The buzz

29th & Bryant

Anew Fitness and Spa recently moved from 2920 Bryant Ave. S. to 2817 Lyndale Ave. S.

Owner Sooki Jalali said she had landlord issues at the old space and thought she’d be able to "create a business with a clearer vision" at the new location.

Jalali’s two-year-old wellness center offers full spa services and a workout facility. Customers can take yoga, kung fu, qi gong and social dance classes as well as receive personal fitness training. When it’s time to relax, body masks, massages and other therapies are available.  

The center’s only change is that it no longer does hair or nails, Jalali said.  

Hours are 8 a.m.–8 p.m. Monday–Friday and 8 a.m.–6 p.m. Saturday. Appointments and walk-ins are welcome. For more information call 825-9355 or visit

Printing companies merge

Two recently merged former Southwest printing companies have decided to operate with one name.

Triangle Printing, which was located at 40th Street and Lyndale Avenue and Meyer Offset Printing, which was once at 29th Street and Bryant Avenue, are now running as one business using the Meyer name. The company is located in 4838 Park Glen Road in St. Louis Park.

Meyer Offset Printing purchased Triangle Printing in June, but the companies retained their names until now and for a while used the St. Louis Park location and the old Triangle shop. The merger has allowed the companies to improve printing technology and quality, according to a press release about the name change.   

Meyer Offset Printing will print newsletters, flyers, brochures, booklets, pamphlets, envelopes and many other items. Orders can be placed online or in person.

For more information, call 822-4272 or visit

50th & Drew

Paradise Pizza, a small pizza delivery business in the Fulton neighborhood, recently closed.

The owners of the popular independent pizza shop could not be reached for comment, but left a sign on the window that read "thank you for all the years of support."

The space at 3724 W. 50th St. is for sale. Interested parties should contact Mike Welsh with the Restaurant Brokers of Minnesota at 952-929-9273.

33rd & Nicollet

Hooded sweatshirts, warm-up suits, designer jeans and hip-hop T-shirts are the focus of Jojo Urban Clothing, a new store at 3345 Nicollet Ave. S.

The store also carries some shoes including Air Jordans.

Jojo is the first retail venture for Northeast residents Stacy Elkins and husband Khaled Salem. Elkins said her husband had previously worked in retail and she had worked in restaurant management for 15 years. The couple invested their savings in the new store, which carries brands such as Red Monkey, Girbaud and Akademiks.

"We saw that those clothes were popular for people in the area, but there wasn’t any place nearby for people to get them," Elkins said.  

Prices range from $20 for a shirt to more than $85 for an outfit such as a pair of jeans and matching hooded sweatshirt.

The store’s name came from Salem’s nickname when he worked in a deli, Elkins said.

Hours are 11 a.m.–7 p.m. seven days a week. For more information call 824-7363.

The buzz


CorePower Yoga, a yoga chain with locations in Minnesota, Oregon, Colorado and California, plans to open a new studio in the recently completed Lumen on Lagoon condominium building by December, said Jeff Herman, president of local real estate firm Urban Anthology, who brokered the deal.

The new 3,500-square-foot studio will offer a variety of yoga classes at various times throughout each day. Group workouts, nutrition programs and yoga teacher training will also be available.

Cost ranges from $16 for a single class to upwards of $1,000 for a VIP membership.

Nicole Schrader, a studio assistant at a CorePower Yoga at 501 Washington Ave. S., said the company had been looking for an Uptown location for a while. Hours for the new studio haven’t been determined, but they will probably be similar to hours at other locations, Schrader said.

The studio’s phone number will be 822-9642. For more information, check out


El Meson and Café Ena owner Hector Ruiz is planning another restaurant named Taqueria el Indio for 910 W. Lake St.

The new eatery would specialize in affordable Mexican cuisine such as tacos and tortas and offer eat-in or take-out service. Ruiz said the restaurant would serve homemade food and juices and Mexican soda. Depending on the item, prices could range from $1.50 to about $7, Ruiz said.

He said the restaurant would offer an independent alternative to chains such as Chipotle and help balance the distribution of authentic Mexican restaurants, which are thicker east of 35W.

Ruiz is in the process of getting his plans approved by the city. He is hoping for 7 a.m.–midnight hours.

Ruiz and wife Erin Ungerman purchased Spanish-Carribean bistro El Meson at 3450 Lyndale Ave. S. in June. The couple opened Latin-fusion restaurant Café Ena at 4601 Grand Ave. S. in May.


26TH & 1ST

Bryant Lake Bowl and Barbette owner Kim Bartmann is planning to open a Mediterranean "gastro pub" in the former Joe’s Chicken Shack building at 109 26th St. E.

Bartmann said she hadn’t chosen a name for the new place, but would like to make it a dinner-only establishment. Brunch on the weekends could be a possibility, she said.

The gastro pub reference means it would be a neighborhood pub that served up better meals than your average greasy bar food, Bartmann said. She said homemade pasta and a wood oven are part of the plan.

"I think this concept will be a welcome addition to the neighborhood because there’s really nothing like that there," she said.

The Whittier Alliance did welcome the concept at a recent meeting where it approved a parking variance from 16 to zero spaces and a liquor license allowing wine, beer, liquor and amplified or non-amplified music by a group of five people or less.

The new restaurant will require a complete build-out of the space, Bartmann said. She said many people interested in the large Joe’s Chicken Shack sign on the property have asked her what she plans to do with it. She said she hasn’t decided yet.

Bartmann recently completed another restaurant called The Red Stag in Northeast Minneapolis, which was scheduled to open Nov. 19. She said she’s had her eye on the Joe’s Chicken Shack building for a long time and negotiated an earlier deal for the space that fell through. She planned to submit her proposal for the space to the city by the end of October.


A yoga studio specifically tailored for prenatal and postnatal women opened recently at 3919 44th St.

Blooma offers yoga classes, wellness services and childbirth education.

"As you travel through the mysteries of pregnancy and parenthood, Blooma provides a warm welcome, a haven for health and a place where mamas and their families can connect with other mamas in a supportive environment," reads an introduction on the company’s website.

According to the site some of Blooma’s specific offerings include acupuncture, craniosacral therapy, massages, prenatal and postnatal chiropractic care, support groups and a variety of workshops.

A full class schedule and more information is available online at Blooma can be reached by phone at 952-848-1111.