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Peace of Pie Celebration

June 9, 2019

The greater Longfellow neighborhood is invited to come and celebrate community by connecting as community. This collaborative community event will feature free pie, a pie contest, an apron fashion show, live music, and local non-profits that are doing work to keep Longfellow and the residents healthy, resilient and strong. Come out on Sunday, June...

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The Hub's Used Bike Extravaganza

June 8, 2019 - June 9, 2019

Looking to buy a bike? Come to the Hub’s 15th Annual Used Bike Extravaganza June 8 and 9. The Extravaganza brings in a wide variety of bikes, from kids’ bikes to cruisers to ride bikes and sometimes even a tandem or two. The perfect bike may be waiting for you … Don’t miss...

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Print Matters Festival

June 8, 2019

Print Matters is a one-day show of vintage books, comics, posters, records, and handmade items from the book arts world. Come out on Saturday, June 8 from 10am – 4pm to the Hook & Ladder Theater neighborhood and find both great bargains and rare treasures alike. Come celebrate the power of pre-digital media and the...

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Business Skills for Artists - B-TAP Professional Series Training

Are you an artist looking to learn about pricing your art, keeping track of your transactions, and turning your art into a successful business? Whether you’re a visual, performing, or literary artist, these free sessions will give you the tools you need to build your career and your business. Facilitated by Springboard for the...

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Open Streets Planning Meeting

June 12, 2019

All are invited to the Open Streets Lake + Minnehaha 2019 planning meeting on Wednesday, June 12 from 10-11am at Gandhi Mahal. Any business, organization or individual interested in the planning, details and logistics of the event is welcome. As a reminder, anyone can currently sign up for their spot on the street....

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LBA Website Update - We Need Your Photos!

We will be updating our website this summer and would love to include more photos of our member businesses! We welcome any pics – a good exterior shot, a photo of your team or anything else that captures the essence of your business. Or if you’d like to give permission to reuse photos from your website, FB or...

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Annual Legislative Update

June 6, 2019

Join us this Thursday from 12noon – 1:30pm for our 14th Annual Legislative Update. This is a great chance to interact with the state legislators and county commissioners who represent you on a variety of issues that affect you and your business or organization. Come with your questions - and an appetite for...

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Unity Iftar Block Party

May 25, 2019

Gandhi Mahal, MNIPL, and interfaith partners welcome you to our fifth annual Unity Iftar during Ramadan, a season of fasting and reflection for Muslims all over the world. Please join us at Gandhi Mahal this Saturday from 7-10 pm! People of all faiths are invited to break bread with our Muslim brothers and sisters and enjoy conversation,...

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MyLakeStreet Photo Contest

Show us what you love about Lake Street! This is your chance to capture all the things that make Lake Street special: in one (or two or three) amazing shots! There will be 13 Winners and $400 in Prizes! TO ENTER: snap a photo and share it using #MyLakeStreet and @VisitLakeStreet. OFFICIAL RULES: Winner...

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Spring tree planting on Hiawatha

May 18, 2019

Help beautify the Hiawatha corridor! Volunteer to help plant more than 100 tress along the bike path! No experience is necessary. Hennepin County foresters will provide all the tools and instruction on how to plant trees. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Join in on Saturday, May 18th from 10 am to 12...

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Ingebretsen's Spring Refresh Week

We’ll have week-long specials along with daily deals, tastings, & guest artists. Check out all the details on the Ingrebretsen’s website. We’re excited to see you!

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Meseret Ethiopian Restaurant Now Open

Please welcome Meseret to the neighborhood and offer your support by diving in to some amazing Ethiopian cusine. Located at 3867 Minnehaha Ave, the restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

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Milkweed Cafe Opens May 1

Milkweed is a neighborhood coffee shop and a destination for those who eat well to be well. We provide an environment that is both familiar and evolving, with traditional espresso service and pastry alongside seasonal cafe fare and an extensive holistic beverage menu featuring house made syrups, nut milks, and infusions. Milkweed spotlights...

