Growing Minneapolis December: News and Information from the City of Minneapolis department of Community Planning and Economic Development

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December 2019

Business Profile: The Sioux Chef

Owner and Co-Owner of The Sioux Chef

Founder, Sean Sherman and Co-owner, Dana Thompson of The Sioux Chef

In 2014, Chef Sean Sherman started the catering business, The Sioux Chef, with a focus on identifying, sharing and educating people on the authentic Indigenous foods of North America. The Sioux Chef team connected with Indigenous chefs, farmers, seed keepers, academics and leaders across the region to create menus and recipes; Elders tell Sean they have not tasted these flavors since childhood.

In order to open opportunities for more people to learn about Native cuisine, make it more accessible to people and develop food enterprises in tribal communities, Sean and co-founder Dana Thompson founded the nonprofit North American Traditional Indigenous Food Systems (NATIFS). They are working to launch the first Indigenous Food Lab restaurant and training center in Minneapolis. Owners Sean Sherman and Dana Thompson are also opening a restaurant at Water Works in downtown Minneapolis with a menu of Indigenous foods, where they cut out things like dairy, wheat flour and processed cane sugar.

The Sioux Chef team has received support through the Business Technical Assistance Program (B-TAP) through MEDA and MCCD. Additionally, they are working with the staff from Business Development and the Small Business Team as they plan for their new location.  

Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan in Effect January 1, 2020

Community outreach Q&A

On October 25, 2019, the Minneapolis City Council adopted a resolution to approve the City’s comprehensive plan Minneapolis 2040. Implementation of the plan is already underway and will focus on achieving the goals of eliminating racial disparities, expanding housing options, addressing climate change and improving the lives of residents throughout Minneapolis.

Initial implementation efforts include a text amendment to the zoning ordinance that allows 3-unit residential buildings in areas previously reserved for only single-family residences, and a permanent Inclusionary Zoning ordinance. Each of these changes will go into effect at the same time as Minneapolis 2040 on January 1, 2020. In the coming years the City will lead work on additional changes to the zoning ordinance, continue ongoing work to invest in our communities, and discover and create new ways to ensure the outcomes envisioned for Minneapolis in the plan.

2019 Minneapolis Employment and Training Partner of the Year Awards

On December 3, an awards ceremony was held at the Economic Development and Regulatory Service Committee with a reception prior to the committee meeting. A total of four community service agencies were honored for their exceptional service to Minneapolis adults and youth in workforce development.

Adult Services Awardees
Minneapolis Employment and Training and the Minneapolis Workforce Development Board honored Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis as the 2019 Adult Service Partner of the Year. 

Adult Services Award recipients

Adult Services Award recipients (from left to right): Sue Thompson, Lee Friedman, Leah Temkin, Sheilah Howard, Diane Wenner, Judy Halper, Council Member Goodman, Shauen Pearce, Laura Beeth, Deb Bahr-Helgen

Youth Services Awardees 
Youth service providers were also honored. AchieveMpls, Project for Pride in Living and the MN Department of Employment and Economic Development were honored as 2019 Youth Service Partners of the year. All are partners in the City's Step Up Program

Youth Services Award recipients

Youth Services Award Recipients (from left to right): Erin Martin, Paul Williams, Danielle Grant, Jeremy Lundborg, Leona Martin, Nina Robertson, Council Member Goodman, Sandra Brick, Shauen Pearce, Brooke Roper, Theresa Angelopoulos, Laura Beeth, Sara Zahn, Dianna Martin, Deb Bahr-Helgen, Casey Wahl, Jeremiah Brown

Business Resources & Training

Session 2: Protecting your Property
Tuesday, Dec. 17, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: NEON (Northside Opportunity Network)
1007 West Broadway Ave, Minneapolis | Register

Do you have questions about protecting your business brand, content, or ideas? If so, join Just Law LLC for the “Protecting Your Property” workshop where we will discuss the legal ways to protect your business properly. At the workshop, you will learn helpful tips and best practices to grow your business and professional knowledge.

Just Law Legal Clinics (Open Office Hours)
Saturday, Jan. 18, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization (CANDO)
3715 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis | Register for a 30 minute consultation

The Just Law Legal Clinic is offering two free legal clinics, at which entrepreneurs and small business owners can receive legal advice on their small business law matters, such as, Business Formation (entity type), Contracts (consulting, review and drafting), Employment Law Issues (HR polices, 1099 vs. Employee etc) and Real Estate Matters (i.e. Leasehold). All consultations are 30-mins, will be scheduled on a first come, first serve basis.


