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June 13, 2005 // UPDATED 1:55 pm - April 26, 2007
By: Jeremy Stratton
Jeremy Stratton

Loring Park

Espresso Royale wants to share its digs at 1229 Hennepin Ave. S. Espresso Royale owner Dan Zielske said he's looking for a business that will complement his own, such as a deli or a gourmet chocolate shop.

The 2,400-sqaure-foot space is "just a really big space for a coffee shop," Zielske said.

Tom Massey, who owns the space, said he's negotiating the caf's yearly lease, and he intends to make sure it stays there.

"An advantage [Espresso Royale has] is that a customer can sit and study for a while," Massey said. "It services the community."

Zielske bought three Espresso Royale locations - the others near the University of Minnesota - in 2003.

Said Zielske: "If we can find someone to share the space, [the owners] can get fair market value, and I can run a profitable business."

Although Zielske and Massey are concerned about the Caribou Coffee to be included in the coming Lunds grocery, both say it - and the expansion of Minneapolis Community and Technical College, 1501 Hennepin Ave. S. - will increase business.

"I think there's room for similar businesses," Zielske said. "We'll have three coffee shops in a three-block area." (The third is Loring Park Coffee House and Wine Bar, 1301 Harmon Place.)

Zielske said the idea is "in its infancy," and logistics would need to be worked out. Interested parties may call the store at 333-8882.

Loring Park

City Market is saying goodbye to its customers - and Downtown - after 50 years of business. The doors close for good Sunday, June 19.

Brothers Brad and Brian Hansen knew they'd be leaving their space at 1240 Hennepin Ave. S., which they have occupied for 15 years, after a settlement in a lease dispute with landlord Great Lakes Management Company. The Hansens were unable to relocate Downtown.

In a letter to customers, the Hansens wrote, "For half a century, two generations of Hansens have spent their lives selling groceries and serving Downtown customers,"

City Market was started by the Hansens' uncle, Del Bauer.

"It has been our pleasure to serve you and the residents and businesses of Downtown Minneapolis," wrote the Hansens.

Brad Hansen said he's "trying to keep the product in that people are buying," while slowly selling down the store's inventory during this, the final week.

In the meantime, the brothers invite customers to say goodbye before they close.

Nicollet Mall

The liquidation sale at Dena Marie Bridal has been changed to a moving sale.

In April, Skyway News reported that Dena Marie would be closing its doors at 933 Marquette because the store's owner, Dena Modica, is suffering from Parkinson's Disease.

After the article ran, a buyer approached Modica about purchasing the store, which will relocate to a site to be announced.

Further details were not available.

The transaction puts a happier face on the "closing" sale, which currently features 75 percent off gowns, bridesmaid dresses for as low as $59 and 50 percent off accessories, including flower girl dresses and five dollar shoes.

A portion of the proceeds will go towards Parkinson's research.