Bobiam heads to Northeast

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July 31, 2014 // UPDATED 1:12 pm - August 5, 2014
By: Michelle Bruch
Photos by Bōbiam Art Director Brock Kendzora
Michelle Bruch

Bōbiam Artistic Streetwear is relocating to Northeast Minneapolis after the Uptown Art Fair this weekend.

General Manager Sheri Moe said Bōbiam, along with the Social House and residential apartment tenants, were asked to leave to make way for a new restaurant with a rooftop deck. She said crews seem to be ready to start work, and they're taking measurements of the store.

"Most of the tenants were given a week," she said.

Uptown Neighborhood News reported that Cowboy Jack's is moving into the space. The building owner and representatives from The After Midnight Group did not immediately return calls for comment.

Moe said the relocation is coming at a good time for Bōbiam.

"The business is growing so much we're splitting it into two businesses," she said. "People are interested from all over the world."

Bōbiam will continue to work with youth artists, and artists over age 18 will transition into a new sister company. They're aiming to work with more than 100 artists by year-end.

The print shop and offices will move into the Thorp building at 18th & Central Avenue Northeast, and staff will continue teaching youth classes in the fall. The retail end of the shop will "hibernate," and staff will instead focus on the wholesale business and the national brand.

"We're excited to be part of the Northeast Arts District," Moe said. "It's a good fit."

The Social House owner did not immediately respond for comment. On the restaurant's Facebook page, staff said their lease was terminated.

"We had absolutely no control over this situation. We appreciate your business over the last 9 years in this space, but unfortunately all good things come to an end," staff wrote.