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January 31, 2011
By: Gregory J. Scott and Michelle Bruch
Gregory J. Scott and Michelle Bruch
NE Community Chiropractic opens in Frank Stone building

SHERIDAN — A young chiropractor has set up shop above the Frank Stone Gallery, rounding out a second floor occupied almost entirely by holistic therapists.

Dr. Chris Hanson opened NE Community Chiropractic, 1222 2nd St. NE, in mid-January, right next door to NE Community Acupuncture. The similar names are not a coincidence.

“It’s almost like a sister clinic to us,” said Hanson, who met NE Community Acupuncture partners Deborah Owen and Noah Frohlich when all three worked together at Pillsbury House, a free community clinic in South Minneapolis. Pillsbury House takes a multidisciplinary approach to health care, pairing traditional services like nursing and psychology with alternative practices like acupuncture and massage.

Hanson, 28, says his clinic will adopt the same sliding fee policy in place at NE Community Acupuncture, and that the two businesses will likely collaborate on patient care. Hanson is also a bilingual Spanish speaker.

“We’re going to end up complementing each other really well,” he added. “Having someone to refer patients on to is going to be really beneficial. Especially when they’re right across the hallway.”

Also on the second floor is massage therapist Sally Cassellius and Megan Odell, who practices acupuncture and Asian medicine.

The chiropractic studio features space to display visual art, and Hanson is collaborating with both NE Community Acupuncture and Rosalux on an open-gallery event scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 3. Kendra Gabbia will show paper lanterns and woodcut prints in the acupuncture studio’s Ginko Gallery, and painter Michael Quernemoen will show in Hanson’s new space. Both studios will be open from 6–9 p.m.

Hanson’s partner Christie Weibel-Maanum will join him at the practice in early summer.

— Gregory J. Scott

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Maeve’s inches closer to opening

SHERIDAN — A light at the end of the tunnel is glimmering for Mary Colon, whose long slog toward opening Maeve’s Wine Bar, 300 13th Ave. NE, is now approaching six months.

Colon says she could be open by March. But she’s learned not to get excited.

“It’s a 103-year-old building,” she said of the former Lucille’s Flower Shop. “Every time you open a wall you find a new surprise.”

City inspections have been the main hold-up, and Colon suggested that the city has been extra cautious interpreting code after recent building fires on Lake Street.

Colon opened the Audubon Coffee on Johnson Street Northeast 15 years ago. Last year, sisters Jenni and Jodi Horton took over, renaming it the Coffee Shop Northeast. While she waits to get Maeve’s off the ground, Colon has been working at Anchor Fish & Chips.

The process has been “100 times more complicated” than it was when she opened Audubon, Colon said. “It’s been exhausting.”

— Gregory J. Scott

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Nash Frame and Design leaves Downtown

LORING PARK — After 16 years in Loring Park and 23 years Downtown, Roger Nash is moving his frame shop and showroom out of the city’s core.

Nash says he’ll fold the business at 10 S. 13th St. into his St. Louis Park location, which until recently he used only as a workshop. Designer Montgomery Chavez, who has worked at the Loring Park location since it opened in 1994, will come with, bringing his clients.

Nash also operates an Edina showroom near the intersection of 50th & Xerxes.

The company dates back to 1974, when Nash opened a retail store and gallery called As You Like It in Duluth. In 1985, Nash moved into the Ford Building in Downtown Minneapolis to cater to the burgeoning Warehouse District art scene of the time. He settled in the Loring Park location in 1994, then later branched out to the suburbs.

Asked about his reasons for moving, Nash cited common Downtown retail complaints: lack of parking and high taxes.

“Parking issues have been really extreme,” he said. “Then just the whole general climate down there. Just nobody goes Downtown to shop anymore. Then the rate of taxes that the city of Minneapolis charges, it really inflates your rent a lot.”

Comparing the tax issues in Downtown to his experiences in Edina and St. Louis Park, Nash notes a “huge difference.”