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Time Bomb Vintage Reopens on East Lake Street

May 6, 2019

Time Bomb Vintage has moved from their Minnehaha location and is now at the corner of Lake and 36th. The store will officially open on Monday, May 6th. Walk, bike or drive by and check out the amazing new window displays and more hidden gems inside!

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MIGIZI's Moving Sale

As we move to our new location in “Downtown Longfellow”, non-profit LBA member MIGIZI has some things to sell: A Treadmill, Electric Lawn Mower, Push Mower, hedge trimmer, Blue stackable plastic chairs, Carpet Shampooer, Vacuum Cleaner, and Funky colored office chairs. If you are interested in...

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Where There's A Will

May 16, 2019

Do you have a will, or does your will need updating? If so, join Dan Kennedy, Michael Cain and Ruth Romano of Kennedy & Cain, PLLC for a fundraiser to benefit the LBA. On Thursday, May 16, we will be offering appointments for you and your family to set up a simple will and health care directive. The cost is $500 and 100% of the...

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East Lake Library featured at VOA lunch

April 22, 2019

Join us May 22th, 2019 from 12noon 1:00 pm at the Volunteers of America Residential Reentry Center, as we share a meal and hear from community partner Anna Zillinger from the East Lake Street Library.Please RSVP to Debbie by May 1, 2019 at debra.jonasen@voamn.org or 612-278-4208. We hope to see you there!

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Public Hearing for Blue Door Patio

May 7, 2019

The Blue Door has applied to expand its licensed premises to include a sidewalk café with seating for 15. There will be no speakers, music or entertainment outside on the sidewalk café. A public hearing will be held on May 7th at 1:30 pm to gather public opinion and solicit comments. You are...

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Membership - Join or Renew!

You should receive our annual Membership letter in your mail this week. Please take a moment to join or renew to show your support for the networking and advocacy the LBA offers. You can pay by check or visit our Membership page to pay online. Please reach out if you have any questions regarding membership with the LBA. We appreciate...

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Lake Street Council Annual Meeting

April 25, 2019

The Lake Street Council’s Annual Meeting is a morning breakfast and networking event that brings together business leaders and stakeholders from throughout the corridor. Join us on Thursday, April 25 from 8:30am-10am at the American Sewdish Insitute. This year's guest speaker is Andrian Ho! Adrian is CEO and founding...

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Winning Paid Time to Care

April 25, 2019

Two Bettys and Moon Palace Books invite you as we share stories about how paid time to care and health care affect us personally—as business owners, workers, and community members. Come out on Thursday, April 25th at 5:30 pm to Moon Palace and learn more about what’s at stake this 2019 legislative session and how you can get...

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Italian Dinner to Support LS Healthy Seniors

April 23, 2019

Please join us for Longfellow/Seward Healthy Seniors’ 21stAnnual Italian Dinner fundraiser on Tuesday, April 23. Proceeds from the event help about 600 community seniors live independently. The annual event includes an Italian menu, FDR portrayal (by history performer Gary Stamm), and a silent auction. The event will take place...

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SolSta Record Store Day Festivities

April 13, 2019

Who's ready for Record Store Day on April 13? Some information to know:• Opening at 7am• RSD Exclusive releases• Donuts will be provided by Mel-O-Glaze Bakery• Coffee will be provided by SK Coffee• Food Truck To Be Announced• Falcon Arrow Vinyl Release Come and get it!

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Hymie's 10th Annual Block Party

April 13, 2019

Join Hymie's for their 10th Annual block party! Saturday April 13th is national Record Store Day, and Hymie's celebrates the best way they know how: with a free, all ages family friendly event lasting all day, rain or shine! Live music outside on 39th Ave from 11 am to 7pm, boxes of free records and special RSD vinyl...

