Business buzz

Business related issues going on in and around Southwest Minneapolis

Uptown The third Twin Cities Pickled Parrot is opening in Uptown in late September in the old Booksmart location at 2919 Hennepin Ave. S., with its entrance on Lagoon Avenue.

General Manager Christian Eckert, said the new restaurant would be similar to those in Apple Valley and Eden Prairie, highlighting their ribs and seafood selection, lobster tacos and 24-karat gold Margarita. He said the dcor will be more upscale and urban than the suburban stores.

Eckert said one of the new restaurant’s unique features is the rooftop area with an island bar and dining and cocktail tables. He said he hopes to keep the outdoor patio open into October.

The restaurant hours will be: 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Food will be served from 11 a.m. to midnight every night.

For more information on Pickled Parrot restaurants, visit their Web site at — Robyn Repya

Calhoun Square Calhoun Square, 3001 Hennepin Ave. S, is holding the first of their annual Salsa Fiesta events Saturday, Oct. 4 from noon to 5 p.m. Kitchen Window will host the event on the first floor, near the up escalator.

Kitchen Window will showcase dozens of local chefs and their salsa and guacamole recipes, in addition to other signature dishes. Event includes a food sampling area, a salsa contest, an art exhibition by the Artruijillo Gallery, Latin vendors, plus activities for kids and entertainment. The food area has an $8 admission fee.

Salsa Fiesta is part of Kitchen Window’s month-long event called "OktoberFiesta."

Proceeds of this event will go to the Chicanos Latinos Unidos en Servicio organization, a Latin human services agency that helps Latin communities throughout Minnesota. For more information about the organization, visit their Web site at — Robyn Repya

38th & Nicollet Nardie’s Caf opened mid-August in the former Midtown Chicken Shack location at 3758 Nicollet Ave S. The Kingfield site is the second location for the family-run restaurant; the first location is on St. Paul’s University Avenue.

Lenny Lowel, general manager, said the restaurant specializes in soul and seafood, featuring many dishes, including catfish, collard greens and a variety of fried chicken.

While Nardie’s is right across the street from Shorty and Wags Chicken Wings and Ribs, 3753 Nicollet Ave. S., Lowel said they don’t want to compete. "We’re not looking for competition," he said. "We have different types of wings."

Nardie’s has counter-style ordering, with food brought to your table. The hours for the new restaurant are 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Monday- Saturday for dine-in or take-out orders. The phone number is 871-0041. — Robyn Repya

43rd & Bryant Two photographers, previously working out of a small space at 4306 Bryant Ave. S., moved a few doors down to the former Bryant Avenue Shoe Service space at 4310 Bryant Ave. S. They plan to have the grand opening of their new shop/studio on Oct. 11 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Photographers Amy Metry and Erika Rinkleff both work independently but share the space, which they said is now at least three times as large as their previous spot.

As photographers, they specialize in nontraditional photo work, in color and black and white, and work a lot with families, specializing in family and individual portraiture. "But it’s not like stepping into the Sears portrait studio," Metry said, since they often go on location to where the subject would like to be photographed.

Rinkleff said she works a lot with children. Metry said she also works with children but also does a lot of weddings and commitment ceremonies. Both photographers said they are considering starting photography classes.

While Metry and Rinkleff encourage patrons to stop in and see their work, they said they prefer clients make appointments. For more information, check out their Web sites at and — Robyn Repya

44th & Drew Needlework Unlimited recently moved into new digs at 4420 Drew Ave. S. in Linden Hills after spending 20 years at 3006 W. 50th St.

"We just needed more room for merchandise," said Store Manager Bill Matey. "We’re one of the largest knitting and needlepoint stores in the area, and we’re probably one of the biggest in the nation."

He said the store offers night, day and weekend knitting and needlepoint classes, as well as personalized help with customer projects.

He said Needlework Unlimited is one of only three stores in the nation to carry Goddess yarn. It also has supplies for crocheting in stock.

"It’s a wonderful place," Matey said. "And we wanted to stay in this neighborhood."

The store’s hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays. You can call 925-2454 for more information. — Michael Metzger

Business Buzz

Business related issues going on in and around Southwest Minneapolis

29th & Hennepin The historic old Walker Library, 2901 Hennepin Ave. S., across the street from the current Walker Library, is getting a makeover and will house PAGODA, a new upscale spa set to open mid-November.

PAGODA will be the third Uptown spa concept for owner Tom Schmidt, founder of Urban Retreat, 1609 W. Lake St. and Schmidty’s Retreat and Spa for Men, 1608 W. Lake St. Emily Killoren, PAGODA spokesperson, said the new spa will offer a variety of unique services, from Water Shiatsu treatment called Watsu to a VIP suite. Formal prices and services have not yet finalized.

Tom Schmidt is leasing the building from John Johannson, a commercial land investor who purchased the old library at auction from the previous owner, the Metropolitan Council, for $805,000 last year.

