t been tried before.” (from the Aug-Sep 2015 issue of Sprout).

Cafe - interior (6) 8-5-15

Fresh, house made baked goods, coffee and tea are available all day. Desserts, including house made ice cream, are also offered. Local craft beers and kombucha are available on tap, along with a selection of wines. Co-op owners can use their ownership benefits, including the 10% quarterly discount, at the café. The café’s hours are 7 am–10 pm Mon–Fri, and 8 am–10 pm on Saturday and Sunday.


Highlights of SCCA July Social

Photos by Milo Shapey, Redesign Intern

Peter Chen and Lawrence Tan of Encore Karaoke & Sushi Lounge

Peter Chen and Lawrence Tan of Encore Karaoke & Sushi Lounge

Jim Welna of Welna II Harware & Kerry Cashman of SNG

Jim Welna of Welna II Hardware & Kerry Cashman of SNG

Gars Hargens of Close Associates, Architects and Suzanne Weinstein of Coastal Seafoods

Gar Hargens of Close Associates, Architects and Suzanne Weinstein of Coastal Seafoods

Dick Westby, historian and friends

Dick Westby, historian, and friends

On July 15th SCCA hosted a social event at Café Racer Kitchen (2929 E 25th St) to welcome new SCCA members and new Seward businesses. Café Racer began as a food truck and recently expanded into a restaurant/café in Seward. They serve delicious Latin American fusion cuisine and have a lovely patio and sidewalk seating.

We had a great turnout of over 30 people at the event, including several new businesses and SCCA members:

  • Deborah Holm, General Manager of K’ul Chocolate (opening soon at 2211 E Franklin Ave
  • Lawrence Tan and Peter Chen, owners of Encore Karaoke and Sushi Lounge (opening this fall in the old Verdant Tea space at 2111 E Franklin Ave)
  • Mary Opila, co-owner of Encore Upholstery Studio (re-upholstering services, furniture repair and custom made pieces, located at 3800 E 26th St)
  • Andrew Peterson, owner of Design Filter (architectural and furniture design firm officing in the Close Associates building at 3101 E Franklin)
  • Carlos Landreau, owner of Landreau Insurance Agency (newly open for business at 2615 E Franklin Ave)
  • Loren Mintz, owner of Cedar Box Company (founded in 1908 at 2012 Cedar Avenue and new SCCA member)
  • Nick Firkus, Director of Crew2 (home remodeling specialists, Crew2 are long-time members and generous supporters of SCCA)
  • Vicki Keck, owner of Ivy Arts Copy & Print (located in the Ivy Building at 2637 27th Ave S)

Thank you to all who attended the SCCA July Social, and special thanks to Luis and Christine Patino and the staff at Café Racer Kitchen for hosting this gathering!



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.


Open Streets Franklin – August 16th

by Deborah Ervin

OS Franklin Logo 2015

What is Open Streets? It’s a daytime event (11 am – 5 pm) where the streets are shut down to car traffic and filled with activities, music, and food, and people can bike/walk/hula hoop down the middle of the street enjoying it all and each other!

Open Streets Franklin takes place this year on Sunday, August 16th on Franklin Avenue from 28th Avenue in Seward all the way to Portland in Ventura Village/Phillips. Last year was our first event – we had 5,000 people attend, even with the rain, and this year we expect even more! By contrast, Open Streets Lyndale just held its 5thevent and had 15,000 people this year. Some businesses report it as their busiest day of the year.

How Can Businesses Take Part?

  • Be a mini sponsor by doing something cool on the street in front of your business! (Examples of activities below.)
  • Be a mini sponsor with a gift of $100 (and you still get to do something on the street in front of your business!)
  • Be a block sponsor with a gift of $500 or $1,000 (different promotional packages come in exchange for those gifts). Email Alex at: alex@mplsbike.org

Mini sponsorship allows you to be on the street, to sell food, and to have amplified music. There are still permits to fill out, but the permit fee is waived. We’ll walk you through it after you officially sign up with Open Streets through the website here. If you have questions, feel free to ask me!

Activity examples: hosting music, a dunk tank, fake tattoos, bike helmet decorating, games like Wheel of Fortune and Duck Pond for prizes, giving away free drinks/food, teaching yoga on the street, interactive city building with painted cardboard boxes, Ethiopian coffee ceremony, bike rodeos and ‘fix a flat’ lessons. These are all things that actually happened last year! What cool thing could you do?

Tasty adult beverages? Open Streets and alcohol don’t mix (we can’t have it on the street). But there are awesome businesses in Seward that make/sell such things and still want to be part of the event! Do you have a parking lot right off Franklin Ave. and think you might like to host Lost Falls Distillery, or beer/music with The Hexagon?

Volunteers: We could very much use help delivering posters *this week* to businesses on Franklin about how to get involved. (And later, we’ll need help bringing hangers to the homes of residents.) Do you have an employee you can volunteer to help out? Or a volunteer who would love to help in this way? Email Erika at: erika@mplsbike.org

B-I-N-G-O: We’re doing a joint neighborhood BINGO with Phillips neighborhood to encourage folks to visit both sides of Franklin. Businesses who participated last year definitely saw increased foot traffic. Deadline to sign up is July 15. Email Deb at deborah@articulture.org or Jim Welna (jimace817@aol.com) for more details.

Social media:

  • FACEBOOK:  Here’s the Facebook event for Open Streets on Franklin. Feel free to use this on your website, or share it in your social media posts. You’re also entirely welcome to create your own Facebook event.
  • TWITTER: Open Streets’ Twitter handle is @OpenStreetsMPLS – hashtag is #OpenStreetsMPLS

***The Next Planning Meeting*** is Thursday, July 16th from 3-4pm @ Project for Pride in Living (1035 East Franklin Avenue). There will be folks attending from both Phillips and Seward.

PHEW! I think that’s it for the moment. If you have questions/concerns/ideas – let me know – I’m here to help! deborah@articulture.org


Member Profile – Steady Tattoo & Body Piercing

Steady Tattoo 1

Steady Tattoo & Body Piercing moved to Seward in January of 2014. The studio has four resident tattoo artists with years of experience who provide tattoo designs to choose from or work with customers to design their own. Steady also features a large selection of quality body jewelry and a private piercing room where trained piercers use the latest in sterile piercing techniques. The staff is licensed by the State of Minnesota and maintains certification with the American Red Cross.

Back in 2001, Alex Levine opened up Axis Body Piercing within Steady Tattoo, then located in Stadium Village. In 2010, Alex bought the tattoo side of the business and dropped the name Axis. When their building was redeveloped into apartments, Steady Tattoo was forced to move.  Alex originally hoped to move into the former Viking Bar location on Riverside Avenue, but a new opportunity arose at 27th and Franklin when True Thai Restaurant closed. Building owner Seward Redesign divided the restaurant space into two new units, hoping to recruit more sustainable businesses. Steady Tattoo & Body Piercing moved into one of the newly renovated spaces at 2621 East Franklin in the spring of 2014.

Steady Tattoo 2

Alex loves having his business located in Seward. He says that the neighborhood has a great feel and loves the diversity it offers. In his past location, the clientele were mostly students, so he had very little business during the summer months. The Seward location offers a greater mix of year round customers.

The studio is open daily from 12-10 pm and be reached by phone at 612-379-4455. If you are interested in seeing their work, visit their website at http://steadytattoo.com/ or their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/steadympls.