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The Bungalow Club Hosts LBA Annual Meeting

April 18, 2019

Please join us for LBA’s annual meeting on Thursday, April 18th at The Bungalow Club. It's been a year since owners Jeremiah and Andrew have taken over the old Craftsman space and the restaurant is thriving. They are opening up just for us over the lunch hour and will be serving family style dishes that feature the best of the...

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Feedback on the Minneapolis Bag Ordinance

The City of Minneapolis is considering an ordinance to require a minimum fee of 5 cents on any bag given to or purchased by the consumer at all Minneapolis establishments in an effort to encourage reduced waste. The Southwest Business Association wants to know how you currently use bags and how you feel this ordinance would...

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Parklet Applications Now Open

Parklets are an innovative way to add gathering space to public streets. Parklets are streetscape enhancements and provide amenities like seating, plantings, bike parking and/or public art. They are publicly accessible and open to all. Apply to host a city-owned parklet by clicking HERE.

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Workshops to Help Comply with Min Wage Increase

Are you a restaurant that needs help planning for and complying with the new minimum wage? The City of Minneapolis is hosting free, interactive sessions to help business owners understand rising costs and build a financial plan to support them. Click HERE to see and register for upcoming workshops.

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Hook and Ladder Public Hearing for New Venue

April 9, 2019

The non-profit community Firehouse Performing Arts Center (FPAC) currently operates the Hook & Ladder Theater at Lake and Minnehaha and is preparing to launch Mission Room, another, more intimate, performance space in April, 2019. They have submitted their application to the City for a full liquor and entertainment...

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Thinking about Vending at Midtown Market?

Are you a small business owner looking to get into vending at farmers markets? The Try It! Program seeks to give small businesses an opportunity to try a farmer’s market experience at the Midtown Farmers Market with limited financial investment. Our goal is to help emerging entrepreneurs explore whether or not becoming a...

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Open Streets Minnehaha: Reserve Your Spot

July 21, 2019

We are very excited to announce that Open Streets Lake + Minnehaha 2019 is set for Sunday, July 21! Details are now live on the Open Streets website and anyone can sign up for their spot on the street.

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Commercial Land Trust Advisory Board

Renting space is expensive! We all know that. Are you interested in creating long-term affordable commercial spaces? A new Commercial Land Trust is in the works to ensure just that and they are seeking members for thier advisory board. Apply from now through March 21st. Access the application and...

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Auto Break-in and Thefts

We’ve had reports of some business and property owners of increased car break-ins and theft recently, specifcally along East Lake. Please be aware and let your customers know not to leave vaulables in sight. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hestitate to get in touch with LBA or the 3rd Precinct Police....

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Advertise at Lion's Club French Toast Breakfast

March 31, 2019

Put your business name and ad on a placemat at this popular breakfast event hosted at the Eagles Club on March 31st. Many businesses report sucess in getting their name out and reaching a new audience. Ads are $125 and 100% of the money goes to charitable organization. To reserve a spot, contact James Freid at...

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Habanero Tacos Comes to East Lake

The popular food truck is setting up shop at the former Lake Coffee House. Read the full article with mouthwatering pics on City Pages.

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Food Waste Recycling for Businesses

Implementing organics recycling programs allows businesses to expand their recycling programs, ease their burden on the environment, potentially reduce taxes and fees on waste disposal, and show customers that they care about the community. To learn more or get resources for your business, visit Hennepin County’s Business...

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Carbon Drawdown Events with Junket: Tossed and Found

Junket vintage shop may no longer be on Minnehaha, but they are still actively at work. They are transitioning from education via retail to direct social engagement in order to help members of our community solve real world problems related to consumerism and climate change. Check out their schedule of upcoming events and...

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NiceRide Hubs Expanding - Request One Now!

After months of community input on locations for dockless parking hubs, NiceRide is finally ready to begin expansion and will be adding 1,500 more bikes throughout the City. Examples of places where we could put a station or hub include sidewalks, parking areas, and plazas/parks. If you have an idea for an additional parking hub in...

