CenterPoint Energy Work on Bryant Ave. So. between 43rd & 46th Streets

We have just been made aware of an upcoming traffic disruption that we wanted to let you know about right away. Centerpoint will be doing some natural gas main work beginning October 16 and going through the end of November on Bryant Ave. So. between 43rd & 46th street.

We have requested that blue “businesses open during construction” signs be placed in the area and will be in close communication with both CenterPoint and the council member’s office on this issue as it moves forward.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Jen (Borger) Schmid at or 612-860-2444.

More information and updates can be found on the construction project website.

From CenterPoint Energy:

“I wanted to inform you of high profile construction project CenterPoint Energy will be starting later this month in Minneapolis. We will be replacing roughly 1/3 of a mile of natural gas distribution pipe along Bryant Avenue S., from 43rd Street W. to 46th Street W.Construction is expected to begin the week ofOctober 16th  and  be completed by late November to early December. Please anticipate traffic delays and potential lane closures in the areas of construction.

Last month, we mailed out customer letters to homeowners and businesses in the affected areas. Prior to construction, CenterPoint Energy will have signs directing the public to our construction zone website in the areas of construction.

I have attached the CenterPoint Energy Letter and Map to Residents and Businesses of the construction zone area. It would be great if you could spread this information to whom you see fit. If you are interested in receiving periodic updates regarding our progress, you can click here.

Please feel free to contact me with any further questions.

Best regards,

Ashley Osteraas | Communications Specialist


Opening Doors for Art Accessibility Fundraiser

Join Simply Jane/Simply ArtAble for a night filled with stories, music, and laughter. Special guests include renowned author, storyteller and NPR commentator Kevin Kling, Live Jazz featuring Gondwana and vocals by Barbara Meyer.

Saturday, November 15th, 7:30-9pm (Doors Open at 6:30pm)

Beverages and hor d’oeuvres provided. There will also be a raffle and a book signing.


Simply Jane/Simply ArtAble Studio

5411 Nicollet Ave., Mpls, MN

 Admission: $40/person

If you can’t attend, please consider going to our website ( and making a charitable donation. Every dollar helps our mission.


PARK(ing) Day Saturday, September 20 From 10 am – 2 pm

Join us for the largest Park(ing) Day celebration in the Twin Cities! This second annual local event is part of an international celebration that transforms parking spots into temporary public parks across Southwest Minneapolis (and the world). Businesses in these intersections will be joining us on the streets and have sidewalk sales, crafts, games and more.

The parklets will be located in 9 business nodes from 10 am to 2 pm and each one will highlight the unique businesses at that intersection:

* 38th St. and Grand Ave.
* 42nd St. and Grand Ave.
* 46th St. and Grand Ave.
* 48th St. and Grand Ave.
* 36th St. and Bryant Ave. (new node this year)
* 38th St. and Nicollet Ave. (new node this year)
* 50th St. and Penn Ave. (new node this year)
* 50th St. and Xerxes Ave. (new node this year)
* 54th St. and Lyndale Ave. (new node this year)

Sponsored by Experience Southwest and  City of Minneapolis Government’s Great Streets program

Produced by The Musicant Group

For more information on the international festivities, visit:

Next NEHBA Business Meeting September 17

Join us for the next business meeting:

Date: Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Time: 4 – 5:30 pm

Location: Grand Cafe, 3804 Grand Ave 

Businesses will have time to socialize and connect with each other. Drinks and food will be available to purchase.  

Featured Speaker – Erik Brown, Erik Brown Homes/Remax Results

Topic –  Erik will be speaking on “Business 2 Business: Southwest Minneapolis Hidden Treasure of New Clientele. 

Featured Business – Samantha Smart Merritt from InnerCity Tennis

NEHBA welcomes both members and nonmembers of storefront and home based businesses to it’s monthly meetings. 

NEHBA Business Meeting and Networking Event

NEHBA is pleased to announce the monthly business meeting is back! Join us this Wednesday July 16, 2014 for a new meeting time and format with a focus on business-to-business relationships and networking. 

Date: Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Time: 4 – 5:30 pm

Location: Grand Cafe, 3804 Grand Ave

Changing and extending the meeting time will allow more time for businesses to socialize and connect with each other. Drinks and food will be available to purchase.

Featured Speaker – Molly McCartney

As a NEHBA volunteer, Molly has managed the Experience Southwest Twitter account since it’s beginning. ExperienceSW has over 1,730 followers with 11,600 tweets.

 Topic – Twitter Tips

Molly will provide instructions and tips on how to use Twitter to increase your business presence on social media. Bring your mobile device – phone, ipad or laptop for a hands-on twitter exercise.

Featured Business – Joessa Austin of Jai Healing Studio

NEHBA welcomes both members and nonmembers of storefront and home based businesses to it’s monthly meetings. 

NEHBA Awarded Great Streets Facade Improvement Grant

NEHBA is pleased to announce the City of Minneapolis has again awarded it administration of a new Great Streets Façade Improvement Matching Grant  of $50,000 !

This new round of funding will be made available for businesses and building owners on the eligible nodes and avenues within the NEHBA area on July 1, 2014.

These funds are historically in high demand and the number of eligible businesses has increased so please act quickly if you are interested. Please contact Roger Worm at  or call 612-743-0616 to start the process or if you have questions.   Click on 2014 NEHBA Great Streets Facade Improvement Grant Business Guidelines and the The City of Minneapolis Great Streets Facade Improvement Design Guidelines for more information on this grant.

As a result of several years of work by NEHBA with the City, new for this round is all storefronts on Nicollet Avenue from 36th Street to 62nd Street are now eligible for façade improvement matching grants.  A complete list of eligible storefront locations is given below.

