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August 23, 2004 // UPDATED 3:29 pm - April 25, 2007
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

Seventy-year-old natural food store closing

Cayol Natural Foods, a store in the skyway level of the Highland Bank Court, 811 LaSalle Ave., is closing at the end of August.

The store has been in business Downtown for 70 years, opening first in a nearby "hole-in-the-wall" space at 812 LaSalle Ave., said Jerry Gold, the store's retired owner. His son-in-law Alan Grone runs the specialty shop and has decided to close the business to pursue other interests, Gold said.

The store is holding a "going out of business" sale through the end of the month. Selected items are discounted 30 to 50 percent.

When Cayol Natural Foods opened in the mid-1930s, it was the first to specialize in natural health food, offering dried fruits and whole grains, he said. Now such stores have become ubiquitous.

Cayol sells a range of supplements, health foods and beauty products. Gold said he's a believer in his own products and takes about six vitamins a day.

He said he'll miss hearing from his customers. "Several people [have come] back and told us how our products have helped them," he said.

Company provides oil changes in ramps

A new Downtown business, Convenience Oil, caters to people parked in ramps who don't want the hassle of driving to a service center over their lunch hour.

Jason Boiteau, co-owner of the new lube service, works in the underground parking ramp attached to Gaviidae Common ramp near Nicollet Mall & 6th Street, the City Center ramp near Hennepin Avenue & 7th Street and the Plymouth Building at Hennepin Avenue South & 6th Street.

The business averages between 40 and 50 oil changes a week, he said. He's pushing to service about 400 cars a month in coming months.

"There is a higher demand for this type of convenience with the difficulty of getting out of Downtown to go to a lube service station. Most people end up spending all of their lunch hour just getting this service done with no time left to relax," Boiteau said.

The oil changes are done at the parking stalls where people leave their cars. Most oil changes cost $40.

Cooks of Crocus Hill come Downtown

Marshall Field's, 700 Nicollet Mall, is adding a new cooking studio to its Marketplace in the basement level.

The new Cooks of Crocus Hill shop, a Minnesota-based culinary retailer and school, is moving into the store this fall. The studio will be modeled on a larger, 4,200-square-foot culinary studio in Marshall Field's State Street store in Chicago.

The Downtown studio will feature a two-sided demonstration station for guest chefs. There will be plasma television screens nearby, featuring the Food Network and other cooking programming.

The store's will kick off changes coincide with week-long cooking classes Sept. 7-11. Marshall Field's Culinary Councilmember Tim Scott will showcase healthful recipes Sept. 7.

Following Scott on Sept. 8, Marcus Samuelsson, executive chef and co-owner of Aquavit in New York City, will demonstrate Scandinavian dishes.

Seating will be limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.