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SCCA Member: Jim Welna, Welna II Hardware

March Business Buzz


Tracy Singleton and Jim Welna

‘Month of Color’ at Welna Hardware

March is the month of color at Welna II Hardware.  You can get 99 cent pint samples of paint every day in March.  Limit 4 per transaction and no repeat colors.  Great way to sample the Valspar and Clark & Kensington paints and choose your favorite colors.  There is also a Buy One gallon Get One gallon of paint event (BOGO) from Wednesday, March 25 through Sunday, March 29th.

Purchase your paint for this year’s indoor and outdoor projects at the best prices of the year.  You can pay for the paint during the sale and come back later this spring or summer to pick out your colors and pick up the paint.  Last year Welna II sold 478 gallons of paint during this event which was the largest amount sold at any ACE Paint Studio store in Minnesota. Mark your calendar so that you don’t miss the sale.

Restaurants & Food Vendors: Ready for the Styrofoam Ban?

Get a jump on what you need to know at the Minneapolis Packaging Fair for Food Businesses. Meet with Food packaging vendors and suppliers to learn about containers and packaging that meets the new rules that take effect on April 22, 2015. There will also be information on Hennepin County grants to help pay for costs of switching to reusable or compostable packaging.

Minneapolis Packaging Fair for Food Businesses

March 12, 2015 – 9:00am to Noon
Informational Seminar at 10 am
Lake Calhoun Event Center (in St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church)
3450 Irving Ave S, Mpls. 55408

Mon Petit Chéri Bakery Opens!

In a mere 6 weeks Emily Rheingans and her crew renovated the old Himalayan Restaurant at 2401 E. Franklin Avenue and turned it into Mon Petit Chéri bakery. Emily started out selling pastries at the Minneapolis Farmers Market in 2014, and her success there led her to locate space in Seward. In addition to pastries, scones and other baked goods, Mon Petit Chéri offers breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch, and is open Monday-Saturday 7am – 7pm and Sunday 7am – 4pm.

Business Recycling Grants from Hennepin Co.

Start or improve your recycling and/or organics collection with a Business Recycling Grant from Hennepin County. Grants up to $50,000 are available to:

  • Purchase recycling containers and equipment
  • Cover start-up costs for hauling services
  • Install minor improvements to loading docks and outside container enclosures

2015 grant application deadlines are: March 15, June 15, and October 15. Hennepin County staff is available to help identify opportunities to improve your business recycling, and you can order free educational materials and signage online. For more information visit http://www.hennepin.us/businessrecycling

Minneapolis Teen Job Fair Looking for Businesses

Consider participating in the Minneapolis Teen Job Fair to be held on Saturday, April 25 from noon – 3 pm at the Minneapolis Central Library. The biggest teen job fair in the Twin cities offers businesses and organizations a unique chance to connect with young people about job opportunities at your business or organization.

Whether you offer short-term or summer employment, job readiness or training programs, volunteer or educational opportunities, consider hosting a free information table at this annual event. For more information, visit http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/cped/metp/minneapolisteenjobfair

“Give a Pint, Get a Pint” March 17 Blood Drive

Before your St Patrick’s Day celebrations begin, stop in and donate a pint at the American Red Cross blood drive at Garland’s Inc. (2501 26th Avenue S) from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm on Tuesday, March 17. To make an appointment to donate, call 1-800-733-2767 or go online to www.redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code: Garland’s. A photo ID is required.

Welna II Hardware is co-sponsoring the drive, and donors will receive a coupon for a free pint of paint at Welna II – Give a pint, get a pint. Culvers coupons will also be available. Call Denise Lucier at 612-276-7228 or Sue Welna at 612-280-4500 with any questions.

Franklin Avenue Photography Project

Susan Boecher, photography professor at Augsburg College, is currently teaching a black and white photography course and has two advanced students who would like to do a project on businesses along Franklin Avenue. The students are looking for interested businesses or organizations who would like to participate or offer insights and ideas. The plan is for their completed project to be exhibited at one or more locations on Franklin Avenue.

Please contact Susan Boecher by email with any ideas, comments or suggestions: boecher@augsburg.edu

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