Holiday Spirits Maker Market
Saturday, Dec. 14, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Royal Foundry Craft Spirits
241 Fremont Ave N

Minneapolis Craft Market returns to Royal Foundry Craft Spirits, a beautiful distillery and cocktail room in the Harrison neighborhood of Minneapolis serving fine spirits with British flavor. 
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Holiday Market

Tattersall Holiday Market
Saturday, Dec. 14, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tattersall Distilling 
1620 Central Ave NE #150

Drink and eat while shopping for friends, family and other people you like (a thousand times better than the mall). There will be pop-up bars, drink collaborations, a huge selection of stuff made by local artisans, and tons more.
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Northeast Winter Market
Sunday, Dec. 15, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Chowgirls at Solar Arts
711 15th Ave NE

Stop by to see a great variety of over 35 local vendors. There will be kids activities, local beer, Bloody Mary's and mimosas at the Chowgirls Killer Catering bar.
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A Handmade Holiday Market
Saturday, Dec. 14 & 21, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Lakes & Legends Brewing Company
1368 Lasalle Ave

Join the festive Loring Park tap room to visit with local artists and makers while sipping delicious farm-to-table Belgian-style beers with holiday cheer.
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Plate & Parcel Holiday Market
Saturday, Dec. 14 & Sunday, Dec. 15, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 21 & Sunday Dec. 22, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Wagner Garden Centers
6024 Penn Ave S

Linden Hills Holiday Market is now Plate & parcel Holiday Market. Find unique handcrafted gifts from 70+ farmers, food makers and artisans. The market is free to attend. 
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Old St. Anthony Holiday Bazaar
Sunday, Dec. 15, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Machine Shop
300 2nd St SE

Minneapolis Craft Market is bringing one of the largest indoor craft markets of the year to Machine Shop. The Machine Shop is a historic and unique event venue in the heart of the St. Anthony neighborhood of Minneapolis. There will be two full floors of handmade goods.
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Upper Harbor (UH) – Community Engagement Learning Table
Wednesday, Dec. 18, 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Northpoint Inc
1256 Penn Avenue North 

Join deeper community conversations on a topic from the Upper Harbor Concept Plan. December's topic is, Design Charrette for Land Uses and Community Benefits. What types of design elements could be at UH? What community benefits could we realize at the UH?
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Upper Harbor

Hygge Holiday Market at Lawless Distilling
Sunday, Dec. 22, 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Lawless Distilling
2619 S 28th Ave

Minneapolis Craft Market is heading to Lawless Distilling in South Minneapolis for a series of cozy and warm Sunday evening markets in December.
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Thursdays – Sundays until December 22
Loring Park

The Minneapolis Downtown Council is excited to bring Holidazzle to Loring Park. As downtown Minneapolis’ premier holiday celebration, Holidazzle has delighted residents, visitors and downtown employees for years. In 2019, this tradition is again bringing family-friendly programming to Loring Park and is free and open to the public. You and yours are invited to join in the festivities.
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Chameleon Shoppes Holiday Pop Up
Monday – Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. or Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Gaviidae (street level and skyway level) on Nicollet Mall and 6th Street

Chameleon Shoppes is hosting a holiday season pop-up that features a rotating line of artisan products. The current mix of locally-made goods is far from blending in: colorful headwraps from TiAngy Designs, statement earrings, natural beauty products from Body Love Products and FlowEsScents, wooden essential oil holders from EOcreations and an arsenal of men’s grooming supplies from BowTie Billionaire.
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New/Expanding Businesses


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In the News

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Rachael Ray Is Launching a Virtual Restaurant in 17 Cities and Minneapolis Is One of Them
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Minneapolis' City Hall is home to a truly fantastic breakfast sandwich
Read in City Pages

Minneapolis' Eastside Food Co-op makes food access 'FARE'
Read in the SunSentinel

Minneapolis ranks among the best food cities in the world, according to top chefs
Read in the StarTribune

First Ave hosts workshop to encourage people of color to start small businesses for north Minneapolis development
Read in Fox9 News

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