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Roots, Rock and Deep Blues Festival: July 12-13

July 12, 2019 - July 13, 2019

The Longfellow Roots, Rock and Deep-Blues Festival is an environmentally conscious community-driven summer music, arts and cultural event that takes place in the Downtown Longfellow (Lake/Minneahaha) area in South Minneapolis. This 9th annual award-winning celebration of Minnesota craft, culinary and performance art in the Longfellow neighborhood...

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Black Business Week

July 19, 2019

Later this month, the City of Minneapolis will be celebrating the first ever Minneapolis Black Business Week. From July 19-27 by hosting events to highlight and support black-owned businesses throughout the city. If you are a black business owner, you can sign up to have your business highlighted in the City’s online directory,...

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2020 Business Directory

Planning is already underway for the 2020 edition of the Longfellow Business Directory. This printed directory will be delivered to over 8,000 households in the neighborhood this November. The coming week, all businesses will receive a letter in the mail with a survey to fill out for your FREE listing. There will be information...

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Free Bike Racks for East Lake Businesses

Lake Street Council is partnering with Hennepin County and the City of Minneapolis to get dozens of new bike racks out in front of businesses and organizations along the Lake Street corridor. The goal of the project is to inspire curiosity and encourage more people to bike to Lake Street destinations.Thanks to support from the County and City,...

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Open Streets Lake + Minnehaha

July 21, 2019

On Sunday, July 21 from 11 am – 5 pm, join your neighbors on Lake and Minnehaha as we close the streets to car traffic, opening the roadway for people walking, biking, rolling and playing. More than a street festival, Open Streets Lake + Minnehaha gives residents and visitors a chance to explore their neighborhood businesses in a safe,...

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Increased Business License Fees

July 30, 2019

There will be a public hearing for a proposed 2% inflationary adjustment to business license fees on Tuesday, July 30 at 1:30pm at City Hall. You are invited to attend, express your opinions, and/or submit such in writing by contacting Joel.Lampe@minneapolismn.gov or 612-673-2083. For a copy of the 2020 proposed license fees, click...

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Financial Planning for Business Owners

July 10, 2019

Will I ever be able to retire? What if something happens to my business partner? Should I expand my business and invest even more money? If these questions keep you awake at night, join Women Venture for a Lunch & Learn session on Wednesday, July 10th and gain an understanding of the various aspects of financial planning specific to...

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Free Class: Finance Your Hustle

July 23, 2019

If you are a business owner looking for financing or have a side hustle that you want to grow, this conversation is for you. During this 3-hour session hosted by Women Venture, dive into your business goals and the hurdles you’ve run into, learn about aspects of a healthy business, and talk about attitudes toward taking on debt as a...

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Volunteer for the Roots, Rock and Deep Blues Festival

July 12, 2019 - July 13, 2019

The 9th annual Roots, Rock & Deep Blues Festival will be taking place on July 12-13 at The Hook & Ladder Theater. As an organization centered on diversity and inclusion, we welcome you to become one of our volunteer ambassadors, to engage with the public, and to perform a range of essential duties before, during, and after...

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Eat and Art on Lake: A Community Meal

August 10, 2019

Join Lake Street Council on Saturday, August 10th for Eat & Art on Lake. This outdoor community meal is a celebration of Lake Street’s diverse immigrant and refugee-owned restaurants and will feature the artwork of local illustrator Cori Lin. Learn more and register HERE.

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Discounted Ad Rates for the Messenger

The Longfellow Nokomis Messenger has a new owner and they are offering discounted ad rates for repeat ads. This is a great way to reach over 10,000 households in Longfellow and the surrounding community. If you already advertise in the paper or would like to learn more about marketing your business to the nieghborhood, please contact...

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East African Business Forum

June 27, 2019

Come to the East African Business Forum on Thursday, June 27th from 6-8 pm and get answers to your questions on: Business loans, business plans, technical and marketing help, Licenses and permits, Business regulations, health inspections and building codes, Minneapolis Minimum Wage and Sick and...

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Funding and Creative Entrepreneurship for Artists of Color

June 25, 2019

The City of Minneapolis and Springboard for the Arts are hosting a panel discussion of representative, successful and experienced artists sharing their insights in navigating different funding options, and working collectively and collaboratively towards a more equitable, diverse and inclusive ecosystem. Join in on Tuesday, June 25 from...

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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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