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  • Cardinal Health plans Twin Cities facilities closings, layoffs          4/9/14
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal:
    Cardinal Health plans to close its leased facilities in Woodbury and Oakdale by the end of the year. About 68 employees will lose their jobs, which are primarily production positions, spokesman Corey Kerr said.
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  • Nelson’s to open ice cream store on Snelling           4/9/14
  • PR Newswire:
    STILLWATER, Minn.– Nelson’s Ice Cream today announced it is opening a second store at 454 Snelling Avenue South in St. Paul, Minn. The announcement coincides with the eight-year anniversary of when Dave Najarian and Bill Bergstrom of Stillwater bought Nelson’s in April 2006.
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  • Opening soon: JL Beers          4/8/14
  • Downtown Journal:
    A craft beer and burger chain called JL Beers is opening its first Twin Cities location next to Keegan’s Pub on April 23.
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  • Now open: Half Pint          4/8/14
  • SW Journal:
    Kids can mix their own sour cherry soda, grab a cookie jar, or try a tiny sandwich in Lunchables-style trays at the new Half Pint restaurant at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
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  • Athleta adding 3rd Twin Cities store          4/8/14
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal:
    Women’s activewear retailer Athleta will open a new store, its third in the Twin Cities, at Rosedale Center in Roseville.
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  • Boneyard opens on Hennepin          4/8/14
  • SW Journal:
    The new restaurant at 2841 Hennepin Ave. S. is designed to feel like the South —
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  • Pizza will return to Di Noko’s          4/7/14
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal:
    Kristoff Baseman was one of the South Minneapolis pizza lovers who was bummed to see Di Noko’s leave last fall for a downtown Minneapolis spot near the Vikings stadium site.
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  • The remodeled Town Hall Brewery          4/7/14
  • City Pages:
    On January 1, Town Hall Brewery closed its doors for what was intended to be a quick remodel. To prepare for the temporary shutdown, Town Hall had brewed enough beer in advance to supply its other two locations, Town Hall Tap and Town Hall Lanes, throughout the construction.
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  • The death of the Belmore/New Skyway Lounge          4/4/14
  • City Pages:
    Last week the Twin Cities lost a club, the Belmore/New Skyway Lounge. It was the most recent entry from Minneapolis iconoclast and character Doug Anderson. Chances are pretty good that you didn’t know it closed; chances are even better you didn’t know it was open in the first place.
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  • Food co-op on the way to East Side of St. Paul          4/3/14
  • Twin Cities Daily Planet:
    Last December, Mississippi Market Natural Foods Co-op signed a temporary developer agreement with the City of St Paul, stating that the two are working exclusively together to develop the former Hospital Linen site next to Metro State University and across from Swede Hollow Cafe on East 7th Street. Though there are still many steps in the process to complete, the agreement signals a decisive development in a two-and-a-half-year quest to bring a food co-op to the East Side of Saint Paul.
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  • Famous Dave’s closes at 43rd & Upton          4/2/14
  • SW Journal:
    Famous Dave’s restaurant will likely sit empty until the Linden Crossing groundbreaking late this summer, according to developer Mark Dwyer, who has an option to purchase the site.
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  • Insolvent St. Cloud telemarketing company closes          4/2/14
  • Minnesota Public Radio:
    A St. Cloud-based telemarketing company created after the Watergate scandal to raise funds for the Democratic Party is insolvent and will close its doors. Meyer Teleservices owner Gary Owen said the decreasing number of telephone land lines and the lack of access to cellphones have crippled his business.
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  • CC & Mays          4/1/14
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine:
    There are precious few children’s boutiques in the Twin Cities these days. When veterans such as Bananas in Wayzata and Enchanted Tree House in White Bear Lake closed, no one rushed to replace them. Blame Old Navy and GapKids, where the clothes are on trend and almost always on sale.
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  • Champps in Maplewood closes after two decades          3/31/14
  • Pioneer Press:
    Champps Americana bar and restaurant at Larpenteur Avenue and Interstate 35E in Maplewood closed this week after more than two decades in business. Owner Wayne Belisle shuttered the business Tuesday, general manager Wes Isaacs said Friday.
