Business Buzz

Various Local Business Related Stories

Lagoon & Hennepin

Just four months after Pickled Parrot location opened its 1400 Lagoon Ave. location, the restaurant will close Jan. 25 for six weeks to be transformed into a Caribbean restaurant called Kokomo's.

Christian Eckert, the Uptown restaurant's general manager, said Famous Investments, a company co-owned by Famous Dave's owner Dave Anderson, bought all three Pickled Parrot locations in November and will transform them into Kokomo's.

Eckert said the Uptown location would serve as the training and hiring headquarters for the three restaurants during the six-week closing.

-- Robyn Repya



Lake & Dean Parkway

The Truelson family, which in October closed Nora's Restaurant, 3118 W. Lake St., will continue its legacy on the same site with a new, hipper restaurant called Tryg's.

The restaurant is named after Nora Truelson's son Tryg, who will build the new restaurant.

The Truelson family has been had a restaurant in Cedar-Isles-Dean for more than 40 years, originally a Porky's, then Nora's for the past 17 years, which was known for steaks and martinis. However, family members said, Nora's wasn't appealing to the area's new, younger crowd -- and they hope Tryg's will do the trick.

The Truelsons hired a marketing/design firm: Shea, Inc., for the restaurant project. Company owner David Shea, serving as the Truelsons' spokesperson, described the new restaurant as "upscale/casual," likening it to Campiello, 1320 W. Lake St. Shea also said the food will be American cuisine at a reasonable price.

The restaurant will be about the same size as Nora's, but the site plan leaves some empty space to the north, by the Midtown Greenway. Shea said although nothing is definite, the spare land is being considered for housing. He added that a pathway connection between the greenway and the restaurant is also being explored.

The development group and Truelson will go before neighborhood groups on variances for the future restaurant. Construction is expected to start as soon as possible, with a Sept. 1. target for opening.

-- Robyn Repya



50th & Ewing

Geek Squad, a computer repair company, opened a second Minneapolis location in December at 3724 W. 50th St. at the location that previously housed Mailboxes Etc.

The Minneapolis-based Geek Squad started in 1993. Its technicians make house calls to help individuals with their computer problems. Their work primarily consists of repairing operating systems and establishing networks in client's homes. Their minimum fee is $149. However, consumers should expect to pay $249 to get most of their computer problem solved.

"The reason we chose the location is because it is close to 50th and France, and it gives us high visibility in an upper-middle-class neighborhood," said Dan Ludwig, lead guidance engineer for the Geek Squad, which is owned by Best Buy.

For more information, see geeksquad.com or call 343-4335.

-- Bob Gilbert

Business buzz

News bites reguarding area businesses.

Lagoon & Hennepin In mid-January, Zilya Tres will open Zilya’s Salon with her husband Vadim Tres at 2919 Hennepin Ave., above the Zeno coffee and dessert bar. The salon entrance is a stairway between Zeno and William’s Pub.

Zilya Tres, who is originally from Russia, said the salon would be small and intimate, a much different experience than larger salons.

Zilya Tres said services will focus on hair and spa services such as manicures, pedicures, facials, microderm abrasion treatment and permanent make-up (like tattooing).

John Martin, an investor and spokesperson, said part of creating a relaxed atmosphere would be a grand piano in the salon; Zilya Tres is a concert pianist.

Martin said the business also plans to have more flexible hours to build an after-work clientele. Prices have not been set. Tentatively, the salon will be open Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. — Robyn Repya

Lake & Emerson Keep In Touch, a massage therapy business, will open in the new Uptown Row commercial development, 1221 W. Lake St.

Managing partner and massage therapist Robin Stubblefield said a late-January opening is probable.

Stubblefield said Keep In Touch offers basic reflexology, Swedish massage and other specialty massage treatments, such as sports massage and prenatal massage. Off-site chair massage is also available. She said massages are $70 for one hour, but 45 minute and half-hour massages are also available.

Stubblefield said the Uptown location has seven treatment rooms for their massage therapists and can easily accommodate groups, such as bridal parties.

Despite other massage businesses nearby, Stubblefield said her business offers something more. She noted amenities such as a "warm hug corn bag" that emits heat on aching muscles while customers wait for their appointments, or warm peppermint face towels at the end of each massage.

Stubblefield, an Armatage resident, said she’s excited about working in Uptown and already has an established relationship with building owner, developer Ross Feffercorn, who also owns the building at Keep In Touch’s Burnsville location.

Hours are Monday through Saturday,

9 a .m.-9 p.m. and Sunday noon- 6 p.m. For more information, see www.keepintouchmassage.net or call 871-3330. — Robyn Repya

41st & Grand In September after working at Dr. Heidi Klosterman’s clinic for nine months, Dr. Kari Christofferson took over the 4100 Grand Ave. business now called LifeForce Chiropractic.

Christofferson said Klosterman wanted to travel and had grown weary of running a business. Christofferson said she offers chiropractic work, acupuncture and nutritional supplements. The Kingfield business also has two massage therapists on staff who perform deep-tissue and hot stone massage.

Christofferson said she’s adding changes, including adding periodic Saturday office hours, workshops, lectures and starting a Web site.

Clinic hours currently are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3 p.m.-6 p.m., with alternating

Saturday hours from 9 a.m.-noon.

The business’ phone number is 822-7509. — Robyn Repya

42nd & Grand Kingfield coffee shop Caffe Tempo, 4161 Grand Ave. S., is changing ownership in January. Kingfield resident Juliana Lowell, who also co-owns Acadia Caf, 1931 Nicollet Ave. S., with her husband Ted, said running two businesses is too much. "Basically, we want to focus on Acadia," she said.

Although a purchase agreement hadn’t been signed by the Journal’s deadline, soon-to-be new owners Mark and Tammy Mulvehill said they’re busy making plans for the business. The husband-and-wife team are also Kingfield residents.

Tammy Mulvehill said at first, the couple doesn’t plan to change much about the business, keeping the name and hours. However, she said she wants to build on the caf as a neighborhood gathering place, regularly hosting neighborhood and family events. She said other plans include extending closing time from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and adding a retail component. — Robyn Repya