Johannson, who works for Bloomington-based Welsh Cos., said when he made the bid that the building has been underutilized and he would review many commercial options, taking into account what the area wants.

Killoren said the building, a designated historic site, would remain the same on the exterior, in accordance with historic preservation laws. However, she said, crews are currently renovating the inside, creating private treatment rooms and rooms to accommodate spa services for groups. Killoren said, the library’s old fireplaces will be kept intact inside the building. — Robyn Repya

Calhoun Square Calhoun Square, 3001 Hennepin Ave., is hosting a "Music 4 Life" CD sale from Friday, Sept. 5 to Sunday, Sept. 7 on the first floor. The sale is to raise money for AIDS Care Partners, a nonprofit organization that provides supportive housing for people with AIDS.

Executive Director John Whalen said his group currently has four houses in the city, one across I-35W from the Kingfield neighborhood, each with four residents and one 24-hour caregiver per house.

All the sales will go towards housing needs.

Whalen said the sale would feature all musical genres, from rock to classical, including country and Christian music. He said his organization also teams up with Calhoun Square for the AIDS Coffee Festival. The 14th annual Coffee Festival will be held in November.

For more information, check out Calhoun Square’s Web site at — Robyn Repya

Uptown The building, formerly occupied by the Lakeland Medical and Dental Academy at 1402 W. Lake St. is under major reconstruction, preparing for a new restaurant called Tonic.

Premier Restaurant Management, owners of Major’s and Spectator’s sports cafes in southern-tier suburbs, is creating the Wedge restaurant, set to open in November.

General Manager Jason Goux said the new restaurant will be a multi-use facility with food and an atmosphere much different from that of the suburban sports bars. The food, Goux said will be a Pan-European and American cuisine, more upscale than sports bar food.

He said the three-story building will feature a regular dining area but also have areas for large groups, meetings and conventions of up to 200 people. Goux said there will be a few different bars within the building, with one on the roof that will also accommodate diners.

He said that space features a rooftop view of Downtown, but the building also has a dramatic sweeping staircase inside. "You’ll feel like you just walked off the street into something special," Goux said. — Robyn Repya

36th & Bryant The CARAG neighborhood’s Gigi’s Caf, 822 W. 36th St., will expand in late December into the space next door now occupied by Annamarie’s Bakeshop and Eatery, 820 W. 36th St. Gigi’s Manager Kate Hepp said the space will be used for more seating area and a bigger kitchen.

Thomas Norton, owner of the row buildings and Bryant Avenue Hardware, 818 W. 36th St., said Annamarie’s lease ends in December, and it’s not being renewed. However, Annamarie’s will continue at their new, larger East Harriet location, 4301 Bryant Ave. S.

Annamarie’s owner Duane Burke said he’s not leaving by choice, and it’s sad to leave the shop space he’s kept for five years. "It’s a shame for the neighborhood," he said.

Hepp said Gigi’s would continue serving the same style of food, but with a few additions, including more baked goods and tapas (Spanish for appetizers). She said they have just started the application process for a city beer and wine license, which she hopes to have by the time their expansion is finished.

Hepp said Gigi’s management is currently debating whether to extend business hours, but nothing has been decided. Its current hours are 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday-Saturday and Sunday, 7 a.m.-8 p.m. — Robyn Repya

43rd & Upton Dr. Rob Bruley has opened a new holistic clinic specializing in functional medicine at 2826 W. 43rd St. Suite 101 in Linden Hills.

Bruley described functional medicine as "a science-based healthcare approach that assesses and treats the underlying causes of illness, responding with individually tailored lifestyle programs. It’s basically helping the body to work better."

He said the Bruley Clinic specializes in treatment and prevention of chronic illness, as well as diagnoses of body detoxification, functionality of immunity and hormonal systems, analysis of patients’ nutritional needs, and related areas of holistic medicine.

"I’ve been a family doctor and an emergency doctor for a quarter of a century," Bruley said. "Then I went back to school in ’98 and became a chiropractor as well.

"One of things that’s kind of unique is that I’m the only [doctor in the metro area] who’s an M.D., a practicing D.C. [doctor of chiropractic], as well as board-certified in holistic medicine and certified in functional medicine as well. So it’s sort of like one-stop shopping."

The Linden Hills resident said his clinic won’t be serving as a source of primary care, however, focusing instead on areas often neglected by traditional medicine.

The Bruley Clinic is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 455-0444 or write — Michael Metzger

46th & Nicollet The red, white and blue of the Amoco gas station at the corner of 46th and Nicollet has gone green. The color change is part of a corporate merger between British Petroleum (BP) and the American Oil Co.

The management and the fast food inside remains the same. Only the color has changed.

Other Southwest Amocos will switch to BPs in the coming months. — Bob Gilbert