Business Buzz

Business related issues going on in and around Southwest Minneapolis

25th & Hennepin Caf Ibiza opens Friday, Oct. 17 at 2528 Hennepin Ave. S., in place of Pasqual’s Uptown, which recently closed. Caf Ibiza is a high-end European-style espresso bar, said owner Yasser Ebrahim.

"The place is dramatically changed," he said. "The whole atmosphere of the place is really bright."

Ebrahim has repainted the space in vibrant oranges and blues, has a new bar made of cherrywood and features free wireless Internet connections. He said the smoke-free Caf Ibiza would cater to business professionals, students and families.

"Most of the coffeeshops here cater to younger, punkish looks," he said.

Caf Ibiza will feature European espresso, as well as desserts made from French, Italian, Spanish and German recipes. It will also serve cold wraps, and will offer breakfast and brunch Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Caf Ibiza will be open Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Fridays from 7 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturdays from 8 a.m.-11 p.m. and Sundays from 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

Call 374-1415 for more information. — Michael Metzger

Calhoun Square The Independent dining and cocktail lounge, 3001 Hennepin Ave. S., will open Friday, Oct. 24 on the second floor of Calhoun Square, in the space previously occupied by the Smiling Moose Bar.

The Independent is an American bistro, specializing in homemade food and creative cocktails. Owner James Nelson said it will have a variety of steak and seafood dishes, as well as menu items available for vegetarians and vegans.

The Independent will open a porch overlooking the Hennepin Avenue and Lake Street intersection and a staircase from Hennepin Avenue, offering direct access into the restaurant.

Nelson said he wants the new restaurant to appeal to the neighborhood residents, as a place to come hang out with friends. To add to that appeal, he said, they have dartboards and pool tables.

All proceeds of the grand opening weekend are going to Habitat for Humanity he said. Opening weekend hours are Saturday, Oct. 24, 3 p.m.-2 a.m. and Sunday, Oct. 25, 10 a.m.-2 a.m.

Regular hours will be Monday-Friday, 3 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday and Sunday hours are 10 a.m.-2 a.m., with brunch in addition to their normal menu.

For more information, check out www.theindependent-uptown.com. — Robyn Repya

Lake & Dupont A Money Center store opened in September in the Wedge neighborhood at 2945 Dupont Ave. S. and another is set to open Nov. 1 at 2006 Lyndale Ave. S.

Money Center is an industrial loan and thrift company, specializing in consumer loans under $500, in addition to money orders. The company is regional and based in Richfield. President Cary Geller said these two stores are their first in Minneapolis.

The hours for the Money Center stores are Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. A Web site is currently being developed, but until then, for more information call 861-0410. — Robyn Repya

Lyn-Lake After four and a half years of business in the Wedge neighborhood, Iya Sofiya jewelry store, 2944 Lyndale Ave. S., will close at the end of October. Owner Natalie Frisch said her merchandise — silver jewelry, which she imports from places like India, Nepal, Thailand, Bali, Israel and Brazil — is currently on sale and will be deeply discounted until the store’s closing. However, she said her jewelry would still be available through her Web site, www.iyasofiya.com.

Fernando Palomino owns the building that houses Iya Sofiya and his Peruvian restaurant Machu Picchu, 2940 Lyndale Ave. S., next door. He said he’s not sure what he’s going to do with the space because Frisch’s leaving was unexpected.

For more information on the soon-to-be vacant space, call Palomino at his restaurant at 822-2125. — Robyn Repya

38th & Grand The screen-printing and embroidery business, GeeTeeZ and Company Ltd., 3801 Grand Ave., is moving Saturday, Nov. 1, but staying in the Kingfield neighborhood. Co-owner John Baker said GeeTeeZ is moving into the old Ah! Miniatures space at 4505 Nicollet Ave. S. because it provides more room to showcase merchandise.

Building owner Dihn Nguyen, who owns the next-door Saigon Restaurant, 317 W. 38th St., said he’s searching for a new retail business to fill the space. He said, because he plans to retire in a few months, he would like to find a renter for the entire building, his restaurant space and the GeeTeeZ space.

Baker said in the new space, he hopes to automate the screen-printing operation, which would allow Geez-Teez to do larger orders.

Despite the business changes, Baker said he’ll keep the same hours and phone number, which are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information about leasing the space, call Nguyen at 822-7712 or 968-5381. — Robyn Repya

43rd & Upton Linden Hills Meats & Deli, 4307 Upton Ave. S., has been closed since Sept. 30, when ownership changed. The new owner, Kristin Tombers, said the store will reopen during the week of Oct. 20th as Clancey’s Meats and Fish.

"The nature of the store’s going to stay the same," Tombers said. "It’s going to stay a butcher shop and deli, but we’re going to increase the selection of wild game."

She said the store will offer roast pheasant and duck, as well as roast ribeye and turkey in addition to the roasted chickens previously available.

Tombers also said that Greg Westergreen, chef at Nicollet Island Inn, will be available on a regular basis as a home meal consultant.

"We’ll offer cooking techniques so that people are more apt to want to try something new when we introduce meats like bison, pheasant or partridge."

Tombers said the store is undergoing some physical changes while it’s closed: "We’re converting one of the freezers to a cooler with the intention of offering more grab ‘n’ go foods for people to take home."

She said Clancey’s will also offer more products from local farmers. "There are a lot of people out there doing really good things," she said. "We’re talking to one bison farmer who does a lot with natural prairie grasses."

Tombers said the shop is named for the older of her two yellow labradors. "Every business should have a good pet relationship," she said.

You can call 926-0222 for more information on Clancey’s. — Michael Metzger

50th & Xerxes Another Look Resale Boutique, a new consignment store exclusively for women, is opening in the Fulton neighborhood Saturday, Nov. 1 in the old Needlework’s space at 3006 W. 50th St.

Owner Robyn Murray said the business will focus on women’s designer clothing, shoes, handbags, accessories and home accents. She said she would feature high-end brands such as Donna Karan, Dana Buchman and Anne Klein.

Murray said the store would be mostly by consignment, though she’ll have some retail. She said the shop would accept consignment items during all business hours and have a knowledgeable staff on-hand to do pricing.

She said all items are priced 50 to 60 percent lower than their retail price. If an item is priced above $50, the consignee receives 50 percent of the sale price, or 45 percent if an item is under $50.

Store hours are Monday, noon-6 p.m.; Tuesday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Thursday-Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday noon-4 p.m. For more information or to make an appointment, call 922-9229. — Robyn Repya

54th & Nicollet The neighborhood rumors that Aqua City Plumbing, 5428 Nicollet Ave., will rebuild are true, but premature.

Aqua City owner Dave Vogelgesang said he’d planned to tear down the two buildings on the property in Tangletown and replace them with a new structure and parking lot this fall, but construction has been delayed until next spring.

"[The construction project] was moving along very quickly, as a matter of fact, but some other things that we really hadn’t given full thought to came up," Vogelgesang said.

He said the new building will be larger than Aqua City’s current facility. The new structure will be 8,000 square feet, with the front third containing a pair of 1,500-square-foot spaces to be leased. Aqua City will occupy the rear 5,000 square feet.

He said he hopes that construction will be completed by fall 2004. — Michael Metzger