No Business Meeting Scheduled For April

There will not be an April business meeting. The monthly NEHBA business meetings will resume after the annual meeting in May.

NEHBA 2014 Annual Meeting – Save the Date!

NEHBa’s 2014 Annual Meeting is planned for Wednesday, May 21 from 5-8 pm at FrameUps, 4325 Nicollet Ave S.

Enjoy appetizers and refreshments while socializing and networking with fellow southwest area businesses.  The agenda also includes board elections, spring/summer brochure distribution, and 2014/2015 membership renewal. Businesses can also learn more about committee volunteer opportunities including B2B (Business to Business), Marketing & Communication, Membership and being a Business District leader.

Be sure schedule the date on your calendars!

Free Trees for Businesses

The City of Minneapolis is planting free trees on eligible commercial properties for the second year, and your property may be a possible location for a free tree in either the spring or fall planting. Our contractor will help choose the tree and the planting location on your property. The contractor will plant the tree too. Your only obligation would be to care for the tree over the years.

In order to qualify, businesses need to:

  • Pay a pollution control annual bill (a “PCAB” or pollution registration for equipment such as air conditioning units, public restrooms, restaurant hoods, etc.)
  • Have enough green space to accommodate a tree
  • Maintain and water the tree (especially the first two years) 

Please note: they are not able to plant on boulevards, as that is public property.

If you would like to consider a free tree, email More information can be found at  

The City of Minneapolis Environmental Services Unit is helping boost the urban canopy by partnering with eligible businesses to plant trees on commercial properties that pay an annual pollution control fee. 

Winter Parking Restrictions Now in Effect

Day three of the current Snow Emergency ends tonight at 8 p.m. and Winter Parking Restrictions began Sunday, Feb. 23, at 8 am. Be sure to brush up on the rules for Winter Parking Restrictions and to help spread the word.

Winter Parking Restrictions have been put in place for reasons of public safety.  Because of snow and ice buildup along curbs, many streets are getting too narrow for fire trucks and ambulances to get around.

Until further notice, DO NOT PARK on the even side of non-Snow Emergency routes (most residential streets). This will allow emergency crews to navigate every street in Minneapolis and get to people as quickly as possible.

You can park on both sides of Snow Emergency routes, parkways and along the odd numbered side of non-Snow Emergency routes, provided a Snow Emergency is not in effect, or unless otherwise posted.

Parking will be restricted on the following Snow Emergency routes to make it easier for emergency vehicles and transit buses to use. Follow the posted signs on:

  • Bryant Avenue South from Lake Street to 50th Street.
  • Grand Avenue South from Lake Street to 48th Street.

For more information visit our website or call 311 or the Snow Emergency Hotline: (612) 348-SNOW (7669).

InnerCity Tennis

InnerCity Tennis is a nonprofit organization located on the corner of 40th & Nicollet in Rev. Martin Luther King Jr Park.  Since the year 2000, InnerCity Tennis has owned and operated the for-profit subsidiary Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center.  As of January 1, 2014, the for-profit organization has been dissolved and folded into InnerCity Tennis, as one nonprofit organization named InnerCity Tennis.

Free Saturday Youth Tennis Program

From September through April, InnerCity Tennis offers 24 Saturday afternoons of free tennis for children and youth ages 3-17.  On average, over 300 kids participate each week with the help of 80 volunteers. Children can join the program at any time and can register the day of the day of the class.

For more details about the free Saturday tennis classes and more information on the organization, visit them on the web at

Parking Restrictions in Place on Grand Ave

Important Message From the City of Minneapolis :

At the recommendation of Metro Transit, on Friday, Feb 14, 2014, Public Works installed No Parking signs on the west side of Grand Avenue, from Lake Street to 46th Street.

Please note this affects the west side only of Grand Ave from Lake Street to 46th Street.

They will be in place until April 1st.  Vehicles that park in violation of the signs may be ticketed and towed.



NEHBA Monthly Business Meeting Wednesday, February 19

NEHBA Monthly Business Meeting

Wednesday, February 19,  2-3 pm

Curran’s Restaurant (4201 Nicollet Ave S)

Featured Speaker – Max Musicant of Musicant Group  

Topic - Dollars and Sense of Placemaking for Retailers 

Join Max Musicant, Founder and Principal of The Musicant Group, as he discusses how independent retailers can utilize the concept of placemaking to:

  • Increase customer traffic
  • Improve your customer’s shopping experience
  • Generate revenue from underutilized public and private spaces. 

He will touch on the firm’s work from across the Twin Cities – from strip malls to the Downtown core – as well as the firm’s recent bike/walk pilot project for NEHBA along Grand Avenue this past Summer.

Max Musicant is the Founder and Principal of The Musicant Group - a multidisciplinary firm that develops and implements strategies to maximize the value of our clients’ public and common spaces.  We create places where people want to be, transforming under-used spaces into active destinations that people seek-out on a daily basis.