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  • Duluth-based Maurices chain opens 900th store          3/30/14
  • Duluth News Tribune:
    Maurices, the women’s clothing chain that began with a store in downtown Duluth in 1931, reached a major milestone this month. It opened its 900th store.
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  • Mattie’s on Main opening in May          3/28/14
  • Downtown Journal:
    Mattie’s on Main, a new restaurant owned by the team behind Wilde Roast Café, will be opening in Riverplace in May. Construction started right next door to Wilde Roast about a month ago in the former home of Kikugawa on the eastern bank of the Mississippi River. Mattie’s will feature a year-round patio built in the glass atrium on the outside of Riverplace and will have a stage for a variety of live music and entertainment.
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  • Coming Soon: Tongue In Cheek          3/28/14
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine:
    Tongue In Cheek East Side will be opening in the old La Palapa spot off of Payne Ave., just north of Case Ave. At the heart of the new American restaurant will be a strong commitment to using only humanely raised animal products. Anderson’s wife has been a part of HFA.org for some time.
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  • Now Open: Hen House Eatery          3/26/14
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine:
    For those who mourn the passing of the iconic Peter’s Grill, it’s time to move on. Now open in that space is Hen House Eatery, and they’ve been very respectful. Gone is the overwhelmingly minty décor theme, having been replaced with fresh orange, yellow, and spring green accents by the new owners. The tall wooden booths have stayed and one of the three loopy counters still exits. It works well to bring a modern freshness while still evoking the simple beauty of classic diners-past.
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  • Pet hotel expanding to Maple Grove          3/25/14
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal:
    Adogo Pet Hotel, which debuted in Minnetonka three years ago, will open a second location May 15 in Maple Grove.
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  • The 400 bar reincarnated          3/25/14
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine:
    When the news hit recently that the West Bank’s iconic 400 Bar would soon reopen as a spiffy 1,000-capacity music venue at the Mall of America, the backlash was inevitable.
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  • Minneapolis startup Heroic shuts down          3/24/14
  • Tech.mn:
    Minneapolis startup Heroic has ceased operations according to sources familiar with the matter. Launched in the fall of 2011, the venture had pulled-in six figures of angel funding to connect consumers with common services such as plumbers, mechanics and cleaners using social recommendations.
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  • Brandon Hopkins offers services in Minnesota          3/21/14
  • PRWeb:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota– Brandon Hopkins, a noted reputation management specialist, has announced new reputation management services to now be available throughout the state of Minnesota. Hopkins, who has a great deal of experience within the industry, sees the Minnesota market as uniquely in need of the sort of reputation management services he offers.
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  • New brewery coming this fall to Midtown Global Market          3/20/14
  • SW Journal:
    A small brewery and tap room may open in the Midtown Global Market this fall. Eastlake Craft Brewing has applied for a permit to brew and serve beer in a 2,000-square-foot space at the diverse small business hub.
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  • FirstTech, Apple retailing pioneer, is closing          3/20/14
  • Pioneer Press:
    When Apple first began selling its pioneering personal computers in the late 1970s, its first batch of machines went to Team Electronics in the Twin Cities. Team Electronics eventually morphed into FirstTech, a Minneapolis tech dealer that has prided itself on being the world’s first Apple reseller —
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  • Champions Saloon and Eatery closes its doors          3/17/14
  • Kare 11:
    MINNEAPOLIS – A Lyndale Neighborhood bar labeled as a nuisance has closed. The Minneapolis City Council revoked the liquor license of Champions Saloon and Eatery on Lake and Blaisdell. At midnight, the bar ushered people out and shut down.
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  • Now open: La Fresca          3/17/14
  • SW Journal:
    The colorful La Fresca restaurant is now open at 4750 Grand Ave. S., featuring a seasonal menu and a popcorn machine. The brightly-painted restaurant has ‘Nouveau Mexican’ food, Pacifico on tap and a large window view into the kitchen. It’s a block away from Chef Hector Ruiz’ Cafe Ena, and about a mile away from his Rincon 38 restaurant at 38th & Grand.
