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November Business Buzz


Seward Winter Frolic: Art in the ‘hood is Coming!

With our first snowfall of the season behind us, excitement is building for the 15th Annual Seward Winter Frolic, held this year on December 5 – 7. Three days of arts, culture, performance, music, food and beverages in a variety of Seward neighborhood locations promises to be a fun way to kick off the winter season.

The festivities begin on Friday evening December 5th at 6:30 pm with a Kick-Off Party at the Playwright’s Center. The Art Crawl and Business Holiday Celebration takes place Saturday 10am – 5 pm and Sunday noon – 5 pm, featuring a sculpture unveiling at Fire Station #7, Art Car & Bike Parade, Lighting Ceremony at Triangle Park and more.

Many Seward businesses and arts organizations have special events, tastings, sales, and hands-on activities planned throughout the weekend. Click here for map of locations and activities. New this year are free pedicab rides throughout the neighborhood for those who want to see it all, and an Afterhours Party Saturday evening at Whiskey Junction featuring five bands and no cover charge! Do’t miss the fun!


Cacao Beans

Cacao Beans

K’ul Chocolate Plans Store on Franklin Avenue

The founder and former owner of New French Bakery, Peter Kelsey, is moving forward with plans to open K’ul Chocolate, a chocolate factory and retail shop in the former Movement Arts Center (MAC) building at 2209 East Franklin Avenue. MAC has recently moved its martial arts school to 4001 Bryant Avenue S in the East Harriet neighborhood.

Kelsey purchased the 2,150 square foot site in July. According to media reports, Kelsey plans a ‘bean-to-bar’ operation where he will purchase cacao beans from Central and South America, produce and package artisanal chocolate on site, and sell the final product in the Franklin Avenue storefront. Chocolate lovers rejoice!


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