Biz buzz // Heavenly Soles to close

Heavenly Soles to close

Shoe store and boutique Heavenly Soles at 615 W. Lake St. will close at the end of this month after 13 years of business.

“We’ve had two years of construction here on Lake Street and the economy kind of tanked, so this winter hit us hard and we can’t do it anymore,” said sales associate Erin Early.

Everything in the store is on sale for 25 percent off. Early said the store might stay open past June if inventory lasts.

The complete reconstruction of Lake Street in recent years created hardships for many businesses along the corridor. That work is now nearing an end.

 A revival of the Lyn-Lake Street Festival in May was meant to draw attention in the area, which is trying to shed its identity as a construction zone. But for some businesses, including Heavenly Soles, it’s too late for a rebirth.

“It’s going to be a great loss for Minneapolis, but we just can’t do it anymore,” Early said.  

Heavenly Soles is open from 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Monday–Saturday and noon–6 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 822-2169 or visit  


Kid-friendly dining coming to Tangletown

The owners of Spill the Wine at 1101 Washington Ave. Downtown plan to open a second restaurant called Sip the Wine near the corner of Diamond Lake Road and Nicollet Avenue.

It would be in the former Checker Auto Parts store at 5417 Nicollet, across the street from the Holiday gas station.

Karl Greeman, who owns and operates Spill the Wine with wife Katie, said the new place would cater to neighborhood families, which have few dining options in the area. Eleven items on the American-cuisine menu he drafted are for children, Greeman said.

The couple said healthy eating is a focus, so traditional kids meals, such as corn dogs, will not be included.

The Greemans presented their idea to the Tangletown Neighborhood Association in mid-May, where it was well received. It still has to go through the city’s approval process. The Greemans said they’d seek a beer and wine license, but liquor is not in their plans.


Whittier HCMC clinic construction underway

The new Hennepin County Medical Center clinic at 28th Street and Nicollet Avenue in Whittier is moving forward after delays on construction.

Originally, construction of the new clinic was scheduled to begin in the fall of 2008 with the clinic opening by fall of 2009, but it is now likely to be finished in spring of 2010.

When HCMC presented the original plan to the Minneapolis City Council, it was met with some opposition, explained Marian Biehn, the executive director of the Whittier Alliance, who has been working closely with HCMC on the project.

HCMC had been given control of the entire block at the new location, but had planned to use only part of the block for the building and the rest for a parking lot.

“This design was inconsistent with long-range planning and neighborhood and city goals for the area,” Biehn said.

The Minneapolis City Council sent HCMC back to create a new design for the site, which delayed the process by about three or four months.

But in January the new plan was approved and demolition began this spring. Groundbreaking on the new site is slated for this month, and the new clinic is expected to open by spring 2010.

HCMC decided to build the new family clinic, about three blocks north of the old site, because the clinic was too busy for the old building.

According to an HCMC press release, the new building will be about 50,000 square feet, with a family medicine clinic and room for urgent care, sports medicine and patient education.


Fairy Godmother a finalist in small business competition

Terre Thomas, better known as the Fairy Godmother after her boutique in Calhoun Square, has used her magic to secure a finalist spot in a competition that could earn her a $25,000 business grant.  

Mountain View, Calif.-based Intuit Inc., a global provider of finance software including Quicken, QuickBooks and TurboTax., is hosting the contest, called the Intuit Small Business United Grant Competition.

Participants were asked to submit a short written story about their business for the first phase of the competition. The stories were posted online and finalists were chosen based on a combination of user ratings, quality and creativity.

Thomas was among 50 finalists chosen out of nearly 2,000 entries. That got her a Flip video camera and, after her entry into a video contest that made up a second phase of the competition, $5,000.

All of the finalists’ videos are posted online, where they’re available for the public to rate until May 31. After the votes are tallied, a panel of judges will award four participants with a $10,000 business grant and $2,500 in Intuit products and services.

A grand-prize winner will receive the same products and services as well as a $25,000 small business grant.

Thomas was elated to be a finalist and considers her success a blessing during tough times for small businesses.

To view her video, visit and search for “Fairy Godmother.”