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August 25, 2003 // UPDATED 11:03 am - April 30, 2007
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

Various local business stories

Acupuncturist sets up Baker Building space

A few steps from the skyway that spans 8th Street near Marquette Avenue, Michael Studer has cultivated a space free of stress and the distractions of Downtown life.

There's relaxing music, nature scenes adorning the walls, and shades on the windows.

Studer, a licensed acupuncturist who has studied how acupuncture can help people with chemical dependency problems, wants to reach out to Downtown workers, offering them a respite from their busy lives.

"I hope people recognize how stressful their lives are and what it means for their health, both long term and short term," Said Studer, who has been interested in acupuncture's effects for about 25 years.

He said while the needles feel like a small pinch or mosquito bite, many patients feel a sense of relaxation during acupuncture. It has been found to lower blood pressure in some people and alleviate headaches and other types of chronic pain.

Studer said he got the idea for the Downtown clinic driving from Shakopee years ago after treating female prisoners struggling with drug addiction. He saw the Minneapolis skyline and felt moved to do something for the city's workers.

The acupuncturist has not yet come up with a fee schedule; for now, he's asking patients to pay him what they think the service is worth.

The clinic also features a group treatment room where people can be treated along with co-workers or friends, which Studer said might be less intimidating to some.

Studer also treats people with anxiety, depression, allergies, asthma, hypertension, substance abuse and other addictions.

Relaxation Point is located on the second floor of the Baker Center. The clinic is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Dry Dock adds booze

Add cranberry, lemon and dirty martinis, along with wine and beer, to the eclectic menu at J.J.'s Dry Dock Caf at 401 N. 3rd Street.

The restaurant's application for a liquor license has been approved by the city.

The caf opened two months ago and offers items including Texas-style chili, salads and burgers, including a martini burger and an Arizona-bacon-and-green-chili burger. Desserts include the popular Jamaican banana bread, baked with dark rum and brown sugar.

Caf Manager Jeff Johnson says he travels a lot and picks up interesting recipes along the way.

The restaurant seats 150 and is currently open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. In September, the hours will be extended until 7:30 p.m.

Johnson is planning a September benefit for a North Minneapolis dance studio. Visitors are asked to make donations at the door and then will be welcome to free food and drinks, he said. The date has not been set; for further information, contact the caf at 746-5064.