Monday, November 19, 2012
Chipotle Mexican Grill will occupy the former Bruegger's Bagels and Caribou Coffee space.
Last February, a group of about 600 began a petition on Facebook asking for Chipotle Mexican Grill to locate near the intersection of Highway 7 and County Road 101. They are about to get their wish. Chipotle will occupy the former Caribou Coffee and Bruegger’s Bagels spaces in Westwind Plaza (4717 County Rd 101). Renovations to the building will include a complete rewmodeling of the interior into a single tenant space and updated exterior. An outdoor patio dining area has been proposed to the city of Minnetonka. The patio would be located on the south side of the space on a wide section of existing sidewalk, fully enclosed by a permanent railing. The city's planning commission will discuss the patio proposal on Nov. 29 and plans to send …
Thursday, May 3, 2012
The previously online-only business is now at 10th and Main.
When Josette Elstad started her vintage closing business, JoJo’s Retro and Vintage, in May 2010, it was an online-only operation. She tallied hundreds of new sales and tens of thousands of hits on her website over the intervening period. In December, the Minnetonka resident told Patch that someday she hoped to open a traditional retail store in downtown Hopkins. But she thought it would a year or so before she moved out of her Excelsior Tech Center office space and onto Mainstreet. Plans wound up moving faster than expected, though. When a new spot opened at 10th Avenue and Mainstreet, Elstad seized the opportunity to open a retail location. The new store will get a test run during Saturday’s Girls on the Town event. Elstad will then host …
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Resources are available in Hennepin County libraries and online on small business start-up and management, writing a business plan and more.
Sunday, February 26, 2012
What do a food vendor, an architectural consultant and a rap artist have in common? They all started their small businesses with the help of Hennepin County Library’s small business resources. Hennepin County Library’s knowledgeable staff welcomes your business questions. Staff can help you navigate resources available in the libraries and online— on small business start-up and management, researching your product and competition, finding marketing information, creating client lists, buying a franchise, writing a business plan and other topics. Hennepin County Library’s print resources are plentiful “and our databases are powerful,” said librarian Jim Magnuson in the Business, Science, and Government Documents department of Hennepin County…
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Christa Anderson-Hill started Creo Arts & Dance Conservatory to feature classes integrating creativity and Christian values.
For Christa Anderson-Hill, dance is as much about technique as it is about creativity, spirituality and art. After years of working as a dance instructor in the area, her vision came to fruition in September 2010, when she opened the family-operated Creo Arts & Dance Conservatory with the help of her sister Jen Trundle. Creo (meaning ‘I create’ in Latin) is an array of possibility for students—ages 3 to 18—who attend. From dance classes to art workshops and sacred dance groups, Anderson-Hill has introduced a unique perspective on dance, with a religious component. The concept of integrating dance and faith isn’t a new one, although Anderson-Hill said Creo is the only studio in the southwestern suburbs of Minneapolis with a Christian vision…
Friday, January 20, 2012
The local ski shop is starting an end-of-season sale early as a result of the atypical Minnesota winter.
Nothing signifies a Minnesota winter like a good snowfall, something Tonka Cycle & Ski shop owner Steve Phyle is still waiting for this year. “The lack of snow has definitely hurt us this winter,” Phyle said about his business this year. “There is a guy buying gloves right now who didn’t need them until the middle of January, and we definitely need snow for people to be excited about skiing and snowboarding.” As a result, Phyle has already started discounting his products– winter equipment is 25 percent off and winter clothing is 35 percent off. These are sale prices he says you usually wouldn't see until the end-of-season sale. “People who are serious about skiing and snowboarding are still out there on manmade snow or are traveling, but …
Monday, January 16, 2012
Hopkins-based JoJo's Retro and Vintage is a one-woman operation run by Minnetonka resident Josette Elstad.
Josette Elstad was 14 years old when she first became fascinated with women’s vintage clothing. Then a resident of St. Louis Park, she started acquiring her own vintage wardrobe. Elstad’s love of vintage clothing has since grown beyond her own wardrobe. She now has her own full-time vintage clothes business, JoJo’s Retro and Vintage. She looks forward to opening a traditional retail outlet in downtown Hopkins someday but, for the time being, sells strictly online out of office space in Hopkins’ Excelsior Tech Center. “It serves as an office, a photography studio and storage area,” she said. “I do the photography right here, which we use for our webpage.” Elstad, who lives in Minnetonka with her husband and two children, got a bachelor’s …
Saturday, December 31, 2011
SuNu Wellness was among more than 250 companies participating in the event this year.
SuNu Wellness Center has been named a finalist in the Young Entrepreneur, Best Service-based Company and Fastest Growing Business Categories at the 2012 Business Excellence Awards announced recently by ActionCOACH, a business coaching firm. The Business Excellence Awards honor the “best of the best” results in small and medium-sized businesses from around the world and showcases exceptional results for business owners, entrepreneurs, their teams and their companies. SuNu Wellness was among more than 250 companies participating in the event this year. Winners will be announced at the Business Excellence Awards ceremony held in Memphis, Tennessee in January. SuNu Wellness Center opened in July of 2011 near Ridgedale in Minnetonka. The …
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Issues sometimes arise when a small business grows and expands outside of the home. This may be noticed by neighbors through increases in storage, signage on the property, traffic to the home and noises from the property.
The city of Minnetonka is taking a look at home occupation rules. Proposed amendments to an ordinance first created in 1982 were sent to the Planning Commission for review from the City Council last week. During the past few years, resident inquiries about working in the home have become more common. While there is no specific data on the number of home occupations in Minnetonka, a 2011 Eden Prairie Business Survey provides a comparison. The Eden Prairie report indicated that 30 percent of the city’s businesses are home-based. Issues sometimes arise when a small business grows and expands outside of the home. This may be noticed by neighbors through increases in storage, signage on the property, traffic to the home and noises from the …
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Minnesota Lice Lady opens salon in Edina to serve Greater Metro area.
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Liz Ferron finally found peace of mind after visiting the Minnesota Lice Lady’s newly opened salon in Edina. Ferron, a social worker from Minnetonka, and her 10-year-old daughter, Angela, had been battling lice off and on for three long years. “It’s very time consuming and stressful,” Ferron stated. Ferron was relieved that someone else was handling her daughter’s latest lice infestation. When she walked out of the Minnesota Lice Lady’s salon after the follow-up treatment, she knew that her long ordeal with lice was over; her daughter’s head was clean and so was hers. One of the things Ferron appreciates most about Minnesota Lice Lady Gonne Asser (it’s pronounced Honnah and reflects her Dutch ancestry) is that she not only eradicates lice …
Saturday, December 10, 2011
They haven't even been open a year, but The Doctors of Chiropractic in Minnetonka is bringing in new business while supporting a local charity.
Last Saturday, The Doctors of Chiropractic in Minnetonka hosted thier first annual Holiday Bash right inside the chiropractic center, hoping to raise a good chunk of change for ResourceWest of Hopkins and Minnetonka. "We welcomed over 50 people," said Dr. Megan Ellwanger, co-owner of The Doctors of Chiropractic. "Whatever people can give, we appreciate. A little bit makes a big difference." From the need for food, clothing, shelter and healthcare, to where children will be going to school, ResourceWest is a place for individuals and families to find available programs and services. "We love being a part of this community, and today is a time for people to come check out what we have to offer and benefit a great organization in the process…