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  • New at 50th & France: Babette          3/13/14
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine:
    Babette opens at 50th & France on Saturday, March 15. Though national, the San Francisco-based brand brings a certain exclusivity to the tony shopping district. This is just the ninth store for the women’s wear collection designed Babette Pinsky.
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  • Opening soon: Socialista          3/12/14
  • SW Journal:
    A restaurant named Socialista will open soon next to Borough and Parlour in the North Loop. Details on the new restaurant are hard to find, but according to the January North Loop Neighborhood Association Planning and Zoning Committee meeting minutes the restaurant will focus on fine dining and have approximately 225 seats split over two levels.
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  • Cost plus world market reopening          3/11/14
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal:
    The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes on Monday confirmed that Cost Plus World Market is moving back into its old space in Maple Grove. The store will open this summer, according to a press release from The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes.
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  • Coming Soon: Digby’s in Roseville          3/11/14
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine:
    The former California Pizza Kitchen space in Rosedale is under construction and will open at the end of the month as Digby’s, an independent, craft beer-focused burger and pizza joint. And here comes the awkward: This is the second restaurant for Michael Larson and team, which opened Eat Shop in Plymouth. And yeah, that’s who I’m married to.
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  • Ann Taylor closes downtown Minneapolis store          3/10/14
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal:
    Ann Taylor has closed its store on Nicollet Mall in Downtown Minneapolis. The women’s clothing retailer leased about 5,000 square feet since 1997 in the building previously known as Gaviidae Common II and recently renamed RBC Plaza.
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  • Cray opens second Chippewa Falls supercomputer plant          3/10/14
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal:
    Supercomputer manufacturer Cray Inc. said Monday that it has opened its second production facility in Chippewa Falls. The new plant, combined with upgrades to its existing Chippewa Falls facility, doubles supercomputer production capacity in the city where the company was founded.
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  • Electric Fetus store in St. Cloud closing          3/9/14
  • City Pages:
    The St. Cloud location of the Electric Fetus will close its doors in May after 27 years in business. The closure will leave the chain’s Minneapolis and Duluth stores. The Fetus made the announcement Friday, and cited the store’s lease expiring as the reason behind deciding to consolidate their efforts to two stores.
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  • Country Bar closes          3/7/14
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal:
    The Country Bar and Grill has closed its doors after unsuccessfully trying to sell itself, according to a Facebook post. The Uptown Minneapolis dive bar had been delinquent on taxes since September and a visit there last fall revealed that the bar wasn’t allowed to sell alcohol.
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  • Finnegans launches reverse food truck          3/7/14
  • SW Journal:
    The charitable beer company Finnegans is unveiling a reverse food truck on Saturday, March 15 outside of Kieran’s Irish Pub that will be collecting donations for the Emergency Foodshelf Network’s Harvest for the Hungry Program. The program donates fresh local fruit and veggies to local food shelves and meal programs.
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  • Life Time closing Uptown yoga gym          3/4/14
  • Minneapolis/St. paul Business Journal:
    Life Time Fitness Inc. is closing its LifePower yoga gym in Uptown about four years after it opened.
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  • Lyft petition in Mpls gains momentum          3/4/14
  • Tech.mn:
    Peer-to-peer ride sharing mobile app Lyft may be facing legal limbo in Minneapolis right now, but a growing number of consumers are indicating they want a say in the matter.
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  • ProManage pushes deeper into TC financial advice market           3/3/14
  • Star Tribune:
    The Chicago-based registered investment adviser announced recently that it is looking to expand in the Twin Cities with its managed account services for employers with defined contribution plans. ProManage directs accounts and makes all the investment decisions for workers. Other players in the space include BeManaged, Financial Engines and Morningstar, which offers Morningstar Retirement Manager.
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  • Now Open: russell + hazel          2/26/14
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine:
    Good things come in small storefronts: The new russell + hazel store at Galleria in Edina is a testament to efficient use of space.