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Provide Input for the Transportation Action Plan

The City of Minneapolis is updating its Transportation Action Plan, which will guide transportation actions for the City and its partners over the next 10 years to support the City goals around climate, safety, equity, prosperity, mobility, and active partnerships. The City is asking for your input and...

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LBA Happy Hour at Minnehaha Recording Company

February 27, 2019

Join the LBA for a cozy happy hour at Minnehaha Recording Company on Wednesday, February 27th. Owner Tony Williamette will be there to show off the studio and share about how the business has settled in to the community since renovating the space in 2014. We'll have drinks and light appetizers on deck. Please RSVP through our Eventbrite...

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LoLa Winter Fine Art Exhibition

February 16, 2019 - February 17, 2019

Return of the Longfellow winter art event expands to two weekends in February and adds hands-on activities with artists. Join us February 16-17 and 23-24, from noon to 5 each day. The opening reception will be February 16, from 5–7 p.m. at Squirrel Haus Arts (3450 Snelling Ave.) Admission is free and open to the...

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How to Start a Craft Beverage Business

February 20, 2019

Ever wondered what it takes to start a business in the burgeoning craft beverage industry? Learn from a panel of entrepreneurs from the Longfellow neighborhood in the beer, wine and distilling business to learn the ups and downs of life in an alcoholic beverage startup. Panelists will include Chris Montana from Du Nord Craft...

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Tax Reform Resources for Small Business

Business may find they have questions about how 2017’s tax reform legislation affects their organization and their bottom line. IRS.gov is a great place to find answers. You can also click HERE to learn more about how tax reform is affecting small businesses this year.

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Business Recycling Assistance

The commercial sector generates more than half of the total waste in Hennepin County, and nearly two-thirds of the waste created at businesses and non-profits is recyclable. A strong recycling program conserves natural resources, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, can help your bottom line and demonstrates your organization’s commitment to...

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SEO Tips and Resources

January 24, 2019

In case you missed our workshop with Uproer on SEO, we’ve got the slides for you. Just click HERE. This includes direct links to articles, tools and other resources to help you direct more traffic to your website and, as a result, more business! Thanks to all who braved the cold to come and thank you again to...

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Milkweed Cafe to replace Blue Moon

Due to open in February, Milkweed is a coffee shop and all-purpose cafe that aims to provide a meeting place for the surrounding neighborhoods. We will be making syrups, sandwiches, nut-milks, and light fare in house. The cafe will also have an extensive holistic beverage menu with a focus on medicinal and adaptogenic herbs and teas. Wine...

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Public Hearing for The Howe to Expand Patio

The Howe Daily Kitchen & Bar located at 3675 Minnehaha Ave has applied for an Expansion of Premises license for its patio area. The public hearing will be held on January 22 at 1:30 pm at City Hall. Feel free to to attend, express your opinions, and/or submit such in writing. For questions or written comments,...

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Small Business Team Offers Assistance

The City of Minneapolis is committed to supporting the small business community that is at the heart of our thriving economy. The Small Business Team is here to make it easy for you to successfully start, sustain, and grow your business in Minneapolis. Our staff can assist you in navigating City permitting and licensing processes, connect you to...

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Migizi Headed to East Lake

Migizi Communications is celebrating 40 years of service to the American Indian community in the Twin Cities but is looking far ahead through training Native youth for leadership, education preparation and careers in emerging environmental, technical and renewable energy occupations. To aid its plans for the future, the nonprofit organization...

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Two Bettys Featured in Pollen

Two Bettys is a Longfellow based green cleaning service that pursues environmental justice with true green cleaning materials and procedures. They clean house, but that’s not all: They advocate for economic justice by promoting a living wage and micro-entrepreneurship, and they foster social and racial justice by engaging in the education of...

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