— Gregory J. Scott

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Woodcarving store and school ditches Uptown for Northeast

NORTHEAST PARK — The Wood Carver’s Store and School is settled into its new home next to the Nimbus Theatre at 1519 Central Ave. NE.

Owner George Effrem teaches woodcarving classes and sells tools for bench and power carving.

“I grew up in a woodcarving shop,” said Effrem, who learned the trade from his father and worked alongside him until his passing three years ago. “Today, I’m the only specialist in town.”

The store is crowded with tools and materials stacked nearly to the ceiling. It took the equivalent of five semi loads to move the entire inventory.

Effrem said he decided to move to Northeast last May when his rent rate at the old store, which was located west of Lake Calhoun, took a huge jump.

“I wanted a place that was easy to get to and central to the Twin Cities,” he said. “I wanted to be more accessible to the colleges and universities.”

He is starting to source wood from the urban forest, such as a fluorescent green Sumac, he says, which might be of interest to area artists.

“Wormy wood isn’t necessarily bad if it’s going to be used for art,” he said.

— Michelle Bruch

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Recovery Bike Shop open for business

AUDUBON PARK — The Recovery Bike Shop is now open next to the Eastside Food Co-Op at 26th Street and Central Avenue.

Founder Brent Fuqua said he was happy they were able to move in a single day and work on bikes the following morning.

“Everybody we knew with a pickup had a load,” he said.

The bike shop now has a second mechanic on staff, and it’s selling winter bikes under $200.

Partner Mike Smieja said he is very happy with the neighborhood’s welcome so far.

Although the shop is chock full of bikes, he said there are plenty more where that came from.

“It barely looks like we touched anything in my garage,” he said.

— Michelle Bruch

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Falafel King’s request for 24-hour drive-thru denied

WINDOM PARK — The new Falafel King at 18th Street and Central Avenue NE had petitioned the city to keep its drive-thru open 24 hours a day, but the City Council turned down the request in mid-December.

Police didn’t report any concern about the late hours, but city officials voted against the extension out of respect for nearby neighbors.

Instead, the city has allowed the drive-thru to stay open an extra hour: until 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and until midnight on Friday and Saturday. That’s contingent on a new masonry wall going up along the alley, however. The city has long required the property owner to buffer noise for nearby homes by building a masonry wall, rather than the wood fence there now.

Falafel King takes over the old Porky’s restaurant site, which closed last spring. The site had previously been a gas station, and it was vacant for quite a while before Porky’s moved in.

— Michelle Bruch

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Fresh start for Broadway Stop-N-Go

LOGAN — The Stop-N-Go gas station and convenience store at Broadway and Adams Streets is back open and under new management.

Manager Molly Fritz says the store opened quietly at the end of December and has been chugging along for a month now. Fritz’s father, Ron Olson, bought the station last fall, after it had sat vacant in foreclosure for about five months.

Olson also owns and operates Northeast’s other two Stop-N-Go locations, at 1847 Johnson St. and 2651 Johnson St.

In its previous incarnation, the Broadway location had been a thorn in the side of the neighborhood, regularly generating complaints about crime, lack of cleanliness and shady gas pricing. Fritz says the store has a fresh staff, some major upgrades and a few new policies to combat crime: the pay phone has been removed, and the 24-hour operating schedule has been reduced to more regular hours.

The Stop-N-Go is open 6 a.m.–10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m.–
10 p.m. on the weekends.

— Gregory J. Scott


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New smart phone app offers historical tours of the skyway system

SKYWAYS — The year 2010 saw the launch of several smart phone apps aimed at helping Downtowners navigate the maze-like, 8-mile skyway system. The latest, launched just this past January, offers an additional amenity: historical tours.

The Minneapolis Skyway Tour App boasts 21 narrated video history stops throughout the Minneapolis skyway system, debriefing visitors on everything from the history of Nicollet Mall to the stories behind some of the city’s most iconic skyscrapers.

The self-guided tour app for iPhone and Android is available for purchase at skywaytwincities.com for $1.99.

— Gregory J. Scott