New art gallery slated for North Loop

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January 15, 2007 // UPDATED 10:58 am - April 26, 2007
By: Michelle Bruch
Michelle Bruch

North Loop

A new art gallery is opening in the Whitney Square building at 210 N. 2nd St.

The Form + Content Gallery’s first exhibition is March 1, curated by Doryun Chong, assistant curator of visual art at the Walker Art Center.

Twelve artists came together last June to find a gallery space Downtown.

“We were interested in a new gallery in the Downtown area because of all the activity — the new Guthrie, the new library and the Open Book,” said Howard Oransky, director of planning at the Walker Art Center. He said the artists appreciated the historic nature of the Whitney Square building and the large wood timbers in the space.

The gallery’s mission includes linking personal expression to broader social contexts, and valuing art as a catalyst for critical thinking.

“This is not going to be the typical artist collective type gallery, we’re going to do something very different,” Oransky said. “We’ll go beyond the borders of the group and reach out to the world.”

At least three times per year, he said, a show will be curated by artists other than those that formed the gallery.

The gallery’s opening reception is March 3, 5-9 p.m. in suite 104 of 210 N. 2nd St.

Mill District

Staff at the Coffee Gallery, located in the Open Book building at 1011 Washington Ave. S. are working on a wine list.

The shop sells Peace Coffee, emphasizing fair trade and organic products, and the wine list will also feature organic selections.

“We’re going worldly, with a lot of imports,” said Manager Lori Rivers. The Coffee Gallery also plans to offer a selection of Belgians, ales and porters.

“One of the reasons why we’re doing this is to stay competitive with all the other businesses,” Rivers said, noting that hundreds of residential units are under construction on the riverfront. “We want to service the community better. There will be changes to the menu; it will be bigger and fuller.”

A series of weekly food and drink specials are also in the works, she said.

Alcohol sales at the Coffee Gallery are expected to begin in February.

Loring Park

Greenway Liquors at 105 W. Grant St. met with city officials this month following store employees’ sale of alcohol to two underage decoys working with the Minneapolis Police License Investigative Division.

A city committee determined this month that the business should mandate annual alcohol service training for employees, develop a written policy regarding alcohol sales, and staff a manager or owner on the site at all times.

To prevent future sales to minors, store owner David Bakhtyari said he recently installed a machine that verifies ID card information. In addition, Bakhtyari told his employees he will give a $50 bonus to anyone who catches someone under the age of 21 trying to purchase alcohol.

“We want to be sure not to sell liquor to them,” Bakhtyari said.

Greenway Liquors has operated on Grant Street for 16 years, the owner said.

Nicollet Mall

Jamba Juice closed Jan. 5 in the US Bancorp building, 800 Nicollet Mall.

A store manager said Jamba Juice staff will now focus on business at the City Center, located at 33 S. 6th St. According to the manager, Jamba Juice opened at the US Bancorp building in 2000.

Jamba Juice spokesperson Kara Burke of Grow Marketing said the company went public late last year. As a result, she said, the company is undertaking a series of restructuring moves that may have affected the Downtown location.

Dave Dabson, senior manager of Wells Real Estate Funds, said Jamba Juice representatives approached the landlord and requested to consolidate the store into the City Center. Discussions about a replacement at the US Bancorp building are underway, Dabson said.