Nicollet Ave (36th to 39th St.)             Grant  1:1

Nicollet Ave (39th to 62nd St.)             Grant  1:2

38th St W & Grand Ave S                    Grant  1:2

36th St W & Lyndale Ave S                 Grant  1:2

40th St W & Lyndale Ave S                 Grant  1:2

54th St W & Lyndale Ave S                 Grant  1:2

58th St W & Lyndale Ave S                 Grant  1:2

36th St W & Bryant Ave S                    Grant  1:2

46th St W & Bryant Ave S                    Grant  1:2

50th St W & Bryant Ave S                    Grant  1:2

50th St W & Penn Ave S                      Grant  1:2

50th St W & Xerxes Ave S                  Grant  1:2

All grants are for a maximum of $5,000.

Sixty percent (60%) of the available grant funds will be allocated to businesses on Nicollet Avenue and the remaining forty percent (40%) to the storefronts on the nodes listed above. Also, the funding will be on a first come first serve basis (meaning completing Steps 1 through 5 in the Business Guidelines) for all storefronts that have not been previously awarded a Façade Improvement Matching Grant through NEHBA.

The above allocation and preference will be in place through August 31st of this year.  Beginning September 1st, all eligible storefronts will be treated on a first come first serve basis regardless of location or previous awards.

For those business and building owners whose storefronts have received previous façade improvement grants  and are desirous to perform façade improvements before September 1st, provisional grants will be issued on a first come, first serve basis for the funds that may be remaining on September 1st.

For those storefronts that are not on the above listed eligible nodes, we would like to remind those business owners that there are available matching grant funds from the East Harriet Farmstead Neighborhood Association, the Tangletown Neighborhood Association, and the Windom Community Neighborhood.

2014 Twin Cities Pride Sign up

We are excited to be participating in the 2014 Twin Cities Pride festivities Saturday June 28 and Sunday June 29. This will be the third year we have participated in this event and each year we have extended our reach. In 2012 we handed out 5,000 stickers and 1,200 brochures and in 2013 we raised the bar to 7,000 stickers and 1,500 brochures. This results in higher traffic to our website and increased exposure to the shops, restaurants and businesses in Southwest Minneapolis.

Members are welcome to also promote their businesses with store specific promotions and/or to demonstrate services at the booth. No food may be distributed and items may not be sold from this location.

Saturday June 28

Sunday July 29
12pm-4pm (getting full)

If you are interested in working a shift, please contact Jen Borger at or 612-860-2444.

InnerCity Summer Tennis Program

InnerCity Tennis will partner once again with the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board (MPRB) to bring affordable, quality tennis lessons to the youth in Minneapolis. The program will operate at 23 park sites in Minneapolis including Lyndale Farmstead Park.

Tennis in the Parks runs from June 16 – July 25 Monday – Friday. The cost for the program is $75 per player for kids ages 4-17 (must turn 4 on or before June 16th). Scholarships are available for families in financial hardship. Just check the box on the registration form, no questions asked.

The six week Tennis in the Parks Program teaches basic fundamentals and strategy. In addition to tennis skills, kids build teamwork, confidence, hand-eye coordination skills, learn healthy nutrition habits and develop a life long love of physical fitness.

At the conclusion of 6 weeks of lessons, an individual tournament is offered free of charge to all participants on Saturday, July 26 at InnerCity Tennis in Dr Martin Luther King Park.

Register online at

Plan to Attend NEHBA Annual Meeting May 21

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, 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!

Bike to Local Businesses Day May 10

Minneapolis Bike Week (May 4 – 11) is a series of events and activities celebrating and promoting bicycling in Minneapolis with an emphasis on encouraging those who don’t normally ride to give it a try. The Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition, in partnership with the City of Minneapolis, local businesses, and community organizations, will host 50+ events over 8 themed days with something for every rider.

Saturday, May 10 will be Bike to Local Businesses Day and NEHBA, along with local area businesses, will host a network of fun events and resources for cyclists that day including discounts for cyclists, food, music, family fun, and, of course, free bike repair.

Grab a friend or the kids and cruise by bike, of course on down to a Bike to Local Businesses Day celebration at one of the participating corners. Music! Food! Fun!

48th & Grand 1-4 pm
• Charlie’s Tangletown Bike Shop: Hosting free outdoor music by The Thunderheads
• Minneapolis Bike Rental: Ride the bikes we rent by the hour, day, week and beyond!
• TruStone Financial: our local credit union
• Ethique Nouveau Vegan Gift Shop: samples served!
• Animal Rights Coalition: Because animals matter.
• La Fresca Restaurant: nouveau mexican cuisine
• A Little Bird on grand Thoughtful gifts
• Mille Designer apparel and gifts
• Artsy Digs Knobs: Retro Lodge Chic. Retro Bar

46th & Bryant
• Anthony’s Furniture Restoration – 10% Discount
• Guse Green Grocer – Free bottle of Ice Mountain spring water and $5 coupon with $25 purchase.
• Guse Hardware – Free delivery with purchase over $30

50th & Bryant
• Malt Shop – 50% off one item with purchase of another item at full price

38th & Nicollet
• Finer Meats – Discounted ribs
• BANGbang salon & creative space- 10% off
• Butter Cafe – Free beverage, Kids get a free ice cream cone

Financial support provided by:
• TruStone Financial: our local credit union
• NEHBA: Nicollet East Harriet Businesses Association
• Great Streets: City of Minneapolis’ Neighborhood Business District Program
• Experience Southwest: Expect the Unexpected. Shop Southwest

Bike to Local Businesses Day is a great opportunity to explore your community, support local businesses, and celebrate biking’s integral role in the future of healthy Minneapolis communities.