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November 3, 2003 // UPDATED 11:06 am - April 30, 2007
By: Skyway News editorial staff
Skyway News editorial staff

Business news going on in the downtown area.

Pilates studio opens on 1st Avenue A new Pilates studio called Align has opened in Downtown's Warehouse District at 708 N. 1st St.

Instructors Adrienne Guze and Angie Clifford will be teaching courses in Pilates and gyrotonics -- a technique popular on the Coasts that involves spiral movements designed to strengthen joints of the spine.

Guze and Clifford, who have backgrounds in dance, taught in Chicago before coming to Minneapolis and opening the new studio.

All ages and skill levels -- from beginners to Gopher athletes -- have been drawn to Align, Guze said.

Guze said Pilates helps makes "people aware of their bodies" and develop "core strength." -- Sarah McKenzie

Council rejects later closings Downtown Tobacco and Sky Caf will not get longer hours.

The City Council voted 13-0 on Oct. 24 to grant an appeal objecting to longer hours for the South 5th Street & Hennepin Avenue businesses, which are next-door neighbors.

The city's Planning Commission approved a request by the owner of the two establishments Sept. 22 to extend business hours to 3 a.m. Sunday-Thursday and 4 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

The Commission's approval came as a "provisional conditional-use permit," based on the safety record of the two businesses. It would have allowed the businesses later closing hours for a one-year trial period.

At a public hearing, 1st Police Precinct Commander Rob Allen raised concerns about extending the hours, saying police resources are already stretched thinly at that hour.

"This is a business where we have had tremendous challenges, and I think allowing them to stay open [later] will create further challenges," he said.

Sal Elazab, manager of the businesses, has disputed the safety concerns. He said there would be a security guard on duty to monitor store activities. -- Sarah McKenzie

Farmers' Marketeers reopen indoors for first time More than two dozen Minneapolis Farmers' Market vendors are selling their wares at an indoor bazaar adjacent to the market's outdoor venue on Downtown's northwestern edge.

The merchants typically close up shop when the outdoor market closes the last weekend in October. But this year, about 30 vendors have banded together to tryout an indoor location in a yellow warehouse at 200 Lyndale Ave. N., just south of the outdoor stalls.

The bazaar will be open Saturday and Sunday until the weekend before Christmas, Dec. 20-21.

Scott Barriball oversees about 100 vendors who sell goods at the market and is among those who will be taking a spot in the warehouse. He pedals petals for his business, Market Flower.

"This is a test for all of us," Barriball said. "This is a nontraditional shopping experience."

Besides specialty foods, rugs, furniture and other products, the indoor bazaar will feature belly dancers, Henna tattoo artists and live music.

Jennifer Umolac, who owns Global Vision Imports, will be another merchant selling goods at the bazaar. She travels around the world when the outdoor market is closed in the wintertime, looking for clothing, pottery, artwork and jewelry to sell at her stand.

"It's such an amazing opportunity," Umolac said. "We've got such a following. ... [The vendors] are a great bunch of people. We're like a family." -- Sarah McKenzie

Gay Nineties gets new look The Gay Nineties Theater Caf and Bar is undergoing a face-lift.

Crews are replacing the 77-year-old building's white, terra cotta exterior. The restoration should be complete by spring.

Owner Mike Bloom said the bar, which has been around since the bootlegging days of the Prohibition era, is constantly undergoing renovations and repairs.

It recently went through a series of upgrades to comply with city fire safety codes, staff said. Fire officials found the club in violation of several fire code regulations in February.

The bar and dance club is at 408 Hennepin Ave. S. -- Sarah McKenzie