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  • Lyft plans to defy Mpls ban          2/26/14
  • Pioneer Press:
    Minneapolis and the taxi-like car-sharing service Lyft are on a collision course. San Francisco-based Lyft, whose driver-owned cars are festooned with magenta mustaches, said Tuesday that it will begin operations in Minneapolis this week — defying a city prohibition on the unlicensed service.
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  • Redfin launches RE tech-based brokerage           2/25/14
  • Business Wire:
    SEATTLE–Redfin (www.redfin.com), the technology-powered real estate brokerage, today announced its debut in Minneapolis and St. Paul, bringing its one-of-a-kind combination of technology and customer service to the Twin Cities metro area. With the addition of Minneapolis-St. Paul, Redfin real estate agents now serve 23 major metropolitan markets across the United States.
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  • Café Inc. launches new collaborative workspace          2/25/14
  • Minnpost:
    As America’s professional work force becomes more decentralized, the neighborhood coffee shop has become the default office space for many mobile workers. That’s not a great solution — for the workers or the shop owners.
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  • Sunsets Wayzata to close          2/24/14
  • City Pages:
    There are all kinds of restaurant changes happening out in the western suburbs and here comes another one. Sunsets Wayzata has announced that after 25 years, they will be closing their doors soon — though those lights won’t be dark forever.
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  • A 100 Seat Restaurant On South Nicollet          2/20/14
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine:
    All of Minneapolis is abuzz: One of our most beloved food trucks, Hola Arepa, of the delicate and whomping good arepas and frisky craft-cocktail influenced lemonades, is going brick and mortar. But this just in: They’re going brick and mortar in a really big way, with a 60-seat restaurant and 40-seat patio directly across the street from Pat’s Tap, in the old El Paraiso spot at 3501 Nicollet.
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  • Ambient Clinical Analytics is publicly launching          2/18/14
  • Medcity News:
    IT solutions that have helped doctors in the fast-paced emergency department and intensive care unit at Mayo Clinic make more informed care decisions are coming to other hospitals via a new startup. Ambient Clinical Analytics is publicly launching today with $1.1 million in seed funding from The Social+Capital Partnership, Rock Health and Mayo Clinic.
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  • New Habitat for Humanity HQ ready           2/17/14
  • Star Tribune:
    As a St. Paulite, your blogger has watched with interest as the sleek new $6.9 million headquarters for Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity has sprung up at the corner of University and Prior avenues. The mass-transit friendly contemporary building will formally open on Feb. 24. The group has outgrown its current quarters located at 3001 4th St. SE in a Minneapolis industrial park. Habitat for Humanity is perhaps best-known for its homeownership programs, where volunteers build and rehab housing for low-income families. The organization also helps homeowners maintain their homes, and assist with financial literacy programs related to homeownership.
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  • Duluth bankruptcies          2/17/14
  • Duluth News Tribune:
    This bankruptcy information is gathered from cases filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Duluth Feb. 5-11.
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  • Another Blaine Walmart store          2/16/14
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal:
    The Blaine City Council on Thursday approved Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s plan to relocate a store, despite strong opposition from neighbors. Wal-Mart wants to build a 183,000-square-foot store at the southeast corner of Interstate 35W and Lexington Avenue. The retailer wants to move because its existing store at The Village of Blaine, located at 4405 N.E. Pheasant Ridge Drive, can’t have a full grocery due to fellow anchor Cub Foods.
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  • Strib bankruptcy filings          2/16/14
  • Star Tribune:
    Recent bankruptcy filings in Minneapolis and St. Paul
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  • St. Anthony denies liquor store proposal          2/16/14
  • Downtown Journal:
    A proposal to build a new liquor store at the corner of Broadway St. and Marshall St. is in jeopardy after the St. Anthony West Neighborhood Organization (STAWNO) board voted to not support the project at its Feb. 13 meeting. About 40 people attended a neighborhood meeting on Feb. 8 to discuss the proposal with Steve Krause, owner of Minnehaha Liquors, his son Jason, who would run the new store, and their architect and engineer.
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