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December Business Buzz

Better Futures Minnesota Warehouse Liquidation Sale

MOVING LIQUIDATION SALE THIS WEEKEND!! Better Futures Minnesota is in its final weeks at the 6100 Olson Memorial Highway Warehouse. We will be open this weekend: Friday, December 11th, 12 pm to 7 pm and Saturday, December 12th, 9 am to 2 pm. ALL PRODUCTS AND MATERIALS MUST GO!!!!

Better Futures Minnesota recently relocated to Seward at 2620 Minnehaha Ave. www.betterfuturesminnesota.com

Seward Co-op Opens New Friendship Store

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SCCA Member Profile: Ivy Arts Copy & Print

Vicki Joan Keck, the owner of Ivy Arts Copy & Print, greets everyone with a big smile and warm hello. Her motto and goal is to be “Your Neighborhood Print Shop” and she loves helping customers make their dreams come true. Ivy Arts Copy & Print is an independently owned shop run by theater artists with a focus on printing for the arts and the neighborhood community. As Vicki describes it, “No bells, whistles More

Welcome Hillary Oppmann, new SCCA Staff!

This month Hillary Oppmann started as the new staff person for SCCA. Current staff person Erin Thomasson won’t be going far; she will be returning to work full time for Redesign. Over the next month Erin will be working with Hillary to hand off the reins, but will still be available to assist when questions arise. Redesign has generously made space available in their office for Hillary to work, so the connection between SCCA … More

City Changes Course in Workplace Regulations Debate

See SCCA’s October Post for background on this issue.

Mayor Delays Scheduling Requirements
After weeks of vocal opposition by the Minneapolis business community to the City proposed Working Families Agenda, Mayor Betsy Hodges announced on October 5th that implementation of the controversial ‘Fair Scheduling’ regulations would be dropped from the current push to implement new workplace regulations. The Mayor stated:

“When it comes to fair, predictable scheduling, I have heard from many


SCCA Member Profile: Encore Upholstery Studio

Flowery chair

Mary Opila and Marge Higgins are professional upholsterers who launched their studio this past summer out of their home in Seward. They haven’t always been upholsterers: Mary practiced architecture for more than 20 years with a large firm, and got her start by designing and building furniture evenings and weekends. This led to her spending a year in Hickory, North Carolina, where she trained with factory upholsterers and apprenticed with a local craftsperson.

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K’ul Chocolate Member Tour

Like kids in a candy store, SCCA members who embarked on a tour of the K’ul Chocolate production facility and retail store on October 21st were all smiles in anticipation. The tour and the chocolate energy bar samples didn’t disappoint. The owner of K’ul Chocolate, Peter Kelsey, conducted the tour with support from his wife, Elena Kelsey, and Sales Manager Jane Mocchia.

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November Business Buzz


Sample 2 Gingers & More at Zipp’s

Zipp’s Liquors, a neighborhood gem since 1961, has a full schedule of wine, beer, and spirits tastings, as well as classes, in November. Stop in the store from 4 – 6 pm on November 14 to sample 2 Gingers Whiskey, a local operation that has “expanded into an international sensation.” For a listing of all the events at Zipp’s, visit their website at http://www.zippsliquors.com/


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Working Families Agenda Forum on Oct. 8

New City Workplace Proposals Will Impact Many Businesses

Click SCCA’s Meetings & Events page for details on the Oct 8 Forum.

News Flash: Oct. 6 – Mayor Hodges Announces Changes to Draft ProposalsClick Here for Press Release

In April of 2015 the Minneapolis City Council established a workplace policies workgroup to develop policies and engage with the public in three areas that affect low-income workers. As defined by the city, these … More

SCCA Member Profile: The Landreau Group

Sitting in his new office at 2615 East Franklin that looks out onto the avenue, Carlos Landreau has a view of Wells Fargo, Zipp’s Liquors and the busy commercial corridor that helps to define the Seward Neighborhood. He wasn’t sure that he wanted or needed such a visible storefront for his insurance business, The Landreau Group, but he likes the diversity of businesses along Franklin as well as the proximity to the Seward industrial More

October Business Buzz

ArtiCulture’s Fall Classes & New Facebook Page!

October marks the start of ArtiCulture’s Fall session of art classes and workshops for all ages, from 1 to 100. Topics include Art Sprouts for Toddlers, Edible Holiday House, Comics to Animation, Drawing & Painting, Paper & Book Arts, Fused Glass Jewelry, and much more. They also offer a variety of art camps for school age children during school release days and winter break. Click on the … More