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March 1, 2010
By: Gregory J. Scott
Gregory J. Scott

FinnStyle unveils new Glenwood Avenue location


The Finnish design boutique officially opened its new location on Glenwood Avenue on Feb. 19, a spacious, white-tiled showroom that effectively doubles the size of the former location in Gaviidae Common.

The retailer left the skyways last month in the hopes of consolidating its merchandise under one roof. Previously, FinnStyle, which does a considerable amount of business through its website, finnstyle.com, had kept the bulk of its inventory in a Golden Valley warehouse, which led to inefficiencies in stocking, said store manager Elina Ruppert.

The new space at 160 Glenwood Ave., with its high ceilings and track lighting, provides an art gallery environment for the store’s vibrantly colored, high design merchandise, which includes textiles, glassware, kitchenware and other design-forward staples of Finnish décor.

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Kramarczuk’s sausages to be served at ballpark

The latest bit of local flavor to be incorporated into the new Twins ballpark is, well, a local flavor.

The Twins and Target Field food service partner Delaware North Sportservice have announced that Kramarczuk’s, the beloved family-run deli in Northeast Minneapolis, will serve its bratwurst, Polish and Hungarian sausages to fans at the new ballpark. The sausages will be made fresh daily at the Northeast deli — only one mile from Target Field — and then served at two concession carts placed strategically in the stadium’s concourse.

The inclusion of Kramarczuk’s sausages is just the latest piece of a sweeping strategy on the part of Target Field to honor local treasures in the ballpark’s design. In addition to cosmetic features like the exterior limestone, which was sourced from Mankato, and the use of native landscaping, the Twins have also made an effort to incorporate hometown food options into the stadium experience, as well. Just last December, Murray’s Steakhouse unveiled a signature steak sandwich and garlic toast intended specifically for the stadium’s Mill City Grill concession counters.

Carl Pohlad, the former Twins owner who died in 2009, was reportedly a regular customer of Kramarczuk’s, which has been a family-owned institution since 1954.

“Eighty percent of our business is going to be nachos and beer and pop and hot dogs and stuff like that,” said Matt Hoy, Twins vice president of operations. “But what is really going to make the new ballpark stand out in a food or a culinary experience is products like this. They’re local and, in this circumstance, it’s an ethnic food and it’s prepared fresh here every day.”

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Nonprofit provides attire for women seeking work

Dress for Success, an international nonprofit that helps disadvantaged women secure a place in the workforce, has just opened one of their acclaimed boutiques to Minneapolis.

Dress for Success boutiques provide women with professional attire and image consulting for job interviews, as well as career support and development services. The Minneapolis location, which just began serving clients in February, occupies a 2,000 foot warehouse space in the Ford Centre, in suite 845 at 420 N. 5th St.

Dress for Success serves clients by referral only — usually from nonprofits or government agencies like Jeremiah Program, Twin Cities Live, Hired and Hennepin County Workforce — and a woman must have a job interview scheduled before she can take advantage of the wardrobe service.

“The women that come to us are all economically disadvantaged, but they’re job-ready,” said director Jeri Quest, “We take that woman, provide that business attire and spend time with her on job skill building so that she’s really ready from the inside out.”

The Minneapolis boutique is currently seeking clothing donations. Donors can drop off suits, blazers, trousers, blouses, pants/skirts, purses at any Edina Realty metro-area office. The real estate company has partnered with the nonprofit to make its move to Minneapolis a welcome one.

“The community has been so generous in their support,” Quest said.