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May 26, 2003 // UPDATED 10:50 am - April 30, 2007
By: Ellen Nigon
Ellen Nigon

Various Local Business News Stories

Bargain cafe closes to public

As of Monday, June 2, the general public will no longer be able to dine at the Target Cafe on the fourth floor of the 33 S. 6th St. building. Heightened security measures have forced restricting admission to the bargain cafe, where patrons can get lunches made from scratch for only about $5.

\"The portions of the building used by Target Corp. are being taken to a new level of security, which is an unfortunate but necessary reality today,\" said Douglas Kline, spokesperson for Target. \"We looked at it from many different ways, and we just found no good way to secure the area and still allow access to accommodate the public to the cafeteria.

\"We regret the inconvenience, and we\'re sorry to disappoint some loyal patrons of the restaurant, but the security steps that we\'re taking mandated the change.\"

Kline said that Target team members, their guests and registered vendors would still have cafe access.

Ward gallery downsizes

Ward Art Gallery has moved - but not far. The art and custom-framing studio has moved down the hall in the building at 800 Washington Ave. from suite 118 to suite 104.

\"It wasn\'t a big move. It was either go out of business because my rent was too high, or move to a space that was better rent,\" said Dan Ward, gallery owner.

Although the new space is about half the size of his previous space, Ward said it suits the shift his business is taking. \"I\'m more focused on custom framing than art,\" he said. \"Before my space was divided between an art gallery and a custom framing area. In this space, I\'ll still have art on display, but it\'s going to be on display as decorative walls in my framing shop.\"

Ward used to work for the architectural firm of Hammel, Green and Abrahamson doing mounting and laminating for the marketing department. He came up with the concept for a new art gallery that would specialize in mostly local artists a couple of years ago.

\"I listen to a lot of motivational tapes. One of them was about why people start businesses. I had a tae kwon doe school for ten years. I thought maybe I should do something like [a gallery] instead. I decided to give it a shot,\" he said.

Because he has not found the art business to be lucrative, Ward spends most of his time custom framing. \"Framing is 99 percent of my business,\" he said. \"I do an excellent job because I\'m a perfectionist.\"