Max began his career at the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation (GJDC) in Queens, NY. While there, he worked with an early leader of the Bryant Park Corporation to devise and implement placemaking and activation strategies for GJDC, one of the oldest and largest community development corporations in New York City. This included planning and implementing one of the New York City’s largest outdoor jazz concerts series , opening the neighborhood’s first art gallery/studio, and leading community mediation efforts to revitalize the largest area park.

Since founding The Musicant Group in the Twin Cities he has worked with a wide array of clients to create destination places. In Downtown Minneapolis he worked with the owners of the largest park on Nicollet Mall to more than triple its usage and dramatically increase tenant satisfaction. He led the creation and programming of the Twin Cities’ first piazza, located on Nicollet Mall in the heart of Downtown Minneapolis, which was named one of the six Great Places of 2013 by the Sensible Land Use Coalition.

He holds an M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management and a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Proposed Changes Related to City Regulations for Grocery Stores
NEHBA November Monthly Business Meeting 
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
2 – 3 pm
Curran’s Restaurant (4201 Nicollet Ave S.)

Featured Speaker - Council Member Cam Gordon, Ward 2

Topic  - CM Gordon will be speaking on proposed changes related to City regulations for grocery stores.

CM Gordon is drafting amendments to the City’s grocery store licensing ordinance that would strengthen requirements around the variety and quantity of staple foods that need to be sold in licensed grocery stores and broaden the types of stores that have to meet those requirements.  

The goal of the changes is to increase access by all residents of Minneapolis, no matter where they live, to healthy foods. To accomplish this, the proposed ordinance would do two things: 

  1. Raise our staple food standards to something more like the current Women, Infants and Children (WIC) standards
  2. Apply our staple food requirements to all businesses that sell a substantial amount of food.

The plan is to not to only strengthen requirements, but also to provide assistance to those businesses who do not already meet those requirements.  Because the City wants to support retail businesses in providing healthy food options for their customers, the Health Department will be investing grant funding for the next two years to help support grocery store owners as they transition to stocking more healthy food options that meet the new staple food ordinance standards.  That support will include the following:

  • Group trainings offered to any interested business owner prior to the implementation of the new ordinance. Trainings will focus on healthy food procurement, safety, handling, and merchandising.
  • A healthy food merchandising package (offered free of charge) which will include promotional signage and display materials to help store owners highlight healthy food options to customers.
  • Healthy food resource guide which will offer guidance on how to meet the new ordinance requirements and helpful resources for procuring and selling affordable healthy foods.
  • Opportunities to connect and form mentoring relationships with store owners who have participated in the Minneapolis Healthy Corner Store Program and who are experienced in successfully selling healthy food items.
  • Opportunities to participate in healthy food procurement pilot projects designed to test ways for store owners to purchase affordable healthy foods from local sources like farmers markets and small-scale distributors.

Click here to view a matrix of current vs. proposed Minneapolis standards vs. WIC standards for Licensed Grocery Stores. 

Kyatchi Coming to 38th & Nicollet

KYATCHI_fbSiblings Sarah and Sam Peterson plan to open Kyatchi  (Japanese for ‘catch’) at 3758 Nicollet Ave. with Chef Tozawa and consultant Kim Bartmann with a focus on sustainable seafood. Chef Hide Towaza is creating a traditional Japanese menu, including sushi, giving customers a chance to experience new items not usually found on Americanized menus. Guests can expect to see grilled meat & vegetable skewers, traditional Donburi rice & vegetable bowls, an assortment of small plates, and a Japanese spin on hot dogs. Kyatchi will have a warm and casual atmosphere and will focus on a large sake list and sport a number of local tap brews.

Kyatchi will be open Monday-Friday 4pm-1am, and Saturday and Sunday 11:30am-1am.  Happy hour specials Mon-Fri 4pm-6pm, and Sun-Thu 10pm-close.

Look for their opening date and menus on  Like them on facebook @kyatchi, and follow us on twitter @kyatchimpls.


Dance to Benefit The Aliveness Project November 9

Back by popular demand, a second So Alive retro dance benefit for The Aliveness Project is Saturday, November 9 from 8 pm to 2 am at Solomon’s Porch, 100 W 46th St, Minneapolis. The dance will feature pop, new wave, house & synth dance floor classics from the ’80s and ’90s! And this time, it’s on a Saturday night!
Doors open at 8:00 pm with $8 cover. $13 cover after 10:00. Coat check available.

Cash bar on both levels available to attendee 21 and over with ID.

All proceeds benefit The Aliveness Project, a community center for people living with HIV/AIDS, to support their move to 38th St and Nicollet Ave S.

So Alive 2.0 is sponsored by Kingfield Neighborhood Association, Erik Brown Homes, The Lowbrow and Victor’s 1959 Cafe.