“I’ve been an active member of the SCCA because I like to be involved and know what’s going on with neighborhood businesses.”
SCCA Member: Rick Siewert, Siewert Cabinets

Business Buzz: Franklin Freeze, Verdant Tea, and A Bunch of Awards!

Seward businesses have been winning awards right and left this month! Here’s the rundown:

City Pages Best Of the Twin Cities 2013

As usual, this list included several Seward businesses:

Memory Lanes for “Best Bowling Alley

Wood from the Hood for “Best Craftspeople

Seward Co-op for “Best Natural Foods Grocery

Minnesota Women’s Press

The Minnesota Women’s Press named the Birchwood Cafe their “favorite place for the ultimate healthy dinner.

Small Business Association MN Business Person of the Year

Peter Kelsey, owner of the New French Bakery, was named Minnesota Business Person of the year by the US Small Business Association. Find out more about why Peter was selected from among thousands of business owners as worthy of this honor in this article.

Franklin Freeze

Rumors had been flying that summer staple, the Franklin Freeze (2328 Franklin) might be under new ownership, due to the sign for “Pita King” that went up in April. Turns out the same ownership is just trying out a new concept – adding some hot food that will allow them to stay open for more of the year. They haven’t announced a grand opening date yet, but we’ll keep you posted!

Verdant Tea

The old Seward Co-op building, 2111 East Franklin, is going to be the new home of emerging business Verdant Tea – they move in later in May. Keep your eyes open for events they’ll be hosting as they settle in, including traditional Chinese tea ceremonies, where you can sample their house made chai tea, and freshly imported Chinese teas. We’ll be doing a full feature on their business in the next newsletter.

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